What You Need to Know About Renovating Your Bathroom

Any type of home renovation can be an intimidating process for you to take on as a homeowner, even when you’ve hired a professional to do the job. You can make the process a little less nerve-racking by doing some research and preparation before the job starts.

Here are a few bathroom renovation tips to keep in mind when you’re getting started with your next project:

  • Always maintain communication with your contractor: You should never just assume your contractor has the same ideas as you, or that you’re on the same page. Especially before the project begins and you’re still planning things out, you should make sure to maintain regular communication so they deliver exactly what you’re hoping for out of your project.
  • Consider all the costs: A bathroom remodel’s cost involves more than just the materials needed to complete the job. You’ll also have to factor in labor costs, as well as potential costs for change orders should unexpected issues arise with the project (and they almost certainly will).
  • Plan out your lighting: For whatever reason, lighting tends to be one of the more overlooked elements of a bathroom remodel. New, high-quality lighting can dramatically transform a space, but only if it’s been planned out well. Therefore, put some thought into the lighting you would like in your room, and how you can accentuate it with placement, with highlighting certain features or with options for customization (dimmers, colors, etc.).
  • Give yourself enough outlets: One addition you should make when upgrading a bathroom space is adding outlets, especially if you’re in an older home. Older houses tended to have fewer outlets because, back in the day, there was less reliance on electronics. You probably have quite a few items you use electricity for in the bathroom, so add outlets and make sure they are GFCI standard.
  • Think about the grout: Grout is another common afterthought when planning a bathroom remodel, but the kind of grout you use can actually make a big statement. Yes, grout is primarily used for functionality, preventing dirt and water from getting under the tiles and causing mold or mildew. But you can choose grout that will stand out from the tile or blend into the wall, depending on the aesthetic you’re going for. If you know dirty grout is going to drive you crazy and you don’t want to spend time cleaning it, you should avoid going with a bright white.
  • Don’t forget storage: Sufficient storage should be a key consideration as you plan out your bathroom remodel. This goes beyond the vanities and cabinets you use, and could include built-in racks, shallow shelves, towel bars, shower compartments and other opportunities for bathroom storage and organization so everything you use has a proper place.

Need some more tips regarding what you need to know about renovating your bathroom? Contact our team of experts at Joe Myers Construction Inc. today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about our bathroom remodeling capabilities.