Renovating your bathroom is one of the smartest remodeling projects you can take on. Not only will it improve the experience of your house but it will ramp up the value of your home and make it easier to move at sale time. But bathroom remodeling shouldn’t be handled haphazardly. There are a number of things to consider before any work gets underway and a new posting over at homeportfolio.com has a pretty comprehensive list beginning with spatial considerations:
How is the current square footage and floor plan working for you? Do you need more space for two people to get ready simultaneously? Is this a bath that siblings share? Do you have space for performing common tasks or would you like to shuffle the space around?
If you’re considering expanding the bathroom… What’s the situation outside if you plan to add on? Will an addition extend into the privacy of your backyard or will it happen streetside? How will local codes and regulations govern the addition?
As you can see there are a multitude of things to consider before plunging into a bathroom remodeling project. But while it’s crucial that you keep in mind what you want and how that may impact the project, it’s just as important to know what to avoid. Remember: the goal is to create a space that will be both functional and beautiful. You can do so by avoiding the following common mistakes:
- Did you remember the view? – Your new bathroom should have a clear path for natural light to enter and you to see out. Don’t jam the window into a tight corner where it won’t do any good or, worse yet, forego a window altogether. Even if the location of the bathroom means a window isn’t possible, a skylight might be.
- Is there too much view? – While a window in the bathroom is important you’ll want to avoid a nice clear view into the bathroom from any of the home’s major public areas. Make sure your new bathroom has a discrete point of entry. You don’t want the guests you’re entertaining in the living room to have a nice view of the toilet.
- And speaking of the toilet – While the toilet is certainly a key element of any bathroom it doesn’t by any stretch of the imagination need to be the focal point. Consider putting it in a corner or nook or even behind a partition and create sightlines that converge on the mirror, above the sink or even the window.
- Needless space – Space should serve some functional purpose. While it may seem like a good idea to take some space from the spare bedroom and dedicate it to making your renovated bathroom larger, is there a good reason to do so? Sure everyone loves space, but sometimes space is just that, space. It doesn’t serve any real design purpose and can actually overwhelm your expensive cabinetry or make your new shower enclosure seem too small.
- Under budgeting – You need to be aware at all times during your bathroom remodeling exactly what you have to spend and then make sure you don’t commit to a project that is beyond your means. Things can add up fast when it comes to bathroom renovation. Set a limit and respect it.
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Before embarking on a bathroom remodeling project, call the design professionals at Karen Homes. We’ll help you make sense of all the different considerations so that you wind up with a renovated bathroom that is a functional, beautiful and valuable addition to your home. For more than 15 years we’ve been building our reputation as one of the GTA’s most trusted custom building contractors through the quality of our work and the excellence of our customer service.
Whether you’re contemplating a home addition, a renovated basement, bathroom remodeling or any other type of home improvement project, we can help. Call us today on (416) 661-6006 to find out more or to talk over your project with one of our award winning designers.