Things to Consider Before Starting Your Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Project
Don’t Be Afraid to Dream, In Fact, It’s Encouraged
The planning phase is perhaps the most fun part of a remodel. It should be divided into two part, the dream phase and the actual plan out phase. In the dream phase, you get to let your imagination run wild. Start with some kitchen and bath magazines, home planning sites and even blue print books for bathroom ideas that stir your imagination.
At this point, there are no bad ideas, forget about budgets, forget about time constraints, and forget about the amount of space you have to work with, just dream and sketch and talk over all of the things that you would love to have in your perfect bathroom. You will narrow things down in the real planning phase next, but for now, have fun with it.
Now It’s Time to Get Serious
Now that you have all of the ideas that you would like to have in your perfect dream bathroom, it’s time to get serious and look at what you can afford, what you can do in your space and time constraints, and what is going to actually be beneficial to you on a daily basis.
Start with the basics such as the bathtub, the shower, the toilet, the vanity, and storage. All of these options have the ability to add functionality and luxury to your bathroom. For instance, you can replace a basic tub with a Jacuzzi tub, a basic shower with a luxury steam shower with additional features, a basic toilet with a low-flush one that features built-in bidet functions, and a basic vanity with a luxury vanity with dual basins and features such as a towel warming drawer. Take a close look at your budget and limitations and then remove the stuff from your dream list that is just out of the question and start working on how to make the must-have items work by getting creative.
OK, now that you have in mind what it is that you are going to actually do with the basics of your new bath, it’s time to plan out the rest of the project. Start out by writing down everything that you need to get done, including tear down of your old bath, expanding the space by moving walls if applicable, installation of fixtures and plumbing changes and more. Take your time and plan out every detail and make sure that you list everything carefully.
Once you have your list of tasks put them onto a calendar. Add in enough time to accommodate delays which may inevitably come up along the way. Now that you have a construction plan, you can start looking at items such tile choices, paint, accessories and other considerations.
Once you get to the actual construction phase take some time to reevaluate your plans and make any adjustments that you need to make. Once you start tearing down the old bathroom is not the time to make changes to your plans, as this can greatly increase the expense and time of your remodel.
Once you are on your way to having your new bathroom you may want to take a look at your kitchen, just like your bathroom, the kitchen can become dated quickly and even the most basic of remodel can not only increase your happiness in your home but improve its value as well.