Do you have a bathroom you would like to remodel?  You have many options to think through before tackling your bathroom remodel project.

Bathroom Planning Steps

  1. The best place to start is to visualize how you want the bathroom to end up when it’s finished.  If you were to picture your ideal bathroom with the space you have, what would it look like?
    At this point you may need to bring in a contractor to determine if you can make the bathroom area you have to work with bigger or just leave the dimensions as-is.
  2. Next, list out the features that are most important to you in order from most important to least.  This priority list will help when reviewing your bathroom budget line items.
  3. Now it’s time to clarify what your bathroom budget is.  This factor will determine what features can be upgraded and your material options. With your budget and priority list in hand, now you can start planning the bathroom remodel project.
  4. Starting with you top priority items begin to gather specific ideas. Once again, your budget will drive much of the options available.

This would be a good time to circle back with your contractor to go over your list and material ideas.  Your bathroom contractor will be able to let you know what the options are and flesh out the project plan.

As it relates to your budget and options, you will most likely fall into one of the following categories;

Perfectionist w/o a Budget Limit
Most people would like to be in this category but many are not. This scenario allows you to create the bathroom remodel of your dreams with no budget limitations.

Perfectionist with a Budget
If you are a perfectionist and plan to keep the home you are remodeling for a long time and have a budget to keep then you will most likely decide to implement the remodel in stages so that you don’t compromise on what you really want.

Get ‘er Done
You fall in this category if you want the entire project done quickly, all at once and are flexible with the results.  If you don’t have the budget with the first plan drawn up then rework some of the options and materials to squeeze everything in for a quick bathroom completion.  In this scenario you may not get all of the materials you wanted but will be satisfied with it being completed so you can move on to your next project. In addition, if you follow your priority list you can cover the top items while compromising on the lower bathroom priority items to keep within schedule and budget.

Whichever category you fall into for this particular bathroom remodel project, if you have moved through the planning steps, you will be happy with the results.  Taking a little time before you get started to plan out and target your key priorities will make all the difference.