Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? From primary bathroom to powder room, a bathroom reno rejuvenates one of the hardest working rooms in your home. Whether you’re swapping out faucets or choosing a new bathroom vanity light, these changes help you create an environment to feel excited about.
Of course, any renovation comes with a lot of questions. How do you keep it on budget? How do you keep it from taking over your life? How do you keep it on target? Here are a few quick tips to help you do just that.
Know Your Budget
Before you get started, decide on the most important part of your project: your budget. If you’re planning a small renovation, it’s easy to jump in without thinking about the numbers, but it’s also easy for the cost to get away from you.
When you’re thinking of starting a renovation, you most likely have an idea of the scope. You might want to do a small-scale renovation with updated lighting, hardware and paint, or you might want to make big changes.
A big renovation may include any or all the bits from a small reno along with more dramatic changes like a new tub, shower, cabinets or countertops. It may also include removing a tub in favor of a larger shower, creating a zero-entry shower or rerouting plumbing.
The budget depends on the scale of the renovation and the size of the bathroom itself. Get an idea of your budget by pricing out each part individually and adding everything together. Then, add at least an extra 10 percent on top for overages. (Wiggle room is important for any renovation budget!) When you have a solid idea of your budget’s parameters, accounting for them is much easier.
Know What You Want
The answer to this question affects your budget. Do you know you want a bathroom vanity light or ceiling lights from Savoy House Lighting? Have you decided on bathroom sink faucets from Kohler? Factor these details into your budget and overall renovation plan. This matters because different collections and styles come with varying price tags. Knowing exactly what you want helps you create a more accurate budget.
Beyond the budget, knowing what you want brings the overall bathroom design together. You can coordinate cabinet hardware with sink fixtures and bring it all together with matching lights. You can also create a cohesive theme, like a modern look or coastal vibes. No matter what style you choose, knowing what you want before you start is essential.
Know When to Call the Experts
Though there’s something to be said for doing a renovation project yourself, it’s important to know when to call the experts. This tip truly cannot be understated. From plumbing issues to electrical concerns, you may encounter a problem you’ve never faced before. While some smaller problems can be solved with a simple YouTube tutorial, others are more complex and require professional intervention.
If you tackle a plumbing or electrical issue with limited knowledge, you run the risk of putting a dent into your timeline and budget, creating a bigger issue or even getting physically hurt. Calling in someone with the expertise to solve your problem may cost more in the short term, but it will pay off in the long term!