15 Questions to Consider Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Bathroom-remodelBathroom remodels can add beauty and increase the value of your home, so it’s a project that a lot of homeowners choose to do. Before you start your bathroom remodeling project you should do some planning to make sure you avoid unplanned expenses and everything runs smoothly.

In this Complete Home Remodeling Guide we give you some suggestions for remodeling a small bathroom.

What is the Budget?

Knowing your total budget will help you make decisions about materials and fixtures like spas and tubs, sinks and faucets and bathroom flooring. Staying within budget will keep you from having regrets later that can tarnish your enjoyment of the remodeled bathroom.

How Much is Labor Going to Cost?

If you’re budget is $15,000, then you should know how much of that is going to be allocated to labor costs. Get multiple written estimates in order to know what your labor costs will be. Then you’ll know your budget for flooring, fixtures, lighting, etc.


Does the Room Have Enough Natural Light?

If you want a bigger window or more windows, now is the time to decide. Changing window size or adding an extra window during the bathroom remodeling is not the most cost-effective time to do it.

If the Wiring Sufficient?

If you’re adding any wiring including a wall heater, steam shower or a jetted tub that requires 220 volt outlet instead of the standard 110, you’ll want to add it when the bathroom is torn apart.

Is a Bathtub Necessary?

The kids are grown and you don’t take baths. Do you need a bathroom tub or is a shower enough?  Will it affect resale if you don’t have a tub?  In a master bathroom, a tub isn’t a high priority. If you’re remodeling a bathroom used by the entire household, including a tub makes sense. Know your options and needs.

Can a Second Sink be Added?

Do you and your partner get ready for work at the same time?  A second sink can be very handy and now is the right time to add one.

Is a Large Shower with Two Heads a Good Idea?

Pros: There’s room for two! Cons: The airspace in a large shower can be chilly – taking longer to warm up when just one side of the shower is in use.

Is a Walk-In Tub or Shower a Good Idea?

If you are getting older or plan to live in the home into your retirement years, installing a walk-in tub or shower might be a great idea. They are safer to use and easier to get into and out of. These products are often referred to as “curbless” tubs or showers.

I Want a Tile Floor, but Don’t Like the Cold. What Can Be Done?

There are quite a few choices for bathroom flooring, but if you want tile flooring or natural stone flooring but don’t like the idea of a cold floor on bare feet in the winter, consider using area rugs. If the budget is larger, consider an in-floor, radiant heat system.

What About Grab Bars in the Shower?

If you are choosing a new shower enclosure or having a custom tile shower built, including grab bars is a great idea. Don’t be concerned that they’ll look institutional or make you feel old. Today’s options are stylish and you’ll have choices to fit your bathroom remodeling scheme.

Is a Jetted Tub Worth the Money?

A jetted tub is always worth the money, but only if you know you’ll use it. Some studies have shown that many consumers regret spending the money for a jetted tub because it doesn’t get the use they thought it would.

Is a Building Permit Required?

In most municipalities, a permit is required and you should get one. You can be fined if you don’t get one. But more importantly, the purpose of getting a permit is so that the work can be inspected for safety. When electricity and water are in close proximity, you want to know that the work is done according to building codes. cutting corners here may cost you  more in the long run.

What are the Best Ways to Reduce Moisture in the Bathroom?

If your bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, make the installation of one a part of the bathroom remodeling project. Installing a sky light in a shower can also be a good way to remove excess moisture as well as providing natural light. Choose a window and frame that won’t be damaged by moisture. Avoid wood in favor of vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum.

I Want a Bright Vanity Light Fixture without the Heat

Having lots of light at the sink is something most people appreciate. If you want one that won’t emit so much heat, choose LED or fluorescent lighting.

What Fixture Finishes are Easiest to Care For?

Chrome and stainless steel are low-maintenance and will look the best for the longest period of time. If you choose brushed nickel, antique brass or other popular finishes, they’ll require a bit more TLC to keep them looking great.

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