Bathroom renovation is a very, very extensive project, and unless you’re a professional (or worked in the builders trade in the past) who knows what they are doing, chances are you might find yourself a little lost. Do not worry, though, as you do not have to be a home designer to plan your own bathroom remodelling. We present you with an arrangement of tips and ideas so you can adequately prepare before you start.
First of all, you want to assess the costs of renovating your bathroom. Think about how much you are willing to spend on the process. Consider the overall size of the bathroom, as well as what materials and of what quality you will be using. Moreover, if you do not have experience in home improvements, make sure to calculate the labour cost. A basic bathroom renovation might cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. If you’re considering a more upscale remodel, prepare to fork over anywhere from $15,000 for mid-range, up to $40,000 for upper-range. Keep in mind that it might be a good idea to hire professional bathroom fitters instead of undertaking it on your own – also financially!
The second most important thing to think about is the bathroom dimensions. Make sure you understand the standard fixture dimensions for tubs, showers, toilets, sinks, as well as the size of tiles (or just hire professional tilers in Glasgow). Then, compare them to the size of your bathroom. If you are not certain if everything will fit correctly, lean more conservative - it is always better to have a bit more open space in the bathroom than to have everything cramped up, not being able to turn around without hitting something. Small soaking tubs are a good choice if you’re struggling. On the other hand, if you have too much open space, you might want to think about extending your countertops or buying a longer bathtub or a more spacious shower fixture.
Thirdly, never forget to consider your own height and the height of your other house-dwellers. Sometimes, the shower you pick up may turn out to be too short for you, and you might not be comfortable with it. Moreover, make sure to thoroughly measure your countertops and cabinets, especially when it comes to the type of sink you want to add. For some types of fixtures, such as a vessel sink, you want your countertops to be a bit lower. If you don’t, you might end up with a sink too close to your face, which will not only make washing uncomfortable but will limit the available space for amenities like soap or holders.
The last tip to remember is that spending a bit more on quality materials is often an efficient investment. Bathrooms are usually much smaller than other rooms you will find in your house, and as such, choosing better materials will not increase your costs as enormously as it could in the case of, for instance, a living room. Not only will high-end materials and careful finishes look luxurious, but they will also last much longer, limiting the maintenance costs. This is especially important if you’re planning to be using the bathroom for years to come, as maintenance costs are usually much higher than what you would’ve paid for better materials.
All in all, bathroom renovation is an extensive project; one that you should not proceed with without serious brainstorming. Take a look at your bathroom, think about its biggest flaws, measure everything correctly, and never try doing the handiwork yourself if you are not experienced - the maintenance and repair cost might be much more than labor would cost you. It’s better to just use the help of professional tilers in such case (we’re from Glasgow so we needed the help of tilers in Glasgow, before we learned how to do it ourselves).