Your bathroom should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional, but if it is no longer working for you in either aspect, it might be time to upgrade it with new features or design elements. To get started, you need to research the best layout and materials to incorporate in this project. More importantly, you need to work with the right home improvement contractor for the job!
A lot of factors and details are involved in a major bathroom upgrade. It can be overwhelming with all the options and details you have to go over, and you’ll also risk spending more than anticipated and going beyond what you can afford.
Bathroom Renovation or Remodel?
When updating your bathroom, one of the biggest factors is choosing whether to remodel or renovate. While both terms are often used interchangeably in the industry, they have different meanings. Of course, you can expect a bit of overlap as some contractors also use the terms to mean the same thing, but one of their distinct differences is what’s involved in each type of project. For instance, any project that involves plumbing and electrical rewiring/installation is considered a renovation, but if several problems arise during the process, it can turn into a remodeling project if emergency repairs are needed.
Factors to Consider
As you plan out your bathroom upgrade, you’ll have to be aware of the several factors that can affect the overall cost and design of the project. Here are some of the most common ones:
Proper lighting design is important in your bathroom remodel. The type of lighting fixtures you use can affect the overall cost of your project, but they’re usually worth it if they enhance your bathroom experience. Whether you take a quick shower or a long bath, you’ll want to have the right amount of lighting for safety and convenience. The same goes for your vanity and sink area; your mirror should be lit properly for daily activities, such as shaving or applying makeup.
Are you planning to keep the existing layout of your bathroom space? If so, then the remodeling costs will go mainly to upgrading the rest of the interiors. Otherwise, a full bathroom remodeling project usually involves relocating walls, vanity, fixtures, lighting and even plumbing. It can easily take a big chunk of your overall budget, especially if it includes an expansion. It may also involve a lot of rerouting electrical wiring and plumbing to accommodate your changing needs.
If you’re already considering a floor plan change or expansion, make sure to communicate your specific goals with your hired remodeling contractor who can redesign your bathroom layout and maximize the existing space.
Your bathroom’s current ventilation fan may need to be updated, especially if it’s already old. Depending on the model and features, the replacement cost won’t affect your overall budget too much. However, depending on your layout design, you’ll likely have to upgrade to a larger fan. Either way, this important bathroom component helps you manage indoor humidity levels and prevent mold and mildew from growing on grout lines or near the shower, tub or toilet.
Half-baths are smaller than full ones, which means they cost less to remodel. That’s because they only contain basic amenities, such as the toilet and sink. Also known as powder rooms, they’re often reserved for guests coming over to stay overnight, though they are also a convenient second bathroom for family members who need to groom or relieve themselves right before they leave the house.
Full bathrooms will cost considerably more to remodel because they have all the complete amenities, including the bathtub and shower area. They’re usually twice the size of a half-bath and will require more materials and fixtures during the remodeling process. And depending on your layout and design, you’ll probably add a few other amenities and features to customize the space to suit your family’s preferences.
Amenities and Features
You can choose from a wide range of options that can enhance your overall bathroom experience. These include dual showers, heated floors, whirlpool tubs, steam units, towel warmers and so on. Keep in mind that they can also drive up the overall cost of your project, so unless you have an open budget, consider getting the ones that will improve comfort and convenience.
If you’re remodeling your bathroom for your aging parents and loved ones, the amenities and features should add more convenience while they use it. Applying universal design and accessibility features to your bathroom space may affect the overall cost of your home improvement project, but they’re usually worth the investment if it means better safety and security. These include lower cabinet heights, leveled shower areas, grab bars and wider door frames to accommodate wheelchair users and family members with limited mobility.
Cabinets and Countertops
The materials and design of your bathroom cabinets and countertops can easily affect the overall cost of your upgrade. When it comes to countertops, you’re not limited to granite and marble; you can also choose laminate and other similar materials that can be custom-made to fit the aesthetics of the entire space. The same goes for your cabinetry; you can choose to install standard-sized cabinets from big box stores to save money, although they’re often not as sturdy and reliable over time compared to custom-made ones. If you’re willing to spend more for your bathroom upgrade, consider getting yours customized to fit the interior space and give it a more personalized design.
AllPoint Construction is a family-owned remodeling and roofing business that takes pride in serving our neighbors in Wayne County. We specialize in making homes throughout the area more beautiful and more durable so our customers can enjoy an excellent return on their investment and allows us to establish a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship. From the inside out, our team of home improvement experts can help you achieve all your home improvement goals!
Count on AllPoint Construction’s bathroom remodelers to use only high-quality products and provide outstanding workmanship to upgrade your bathroom with your best interests in mind! Let’s get started by calling (734) 407-7110 or filling out our convenient online contact form.