5 Important Considerations When Tackling a Bathroom Remodel

By Katie Houdek

A bathroom remodel can be a fantastic way to ensure your needs are being met and your preferences and aesthetic tastes are recognized. That said, this is the type of project that comes with several important considerations and each should be carefully evaluated to ensure that your project is a win and not a terrible disappointment.

1 – Why Do You Want To Undertake This Bathroom Remodel?

Are you planning on selling your home? Are you a new homeowner that wants to bring a horribly outdated bathroom into the current era? Is there someone in your home with accessibility issues that need to be addressed? More than likely you’re not undertaking a substantial overhaul just because you can’t find a better way to keep yourself busy. You have a reason and that reason will highly motivate the choices you’ll make during this process.


2 – The Budget

First and foremost you need to set a budget. Second, you need to stick to that budget. It’s critical that you determine what you’re willing to spend, do a little research to see if your budget is realistic, and pinpoint the three things in your project that are the most important you. Once you’ve determined your priorities you can couple that with some comparison shopping and end up with the bathroom remodel that fits your needs and stays within your means.

3 – Layout And Functionality

Are you planning on changing the location of the sink or toilet? This can require additional plumbing and pipe placement and is often overlooked when planning a bathroom remodel. It’s imperative that your bathroom water flow and drainage are up to code. Moving fixtures around can increase the budget and the duration of your project. However, if a layout is in need of reconsideration because of accessibility issues it’s important to factor that into your overall plan and budget from the beginning.

4 – Aesthetic Appeal

Is your bathroom incredibly outdated? Determine whether or not it’s visually or functionally outdated. Perhaps it’s both? It could be that with a little bit of paint and some new fixtures you’ll be good to go, but it might need a deeper investment than that. The most important aspect of a bathroom remodel is to get familiar with your options. Maybe the walls of your outdated bathroom are covered in less than pleasing burnt orange tiles. Become familiar with all the options available to you. Maybe the tiles are damaged and need to go but maybe those tiles are in excellent shape and with a simple re-glazing they can be rejuvenated and turn your bathroom into the elegant and inviting space you desire.

5 – Increased Property Value

Before you open that checkbook or take out a line of credit consider the actual return this investment is likely to produce. If you’ll be staying in the home for more than five years than you can make more personal choices in regard to your renovation. If you’re planning on moving sooner than that you’ll want to consider how this bathroom remodel will impact your property’s value. Realtors often warn that you should be cautious when it comes to fixtures and colors because they may go out of style and quickly date your space. That big round soaking tub might be gorgeous but if your plan to sell your home in the near future you may lose potential buyers because their needs require a more traditional shower and tub option. It’s also very important to look around your neighborhood. Get an idea of what they norm for your area is. If the majority of the homes in your neighborhood have marble sinks and your bathroom remodel opts for the laminate countertop then your place could be a harder sell. Conversely, if laminate countertops are the norm on your block and you install granite then you may have priced your home out of the competition.

BONUS: Is This A DIY Job Or Should You Call In The Pros?

After you’ve put thought into all of the above it’s time to sit back and really give some serious thought to the biggest consideration of all. Do you tackle this beast on your own or should you call in the pros? Be honest about your skill set. If you don’t know the first thing about plumbing than you probably shouldn’t move the sink or toilet around in your bathroom by yourself. Maybe you’re quite handy but can’t begin to wrap your brain around creating a beautiful space. Remember, there’s no shame in hiring someone to help you with your bathroom remodel. When it’s all said and done you want to be able to enjoy your newly renovated space. Overestimating your skill level and destroying the budget when you have to bring the pros in to fix your mess can go a long way toward tainting your ability to love your finished project.


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Happy remodeling and good luck! Give serious thought to these considerations and you’ll be well on your way to creating the bathroom of your dreams! Are you starting a project like this one? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments! You can also share with us on Facebook and Twitter!



  • Nash Rich says:

    I like that this brought up the budget right away. I think it’s easy for people to get carried away, and go beyond their budget, and end up in more debt. I’m a believer in finding out what fits in the budget, and sticking to it till you die!

  • The part of this article I really appreciate is where it talks about changing the layout of the sink or toilet. My wife and I are in the process of remodeling our bathroom and this is something that we have been debating. I am going to show her this article for sure because I think it will help me out a lot.

  • Scott says:

    I like that you point out to think about your skills and if you can do what you want to have done or if you should hire a professional to do it. I think that it is better to pay a little extra to hire someone who can do it without any problems than trying to do it yourself and making a lot of mistakes. My wife and I have talked about remodeling our bathroom in the summer. I’ll have to point this out to her and see if she’d be OK hiring someone to do it. http://www.herlsbathmd.com/tub-to-shower-conversions

  • Nick says:

    Thank you for writing this article. It seems like no matter how hard you try, there are always unexpected expenses. Planning is definitely the most important part.

  • Contractor - Blake says:

    I think fixtures/appliances are things that people think about most, because they’re instant gratification and short term decisions – but honestly, I believe functionality and how you move around the space is something that people learn over the course of 6-8 months whether or not they made the right decision about their remodel. Just a quick thought – thanks for the good read. Hoping to get a blog up soon on our site http://www.contractorcc.com/

  • Ali Hamad says:

    I really try to explain the 3rd point to all my customers. I believe functionality trumps aesthetics long term. Think about it, if you have a beautiful bathroom but seem crammed or in the way of your spouse, what good is that down the road when it’s “just a bathroom.” Beauty fades but you must be comfortable in your space. But I guess you can make the argument that budget trumps everything. Feel free to check out some of my kitchen remodels here: http://www.batonrougehomeremodeling.com/kitchen-remodeling.html

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