While a bathroom may be one of the smaller rooms in a home, remodeling it can be a big undertaking. Some local businesses such as myshower.com.au offer their advice on what to consider and how to streamline the process.
Identify the functionality of the space. According to Ken Luchon, owner of Renew Home Center and Bath Planet in Crown Point, first and foremost before shopping, choose someone with a license and insurance, and someone with experience who has remodeled a large number of bathrooms. Once a remodeler is selected, determine the reason for the remodel. “Most people remodel their bath for one or more of three reasons,” he says. “Someone has aged or is sick and needs accommodations, there are leaks or damage and they have to fix it, or the bathroom is outdated and ugly.”
John White, marketing director at Schillings in St. John, says a homeowner should consider whether the renovation is in order to sell the home or if it is for their family’s long-term enjoyment. Luchon notes that his customers’ prevailing concerns are putting too much money into the house and its renovations and whether they will see a return on their investment when they sell. He says that while there are sources such as Realtor.com that provide guidance on the financial return, it’s important to be able to enjoy what you have while you live there.
Set a budget and determine which wants and needs are attainable. Before decking the bath out with a luxury shower and marble floor, Luchon suggests setting a realistic budget. “This is crucial to help with the design,” he says. “You have to know how much you really want to spend.” He adds that talking to a professional will put the budget in perspective and reveal what is realistic.
White notes that potential drainage, waterproofing or mold issues should take precedence over other upgrades. Once the costs of these items are determined, the client can use the remainder of their budget to select other items. Luchon recommends addressing needs before preferences, such as taller toilets that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or grab bars necessary for aging adults. He then makes a list based on the type of toilet (round or elongated?) shower heads (multiple sprays?), countertops (one or two bowls), mirrors, storage space, medicine cabinets, lighting, flooring and more.
Select fixtures, accessories and accents to complete the bathroom. Once the budget is set and wants and needs are identified, the bathroom can be designed. “Our designers can assist in selecting tile for the walls and floors, cabinetry, countertops and bath fixtures,” says White. Luchon says that accurate measurement is key. “We come to the home and measure.”
While there are many options to consider, the remodeler can help make the selection painless. They can guide the homeowner in choosing tubs and surrounds, tiles, flooring, lights and more. Luchon notes that a proper venting/exhaust system that vents to the outside of the home is important to get rid of odors and moisture. “Code says a bathroom requires a window or a fan,” he says. “Most people don’t open the window, so it’s better to install the proper exhaust fan.”