I see them every weekend at big box home improvement stores. There they are roaming the aisles high from one too many episodes of HGTV and DIY network. They want to remodel their bathroom, and they start in the tile aisle, then they move on to cabinets and then to fixtures. It’s a common remodeling mistake that even your most seasoned DIYer is apt to fall into. In order to avoid starting your bathroom remodel with last things first, here are some simple steps to ensure the order of your process leads you to the bathroom you envisioned on day one.
First, spend a half hour in your space. Go in the bathroom and sit. Not on the throne, sit on the floor and look for light. Natural light is a must for a great bathroom with a timeless design. Where is the window? Does it allow for the flow of natural light through the whole bath? If there isn’t a window is a skylight and option? Never discount the value of natural light and fresh air in a bathroom. It doesn’t matter if the room is large or small, the starting place is looking for the details of air movement and light. Don’t stop at a window for light, always include elements of glass and mirror. Glass shower enclosure or oversize custom mirror might be the linchpin for movement of natural light through your space. Think long term in order to get the most from your remodel, in ten years it won’t matter if you had cute tile in a dark and muggy bathroom. Start with the light.
Next, function is charm! Whether your style is shabby chic, contemporary art deco, or somewhere in the middle with modern farmhouse, the function of user space is charm. Consider space available, sight lines, as well as, family specific user accommodations. A bathroom that functions is cleaner and adds lifestyle value that is a delight!
Lastly, delve into all the details of how you want to decorate the space. Pick out color schemes, tile patterns, fixtures and knobs. Pick a balance of items that represent your taste and neutral elements that withstand the test of time. The details do matter, but they matter most when they start with good design.
Although bathrooms are small compared to most of the other rooms in your home, they are among the more important. In order to get the most of the time and money you spend updating yours make a good start to your project. A bathroom remodel should look great in the end but homeowners who follow these simple steps will end with a new room that is more than just a pretty powder room. It will be a room that adds exceptional value because it will be airy, light, and will work for the people who live there for years to come.