4 huge lessons learned from a bathroom remodel
Sometimes after remodeling a bathroom, you realize you could have done things differently or better. Perhaps you didn't plan accordingly or made poor or rushed choices along the way. Anyone that has remodeled a bathroom can surely tell you about the things they learned while doing it. Here are 4 of them.
Think about the Future
We live in a culture where we want things and we want them now. Almost everyone has experienced this. Yet, this doesn't work when you are remodeling your bathroom. Focusing just in the now may get you a functional or beautiful bathroom for today but something that you may regret in the future.
For instance, you may be tempted to make your bathroom smaller in order to enlarge the bedroom next to it. You may decide that it’s not necessary to have a tub after all – only a shower stall. When it comes to property resale value, you may get more bang for your buck if you have a tub and shower combo. It may also be considered a full bath for selling purposes as opposed to a half bath. You may be thinking your kids are all grown and you don’t need a tub, but what about future grandchildren? Think ahead when remodeling. It’s expensive and you want to think about the future.
Don’t Skimp on Size
It might be tempting to go with a smaller shower stall in order to give the appearance of a bigger bathroom space overall. However, a few inches on your shower stall may be the difference between a useful space or cramped quarters. Go for the bigger size if you’re bathroom space allows it. Down the line, you’ll be thankful you did. A comfortable bathroom is what you should always aim for, so it's better to always try to make it bigger, even if that means a postponement on your starting date.
Try the Color Schemes first
When it comes to color, one of the best ways to see what sticks is to get a sample at your local home store. Even if you wind up spend a few extra bucks on samples and have to look at all those samples up on the wall for a few days, it will be worth it. The sun coming into the room may make the color appear entirely different than what you had envisioned and the shade will do the same. Don't make the mistake of buying the paint just by how it looks on the catalog, the Internet or the store. Remember, it's what works for you what counts and this strategy will help you discover it.
Be Flexible with your Own Budget
Perhaps the contractor needs some extra tiles, a replacement for some pipelines or a new light fixture to make your bathroom work. But, oh, surprise, you haven't anticipated that and you don't know where you'll get the money. Always leave some wiggle room in your budget becauses there'll always be some unexpected things happening throughout the remodel - and something unexpected usually requires more money. You don’t want to have to hold up a project to find additional loan monies. Make sure to have a cushion in your budget before you even start the work.
Don't dismiss these lessons when remodeling your bathroom. There's a reason why all bathroom contractors can agree on them - they are the ones that can make the difference between your remodel being a smooth experience or a total nightmare.