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Helpful Steps to Bathroom Remodeling

Helpful Steps to Bathroom Remodeling By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Thinking about adding a new bathroom to your home or remodeling a current one? Don't know where to begin? These basic tips can help you make the process as stress-free as possible.

Step One: Analyze Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

What kind of bathroom remodeling project are you planning--a guest bathroom or a master bath? For a guest bathroom, you want the simplicity of easy care counters and sinks, but you might opt for a more dramatic or ornate decor to impress your guests. Oh the other hand, a master bath is used daily, so you may want a more practical design as well as easy care.

Step Two: Determine your Remodeling Budget and Timeframe

To plan a realistic budget, think through which of the following aspects of your bathroom need to be included in the remodeling project:
  • Floor
  • Shower/Bathtub
  • Sink
  • Counter tops
  • Cabinets/other structures
  • Wall paper or other wall design

Does your home have another bathroom you can use while your master bath remodel is underway? Keep in mind that bathroom remodeling is generally disruptive so talk with your contractor and make sure you clearly understand how long the project will take. Because you generally don't use a guest bathroom everyday, you might be able to tolerate a longer term project in a guest bathroom than in a master bath.

Step 3: Remodel with Style

A professional designer can help optimize your available space with lighting, mirrors, or other decorating tricks as well as practical choices like accessibility of items that you need on a regular basis. Decorator magazines and Web sites can also provide excellent bathroom remodeling ideas.

It is possible to enjoy your bathroom instead of just rushing through it while you're getting ready for work. Now may be the time to update your master bath with a look and feel you can take pleasure in every day, or put some extra class in your guest bathroom. The secret to successful bathroom remodeling is doing your research and having a plan and a realistic budget before you begin. A bathroom remodeling project is never easy but you can minimize the hassles by being prepared.


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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