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We are about to embark on a major home improvement project… finishing out our walk-out basement. It is a massive space with great potential. We have big ideas for this floor, including 2 bedrooms with a solid wood queen bed in each room, an entertaining space with bar, workout room, and full bathroom. No matter how many times I’ve taken on a renovation challenge, I’m always amazed at how much finishes, fixtures, and technology has changed since the last time.
Bathrooms are no exception. I’ve been curating inspiration on Pinterest and Houzz. Here’s what I’m currently gravitating towards…
Clearly, I’m currently crushing on tile!
In case you’re on the same journey, here are a few bath remodeling tips that I’ve gathered to guide our process.
The balance of functionality and aesthetics
When it comes to a new bathroom design, it can be easy to get swept away with high end finishes and details. While you’re making selections for your new room, think about practical (and pretty) storage solutions that can store all of your bottles, towels, extra toilet paper, and other items. You might want to consider other “practical” luxuries, such as radiant heat flooring, a heated towel rail, or an anti-fog mirror.
Because our bathroom is in a basement, the humidity plays a more critical factor as we’re evaluating technology and finishes. I’m interested to learn more about what our options are!
Always plan for the unexpected budget hits
No matter how much you might try to stick to a budget, the unexpected could happen. It might be that you have a leaking pipe that’s only uncovered once the work starts, or perhaps you fall in love with those fancy tiles that are now living rent free in your mind 24/7. No matter what it is, it’s important to have a buffer built into your budget so you won’t panic if you have to splash out a bit more than you initially thought.
And, hey, look at it as a challenge. If you come in under budget, you will feel like you just won a prize.
Speak to the experts
One of the most important things you can do when planning your bathroom renovation is to speak with the experts. They will know what will work well in your space and what won’t. They may even redirect your thoughts in new and exciting ways! They can also advise on the best places to source materials, how to stick to budget, and offer unbiased suggestions. Before meeting, gather some ideas of your own on Pinterest or Houzz to share and hear professional feedback.
Make sure to take plenty of before, during, and after photos of your new space so you can really appreciate your new bathroom even more. Whether you’ve gone for a totally new layout or just a paint and decor refresh, it’s sure to be a space you’re proud of!
Have you recently had your bathroom renovated? If so, what are some tips that helped you through the process? Let me know in the comments below!