Need a Bathroom Makeover?
When done right, bathroom remodeling provides you a small slice of serenity where you can ignore the world and exhale. You get some of the benefits you would get from a spa getaway or a calming retreat, but in the comfort of your home, on demand and at no added cost. However, there are certain things you must get right from the start for a successful remodeling project in Gladstone.
How do you use your bathroom?
With regards to bathrooms, a lot is going on in a relatively little area. Bearing that in mind, function should always be considered along with style. It is therefore important to consider how many times you enter the bathroom and how the amenities are used in that space. Obviously the bathroom on the master suite will be used differently from a guest bathroom, or the kids’ bathroom. For instance, if you mainly use your bathroom for quick showers and brushing your teeth on the go, the materials and colors you use will be quite different from those of a bathroom in which you spend several hours with candles and soft music when relaxing.
How long do you plan to stay?
It is also important to consider your future plans, such as whether you plan on remaining in your current home for a good number of years. If this is the situation, you will need to give some thought to how your needs will evolve as you age. Thankfully there are creative ways to produce a universal design that looks stylish now while integrating features you may require in the future.
How much can you afford to spend
The bathroom is the second most vital and expensive part of the house after the kitchen. This means you probably have guidelines to your budget as well as anticipations for a good return on investment, and this is why the planning phase for your remodeling project is so important. It is impossible to overemphasized how important the budgeting and planning are to a successful bathroom remodel.
Establishing a financial plan will help you identify what you can or can’t afford and will therefore help to plan sensibly for new features and potential structural changes. Ventilation, layout and fixtures choices are all part of the planning process for your project.
What type of investment are you making?
When budgeting, it is vital to first carry out a comprehensive assessment of your finances so you know precisely how much you can invest. When deciding this you must ask yourself how long you plan to stay in your current home. Generally speaking, if you are going to stay in the home for less than five years, then the remodeling should be considered a financial investment. On the other hand, if you intend to stay longer, the money spent renovating should be thought of as an investment in your family’s comfort.
When you consider your budget for your bathroom remodeling project keep in mind that labor cost will probably be about one third the cost of the overall project. To stay within budget you will need to prioritize each item as a need or a want, obviously the needs must take precedent. Extra luxuries like towel warmers and steam showers are terrific, but they are not necessarily essential to the space’s function so if it starts to look like you might go over budget they should be at the top of the list of things to exclude.
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Financial safety net
Another important monetary consideration you need to make is the sudden surprises that will most likely come up, forcing you to spend money. An amount equal to 10 percent of the labor costs should be sufficient to cover problems that might arise. When you appropriate a financial cushion you will then have it to spend on a few extra luxuries at the project’s end if no surprises occur.
Working with professionals
Truth be said, bathroom remodeling can be quite expensive, but even with a limited budget, you can still get a appreciable amount of work completed. While some people may think that working with experts will only increase their remodeling costs, the reality is quite the opposite. Skilled bathroom remodelers and contractors will actually help you get the most out of your budget.
If your Gladstone home needs a new bathroom or a full renovation, we at Steve’s Home Improvement are here to help you. We can help you bring your vision to life, while setting sensible goals for your remodeling project. For more info or to schedule an appointment give us a call today at (503) 342-8234