Need a Bathroom Makeover?
When done right, bathroom remodeling provides you with a small slice of peacefulness where you can ignore the world and exhale. You can reproduce many of the benefits of your favorite spa in the comfort of your own home. However, there are certain things you must get correct from the onset for a successful remodeling project in Molalla.
Different bathrooms are used differently
Honestly, for as small as many bathrooms are they have quite a lot happening. Because of this, it is vital to focus on both function and style. Therefore, it’s important to consider how many times you use the bathroom and how you use the amenities in that space. Obviously the bathroom on the master suite will be used differently from a guest bathroom, or the kids’ bathroom. For example, if you mainly use your bathroom to brush your teeth and take quick showers, the colors and materials will be quite different from those of a bathroom in which you spend several hours with soft music and candles when unwinding.
How much longer do you plan to stay?
With something like this you would be wise to take the future into consideration, such as whether or not you plan to remain in your home for the foreseeable future. If this is the situation, you will need to give some thought to how your needs will change as you age. Thankfully there are creative ways to produce a universal design that looks stylish now while including features you may require in the future.
What’s your budget?
The bathroom is the second most expensive and vital room in the house following the kitchen. Because of this, you can anticipate a solid return on investment as long as you set a reasonable budget and spend the required time preparing for your remodeling project. Budgeting and space planning are critical first steps for successful bathroom remodeling project.
Once you have determined a reasonable spending plan you can quickly remove any ideas that fall outside of it, which enables you to focus on changes and features that are actually feasible. Layout, ventilation and choices of fixtures are all part of the planning process for your project.
What type of investment are you making?
When budgeting, it is always important to first carry out a comprehensive review of your financial situation so you know exactly how much you can invest. When deciding this you must ask yourself how much longer you plan to live in your home. Generally speaking, if you are going to stay in the home for fewer than five years, then the remodeling should be thought of a financial investment. If you plan to stay more than 5 years then you should consider your budget as an investment in your quality of life and that of your family.
Determine what your priorities are
When you consider your budget for your bathroom remodeling project don’t forget that labor cost tends to 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 great, 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 the first things to eliminate.
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Financial safety net
Despite how well you plan, unanticipated surprises are bound to arise, when they do you should have some money tucked away to cope with them. An amount corresponding to 10 percent of the labor costs should be enough to cover problems that might pop up. When you appropriate a financial cushion you will then have it to spend on a few extra features at the end of the project if there have been no surprises.
Working with professionals
The fact is that it can be expensive to renovate your bathroom, but you can still get quite a bit of work done even if your budget is smaller than you would like. While some people may think that working with experts will only increase their remodeling costs, the reality is quite the opposite. Professional contractors and bathroom remodelers will in reality help you get the most value out of your budget.
If you’re planning to undertake a bathroom or home remodeling project in your Molalla home, we at Steve’s Home Improvement would be grateful to be of service. We can help you bring your vision to life, while setting realistic goals for your remodeling project. Contact us today at (503) 342-8234 for more information or to schedule an appointment.