The Ultimate Bathroom Renovation Checklist

If you’re like most Americans, then you may spend more time in the bathroom than you’re willing to admit. It’s a place to unwind, make yourself look beautiful, and sometimes even catch up on social media.

Yet despite its importance, too many people use a bathroom that looks like something out of a sitcom from the 90s. Well, it’s 2020, and it’s time for a renovation. So where should you start?

Keep reading to learn about everything you need to consider when creating your bathroom renovation checklist.

Choose a Vanity

For many people, the vanity is the focal point of their bathroom. From washing your hands and face to putting on makeup, such a central component deserves the proper attention.

Make sure you decide on a vanity as soon as possible. Depending on where you order it from, there may be shipping delays. You don’t want to have all the other parts of your bathroom finished, while still having the same vanity you had before.

Think about proportion and size when choosing a vanity. You want it to be big enough to hold the sink and everything you need to store, but small enough where it doesn’t feel oppressively large.

Find the Perfect Shower or Bathtub

If you’re renovating a full bathroom, get to work finding a suitable shower or bathtub. The one you decide on will have a huge impact on the overall style and feel of your bathroom.

If you have the space, you can decide between a walk-in shower or a traditional shower bathtub. Walk-in showers are luxurious and spacious, while the main attracting of a bathtub is, of course, getting to soak in it after a long and tiring day.

Again, consider the space you have available, as well as other factors such as materials, design, and depth. If you really want to soak in your tub, make sure to get 14″ walls that will allow the water to cover your entire body.

Look at Tile Options

If you opt for a shower, you’ll have to decide on which sort of tile or flooring it will have. Depending on how big your bathroom is, your shower may cover a large chunk of it. This makes the tile an important thing to consider.

Instead of making sure that everything in your bathroom matches, look for places to use accent colors. In many bathrooms, the backsplash and shower floor are great places. Bright and fun colors are trendy right now and can give your bathroom a modern look.

If you have older members of your family, make sure to go with something slip-resistant, as slips and falls often occur when getting into the shower. You can also look into buying mats to place on the floor, or installing grab bars for them to hold onto.

Decide on Flooring

You’ll also need to decide on the flooring outside of the shower as well. If your bathroom still has traditional linoleum floors, it’s time to breathe some life into your floors with an upgrade.

If you like the look of wood but are worried about the effect that water will have on it, manufacturers now offer porcelain floors that look like wood. Ceramic tiles are another popular choice that many trendy and modern bathrooms have.

Again, remember to take safety precautions into consideration. It’s likely that your bathroom floor will often be wet. If anyone in your household is susceptible to slips or falls, it might be a good idea to go with something slip-resistant (though still stylish!).

If you’re passionate about flooring and other building products, consider joining the BCA of SW, or Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho.

Upgrade the Toilet

When many people upgrade their bathrooms, they forget about the toilet. However, this is because most people are unaware of how amazing some of the different new and modern toilets are.

Many toilets today are eco-friendly, providing you with a choice of how much water you want to use each time you flush. Aside from helping the environment, small things such as this may also help lower your monthly utility bills.

Other toilets come with new, and let’s face it, exciting features to enjoy. How does pre-misting before you use it sound? How about heated toilet seats in the winter? Do your research before committing to one to make sure your toilet comes with all the features you want it to have.

Consider the Details

After tackling the major parts of the bathroom renovation process, you’ll need to consider the smaller parts. Although these might not seem as important, they help create a uniform feeling and bring the entire space together.

Faucets and showerheads also play a huge role in how your bathroom feels. Again, try to create a sense of cohesion with these pieces. They can also be great places for you to use an accent color or style.

While looks are important, remember to make sure your faucet is practical, as well. It’s no sense having a beautiful gold faucet if it can’t reach your sink or sprays water everywhere.

Light It Up

If your bathroom still has a single overhead light illuminating the room, leave that behind and never look back. Mood lighting in the bathroom is essential and is a key component to relaxing after a long day.

Lightbars, canned lights, and pendant lights are some of the many options you have to choose from. Regardless of which options you choose from, make sure to provide your bathroom with enough light.

You can also look into installing dimmers, allowing you to choose how much light you want at a particular moment. Are you ready for a glass of pinot noir and a bubble bath? Turn them down low. Are you applying a full face of makeup? Turn the lights on high.

Make the Perfect Bathroom Renovation Checklist

If your bathroom is in need of an upgrade, make sure to give it what it needs. By creating the perfect bathroom renovation checklist, you’ll be able to keep track of everything you need to update, ensuring that your bathroom looks picture-perfect in no time.

Do you now have a better idea of how to renovate a bathroom? If you do, make sure to check out some of our other blog posts for more guides and tips.

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