Are you ready to start on your bathroom remodeling project? Even if you aren’t, the experts here at Toscana are ready to help you make your bathroom amazing!
Plan, Plan, Plan
Before anything else, it’s essential that you come up with a design plan. Before getting your hands dirty or hiring another person to get his/her hands dirty, you need to iron out the details. Skilled contractors can definitely advise you in your decision-making; nonetheless, it helps when you have a solid idea in mind.
What would you like your dream bathroom to look like?
Begin with a rough idea. Think about the options that you like in your current bathroom and decide the areas where you want to see improvement. Additionally, look for just a few bathroom designs that you really like. There are all kinds of inspiring bathroom designs that you’ll find by searching online.
Don’t just sell yourself short when it comes to planning. Your exact bathroom idea might not be made into a reality, but you’ll definitely come close.
And, other than the kitchen, bathrooms are probably the home remodeling projects that allow for the most creativity.
Can you afford it?
Now, you can take your idea and try to match it with your budget. Prepare yourself for potential disappointment, since there’s a possibility that you won’t be able to afford every little thing you came up with. That being said, a budget will enable you to separate what’s most necessary in your design and what could be adjusted without a hassle. Who knows? Maybe your budget is flexible and you can afford to spend a bit more on certain fixtures.
Before you spend any more, make sure to receive a breakdown of costs. You can do this yourself, or you can contact a reputable contractor to help you plan and budget for your bathroom remodeling project. The second option is more reliable, since a bathroom remodeling contractor in Dallas has probably done such projects multiple times. Due to this, you’ll benefit from precision and skills with regards to planning a bathroom remodeling project that will fit your budget.
Additionally, remember allow for some budgetary wiggle room for potential setbacks that may come about during your project. Hopefully everything goes smoothly, but you can never be too sure. And, if everything does go smoothly, you’ll have a bit of extra money that you can spend on a certain design element.
Begin with the main selections
Begin with the massive bathroom remodeling selections and work your approach to the smaller ones. Large selections embody:
Plumbing– will you keep the plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, shower) in place or do you plan to relocate them?
Flooring– What type of flooring will be both visually appealing and functional? What size tiles would work best?
Countertop(s)– Which type of countertop would look best and also be able to withstand everyday usage? What type of counter is best? A vanity? If so, what type of vanity?
Shower/Tub– Do you want both? Two showers? Will a shower/tub combo suffice? What type of tiling (for ground and walls) will be best for your shower?
As you can see, there are many choices within choices with regards to bathroom remodeling in Dallas. Try your best to plan your remodel one step at a time. Additionally, answer one set of questions before moving onto the next set. The design decisions are up to you, since your remodeling contractor will handle measurements and installation.
We’ll try to help you answer a few of these questions…
For the sake of ease, it’s best that you keep your plumbing fixtures in place. Relocating the pipes that run through your walls and flooring will be an additional (and hefty) cost. However, you can still exchange your old bathroom fixtures for new ones.
A popular product these days is the wall-hung toilet. This type of toilet is connected solely to the wall, which means that there isn’t a base and the actual toilet tank is hidden behind the wall. Not only do wall-hung toilets look nicer, but they also save space. They’re both on the elegant side of master bathrooms and the space-saving side of smaller bathrooms.
Tile is your best bet for a bathroom. Carpet is a no-no and hardwood is risky. Furthermore, carpet can’t withstand moisture in any respect and hardwood has issues with it as well.
Your best bet is either porcelain or stone tile. Porcelain is nearly indestructible. Its surface is flat, making it simple to clean and maintain. It has a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%, making it the most suitable choice on the market with regards to guarding against moisture.
Owners tend to underestimate the flexibility of porcelain design. You can buy porcelain tile that imitates the look of hardwood and natural stone. Plus, colors and designs are virtually countless. You’ll definitely be able to find a porcelain tile that completely matches your bathroom remodel.
Natural stone flooring is gorgeous; however, its major downside is its vulnerability to moisture. All natural stone materials are porous, which means that water or other liquids can enter the pores of the material and work their way to the core. This can result in discoloration of the flooring.
When you decide on a natural stone flooring, whether it’s granite, marble, travertine or some other type, remember to have your flooring sealed. A sealant will guard against moisture penetration, keeping the flooring in pristine condition.
You’ll face the same issue with your bathroom countertops, but on a smaller scale. As far as countertop materials go, you should take the natural stone route. As long as you seal the surface, you shouldn’t run into any problems with durability. Plus, water is much much less of an issue for countertops than for flooring.
A granite or quartz countertops can steal the moment with its random veiny design and comforting appeal. You’ll have a wide variety of designs to choose from regardless of which natural stone material you select. Honestly, you’ll be smart to base your entire bathroom remodeling project around the type of countertop you select. That’s how much of an impact a natural stone countertop has. Your countertops could be the focal point of your renovated bathroom!
Believe it or not, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to bathing. First of all, many owners really feel the necessity to have a bath tub in their bathroom even if they only really use their shower. When you don’t use a bathtub then what’s the purpose of getting one? It’s only going to waste your bathroom space.
Why not implement a nice shower design? Recently, frameless glass showers are all the rage. Frameless glass showers add class to a bathroom while also making the space seem larger. There’s no curtain and no panels to detract from its design.
As for shower development, homeowners are starting to move away from fiberglass bases and opting for acrylic or porcelain bases. These can be installed as is; they aren’t transported the way fiberglass is. For shower tiling, you can’t go wrong with porcelain. Use smaller tiles on the floor so it provides more grip and fill the partitions with larger tiles. The difference in tile sizes will give your shower a bold look.
Both natural and fixture lighting have a huge impact on the look of a bathroom. Benefiting from natural lighting won’t save you tons of money on your energy bills, but it will give your bathroom an incredible look.
It’s good to have at least one window in a bathroom. Even for smaller bathrooms, a small window above the toilet or shower could make a huge difference. For privacy purposes, consider having a frosted-glass window installed.
For electrical lighting, consider installing dimmer lights. This way you can control the lighting throughout the room. Dimmers are good for the master bath, but they probably aren’t necessary for half bathrooms.
Fixtures are the often overlooked aspect of a bathroom. There’s a wide variety of fixtures to choose from. The goal is to find the set that provides character to your bathroom, and compliments the rest of your bathroom design elements. Moreover, they don’t have to be the very first thing that guests notice when they enter the bathroom, but they should add to the bathroom’s appeal.
All light fixtures have a purpose, and they all have to fit well with one another.
Don’t forget about the contractor!
Tackling a bathroom remodeling project on your own can be a headache. The decision-making is hard enough, but actually remodeling the bathroom and making a model new one…that’s practically unimaginable for the average homeowner.
Sure, there are some things that you’ll be able to handle yourself. For example, painting the walls, installing the fixtures and maybe installing the cabinetry. However, the other duties are best left to an expert.
Skilled contactors get the job done with expertise, experience, and craftsmanship. They’ll have the equipment on hand to execute exact measurements, pressures and moisture ranges. The task of installing natural stone countertops won’t be an easy one since it involves edging and cutting the natural stone. Your contractor should have the ability to cut around the bathroom sink and faucet. They’ll even be able to create the stone edge, depending on which kind of edge you choose.
Porcelain flooring is tedious to install as well. The proper caulking has to be used, the precise grout, and every thing have to be completely in place to provide the specified end result.
Give Toscana Floorings a call to get your bathroom remodeling project started! We’ll help you through the decision-making process and we’ll complete an initial estimate to give you an idea for budgeting. As soon as your material decisions are made, our experts will begin with installation. In the long run, you’ll have your self a vastly improved bathroom; thus, a vastly improved house!