Five Tips You’ll Want to Keep in Mind
Remodeling a bathroom is a large undertaking, and can become expensive and time-consuming if you’re not careful. There are many decisions to make regarding the design, layout, and overall aesthetic of the bathroom. Plus, you also need to consider the logistical issues of not having full access to your bathroom while it’s being renovated or remodeled. On average, this is a job that can take a month or more if you’re doing a full overall of the space.
In order to get your time, effort, and expenditures down to an absolute minimum, here are some things to consider when planning a bathroom remodel in Kansas City. The following five tips should keep your home improvement project speedy, efficient, with an end result you’ll love.
Tip #1 – Conceptualize & Think Big
Some of the most fun you’ll have during the remodeling process is right at the very beginning when you imagine what your bathroom could be. The conceptualization stage is when you get to go down every avenue of what you could potentially do with the design, layout, and all the major additions/subtractions of your bathroom remodel. Think of it like making a Christmas wish list, but specific to that space. Make sure to keep a file of all the different ideas you have for your flooring, new shower, updated fixtures, etc. Once you have your list of ideas, try to sort them in order of importance. This will help you later on in the process when you start getting quotes for how much the remodel will cost.
Tip #2 – Plan to go Over Budget on Time and Money
Remodeling a bathroom isn’t a one-off purchase like buying furniture or a new TV. It’s a process that can (and often does) change in the amount of money required to complete the job as well as the time. An estimate is an educated guess, so when you start formulating how much you want to invest in your bathroom remodel, it’s a good rule of thumb to factor in a cushion of at least 10 to 15%. Also consider how long you’re going to feel comfortable not having full access to the bathroom being remodeled. That too can go over on estimated time.
Tip #3 – Get Multiple Quotes
Contractors and remodeling companies are all going to be a little bit different from each other. Ideally, you want to get the best price and the highest quality of work done on a reasonable turnaround time. In a perfect world, the job is done quickly and below the estimated price, but it’s on the homeowner to do their due diligence in the research process. Talk to a few contractors about your bathroom remodeling wish list. This should give you at least a starting point for how much everything is going to cost and the amount of time it’s going to take. If you’ve sorted your list by importance, you’ll probably have to cut off some of those bottom-tier items to accommodate your allotted remodeling budget.
Tip #4 – Keep Your Logistics Simple
If one of your main goals is keeping the cost of the remodel down, then try to keep the logistics of it as simple as possible. One of the ways to do that is to keep things where they are. You can replace the shower or the sink or the toilet, but the moment you start moving things around – that’s when the remodel will become expensive. Altering or otherwise rerouting anything having to do with the plumbing is going to come with a hefty price tag. If you want to keep costs down, keep the remodel simple.
Tip #5 – Be Mindful of Lighting
When planning out all the tangible items such as your sink, shower, and vanity, it can be easy to forget about the intangibles such as the amount of light your bathroom space is going to get – both natural and powered. When working with your contractor on your remodeled space, be sure to make use of any natural light that you can since it is essentially free illumination. For lighting powered by electricity, try to go with lighting that offers expansive coverage to all areas of the space (not just the sink) and is adjustable.
Start Your Bathroom Remodel Project Today!
If you’re shopping for bathroom remodeling quotes in Kansas City or are still in the beginning stages of making your wish list, now is the perfect time to get in touch with the team at NextGen Remodeling. Our experienced team of contractors, designers, and manufacturers can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality that’s within your budget and made of quality materials. Using our 3-D modeling software, we can show you what we’re going to do before we do it. That way we know everyone is on the same page as to how your kitchen is supposed to look at the end of the process.