Not Sure What You Want in a Remodel? Ask Yourself These Questions.

Remodeling the bathrooms in your home can do more than improve appearance. A good remodel allows you to maximize your space, install energy-efficient and eco-friendly features, increase your home value, add more storage, create greater functionality, and more. There are many things to consider when remodeling a bathroom. Here are our top tips to ensure that you get what you want and need out of your project.

Which Bathrooms Need Work?

Before you begin, you have to know what your project scope will be. Will you be remodeling your downstairs half-bath that is used just a few times a week, or your master bathroom that is used daily? Your master or kids’ bathrooms will likely require larger remodeling budgets because they get more use, and are apt to have more amenities. You may also be considering adding another bathroom: homeowners often discover that they simply do not have enough space as their kids grow older, and they wish to add an additional bathroom to minimize morning chaos.

What’s Your Budget?

After determining which bathrooms need work, you need to decide what your budget can accommodate. Sticking to a budget will benefit you, your contractor, and your design team, as it will keep everyone on the same page and prevent misunderstandings.

How Do I Use My Bathroom and What Amenities Do I Want?

Beyond the basics, everyone has unique needs in a bathroom space. For some, having a spa-like shower where they can unwind after a stressful day at work is important. For others, it’s a priority to have a double vanity to allow family members to get ready in the morning simultaneously. Think of what the pain points are with your current bathroom so that your contractor can best address your needs when planning your remodel.

Do I Plan to Age in Place?

Many people are now choosing to “age in place”, meaning they stay in their homes instead of moving to a senior community or the home of a family member. If you plan to stay in your home well into retirement age, or you have a senior family member in your household, you may need to remodel your bathroom to accommodate their changing needs. Your professional team can help you create a layout and choose appliances and accessories that are accessibility-friendly that will help your family members enjoy their independence, and the space, safely.

How Much Energy Do I Use?

One of the most important questions to ask before remodeling your bathroom is how much energy you use, and whether you could use less. Eco-friendly design is increasingly popular in Portland and Seattle, and for good reason. A green remodel can result in reduced energy bills and peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your part in conserving resources. For example, energy efficient appliances allow you to save water when flushing the toilet and to control the temperature of your shower so you conserve both water and heat.

What Are the Things I Can’t Live Without?

Finally, it’s important to voice your remodel dreams to your designer. Beyond functionality, there are probably a few things you can’t imagine your remodel without–whether it’s quirky metallic tile that reflects your unique style or a soaking tub to come home to after a long day. Voicing these must-haves early on will ensure that your remodeling team is in on your vision, and that you’ll be thrilled with the finished space.

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