The Pre-Renovation Checklist: What to Evaluate Before Renovating Your Bathroom


Picture this: you moved into a new house and hated your bathroom. Or maybe you are tired of your old bathroom tottering to its death. Would you want to continue feeling that way? Feeling like your space isn’t up to par or fitting with your choices is normal, but you can always try to change it.

There isn’t a huge list to check off before starting to revamp your bathroom, but if you want all your dreams to come true, read this article to get your hands on eight tips to help you tune your bathroom to your style.

1. Your Budget

Something important to consider while renovating your bathroom is to determine how much money you are ready to invest. Before starting the project, you can make a checklist of things you need to control the outflow of money.

Rather than opting for expensive vanity or plumbing fixtures, try finding a good substitute in the local market or DIYing it yourself. However, be careful of your choices and ensure they will be useful in the long run.

2. Tub or a Shower?

No matter where you live, you’d want a luxurious bathroom to take a hot bath when the temperature drops and a cold shower when the sun is ablaze. Consider your lifestyle and daily routine when deciding between a tub or a shower for your bathroom. If you value relaxation and indulgence, a bathtub might be ideal, offering a spa-like experience and convenience for families with young children.

On the other hand, if you prioritize time efficiency and water conservation, a shower could be more practical, especially for smaller bathrooms or households with mobility challenges. Ultimately, choosing between the two depends on your personal preferences, space availability, and the specific needs of your household.

3. Your Design Interests

Another factor to consider is your architectural interests, whether you want your bathroom to have a mid-century modern vibe or more of a monochromatic transitional-style vibe. You can create a mood board around a statement piece, for instance, a tub, or bring different elements together and see what fits your design palette the best. While doing this, you should consider the size of your bathroom, the people using it (kids or adults), your budget, and what kind of sanitary items you want to include in your space.

4. What’s your Lighting Choice: Bright or Dim?

Lighting can set the mood of your bathroom; a great light fixture can make a smaller room look bigger and brighter. It has the power to give your bathroom a flattering ambiance.

Instead of relying solely on artificial lighting, consider innovative ways to introduce more sunlight into your bathroom. One intriguing approach is contemplating a flat roof installation above the bathroom area. A well-designed flat roof with strategically placed skylights can flood the space with natural light, creating a spa-like atmosphere that oozes relaxation.

If that’s not the case, go for a ceiling light or LED lights on your mirrors for more precise lighting while you groom yourself in front of the mirror. You should carefully decide if you want your bulbs to have a warm or cool temperature.

5. Tiling Preferences

Cracked or dull tiles can undermine the aesthetics of your bathroom, so opting for good tiling options can make or break your idea of having a good bathroom. Ceramic, porcelain, and marble tiles are your best bets, as they are stain- and water-resistant, last longer, and are easy to clean. Marble also allows you to enjoy a warm bath during the winter, as it’s a good heat conductor. It would help at this stage to decide whether you want only your floors to be tiled or want it to extend up to the walls.

6. Electrical Outlets: Yay or Nay?

Having multiple electrical outlets that can handle the load of the heavy electrical items you use every day is crucial. All need power outlets, from your electric toothbrush to your dryer and electric razor.

If you share your bathroom with someone, ensure you both have easy access to your electronics simultaneously without waiting for the other person to finish. You can also conceal those outlets inside your vanity or behind your mirror to reduce extra clutter.

7. A Vanity Unit and Basin

The last thing you want in your bathroom is less storage space or one basin for a bathroom of two. While choosing what basin and vanity you want, consider the size and number of people who use the bathroom. The drawers in the vanity should be sufficient to hold all your sanitary, skin, and hair care products while securing them from water.

If you are low on budget and can’t afford a marble top, you can opt for marble contact paper. Make sure that you get the right size and shape of mirror that completely complements the vibe of your bathroom.

8. Final Touch-ups

After you complete all installation, plumbing, and electrical work, it’s time for the fun part: accessorizing the space.

  • Add some plants and show pieces at the top of your vanity.
  • Another smart idea is to add shelving units if you want extra storage, which can have some cane baskets to put your stuff in.
  • Get containers for all your products.
  • Slight changes to door knobs, bathroom handles, or changing tapes and sinks can bring luxury to your bathroom.
  • Install a shower curtain, clean towels, and floor mats (to keep your bathroom dry).

Make sure that everything you add matches the theme of your bathroom.

The Bottom Line

The thought of starting a bathroom renovation project shouldn’t crease your eyebrows. In fact, with the right tips at hand, it can be a fun venture and just the distraction you were looking for. If you have any more suggestions that you might feel like adding, feel free to share them in the comments below. Happy renovation!

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