It’s time to give your bathroom some much needed TLC. You’re ready to make the investment in sprucing things up. And whether you’re planning to DIY the job or hiring it out, there are some things you should know. So let’s chat some dos and don’ts of a bathroom remodel project.

Planning a Bathroom Remodel? Here are some dos and don’ts:


Move toilets unless you absolutely have to

This might be a bit of a head scratcher for you, but there’s good reason, we promise. While relocating a toilet might seem like a non-negotiable for you (and it might be!) be mindful that it’s quite an undertaking. Plumbing pipes have to be aligned just so in order for things to…well, move along properly. So with those specifics in mind, moving a toilet can eat up a good portion of your budget if you’re not careful. So truly consider if it’s a must before making the ultimate judgement call.

Give in totally to trends

We know it can be tempting to jump on board with all the current trends. After all, who wants to put the time and effort into a space that doesn’t align with the current times. But we’d encourage you to pay closer attention to timeless design details. What might be super trendy right now might come across as outdated in just a few short years. And the last thing you want is for your investment to end up costing you when it comes time to sell.

Forget about ventilation

Seems like a pesky little detail, huh? You might be laser focused on aesthetics and layout, but don’t forget about ventilation! It’s absolutely vital to your bathroom’s functionality. Not to mention it’s key to maintaining a safe (and dry) environment. Improper ventilation can lead to mold and mildew, which can be costly issues down the line.


Pay attention to materials

Sure, it’s important for the tiles and fixtures you choose to lend themselves perfectly to the overall aesthetic of your space. But it’s equally important (or possibly more important, depending on who you ask) that those materials be the proper supplies for the job. These materials should be sturdy, stain-resistant if possible and absolutely water resistant. Don’t know where to start? Porcelain is a definite favorite among bathroom designers.

Add some storage

Space is a commodity when it comes to most bathroom projects. We know this for certain. And while it might be tempting to ditch some of your storage in exchange for a larger shower or more counter space, we’d encourage you to think long and hard about that. Cutting storage is often a decision homeowners live to regret down the line. So when you’re planning your bathroom remodel, take some time to consider where you’ll store your everyday essentials, first aid supplies and linens.

Follow all building codes and get inspections

This is likely to be a non-issue for you if you’re working with an experienced contractor. But if you’re planning to tackle the job as a DIY, this is critical. Do not forget to brush up on building codes. It’s wise to do this before you even start the project. This will save you valuable time and possibly money. You wouldn’t want to get halfway through a costly project only to discover you have to rip it out and start all over just to meet code. Regardless of whether you DIY or hiring it out, you absolutely should get the job inspected as well. Again, this shouldn’t be an issue for you if you hire a contractor. We typically handle permits and inspections.

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