Bathroom Remodel Planning Guide: Design Guide and Tips
A bathroom remodel allows you to turn a standard restroom into a relaxing oasis for you and your family. There’s a lot you can do with design, functionality, and features that will ensure you’ll love the space for years to come.
So, let’s get planning! Here is our quick guide to crafting your bathroom remodel:
Get Bathroom Design Inspiration
You’re likely remodeling your bath because you’ve seen other bathroom designs, either in person or online, that you’d like to bring to life in your own home. The easiest way to get a feel for your style is through inspiration photos!
Use websites like Pinterest, Houzz, and Instragram to create a collection of the designs that speak to you the most. Look deeper into the details — what faucets, light fixtures, and showerheads do you gravitate towards? From there, look at common patterns and designs to best define your style. Prior to your design consultation, we recommend sending your favorite inspiration photos to your designer with notes of what you like most from each photo. That way, they can start to get to know you before they even step foot in your home!
Browse our bathroom photo gallery and tell us about your favorites!
What is the Scope of Your Remodel?
Finding the right partner for your new bathroom is the most important part of your project! To narrow down what you should be hiring for, you first have to figure out how much work you need to get the fit and function you want.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Am I rearranging this space? If you’re looking to move or add features in your existing layout, your project will require space planning.
- Do I need to gut the space? If the bath needs to be completely scrapped and rebuilt, this will require more work and a higher cost.
- Am I mostly focused on new fixtures and a modern look?
- Am I just wanting a simple refresh?
FBC Bathroom Updates
If you’re not planning to rearrange your layout or add new features to the space, a bathroom update may be the best choice for you! Think of an update as a “remove and replace” service rather than a project that’s heavy on architectural planning.
A bathroom update with FBC allows you to get all new finishes to instantly upgrade and modernize your bath. You’ll work with our bathroom expert to mix and match your design from our hand-picked finishes. From there, you’ll see your chosen design in a live 3D rendering before you put any deposit down. Bathroom updates are also our fastest service, with construction lasting just under two weeks — perfect for busy and fast-paced homeowners!
With a bathroom update, you’ll get brand new:
- Vanity and Countertops
- Tub & Shower Updates
- Trim & Paint
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Lighting Fixtures
Bathroom updates are also a lower cost than a standard remodel. Our pricing ranges for updates are:
- Low-range: $15k
- Mid-range: $25k
- High-range: $35k
Pro tip: You can get a ballpark range for your personal updates project using our pricing tool here.
FBC Bathroom Remodels
Bathroom remodeling with FBC will take your bathroom to the next level. Remodels are great for those looking to space plan, rearrange, expand, or completely gut and rebuild your bathroom. Remodels are the perfect choice for those luxurious upgrades, like custom vanities, soaking tubs, and beautiful, spacious showers.
With a remodel, you’ll work with one of our expert architectural designers to ensure no square inch goes unused. Your designer will present two 3D renderings — one that’s your exact vision and the other that’s focused on creative space planning. From there, you’ll collaborate with your designer to come up with your perfect final design.
Bathroom remodels are completely custom-built based on the vision of the homeowner. This means the price of your remodel can range depending the size of the space, scope of work, and the quality of finishes you pick out. There is no one “price per square foot” that works for every project.
With that being said, our general pricing ranges for bath remodels are:
- Low-range: $25k
- Mid-range: $50 – 70k
- High-range: $90k
Pro tip: Check out our pricing page to see the top six factors that influence the cost of a bath remodel. This can help you control your cost when planning your budget.
Get the Most From Your Design Consultation
We recommend choosing your top two or three potential design partners and booking design consultations with each one. Consultations are almost always complimentary, and booking a few appointments will allow you to compare and contrast!
Design consults are your opportunity to connect with your designer and get all of your questions answered. Some aspects of your project to discuss with your designer include:
- What’s working and not working in your current space
- Your current storage and whether or not it’s sufficient
- How the bathroom currently flows, and how you want the fit and function to improve
- The priorities for your project. Create a list of your must-have’s and nice-to-have
- Your budget range. If you’re open with your designer about your budget from the first appointment, they will work with that budget and create a design you’ll love that doesn’t break the bank
Pro tip: Check out our comprehensive guide for your design consults here
Collaborate With Your Designer as Much as Possible
The greatest sign of a good designer is a passion for collaboration with the homeowner. With FBC, you’ll work in partnership with your designer to make sure your true vision comes to life. Following a design consultation, you’ll have an ideas meeting, where your designer presents 3D renderings based on your conversation during the consult.
This is where the collaboration happens! Communication is key during this step. Be up-front about the aspects you really love and completely transparent about what you dislike. In that meeting, you’ll tweak and change the design in that live 3D to settle on your perfect design (before you even spend a dime!). The more open, honest communication you have with your designer, the better result you’ll see after construction.
Start Your Bathroom Remodel with FBC Today
Need more design planning inspiration? If you haven’t already, subscribe to our Tips and Trends blog at the form below to get our complete Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling. This guide even includes a workbook section to help hone in on your design style!
If you’re ready to get started, we’d love to chat about your project. Follow the button below to get in touch with our Design Coordinator, Jenny, who will set you up with your perfect designer. We can’t wait to hear all about your new bathroom!