Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel
Are you struggling to find a starting point for your bathroom remodel?
We get it — bathrooms may be the smallest room in your home, but your remodel options are virtually endless. You can reconfigure the layout, expand the space, improve the storage, and add special features like vanities and luxury tubs to get your dream bath.
So, let’s start planning! Here are our tips on getting prepared for your next bathroom remodel:
Establish Your Bathroom’s Scope of Work
First, write down a list of priorities for your project. Ask yourself:
- What do I want to change about my bathroom? Countertops, lighting, flooring, or layout?
- What would I like to keep in my bathroom?
- What is the goal of my remodel? Am I updating my finishes or wanting to completely gut and rebuild my bath?
- What are the “must-haves” and what are the “nice to haves”?
It’s important to physically list out your priorities because your scope of work will impact the project cost. With FBC, for instance, we offer both bathroom remodels and bathroom updates based upon our client’s priorities.
A bath remodel is an extremely flexible service that allows you to design your bathroom in virtually any way your home allows. Full remodels are ideal for those who are looking for:
- A full gut and reconstruction
- Space planning
- Moving or adding plumbing and lighting
- Moving or eliminating walls
- Luxury renovations
- Custom vanities
- Speciality showers and tubs
While you, of course, get new finishes and an amazing update with a remodel, it’s worth noting a full remodel will be a higher cost than a simple remove and replace service. With a full remodel service, you’ll work with a designer who is an expert in space planning. You’ll then get to see your designs through a 3D rendering in real-time, collaborating with your designer and tweaking your design until it’s just right.
Bathroom updates are a remove and replace option that focuses solely on the finishes and look of your bathroom. With an update, you’ll get beautiful new:
- Vanity and countertop
- Tub and shower updates
- Trim and paint
- Plumbing fixtures
- Lighting fixtures
Updates are great for giving that full remodel “look” to a bathroom that’s feeling old or outdated. With updates, you’ll work with a bathroom expert who helps you choose your finishes from our hand-picked list of high-quality materials to come up with your perfect design. From there, our dedicated tradesman will single-handedly swap out your finishes and complete your new bathroom in under two weeks.
Find the Right Bath Remodel Partner
Now that you have an idea of your scope of work, it’s time to choose a remodeling partner. It’s important to choose your partner based on the work you need and how hands-on or hands-off you’d like to be with your project.
Some popular options for renovations include:
- General contractors: GC’s are great for homeowners who already have a bath design in-hand or plan to purchase and provide all of the materials.
- Design only: If you plan on DIYing your bathroom remodel but need a design to work off of, you can purchase a plan from an architectural designer.
- Design-build firms: Design-build firms like FBC Remodel are great for homeowners that want design and construction under one roof. Design-builds allow homeowners to be collaborative and creative during the design process, and hands-off and stress-free during construction.
Pro tip: Start researching local partners online now! Make sure to explore their website, portfolio, and online reviews to get a feel for their reputation and quality of work. Choose your top three favorites and book design consultations with them before coming to your decision!
After booking your design consultation, it’s important to properly prepare! After all, you’re essentially interviewing the person or team who will be designing your forever space. Use our design consultation checklist to get the most from your appointment.
Prepare for What Your Remodel Will Entail
What other aspects of remodeling should you be considering as you plan your project? We asked our Minneapolis Design Leader, Lyndsay, what she’d recommend you consider, plan for, and discuss with your remodeling partner:
Understand the cost drivers: Bathroom remodels are basically all finishes and plumbing work, and we find our clients often underestimate how much such a small space can cost. Take a look at our pricing page to get our ranges for both remodels and updates. You can also get a bathroom update instant quote using our tool here.
Consider accessibility: Will you need accessibility features like grab bars, wheelchair clearance space, or zero threshold showers?
Consider temporarily having one less bathroom: Is there another full bath that your family can share comfortably during construction?
Get to know your design style: Use resources like Houzz, Pinterest, and our design gallery to take note of what styles you love, and send your inspiration to your designer! From there, they will help you navigate the design process based on your preferences.
Think about your day-to-day experience in your space: At FBC, we make sure to have “personalized conversations” during design consults. This helps us get a feel for how your home flows, what your family’s day-to-day is, what issues your bathroom may be causing, and how your new space can create a sense of joy and convenience.
Start Your Bathroom Remodel Today
Your bathroom has endless possibilities. Would you like to expand a master bath? Are you trying to turn an outdated bathroom into a trendy, modern space? No matter the vision, FBC Remodel has your back from start to finish.
We’d love to partner with you on your next project! Contact FBC Remodel to get in touch with our design coordinator, Jenny. She’ll help you scope out your project and match you with an amazing designer.