Remodeling your bathroom gives you nearly unlimited opportunities on how you want to transform the smallest space in your home. Maybe you want to add a hall bath to the main level or basement. Perhaps your master suite can use some updating. No matter the scope, it’s important to choose the right partner for your project – and a thorough design consultation helps you do just that.
First, we recommend you research bathroom remodelers in your area online and through your direct network. Create a list of companies that pique your interest and conduct online research to look through their portfolio and reviews. From there, book a design consult with your top 2-3 partners.
To get the most from your design consult, our team created two checklists. They include talking points and questions that help you choose the best partner for your project.
Questions for Your Bathroom Design Consult
Design consultations are meant to help you vet out the perfect partner for your bathroom project. Take time to get to know your potential partner, and ask how they are the best fit for your bathroom and how they will outperform the competition.
Some questions to help you compare and contrast companies:
- What makes your company different from other bathroom remodelers?
- Tell me about some past bathroom remodels you’ve done that are like mine.
- What should I expect from your design and construction processes?
- Do I have to put money down or pay a fee to see the designs for my space? When do you collect a deposit?
- How disruptive will the bath construction process be?
- Are your bath designs customizable?
- Is it possible to do what I’m looking to do with this bathroom?
- What trends are you seeing in design that we should consider or be aware of?
- What if I change my mind on how I want the design to look during the process?
- How do you handle unexpected issues during the construction process?
- Do you order materials on my behalf?
- Do you manage the tradesmen working in my home on my behalf?
- Do you guarantee the pricing you provide me at the time of estimate?
- How do you project the construction timeline for my project?
- How do you make sure everything is up to code during this process?
- What potential problems or challenges, if any, do you see with my project?
Talking Points for Your Bathroom Design Consultation
In most design consultations, you’ll either be meeting with a general contractor or designer, depending on the type of company. At FBC, you’ll be meeting with an expert architectural designer who will be asking questions to get to know you, your family, and your day-to-day in addition to the bathroom needs.
Here are several talking points our designers use at their consultations:
- The purpose behind your bathroom remodel. Is your project to help improve the daily fit and function of your space? Do you simply need to replace outdated finishes? Are you adding a bathroom or remodeling within an existing layout? Are you knocking down walls or expanding an existing bath?
- The ideal function and layout of your bathroom. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want this space to do for you? How will this space impact your everyday life? What features (e.g. standing tub vs shower) are must-haves to reach peak functionality?
- What a day in the life of your bathroom looks like. Who uses the space right now? Do you share this bathroom with a spouse? Are children struggling to share just one bathroom? How can this space become more convenient through space planning and design?
- The design style you’re going for. What’s your design style? Do you feel your home currently fits your style? If so, is it important we continue those elements throughout your new bathroom? What materials, colors, and looks do you want to see in the finished product?
- What general budget you are working with. During your consultation, your designer can provide a ballpark range for your bath remodel. It’s important to be on the same page and set expectations going into your project. It’s also a good idea to ask when, in the process, you’ll get your final project price.
- What you don’t want to see with your bathroom. What are some deal breakers for you with this project? What are some design elements you hate that our designers should know about?
- Do you have enough light in your current bath? Do we need to create more natural and artificial light with this remodel?
- Do you prefer a tub, shower, or both? What is your priority list for this project? Note those must-have features for your designer.
- What challenges or issues there may be with your bathroom. If you live in an older home, ask your designer if there are any potential construction issues that may arise. What challenges may be presented with the current home structure?
- Any lingering concerns you have about bathroom remodeling in general. What would keep you from moving forward with the project? If you’ve completed a remodel project before, be sure to tell your designer all about that experience.
- Your schedule. What does your availability look like for possible future appointments and the construction phase?
Free Bathroom Consultations with FBC Remodel
Want to see what’s possible with your bathroom remodel? At FBC Remodel, we work to earn your trust by showing you two complete versions of your design in a 3D rendering before you spend a dime. We collaborate with you to bring your dream to life, and to transform a drab bathroom into your perfect oasis.