Let’s face it; while a beautiful bathroom would look extremely welcoming, it does involve a lot of planning. And that is where we come in.
Bathroom renovations may involve structural changes, and you might also want to include newer technologies. There are sleeker tubs, better shower cabins, glass wall separators, holders, and cabinets that can be installed. Then, you might want to add more plug sockets for warming towel racks and your straighteners and curlers.
The entire process will not only involve planning but will also involve visiting multiple shops and talking to professionals. You also might want to get samples of tiles and colours that you like so as to make a better decision.
And to make the process easier, we have discussed the steps in detail, which should make planning your bathroom renovation simpler. So, dive in!
First and foremost, there are a few things that should be kept handy before you begin with the bathroom renovation, which include:
- Measuring tape
- Paint and tile samples
- Access to the internet
The measuring tape will be needed to get the correct dimensions, while you can use the pencil to mark the areas as needed. Likewise, keeping a scrapbook is an excellent idea as that makes the planning process fun and also helps you ideate better. Plus, make sure you have access to the internet for quick inspiration.
In this regard, there are many sites like Pinterest where you can find design and renovation ideas. Besides, you will find the details about the type of colours and tiles available and the pros and cons of using them.
Steps To Planning A Bathroom Renovation
In this section, we will discuss the process of planning a bathroom renovation, and it is important to make a note of every step. So, read on to know all about them.
Step 1: Making A List Of Preferences
First of all, you need to ideate and plan out the kind of fittings and features that you would want in the bathroom. This will include everything from lights, cabinets, shelves to glass doors, and tiles.
We will recommend getting a scrapbook where you can note down all your preferences. Keep it handy after the work has begun and use it to provide the designers with a better idea about what you require.
You can collect sample pieces of tiles and colour swatches that can be used for the bathroom. Paste the ones you like in the scrapbook to curate a comprehensive list of the materials that you plan to use (and finally use) in one place.
Step 2: Measuring The Area
As with any other construction work, you should start off by measuring the available space. And this is where you will need a measuring tape and a pencil to mark the required areas.
An important thing to keep in mind here is that you’d need some storage space, so decide if you’d want to change the existing space.
Additionally, you might want to change the positions of the cabinets, and you can draw the layout to get a better idea of the placements. For new fittings, find out the measurements beforehand to see if they match the available space. Otherwise, you may have to make a lot of changes later, which will be extremely troublesome.
Next, you need to consider the areas that will remain wet and may even have to be waterproofed. If you have a small bathroom, then it is best to get the entire area waterproofed so that the water does not spread too much.
Step 3: Planning The Electricity Lines And Plumbing
While the décor and ambience of a bathroom are essential, you should not forget about the electricity and plumbing lines. These are an essential part of any room, and you need to make a note of their positioning.
We recommend keeping them untouched as much as possible because making new electric lines or plumbing connections will invariably involve a lot of time, effort, and money. You will need plumbers and electricians to dig into walls, make new lines, and then seal them again.
But again, in some cases, new fittings may not work well with the older inlets and outlets, and you might need to change the old connections. It is best to consult a professional if you are planning to install new showerheads or bathtubs, as they might need a different water line.
Also, achieving the proper shower water pressure may require a separate pump to be attached, which would increase the flow rate. If that is needed, you should get the plumbing lines fixed and the pump attached before starting with painting or putting in new tiles.
Step 4: Placing Tiles
Once the electricity and plumbing lines have been planned, it is time to think about the tiles and their placements. Many people would choose to apply new tiles all around their bathrooms, including the floors and walls. At the same time, others might only want to cover a specific section of their wall with tiles while painting the rest of the area.
Decide on your preference and look for online references to see what looks good. Now compare it with the space that you have and find out what will fit in well. If the space is small, you can use larger tiles to make the room look bigger.
Some people may also prefer mosaic tiles, which are smaller but add a lot more detail. They will make the bathroom feel cosier, and you might not even have to add a lot of décor items.
Also, there are different textured tiles that can render different visual effects to change the entire feel of your bathroom. For example, there are wooden ceramic tiles and leather-finish tiles that can help create distinct interior decorations.
Step 5: Following The 60-30-10 Rule
The 60-30-10 rule will help in getting the perfect colour balance in your bathroom. To begin with, you will need to cover 60% of the area with the main shade, and it is best to stick to white in this case. White is not overpowering and will offer a more peaceful and relaxed vibe.
The next 30% can have a mid-range shade to cover the cabinets and floors. If you go with wooden flooring, make sure that it matches the colour of the cabinets. Apart from that, you can choose half-and-half designs, with both white and wooden colours on the cabinet.
Next, you will have to plan out the remaining 10%, which will essentially involve the colour of the linen and towels that are placed in the bathroom. You can opt for a bold shade that will stand in contrast with white or the other shade.
Many homeowners prefer going with neutral and pastel shades, which look nice too. In case you are going with the latter, then consider adding a flower vase or frames in the same colour to accentuate and add to the existing decor. We will recommend cutting out colour swatches and putting them in your scrapbook to figure out the right colour combinations.
Step 6: Towel Rails And Holders
The last things that you need to look at are the towel racks and holders. While some people may choose heated racks, others may want to opt for the normal ones. However, make sure that your choice provides you with an easy reach. Remember that you might want to reach your towels while sitting, and hence they should not be placed too high.
But again, if you are opting for heated racks, then it is best to keep them away from children’s reach. Although they do not become too hot, kids may not be able to handle the heat, so it’s better to keep them at a safe distance.
Step 7: Estimating Costs
When you have a few designs in place, and you know where to have the lighting and plumbing lines, it is time to make an estimate of the costs. This is essential so that you can have a clear idea of the total budget.
Talk to your plumber and electrician and ask them for the estimates. Additionally, calculate how much you will need to spend on painting and tile fixtures. If you are adding heated racks, then talk to the electrician about the wattage and how much electricity they will consume.
Once you have all the information and estimated prices, calculate the total cost and proceed with the plan. A pro tip: extend your final budget slightly to make room for any unforeseen changes.
Planning Your Bathroom Renovation
After you have the entire plan chalked out, consult a plumber and talk about the fittings that you would want. In case you want to attach a bathtub, then there are certain adjustments that need to be made, and a base needs to be constructed.
Also, pay attention to the water pressure to ensure that it’s compatible with the new fittings. A good bathroom will be aesthetic to look at as well as be functional.
Other than that, you will need to store towels and bathing accessories along with the body care items of everyday use. So, having some open cabinets will help with better organisation of the space.
Now that we have walked you through the process, it is time to get started! But don’t forget to let us know about your experience in the comment section below.
Till we meet again!