You know you need a new bathroom, but where do you start? A project of this size needs some organization.
Your first step in planning a new bathroom is to make a list of your needs and wants. This will help you determine your budget later.
Needs Versus Wants
Suppose, for instance, that the toilet functions just fine, but you’d like a new one to match the new tub you desperately need. You don’t need the new toilet, you just want it.
One way to get around this problem and save money is to choose a new tub that’s the same color as the toilet you have now. (This will be easy if your toilet is white. If it’s pink or another color that’s not popular today, your want may turn into a need.)
Cost of a New Bathroom
Once you figure out how much work needs to be done, you can set a budget. While your budget should be determined by how much you can afford, you also want to have realistic expectations. You can’t get a whole new bathroom for $5,000. HomeAdvisor puts the average cost of a bathroom remodel at $10,173, with a range of $5,935 to $14,738.
After you set your budget, you can start planning how to earmark the money. Home Depot sells 10 kinds of bathtubs ranging in cost from $135 to more than $10,000. If you have your eye on that $1,000 mirror at Williams-Sonoma versus the one at Target for $39.99, you may opt for a cheaper bathtub so you can afford it.
Planning the Layout
While Better Homes & Gardens stresses the importance of a good bathroom layout, the reality is that most homeowners’ bathrooms don’t leave room for a ton of flexibility. It’s not like the work triangle in the kitchen.
That being said, if you live in an old home in which the bathroom was laid out seemingly without any thought, the time to move the fixtures is when you do your bathroom remodel. Know, however, that moving plumbing is a big expense that will eat up a portion of your budget.
New Bathroom Lighting
Consider the lighting in the same way. While it’s easy to change out a ceiling fixture, it will cost more to add wall sconces, for instance, if you don’t already have wiring nearby. Good lighting is generally considered important in a bathroom, so improvement in this area is a legitimate expense.
Are you practical? If not, a vessel sink mounted on a wood vanity top is for you. These sink/vanity combos are beautiful without question, but can be extra work to clean and keep looking nice.
Rely on Falk Construction
For more help designing your new bathroom, contact the experts at Falk Construction. We have remodeled hundreds of bathrooms throughout the Ogden, Utah, area in our 30-plus years in business. Call us today to get started planning your new bathroom!
of bathrooms throughout the Ogden, Utah, area in our 30-plus years in business. Call us today to get started planning your new bathroom!