With the right steps and inspiration, it is possible to turn an old, small bathroom into a space that you want to spend time in and look forward to using. Many of today’s homeowners view a bathroom renovation as a bit of a process, and one that includes extensive work. That doesn’t have to be the case. Remodeling a small bathroom into a larger space takes a bit of creativity and the right team of professionals to get the job done.
Small Bathroom Renovation Tips
According to This Old House, a bathroom renovation is one of the best projects when you want to add value to your
home. It’s a project that pays to invest in, but how can you make your ideas a reality. Consider a few things about small bathroom renovations before you get started in this process.
1. Work On A Plan
Whether you hire an architect or a general contractor, the first step in making any space larger is to have a plan. The plan should outline specifics about the project including the actual layout, the location of water lines, electrical outlets, and drains, as well as the overall support of the structure. It is important to have a solid understanding of the construction of the property, the amount of weight the floor can hold, and the overall building codes you need to follow during the installation process.
2. Designing Your Dream
The next step is to have an idea of what you want from the type of shower to the color on the walls. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:
- What type of shower space do you want? If you plan to install a bathtub, consider those with jets or other features that make the space better for you. Consider the options in purchasing a pre-fabricated product or installing each piece separately from the tile to the tub.
- Focus in on the other features. Consider the toilet, sink, and any added storage for the space. You may also want to consider shower heads, faucets, and heat lamps in the space.
- Do you hope to add under flooring heating? This can make it less painful to step on your floor on a cold morning. It can also add a great deal of value to your home.
- Consider the amount of natural light in the space. If you have a window, consider investing in pre-assembled glass block, a high quality solution that offers you security and privacy while also allowing light to stream into the space. Then, consider dimming lighting for over bathtubs and sharp, bright light over vanities.
Work closely with your team of contractors to customize the space to fit your needs. Finding space for your bathroom may be easier to do than you realize if you have the right features in place and the right team to help you.
3. Make It Your Own
Consider a few ways that can make a small bathroom look and feel larger. For example, the right paint color can
open up the space and provide you with a feel of more space. Choose bright colors rather than darker colors for this. Also consider adding storage in unique spaces like behind the toilet or adding shelving to the room. Choose a wall hung toilet and sink instead of large vanities or systems. This opens up the room and gives you more ability to use other space. Choose a corner shower stall instead of a traditional bathroom tub for added space.
Whether you decide to blow out walls and create a much larger space than you have or you plan to just make changes in your existing space to provide a bigger feel, it is always best to work with a trusted professional that can work with you to create a space that you really love.