Bathroom Remodeling Plan: Your Questions Answered

If you have an outdated bathroom, or it doesn't function properly to meet the needs of your family, your dream bathroom is actually closer than you think. A clever design that addresses all your wants and needs, plus professional installation from an experienced bathroom remodeler, can change it from a less-than-exciting, utilitarian room to your own personal spa for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Whether you're looking to plan a few small, semi-custom updates or a full-gut bathroom renovation, you may be wondering where to start. This guide from My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline, and Chelsea will cover some frequently asked questions for the planning stage that will inspire you to design the perfect remodel for your home.

What Should I Include in the Budget?

Materials and fixtures will take up a large chunk of your budget, so it's a good idea to list out every single thing you need to include in your remodel. You'll be glad you paid attention to the small details early on once you're enjoying your new, perfectly appointed room. Your list may include all or some of these items:

  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Shower head
  • Shower door installation, such as glass doors or a rod and curtain
  • Bathtub
  • Toilet
  • Bidet
  • Sinks
  • Cabinets (including medicine cabinet)
  • Countertop
  • Vanity
  • Seating
  • Mirrors
  • Ventilation
  • Light fixtures and switches
  • Window coverings
  • Towel racks
  • Toilet paper holder

How Do I Determine My Bathroom Layout?

Understandably, a lot of what you can do with your layout will be determined by the size and shape of the space you have available. Moving fixtures around can be costly, so if you already have a decent layout that works for your family, you may want to keep it as-is. But if you want or need a new layout, keep in mind that you should prioritize function over form.

If possible, avoid common mistakes like having the door directly in front of the toilet or neglecting to have enough space to move around freely and access all the fixtures. You also want to make sure you're choosing fixtures that aren't too large for the room. You may love that giant, jetted corner tub, but if the space isn't big enough to accommodate it, it'll look awkward and make it difficult to use the room. Finally, think about ease of cleaning—there's enough hard-to-reach areas in a bathroom already without adding more trouble from a clumsy layout.

How Can I Add Storage Space in the Bathroom?

Pedestal sinks may look elegant, but they eliminate a key storage area: counter space and under-sink cabinets. However, there are some other ways to add extra storage into even a tiny bathroom. You can install wall shelving, an over-the-toilet storage rack, storage inside the shower for shampoo bottles and so on, or even extra towel racks and hooks to keep fabric items off the floor.

What Type of Tile Should I Use?

Tile is a must-have in your bathroom. It works well on walls, but it's essential on the floor to protect against moisture damage. (Have you ever seen a carpeted bathroom? It's not a good idea.) Since there's such a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes, textures, styles, and materials to choose from, finding the perfect tile can feel overwhelming.

Ceramic or porcelain, which are made of the same material but have different manufacturing processes, are by far the most popular choices for bathroom floors. They're attractive, durable, water repellent, and cost-effective. However, if you're looking to add some extra "tile style," consider a wall tile installation. Wall tiles don't have to be as durable as floor tiles, so there's room to get a little more creative. For example, add elegance and luxury with marble tiles, or a fun pop of color and texture with glass tiles.

When it comes to choosing a size, the general rule of thumb is to match the size of tile to the size of the room. Larger bathrooms can handle big tiles that are over a foot in length, but tiny bathrooms need smaller tiles—maybe even mosaic tiles that are only an inch or two in length.

Do I Really Need a Bathtub?

If nobody in your family likes to take baths, you don't need one—skip it and give the extra space to a really nice shower or custom vanity. However, take a moment to consider what your life will be like in a few years time. For example, you should put in a bathtub if you're planning on having children—it's not easy to wash a toddler in the shower. Or, if you or a loved one have reduced mobility, consider adding a therapeutic walk-in bath.

How Can I Add Luxury but Keep the Remodel Cost-Effective?

It's important to stick to your budget, but you also want some nice touches that will make your new bathroom into the most relaxing room in the house. To keep costs down, avoid luxury materials such as marble countertops and consider options that add flair without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas:

  • Put in a shower bench or a rainfall shower head for an indulgent showering experience
  • Install heated towel racks or in-floor heating to keep you toasty warm
  • Add artwork and plants for visual interest
  • Get a tray to set across the bathtub for in-bath snacks and entertainment
  • Install dimming switches for the lights
  • Upgrade your towels and bathmat for soft, fluffy comfort

My Handyman is Ann Arbor's Best Choice for Bathroom Remodeling Services!

Ready to get started on the bathroom of your dreams? So are we! My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline, and Chelsea is a locally owned and operated business, and we take great pride in serving the people of our community with quality craftsmanship and outstanding customer service. We can add a couple of small touches to your existing bathroom or create your perfect bathroom from scratch.

Give us a call today or request service online, and we'll show you why we're Ann Arbor's most trusted team for all types of handyman services, including remodeling!