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10 Bathroom Remodeling Tips for the Dallas Homeowner

When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind?

Your bathroom should be a place where you go to unwind at the end of the day—an oasis of calm in the midst of your busy life. Not only should your bathroom meet all your needs—whether you need to adjust it for accessibility requirements or want a spa-like master bath—but it should also bring you joy. After all, we start and end our days in the bathroom.

From getting ready to go to work and applying makeup to unwinding from the day with a bubble bath or shower, your bathroom should be a place of calm. Perhaps you were very involved with the building of your home and already have a wonderful bathroom built-in. For everyone else though, that dream bathroom will come by way of a bathroom remodeling project with the right Dallas handyman.

Bathroom remodeling can take a toll on your time and budget. Yet, once the renovation is finished, the delight you will gain from enjoying your new bathroom is more than worth it. That said, it’s still important to stay on track with your bathroom remodeling goals and ensure the project does not get out of hand. To help you create your dream bathroom without feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together 10 tips.

Continue reading to learn our insights about sticking to a budget, what fixtures you need in your bathroom, what to consider when laying out a bathroom, and how the pros at Mr. Handyman of Dallas can help make your dream bathroom a reality.

1. Stick to Your Budget

It’s easy for the renovation to get out of hand and end up costing more than you anticipated if you don’t have a solid budget for remodeling your bathroom. Keep in mind that it’s important not just to set a budget but a realistic budget.

Thorough research is an excellent way to get a sense of what your ideal budget should be. Start by looking at:

The Cost of Contractors and Labor

The majority of costs that you will invest into your bathroom remodeling project are labor costs—especially depending on the efficiency and rates of the contractor company you go with. Do your research and get estimates from a few different contactor companies before deciding who will complete your bathroom renovation. This research will also give you a sense of scale and cost for the bathroom remodel. Knowing how long a bathroom remodeling project might take will also give you an idea how long your bathroom will be out of commission for.

Pro Tip: Choose a contracting company that offers upfront pricing, is professional, and has lots of positive reviews. Additionally, when you choose a contracting company, look for technicians that wear uniforms and use company vehicles and tools— like Mr. Handyman of Dallas. These are indications of professionalism.

The Cost of Features and Materials

While labor will be your biggest expense, the cost of materials you choose will also impact your overall budget. Research whether glass or ceramic tiles are a better fit for your budget and how much your dream marble vanity costs. Additionally, if you want to upgrade your bathtub, shower, or toilet this will factor into your renovation costs. The features you choose will not only cost more depending on the materials, but they could also impact the installation costs.

For example, if you hide your toilet’s tank in the wall, this installation will cost more and take longer than simply installing a new toilet. Likewise, installing a bathtub where you previously only had a shower will cost more in parts and labor than swapping out a shower head.

Additional Budgeting Factors

Labor and material costs will be the greatest impact on your budget, there are a few other questions to ask yourself that will affect how much you invest into your bathroom remodeling project:

  • Do you want to sell your home in a few years?

  • Do you want to install any luxury features?

  • What areas of your bathroom are absolutely essential?

  • What can you reasonably afford to invest?

  • Do you need to change the location of plumbed-in items?

  • How much can you afford to go over budget? (Always have a cushion for emergency or unforeseen expenses).

2. What Kind of Bathroom Are You Remodeling?

There are many styles of bathrooms. While it’s less likely you’ll be changing the type of bathroom—although it’s common for homeowners to change a basement powder room into a standard bathroom for guests—it’s helpful to know your options and what you’ll be working with during your bathroom remodeling project.

Standard Bathroom

Also known as a full bath, a standard bathroom includes at least one sink, toilet, and bath, shower, or hybrid of the two. Whether or not you have more than one full bath depends on how old your home is. Older homes only have one full bath that was meant to be shared by all family members and newer homes will generally have a master bathroom, one for your children, and one for guests. Standard bathrooms can be on any floor of your home, including the basement.

Half Bath or Powder Room

A half bath or powder room is smaller than a full bath and does not include a shower or a bathtub. Adding a powder room to your Dallas home is a fantastic investment. Adding a powder room ensures you have a place where guests can go when you have friends over for dinner without having to be in your personal bathroom. A powder room will also increase the resale value of your home.

Wet Bath

A wet bath has no separation between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. Typically, the shower will not be tucked away in a separate cubicle or have doors or a curtain that close it off from the rest of the room. In a wet bath, everything is waterproofed. These bathrooms have a sleek and modern design and are also easier to keep clean since you don’t have to scrub annoying soap scum from sliding glass doors. Additionally, wet baths make the bathroom feel more spacious.

Ensuite Bathroom

An ensuite bathroom is also considered a full bath. However, the primary difference is that the ensuite bathroom connects to another room in your home. Generally, this is the master bedroom. Ensuite bathrooms are typically larger than a full bath and may also include separate bath and shower features.

3. Choose Your Bathroom Layout

Your bathroom layout might already work well for you and your family the way it is. If so, there will be no need to change it. This will save you time and money as rearranging walls and plumbing fixtures will drive up the cost of your bathroom remodeling project.

However, if you want to move your tub and toilet around to help make your bathroom more accessible or you’re converting a half-bath to a full-bath, then you’ll need to think about your layout.

Start by considering the fixtures you need and what areas of the bathroom you use the most. For example, you’ll need a toilet in your bathroom. Is this toilet positioned somewhere where you can easily and comfortably access it?

Also, where will your shower, bath, or hybrid of the two fit into the floor plan? Will they be near the toilet, or separated from it? Would you like to change your standard bathroom into a wet bath?

Lastly, consider sinks and storage. How many sinks do you want or need? Will your sinks be set into a countertop? Will you have cupboards and drawers? If you don’t have cupboards, where will you store toiletries and linens?

5. Choose the Right Materials

Your bathroom is a busy area of your home. It receives the most traffic and use, so it’s important to choose materials carefully. That said, aesthetic is also a consideration as you’ll likely want your bathroom to look attractive, clean, and bright.

Your bathroom is the place in your home to invest in quality materials. Avoid inexpensive materials that will not wear well, such as:

  • Particle board cabinets

  • Fiberglass or acrylic tubs and sinks

  • Plastic fixtures

  • MDF trim

Instead, invest in materials that may cost more initially, but will wear significantly better. Some of these materials include:

  • Porcelain sinks

  • Ceramic tiles

  • Quality MDF, solid wood or plywood cabinets

  • Brass fixtures

  • Porcelain tubs

6. To Bathtub or Not to Bathtub?

Do you need, or want, a bathtub in your new bathroom? This has become a key question that homeowners should consider during a bathroom remodeling project. For some Dallas residents a bathtub is key for enjoying a long soak after a hard day. However, many Americans prefer speed and ease and would like a shower instead of a bathtub.

Consider your needs. Are you a senior who may not be able to easily get in and out of a tub? In that case perhaps a shower with a seated bench might be a better option for you. Do you enjoy bubble-baths? Perhaps you’d like a deeper bath for soaking.

Or, maybe you have small children and need to bathe them, a bathtub—or bathtub-shower hybrid—might be a better choice than just a shower.

7. Prioritize Ventilation

Proper ventilation in your bathroom is key to preventing water damage from humidity and dampness. Generally, there are two kinds of ventilation:

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are the most efficient means of reducing humidity in your bathroom. These fixtures should be a key consideration for your bathroom remodeling project. There are a range of different exhaust fans that might suit your bathroom best:

  • Ceiling-mounted exhaust fans: The fan is designed to be used in bathrooms that are located on a second or third floor. Warm air rises, so it makes the most sense for the fan to be located on the ceiling. The stale air is pushed outside through the attic.

  • Wall-mounted exhaust fans: Installed on the wall of the outside of your home, this ventilation fan is simpler to install and typically more useful if you’re pressed for time during your bathroom remodel.

  • Exterior exhaust fans: Like a wall-mounted fan, these fans push stale air outside. However, since the noise they emit is heard outside, they tend to be quieter.

  • Inline exhaust fans: These exhaust fans are mounted in your home’s ducts and blow out stale air through the duct system. They are a good option for bathrooms that are tricky to install a fan into.

  • Exhaust fans with lights: These fixtures expel stale air while also acting as a lighting fixture.

Windows and Window Vents

Does your bathroom have a window that opens? Opening up your window while taking a shower can help reduce humidity in your bathroom. Some windows also have window vents, which always stay open. This releases humidity outdoors.

8. Consider Lighting

Your light fixtures are an important part of your bathroom’s overall aesthetic and ease of use. There are two different kinds of lighting options for most bathrooms: natural and artificial.

Try to make the most of natural lighting—from a window or skylight—by installing your mirror opposite of the natural light source. This will bounce more light into your bathroom and create a flattering effect when you look at your reflection.

There are many different types of artificial lighting that you can use in your bathroom. A few options include:

  • Overhead lighting

  • Dimmer switch lighting

  • Lights on either side of your vanity

  • Chandeliers

Another consideration for your bathroom lighting is how warm you want the light to be. Would you prefer a cool tone or warm tone? Also, how bright do you want your lights to be? If you use your bathroom to apply makeup or get ready in the morning, you may need brighter lighting. Alternatively, perhaps you want to create a luxurious ambience in your powder room with soft lights.

9. Indulge in a Luxury Feature

If your bathroom is your place to indulge in self-care and relax at the end of the day, then there are a few luxurious features you may want to consider installing during your bathroom remodeling project.

Wall-Mounted Features

Many features in your bathroom can be wall-mounted. This creates a sleek, modern look while opening up your bathroom. You can mount your toilets, cabinets, and washbasins on the wall. This not only creates a more open floor plan, but it also enables you to use the extra space for storage.

Heated Floor

Imagine stepping out of a warm shower onto a wonderfully heated shower floor. This small touch can be so satisfying and incredibly luxurious—especially on those chilly Texan nights.

Additionally, heated floors are energy efficient as they help keep your home warm without having to turn your thermostat up.

Heated Towel Rack

Similar to how a heated floor can make your bathroom feel extra luxurious, so can a heated towel rack. Picture drying off wrapped in a cozy, warm towel—as if it had just come out of the dryer.

10. Plan for the Future

As you plan your bathroom remodeling project, keep in mind that the renovation will also add value to your home. A beautiful, functional, and modern bathroom is a selling point for any property. It’s worthwhile to consider how a future homeowner may make the most of your bathroom while you are renovating. The pay-off is absolutely worth it when you sell your home.

Get Started on Your Bathroom Remodeling Project Today!

Are you ready to start your bathroom remodeling project? Once you’ve used our helpful tips to map out your renovation, be sure to give our expert Dallas contractors a call at 972-627-4518 or request a service online. Our professional, qualified technicians will be more than happy to help with all your bathroom remodeling needs.