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FAQ: Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

The bathroom is often simultaneously the most used and the most overlooked room in the house. Many homeowners simply don't realize that a well-executed bathroom remodeling can take it from the room you always use and never think about to your favorite place in the house.

With the help of an experienced and skilled handyman, your perfect bathroom is a lot closer than you think. Planning a remodel is a big challenge, but it's also lots of fun. This is an opportunity to really put your personality and sense of style into your home—or choose a classic bathroom renovation that will add value to your home when it comes time to sell.

Wondering where to start? If you're just beginning to put a plan together, you probably have lots of questions. Well, we have answers! This guide will give you the information and inspiration you need to take the first steps towards transforming your outdated bathroom into your own personal spa.

What Type of Bathrooms Are There?

It's a good idea to think about what type of room will suit your home best. Of course, you're somewhat limited by the size and shape of the space you have available, but a clever design can fit a lot into even a small area.

Standard

Also called a full bath, this type requires a toilet, at least one sink, and a shower, bathtub, or combo of the two. As you can probably guess from the name, this is by far the most common type and what most people think of. This also includes ensuites (also known as master baths)—the difference is they can only be accessed from an adjoining room like the master bedroom and are often larger and more luxurious than a typical standard bath.

Half Bath

Half baths, which are sometimes called powder rooms, contain just a toilet and sink with no actual bathing fixtures. They're usually located on the main floor for guest use, especially in homes that don't have a full bath near the living room.

Wet

A wet room is a little more unusual, but growing in popularity. With this type, there's no separation between the shower and the rest of the room: the entire room is water-proof. This can be a great option for space-saving bathrooms when you don't really have extra space for a shower curtain or door, and it's perfect when you're looking for a sleek, minimalistic look.

What Do I Need to Include in the Budget?

The cost of labor will be a big part of the budget, but what elements and features do you need to consider when you're planning out how much to spend? Make a list of every aspect of the room so you have a clear idea of what you'll need to purchase—you'll be glad you paid attention to the details.

Your list may include elements such as:

  • Drywall

  • Toilet

  • Bidet

  • Vanity

  • Vanity top/sink

  • Vanity fixture

  • Bathtub

  • Step-in shower

  • ADA shower

  • Bench seat

  • Grab bars

  • Fiberglass tub/shower walls

  • Tile tub/shower walls

  • Other alternative tub/shower walls

  • Soap dish / niche

  • Bathroom floor, tile/waterproof vinyl plank flooring

  • Flooring transition from bath to next room

  • Shower door

  • Shower curtain

  • Tub/shower fixture

  • Shower head

  • Storage space / closet

  • Medicine cabinets

  • Mirror

  • Towel racks

  • Toilet paper holder

  • Accessories

  • Exhaust fan with or without light

  • New electrical, GFCI, etc.

  • Light fixtures

  • Windows and doors

  • Paint and finishes

  • Base and door trim

  • Heated flooring

  • HVAC

  • Sonic Tub / Skylight

  • Plumbing access

  • Decor

How Do I Determine My Bathroom Layout?

Before you start planning a whole new layout, keep in mind that moving plumbing fixtures around can be quite costly. But, if you want or need a new layout, always consider functionality over form. The toilet might look great next to the window—until you realize you're putting on a show for the whole neighborhood. Make sure there's plenty of room to move and access each fixture, and don't forget to consider ease of cleaning, since there's already enough hard-to-reach places in a bathroom as it is.

What Materials Should I Choose?

So. Many. Options. The huge array of bathroom materials available for your remodel can quickly get overwhelming. Even just one element such as the tile has a vast choice of colors, textures, sizes, styles, and shapes.

When you're trying to decide on visible surface materials, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I willing to spend more for luxury materials?

  • Is appearance or function more important to me?

  • How much maintenance am I willing to do?

  • What style am I going for? (For example: contemporary, classic, minimal, rustic, bohemian, vintage etc.)

Remember, you don't have to make all these decisions on your own. An experienced bathroom remodeler will be able to give advice and input based on your unique needs. Mr. Handyman of Easton, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley also has a showroom where you can see and touch a variety of materials in person, so it's a lot easier to make an informed choice.

What Else Should I Consider for My Bathroom Remodel?

One consideration that often gets overlooked while planning a bathroom renovation project is thinking about how you will use the bathroom in the future.

Planning on having children? You'll want to put in a bathtub—toddlers are slippery! Approaching your golden years and want to age in place? Safety and mobility amenities such as a walk-in tub or raised toilet can allow you to do just that. Thinking of selling your home? Go with a tasteful, classic look so potential buyers can imagine themselves using the room.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local Bathroom Remodeling Expert!

When you've got a decent idea of how you want your dream bathroom to look, the experts at Mr. Handyman of Easton, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley can turn that dream into a reality. Our handymen take great pride in providing quality workmanship and have the skill to remodel your bathroom from scratch, floor to ceiling.

Pick up the phone and contact us at 610-463-1667—Hercules the dog is standing by to take your call. (Just kidding! His phone manners are awful, so we'll get our friendly customer service staff to let you know all the ways we can help with your bathroom remodel project.)