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10 Bathroom Remodeling Tips in Manassas

Your bathroom should be a place of calm, peace, and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Not only should your bathroom meet all your needs—whether you want a spa-like master bath or need to renovate your children’s bathroom—while also bringing you joy. After all, we start and end our days in the bathroom.

From getting ready to go to work, carefully styling our hair or applying makeup, to unwinding from the day in a hot shower or bubble bath, the bathroom should be your oasis. Sometimes, you buy a house with your dream bathroom already designed. However, more often than not, creating the bathroom of your dreams means investing in a bathroom remodeling project and choosing the right Manassas handyman.

Bathroom remodeling can be both time and cost consuming. Yet, after the renovation ends, the resulting relaxation and decadence of your new bathroom is more than worth it. That said, to help you stay on track with your bathroom remodeling goals, we’ve put together 10 tips. Read on to learn our insights about establishing a budget, the fixtures you need in your bathroom and how the pros at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket can help make your dream bathroom a reality.

1. Establish Your Budget

If you don’t have a solid budget for remodeling your bathroom, then it’s easy for the renovation to get out of hand and ending up costing more than you anticipated. However, it’s important not just to set a budget but a realistic budget.

Conduct research to understand 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. Do your research and get estimates from a few different contractor companies before settling on who will conduct your renovation. Not only will this give you a sense of scale and cost for your project—so that you can plan for how long your bathroom will be out of commission for—but it will also give you a chance to feel out a few different contracting options.

Pro Tip: Choose a contracting company that offers upfront pricing, has numerous positive reviews, and that is professional. For instance, a uniformed contracting company that uses company vehicles and tools is generally a safer bet than a technician who shows up in a beat-up truck and jeans. Mr. Handyman of Manassas is one such professional, knowledgeable, and skillful company.

The Cost of Features/Materials You Are Interested In

To a lesser degree, the cost of materials you choose will also impact your overall budget. It’s worth taking the time to research how much your dream marble vanity costs, whether glass or ceramic tiles are a better fit for your budget, and if you are upgrading your bathtub, shower, or toilet. These features may not only cost more based on the materials, but they could also impact the installation costs.

For instance, if you choose to hide your toilet’s tank in the wall, this will be costlier and more time-consuming than simply installing a new toilet. Likewise, putting in a bathtub where you did not have one before will cost more than swapping out your shower head.

Additional Budgeting Factors to Keep in Mind

While labor and material costs tend to be the greatest impact on your budget, there are a few other questions to ask yourself that will affect the financial investment of your bathroom remodeling project:

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

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

  • Do you want to install any luxury features?

  • What areas of your bathroom are absolutely essential?

  • What can you reasonably afford to invest?

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

2. Pick Which Bathroom Type You’d Like

There are many different kinds of bathrooms. While it’s unlikely you’ll be converting the type of bathroom—although not uncommon for homeowners to convert a basement powder room into a standard bathroom for guests—it’s good to know your options and what you will 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. Depending on how old your home is, you may have one standard bathroom that the entire family was meant to share, or you may have a few full baths: the master bathroom, one for you 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 is a fantastic investment in your Manassas home. Not only will you always have a bathroom that dinner guests can use without having to be in your personal bathroom—but a second bathroom will boost the resale value of your home.

Wet Bath

A wet bath is where there is no separation between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. For example, the shower will not be tucked away in a separate cubicle or have doors or a curtain acting as a partition. Everything in a wet bath is waterproofed. Not only do these bathrooms have a sleek and modern design that is easier to keep clean—without having to scrub away pesky soap scum from your sliding glass doors—but they can also make a bathroom feel more spacious if you don’t have a lot of space to begin with.

Ensuite Bathroom

While an ensuite bathroom can also be considered a full bath, the primary difference is that the ensuite bathroom connects to another room in your home—typically the master bedroom. Ensuite bathrooms are generally larger than a full bath and may also include separate bath and shower features.

3. Choose Your Bathroom Layout

If your bathroom layout already works for you and your family the way it is, then there will be no need to change it—especially as rearranging walls and plumbing fixtures will drive up the cost of your bathroom remodeling project.

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

Start by thinking about what fixtures you need, and which you use the most. For example, you will 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?

Lastly, consider sinks and storage. How many sinks do you want or need? Will they be in a countertop, and will you have cupboards and drawers? If you don’t have cupboards, will you? Need a storage closet or shelving for things like toiletries and linens?

5. Pick the Right Materials

Your bathroom is one of the areas in your home that receives the most traffic and use—so you will need to consider what materials you choose carefully. That said, understandably you’ll want your bathroom to look clean, bright, and attractive.

Your bathroom is an area of your home that you will want to invest in using quality materials. You should avoid inexpensive materials that will not wear well, such as:

  • Particle board cabinets

  • MDF trim

  • Fiberglass or acrylic tubs and sinks

  • Plastic fixtures

Instead, invest in materials that may cost more initially, but that you will get significantly more wear out of. These materials include:

  • Ceramic tiles

  • Porcelain sinks

  • Porcelain tubs

  • Quality MDF, solid wood or plywood cabinets

  • Brass fixtures

6. To Bathtub or Not to Bathtub?

One of the big questions during a bathroom remodeling project is whether or not you need (or want) a bathtub. For example, some Manassas residents enjoy a long soak after a hard day. However, many Americans value speed and ease and prefer using a shower instead of a bath.

Think about your needs. Beyond whether or not you enjoy bubble-baths, 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.

Alternatively, if you have small children and need to bathe them, a bathtub—or bathtub-shower hybrid—might be easier to use than only a shower.

7. Consider Ventilation

Proper ventilation in your bathroom is key to ensuring the area does not become damaged because of too much humidity or dampness. Typically, there are two varieties of ventilation:

Windows and Window Vents

In some bathrooms, the window will be able to open. Opening up your window while taking a shower can help mitigate the humidity in your bathroom. Some windows also have window vents, which always remain open to release humidity outdoors.

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are the most efficient means of reducing humidity in your bathroom and should be a key part of your bathroom remodeling considerations. There are a few different exhaust fans you can choose from:

  • Ceiling-mounted exhaust fans: The fan is made for bathrooms that are located upstairs. Since warm air rises, it makes the most sense for the fan to be located on the ceiling. Additionally, the stale air is pushed out from the fan through the ceiling.

  • Wall-mounted exhaust fans: Installed on the wall of the outside of your home, this ventilation fan is ideal if you are pressed for time during your bathroom remodel as it is simpler to install.

  • Exterior exhaust fans: Like a wall-mounted fan, these ventilators push stale air outside. However, they are a little quieter as the noise they emit is heard outside.

  • Inline exhaust fans: These exhaust fans are a good option for bathrooms that are tricky to install a fan into because they are mounted in between the ducting. This means that they blow out stale air into your home’s ducts.

  • Exhaust fans with lights: Not only do these fixtures expel stale air, but they can also act as a lighting fixture.

8. Think About Your Lighting Options

Speaking of lighting, your light fixtures are a key element of your bathroom’s overall comfort and aesthetic. For most bathrooms, there are two different kinds of lighting options: natural and artificial.

If you have the option for natural lighting from a window or skylight, try to make the most of this feature by directing your mirror opposite of the natural light source. This will bounce more light into your home 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, including:

  • Overhead lighting

  • Dimmer switch lighting

  • Lights on either side of your vanity

  • Chandeliers

Another consideration for your bathroom lighting is the warmth of light. Would you prefer a cool tone or a warm tone interior instead? Likewise, how bright do you need your lights? If you use your bathroom to apply makeup or get ready in the morning, you may want brighter lighting. Alternatively, perhaps you want to create a more luxurious feeling in a powder room with softer lighting.

9. Indulge in a Luxury Feature

If your bathroom is your safe space where you like to unwind after a busy day, then there are a few luxurious features you may want to consider implementing into your next bathroom remodeling project.

Heated Floor

Can you imagine stepping out of a warm shower onto a wonderfully heated shower floor? This is especially nice during a chilly Virginia winter night. This small touch can be such a satisfying and incredibly luxurious feeling.

Additionally, heated floors will help keep your home warm without having to turn up your thermostat!

Heated Towel Rack

Similar to how a heated floor can add that elevated sense of luxury to your bathroom, 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.

Wall-Mounted Features

Many of your bathroom’s facets can be wall-mounted to create a sleek, modern look and open up floor space. For example, you can mount your toilets, cabinets, and washbasins on the wall. Not only will this aesthetic create a more open bathroom, but it will also enable you to add extra storage or make the most of a smaller space.

10. Plan for the Future

As you begin 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—so consider how a future homeowner may make the most of your bathroom while you are renovating. You’ll see the pay-off later 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 Manassas handymen a call at 703-621-4817 or request an appointment online. Our skillful and expert technicians will be able to help you with all your bathroom remodeling needs—from updating your cabinetry to a complete bathroom overhaul.