In the oppressive heat of July, the only holiday on your mind is likely Independence Day. The 4th of July does mark a half-way point of summer, doesn’t it? Even if it’s not a literal halfway, we start to wonder where the summer has gone. Before we know it, the days will be shorter, the nights will be cooler and talk will turn to the holidays. And that means a house full of guests.
Remember last year when you desperately wanted to remodel your bathroom but by the time you started thinking about really starting the project, your in-laws were on the door step, overnight bag and fruit cake in hand?
This year, why not plan ahead so that when the time comes, you’ll have a beautiful, remodeled bathroom before the fall harvest. If it sounds too good to be true, you’re going about it the wrong way. With your sanity in mind, we’ve put together seven steps that will help you plan your bathroom remodel so that it goes smoothly and you’re ready for your in-laws well before the holidays.
Take a look at the existing space with a critical eye. Is it truly an eye sore or is it just not working as hard as it could be for you and your family?
Try to pinpoint the real issues. Is it a lack of storage space for your growing family? Cracked tiles and leaky pipes behind the scenes that need fixing? A big tub that serves as a dirty laundry holder because no one’s used it in years? Mold and mildew-edged shower walls that just won’t come clean? Divide a sheet of paper into two columns. On the left side, make a list of all the issues with your current bathroom.
Once you’ve pinpointed the issues, it’s time to think about what you really want. Check out sites like Pinterest and Instagram, and page through home décor magazines for some inspiration. On the right side of that piece of paper, write your wish list – everything your dream bathroom would have.
Now try to match each item on the left with an item on the right. Anything left out? Anything on your wish list that doesn’t really serve a purpose? Cross it out. Anything on the right side that’s not addressed by your wish list? This will help you consider everything you might need in order to get a bathroom that’s as functional as it is beautiful.
Be realistic. Make sure you can identify what it is you love about the bathroom remodels that you pick out. If it’s their massive square footage and 18’ ceilings, but your bathroom is 5×8 with 10’ ceilings, you’ll need to reel in your dreams a bit. But if it’s the natural light, ample storage, gorgeous tiles and tall vanity you admire, you’re on the right track.
Understand your budget. Nothing will put a damper on your holiday mood like being in debt or not having enough cash for Santa to make his all-important visit. The average mid-range bathroom remodel costs about $19,000, according to the 2018 Cost vs Value Report. You can spend much less than that, or even more, depending on the size of your space, the products and fixtures you choose and the extent of your project. Look for a company that can offer you a guaranteed price and flexible financing options to make the payment process a little easier—on your wallet as well as your mind.
If it’s the guest bath you want to remodel, think about what would work best for you throughout the year – not just on those few occasions when Grandma comes to visit. If you routinely host your high school bestie and her husband, who’s in a wheelchair, you might want to consider thoughtful upgrades that can be appreciated by those with limited mobility. Perhaps a motion sensing faucet or light switches that sit lower on the wall for easy reaching would come in handy. If your parents and grandparents are your most frequent visitors, grab bars and slip-resistant flooring might be smart accessories. And when it’s not being used by guests, be sure it’s functional for everyone living in your home.
This year might just be the year you stop dreaming and start doing. When your bathroom remodel is complete, you can cross one big item off of your “to do” list, sit back and enjoy the season—sans stress and scrambling to get everything finished—before the doorbell rings.
From simple tub and shower updates to complete bathroom remodels, Re-Bath’s exclusive three-step process handles every step from design to done. Schedule a free, in-home design consultation today and discover how you can get a beautiful, functional new bathroom in days, not weeks—and let this holiday season be the one you remember for all the right reasons!