Before and After! Updating from old style to new!

Add value, appeal and joy to your home! Updating or remodeling your bathroom is a great place to start!

You can plan a successful bathroom remodel yourself from start to finish. It could end up being one of the most beneficial home improvement projects you can tackle when upgrading your homes value. Just Google or search on Pinterest some beautiful bathroom remodel ideas and you’ll get bombarded with some of the most gorgeous bathrooms designs that no regular person could ever dream up! But dreaming and planning your own bathroom are two different things! Dream lux bathrooms do not happen overnight; they take careful planning on paper and then a whole big mess during constructing!

 Here are some simple ways to get started on your new bathroom remolding plan!

Part A: Planning your Bathroom Upgrade

1. Smart Research on a Bathroom Design:

Scroll through different types of websites or social media to get designs for bathrooms that has the same shape, size and features as your own. For example, if you have a window near your tub, find pictures with the same.  Find structural similarities so it is easy for you to imagine your completed project more accurately. (If you are doing major structural changes–like moving walls or windows–it would be best to get an architect and designer to get you on the right track with a 3D model or drawing.) Save, Pin or download images onto a special file on your phone or computer so you can narrow down what you like the best. Look for your favorite tubs, flooring, mirrors, paint color, back splash ideas, vanities, fixtures, shower designs and any cool trim ideas that catch you eye. This part of the bathroom remodeling plan is quite fun!

Bonus Tip: Narrow down a theme you like best! For example use key words like: Modern bathroom Ideas, lux bathroom designs, farmhouse style bathroom, minimalist, traditional or spa bathroom designs.

2. The Budget: How big is the project and how much will this bathroom remodel cost me?

Finally, let’s talk about the money! When you plan your bathroom remodel, how big and how much do you have or plan to spend? Let me pose one question and two possible answer choices. You might find your own response here or somewhere within the middle!

Question  “How complex is the bathroom construction going to be for your updated project?”

Possible Answer 1: “It’s BIG! Lots of tearing out, moving walls and installing new plumbing lines and wiring …yada…yada…”

Advice for you: “Get a few free quotes from a remodeling company that specializes in home improvement and have their own architects and resources to give you a good budget range. The positive of this strategy is you get someone else to do all the hard work for you. So, all you just approve and pay the bill! This is an excellent path for you if you don’t have the time to fuss about all the financial details. However, most (but not all) companies only work with someone who has a $25,000+ budget. ”

Or

Possible Answer 2: “It’s an average remodeling. Changing out the tub, shower, flooring and fixtures. Make it look up-to-date and I want to avoid over-the-top expenses such as moving walls or hiring architects… I don’t have that much money!….yadda…yadda…”

Advice for you: “You can get your own quotes from multiple contractors and manage the project yourself.  You would also save some money on resourcing the items yourself and using design inspirations you find online. Downside is: You will need time, disciple and a good plan put in place to help manage the project successfully. The upside is, you could walk away with great savings on the overall project. Also allow a buffer cash reserve for unexpected expenses.

Bonus Tip 1: Keep on the lookout for finance options where you pay “No Interest” for 12 months or even better: 18 months! Usually, these sales pop up during Labor Day or Memorial Day. So, keep your eyes peeled when planning to buy fixtures!

Bonus Tip 2: Find a budget template on excel or other money software that you can manage all your expenses and project future costs. It’s good seeing it come together before you pay out contractors. Include all your quotes and which ones you chose. Track you spending and payments to all vendors.