If you’re a homeowner who’s decided to remodel their master bath, then this is an exciting time for you. It may also be a bit of an anxious one since there are so many decisions to make. With that in mind, here are seven important concepts to consider as you begin to plan your en-suite bathroom.
1. Going Over Budget Is Easy
While it may seem obvious, it’s very easy to go over during a remodel. You’ll want to establish your number early on, make your wish list and then value-engineer that list into something practical. Break that budget down, and stay on top of it throughout the process. It can also help to look for areas where you can save, such as installing fixtures at walls that already have plumbing.
2. Prices Can Vary Considerably
The quotes you receive for an en-suite bathroom can and likely will vary quite a bit from one to the next. This is why you should not only seek out multiple bids but make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Some general contractors bid low but leave the option open to add things along the way, and this can increase your costs. Some also lack the experience or networking capabilities, things that can prove valuable and might even save you money.
3. Choose a Contractor You Can Work It
You want to choose a contractor that you trust, one that is established and reputable. You also want a contractor that suits your personality and is excited about your vision. It’s your master bath after all, and while professional help is welcome, it shouldn’t be overbearing.
4. Using the Existing Layout Can Save a Lot
If you change the existing footprint of your master bath, that will increase your total cost a lot. That may be necessary depending on your vision, but if you’re looking for ways to save and get more out of your budget, taking advantage of the established layout can be a good way to do that.
5. Maximize Visual Space
No matter how large your en-suite bathroom is, you’ll want it to feel larger, and that sense of spaciousness will really help maximize your enjoyment. There are many ways to expand visual space that a designer can help you with, including windows, mirrors and recessed lighting.
6. Take Care When Choosing Materials
There are a lot of material options out there. Consider as many as possible. Weigh the pros and cons. Look for ways to save, such as exchanging natural stone tiles for stone-looking porcelain tiles. Try and think ahead to five, 10 and 15 years down the line. How will you feel then?
7. Don’t Overlook Storage
Determine how much you’ll need and where you’ll make it work. Storage shouldn’t take over your bathroom, but you don’t want it to be inconvenient either. There’s a trend toward drawers over doors, and your designer can work with you on creative options, such as niches.
Alair Homes New Braunfels is a professional when it comes to remodeling bathrooms, and we’ve helped a lot of homeowners just like you. Let’s discuss your project, brainstorm ideas and come up with a solid plan, together. To start the process, contact us and request a consultation.