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So You Want To Renovate Your Bathroom

Geometric wallpaper. Geometric wallpaper Phillip Jeffries What a Gem Silver on White Manila Hemp wallpaper lines the walls of this stunning gray powder room boasting a French washstand topped with honed white marble countertops holding a sink fitted with a polished nickel faucet positioned under a gray beveled mirror flanked by polished nickel sconces, Jonathan 1 Light Sconces In Crystal with Natural Paper Shades. #geometric #wallpaper Marianne Jones LLC

 

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? What is your purpose? Many people will renovate their bathroom for different reasons, either to increase the value of the house or to simply destroy the old to bring in the new.

 

Brace Yourself

Bathroom countertop tray. A white and gray bathroom features separate washstands topped with polished marble fitted with square curved sinks and vintage hook and spout faucets placed under white arched mirrors illuminated by Vendome Single Sconces. A white marble tiles frame marble basketweave tiles accented with gray border tiles lead to a white rope stool topped with a fern plant placed under a window dressed in white and gray cafe curtains. Sarah Bartholomew Design

When renovating your bathroom it’s great to think about why you’re renovating it first, then budget accordingly. One of the main concerns for a fast and quality renovation is thinking about space. Are you changing the floor plan? Are you going to add a laundry? These questions should be discussed with your partner or yourself before diving in for quotes.

A common thing people also overlook when planning their bathroom is allowing for cavity space. To think about this you should look at your current pipes, wires and fittings then think about what new fittings and amenities you’ll be installing.

If you’re going to be completely changing the floorplan of your bathroom, you might want to think about plumbing. If you have brick walls, your renovation is going to take a bit longer than you think because a plumber will need to come in and fix your pipes.

As you can probably foresee, planning ahead is required and not something you want to dive into. Not only will you burn through your budget if you didn’t plan correctly, you could leave your bathroom as a right off and will need to call in the experts to take over. When looking around for styles, designs, fixtures and features, take the time to check websites for ideas. You can see many examples of bathroom renos often featured here or on my Pinterest account.

Ok, so now I’ve made it quite clear you need to plan your renovation, I’m not going to preach that you should be buying the good stuff, you only do this once or twice in your entire life. Don’t skimp on something like a bathroom renovation.

Show Me The Cool Stuff

Ivory Bathroom. bathroom features separate washstands topped with polished marble fitted with square curved sinks and vintage hook and spout faucets placed under white arched mirrors illuminated by Vendome Single Sconces. A white marble tiles frame marble basketweave tiles accented with gray border tiles lead to a white rope stool topped with a fern plant placed under a window dressed in white and gray cafe curtains. #ivorywhite #bathroom Sarah Bartholomew Design

There are many different things you can do to a bathroom and it all adds to the room, however, you can over do it. How would you like your bathroom? Minimalist, modern or vintage. Either way there are some universal features that can make your bathroom pop.

Storage Bathtubs

Bath nook wainscotting. Bath nook is clad in decorative wall moldings filled with a roll top tub and a vintage hand held tub filler as well as a white rope stool placed under windows dressed in white sheer cafe curtains accented with gray trim. #bathnook #nook #wainscotting Sarah Bartholomew Design

These are amazing and would be an excellent fit for vintage, minimalist and modern bathrooms. There are many different styles for storage tubs and they are useful if you’re taking away shelving or looking for a substitute.

Wall Features

Bathroom. Bathroom features walk in shower features honed white marble tiles fitted with a tiled niche shelf placed over a marble shower bench. Shower also features polished nickel shower kit as well as a polished nickel soap dish mounted on the wall. Sarah Bartholomew Design

Are you someone that hooks your shower caddy onto the shower head and lets it rust, allowing the rust to hit the bottom of your shampoo and soap? Well a wall feature will take that caddy away and give you a lovely permanent feature within your shower space.

Wall Rendering

Powder room wallpaper. Northstar Builders, Inc

Did you know you don’t actually need to tile the walls, there is a service that can render your wall to look like anything you want. You can go for rustic metal or rough plaster for your bathroom. If you’re going for an industrial feel, then I suggest taking a look at some rustic metal examples.

DIY Mishaps

Getting the Whitewashed Look on your cabinets. Limed wood, whitewashed wood. white washed wood. The Limed wood whitewashed wood effect on cabinets. Northstar Builders, Inc

It’s common that people will want to renovate their bathrooms by themselves, DIY style, and I’m not one to say that you’re not qualified to do it. However, please be realistic about your skill set. You’re about to spend a lot of money and improve your home, comfort and lifestyle. Although I would recommend hiring an expert in the industry, I will list some mishaps that people don’t think about when tackling a mammoth task.

Waterproofing

Bathroom washstand. Bathroom washstand. Bathroom features a 6 leg nickel and glass washstand topped with marble placed under a satin nickel mirror flanked by floor to ceiling built in cabinets accented with mirrored cabinet doors alongside a marble hexagon tile floor. #Bathroomwashstand #bathroom #washstand Sarah Bartholomew Design

This is one of the most important things you can do in your bathroom or laundry room. Not waterproofing properly can cause a lot of damage to your home and will end up being one of the most expensive renovation you have and will ever pay for. Get an expert in for waterproofing and make sure they provide a certificate and insurance.

Over Investing for Investment Homes

Washstand. Nickel and glass washstand topped with marble placed under a satin nickel mirror. #washstand Sarah Bartholomew Design

Are you doing this to flip your home at a higher value? Not only are you going to need to plan your bathroom floor plan, but you must be mindful about how much you’re going to spend. Nobody wants to lose money on a bathroom they’re not going to enjoy for much longer.

Not Hiring Professionals

Bathroom washstand storage ideas. L. Kae Interiors

In most counties and states it’s illegal for anyone unlicensed to tamper with anything to do with plumbing and electronics within any home. Hire professional and licensed trades people to manage all your electrics and plumbing.

Run-ins with Asbestos

Make up vanity in bathroom. Bathroom with marble-top drop down make-up vanity under window covered in linen cafe curtains paired with white slipcovered vanity stool. White bathroom cabinets with carrara marble countertops and oval pivot mirror accented with monogrammed embroidered tissue box cover. Master bathroom features wood paneled drop-in tub with carrara marble surround over carrara marble mosaic tile floor. L. Kae Interiors

If you run into asbestos, what do you do? The first thing you should do is find out if you should report it, then organize to have it safely removed and disposed. Asbestos is dangerous. Search your local government website on how you can have it removed.

Not Planning Ahead

Bathroom wainscoting walls with wallpaper above. L. Kae Interiors

I can’t stress this enough. If you read the start of this article then you already went through this, but if you didn’t then planning ahead is key to a successful bathroom renovation. Choose everything wisely and ask about installation requirements before making the purchase.

 

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Sources: 1: Marianne Jones LLC. 2 to 5:  Sarah Bartholomew Design. 6 & 7: Northstar Builders, Inc. 8 & 9: Sarah Bartholomew Design. 10, 11 & 12: L. Kae Interiors.

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