With the average bathroom renovation costing $11,000, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, budgets have no room for mistakes. So before plastering a wall or purchasing a soap dish, consider these six rules to reno by:
Anytime you touch the plumbing lines, it alters the room’s footprint, which is labor-intensive and expensive. Unless the change would enhance the room immeasurably, all the pipes should stay put.
When writing out your wish list, put necessities like a new sink or flooring way ahead of splurges like that $3,000 tub. “Think about what you need for the room to function and use every day,” suggests Angie Gardeck, owner of New Perspectives Design, a Chicago-area interior design firm.
It’s imperative to get all warm and fuzzy about an object, whether it’s gorgeous glass tile or a faucet that looks like sculpture, such as, oh, we don’t know, Delta’s Compel™ Collection. “Something needs to start the design process that will determine your color palette or your style,” Gardeck says.
You thought you’d keep it to save a few bucks. But while mixing old and new may work in other rooms, it doesn’t in the bath because there’s so little in there to begin with. A 30-year-old cabinet will look out of place if everything else is new. A better way to save money is to choose moderately priced fixtures and finishes instead of top-of-the-line.
If you’re planning to sell your house within the next five years, keep your decorating choices neutral to appeal to general tastes. If you’re staying put for seven years or more, however, feel free to go wild with those laughing dolphin tiles.
Everything should be on-site when construction begins or completion may be delayed waiting for a delivery, Gardeck says. Once ordered, cabinets typically take at least a month to arrive; tile and plumbing supplies usually take two or three weeks. Be sure to open all boxes and inspect the contents the day they reach you. If something is broken or the wrong size, you need enough time to return it without compromising the remodel’s schedule.