First Time Homeowner’s Guide To Remodeling A Bathroom
Purchasing your very first home is an exciting time in any person’s life. Your first home, however, may not be your dream home. But, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be. After finalizing the purchase, you can start making plans to remodel the home to be your dream home. As an added bonus, remodeling will just increase the value should you decide to sell it one day.
Get The Money Together
Home Advisor estimates that homeowners spend anywhere from $5,000 to $14,000 remodeling a bathroom. The media outlet does acknowledge this price range varies pretty greatly depending on a number of different factors. With any remodel project, it is always better to overestimate and end up spending less money than you planned. This being the happy alternative to ending up in a situation where you run out of money before finishing the remodel.
Just to play it safe, you should set aside $20,000 for the bathroom remodel expenses. Once you have the money together, you can move on to the next steps.
Choosing The Bathroom Layout
The very first step to remodeling the bathroom in your new home is choosing bathroom floor plans. Typically, there are four different types of bathroom layouts. Learning a little more about each one can make it easier for you to decide which option is ideal for your remodel.
A custom bathroom is just your typical bathroom. It comes complete with a tub, a shower, and a toilet. Depending on how much space you have to work with, you get to decide if the tub and shower are going to be one fixture or two separate fixtures.
Just as the name implies, an attached bathroom is attached to another room. It is pretty typical for the master bedroom to have an attached bathroom. Other rooms, however, could have a bathroom attached to them as well. This type of bathroom can have everything a custom bathroom has in terms of fixtures and appliances. Again, you will need to consider the allotted space when determining what all you want to install in the room.
Wet room is a fancy name for a shower room. The entire room is designed to be waterproof with a drain in the middle of the floor to collect the water. This type of bathroom is great for a household with a lot of people.
A powder room is also commonly referred to as a half-bath. As the name suggestions, it is half of a bathroom. The room will continue a sink and a toilet without containing much else. It is also not uncommon for a half-bath to have a washer and dryer set up in it.
Once you’ve decided what kind of bathroom you want, you can sit down and figure out exactly where you want fixtures such as the sinks and bathtubs to go.
Choosing The Bathroom Theme
One of the more exciting steps in remodeling a bathroom in your new home is choosing a theme for your bathroom. Technically, there are two different methods to making this decision. You can either select some of the decorations and accessories for the bathroom first or you can select the theme first. Choosing a theme before you go shopping is the easier route to take as it helps make shopping for accessories easier.
If you, however, already have bathroom accessories tucked away in the hope chest you slowly filled with household items in anticipation of the day you bought your first house, you are going to want to pick a theme that complements those items. A bathroom theme can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Ultimately, it comes down to how much money you have to spend on it.