I love interior design. I am not an expert but I can give you some tips based on my recent home renovation experience. Renovating a bathroom is a tedious process but well worth it. We took our old, plain bathroom and gave it a more modern/contemporary look. Look ahead for some of our before and afters.
The Old Bathrooms
We moved in to our home a couple of years ago. The bathrooms had remained the same since that house was first built about 18 years ago (gross, I know) and stubborn mold meant it was time for a change.
What to Expect
Renovation isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. You have to consider the cost, the time it takes to complete the project, the mess and not having access to parts of your house. We had a good contractor that worked long, hard hours to have our two upstairs bathrooms completed in 3 weeks. I believe the length of time to redo one bathroom is about a month average. I cannot imagine having a construction site inside my home for longer than a month. It is a bit chaotic.
One bathroom was finished before the second one was started so we had access to a bathroom/shower throughout the entire renovation. We basically lived downstairs for an entire 3 weeks. The most annoying part of this entire process was the mess, dust, noise, not having access to our entire home, and the workers coming in and out of the house constantly.
We purchased materials at different stores. Our bathtub, lighting fixtures, toilet, towel hangers, shower tile, floor tile, tile edging trim came from Home Depot. After making stops at different tile stores and warehouses we ended up purchasing the tile for both the shower and the rest of the bathroom at home depot because the price was more convenient. Shower heads came from Amazon.com. Sinks, faucets and countertops came from a bathroom warehouse in Los Angeles. We did some shopping around and tried our best to keep the costs of materials as low as possible.
How to save on Cost
According to angieslist.com, the cost for a bathroom renovation averages around $10,000. There are ways to try and keep the cost low like keeping some of the original materials. We kept the original mirror and cabinets, both of which were raised a few inches and cabinets painted. That saved us a lot of money. Also, we kept the ceiling fan because it was still in great condition and it comes in handy when the weather hits above 100 and I have to do my hair.
More Tips and Advice
My advice if you are renovating your bathrooms and the most important step of all…research! Look online, shop around stores, google bathroom warehouses in your area months before your project even begins.
Take pictures with your phone and create a separate folder in your pictures exclusively for the info you are coming across, it’s a great way to keep track of all the information you are gathering.
Another important tip is to find a good reputable contractor and keep in constant contact with your contractor during the project. Let them know of any and every detail you want changed. They will not guess for you, be very specific. Check in on the progress every morning before they start to work. I found myself requesting certain things almost every day. Keep in mind things like, location of the shower head, grout color in bath and floor.
Also, keep in mind is the dust. There will be lots of it. Although, the construction site is blocked it will make its way through your entire house, so after the job is done, if you don’t have the time to clean out your entire home on your own, you will have to hire a good cleaning crew.
We loved the way our bathrooms turned out. We used the exact materials in both the master bathroom and kids’ bathroom upstairs (pictured below). Initially I wanted to go with more rustic, neutral tones, but ended up choosing a more modern look. I am very lucky to have a sweet husband to let me have my way with the house 😊. We were ecstatic with the results.