How to Plan your Bathroom Remodel

If you are like most people, the thought of remodeling your bathroom seems very overwhelming.  If you break the remodeling process down into a few simple steps, your bathroom remodeling project will not seem so overwhelming and will actually start to seem possible.  The very first step to getting started on a bathroom remodeling project is to make your plan.  Once you have a plan, then your remodeling can come to fruition.

How to Start your Plan

It might seem funny to plan your plan, but that is the only way to have a successful bathroom remodeling project.  Start by jotting down a few notes regarding your wishes for your bathroom.  Do not leave any thoughts out, no matter how big they might seem, you will not know what is possible and what is not until you lay it all out in front of you.  After making your initial notes it is time to start surfing the internet and home design magazines for more ideas on exactly what you want for your bathroom remodeling project.

The next step is the least desirable step – creating your budget.  It is important to know your budget ahead of time so that you do not run out of funding in the middle of your remodel, causing you to rethink your strategy in the middle of your remodeling project.  You can start your budget process by getting estimates for each of the ideas you wrote down in the previous step.  Once you have all of the costs in writing, you can decide which idea is actually achievable and which ones are not.  Having a list of prices in front of you will help you realize what is feasible and what is not.  Knowing the exact cost of certain remodeling projects will help you dwindle your list down to something affordable.  When you are creating your budget, make sure to allocate money for each area of your bathroom that you wish to remodel including any new appliances including the plumbing charges, electrician charges, and even the paint on the walls.

Creating the Floor Plan

After you have decided what remodeling your budget will allow you can start getting things in place.  Measure your bathroom, including all areas that will have fixtures such as the toilet, sink or bathtub.  This will help you create the optimal floor plan before beginning your remodeling.  Once you have everything on paper you will have a guide to help you through every step of your bathroom remodeling process.  When you have a floor plan to follow, you ensure that your bathroom remodeling project will work in terms of everything fitting where you would like it to as well as it helps you to stay focused and on budget.  When you have a plan in front of you, it is much more difficult to deviate from it, helping you to stay on your budget without veering off too much.

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