Are you starting a new bathroom project in your home? This post is all the tips for bathroom design you need to know before you get started.
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Bathroom Design Tips
So you are thinking about changing your bathroom and you have no idea where to start.
Have no fear!
This post will give you a list of all the things you will want to think about before the demo starts.
This post is part one of the series for our Willow House Airbnb bathroom makeover.
Before I get to the list let me give you a little back story.
We did not actually plan to demo and design the first-floor bathroom right now BUT here we are.
To make a long story short after being in our home for twenty-two, yes twenty-two years the time has come to makeover the first-floor bathroom.
When we remodeled Willow House back in 2005 we actually skipped this bathroom.
At the time it was actually the most updated part of the house.
We also just had to stop somewhere in the budget.
So we decided to leave the main floor bathroom untouched.
Fast forward to today with the Airbnb usage the time has come to makeover the bathroom due to the fact that the shower tiles are loose and causing a leak.
Uggg yes I know it MUST be fixed.
That said part one of the bathroom remodel is the planning stage.
The first thing to do before you get started designing is to measure your existing bathroom.
Floor Plan Measure Guide
Here is the image of the Airbnb Floor plan.
Here are images of the current Airbnb bathroom.
As you can see it is very outdated from the Formica cabinets to the ceiling soffit there are so many updates to be made.
Now before we start the demo stage here is what went next after the floor plan.
Bathroom Remodel Checklist
There are many things to do and consider during a bathroom remodel so let me break it down in a list format.
1. Create a Floor Plan
As mentioned above first measure your existing bathroom so you know where all lighting, plumbing, and current fixtures are located.
Next design your new layout.
Pro Tip: Keep the costs down by sticking with the existing layout if possible.
For our design, we will go from a built-in cabinet at 54″ to a freestanding one that will be 42″.
The cabinet will also be centered in the new design, not right offset.
This shift should only change the pipe placement by a few inches so I’m hoping the plumber says it’s ok.
We are trying to keep our budget down on this project as well.
2. Pull Inspiration Images
This step is key to a great design plan.
Many people just visit their local home improvement store or design center and duplicate the showroom set up they like.
I do not recommend this method of design.
Remember the showrooms are designed to market all the possibilities of materials and looks.
They are trying to appeal to a variety of customers so there is a little bit of everything shown.
Most time there is not a star of the show.
That one thing that you want to stand out.
That said there is usually a lot going on and the look is often trendy, not timeless, and lacking a focal point.
Less is more and not every area of your design needs to stand out.
Pro Tip: Pull no more than THREE inspiration images from Pinterest, Instagram, magazines or online.
It’s ok to pin and save a lot during the brain dump stage when you are gathering ideas but then get laser-focused.
Narrow it down to your top three so you can really hone in on the look and feel you are after.
3. Make Your Dream List
During this phase, you are going to want to ask yourself several questions so your new bathroom design functions for your needs.
Here are the questions to ask before your Bathroom Remodel:
- What currently works well?
- What needs improvement?
- Are their priority items?
- Can any items be done later?
- What items will you splurge on?
- Where will you save (items will you NOT splurge on)?
- Will any items will be Re-Used?
- What New Items are needed?
Our Question Answers:
For our bathroom, the layout works but we will change to a shower instead of the bathtub.
We have one tub in the house in a second-floor bathroom so a shower here will function better for our guests.
We are also changing the vanity size as I mentioned above so it has a more custom look.
There is a lot of storage in the current design but the draws are empty since this is an Airbnb bathroom.
That said we will change the vanity to fewer draws but will add a larger sink (square-shaped) than the current one.
The priority for us is the tile since we have that leak to address.
Something that can be done later is if I decide I want wallpaper.
I would do peel and stick so it can be changed when I get tired of it.
Yes, it would be easier to install before everything is in but not 100% sure I want to add it.
Trying to go clean and more simple with this design.
Going for a more timeless look.
Anything that is “trendy” will be inexpensive to change like the sconces and draw pulls.
For me, I always tend to splurge on lighting and faucets in the bathroom.
The lighting is the jewelry of any room and really adds an elevated look.
This time around along with spending on the lighting and faucet I am not going cheap on the cabinet.
Pro Tip: Invest in the Bathroom Cabinet or you’ll be sorry when it doesn’t last.
In the kid’s bathroom we did fifteen years ago the cabinet was a budget simple white cabinet but I am starting to see the wear.
We plan to save on the tile by using classic subway and hexagon tiles.
Nothing fancy here because I learned my lesson on going trendy with the tile.
After fifteen years I would change the tile I picked in the originally remodel for sure.
Keep it simple stupid is my new motto.
We will only reuse is the white toilet in our makeover.
I was obsessed with wall mount toilets for a minute but I’ve moved on.
Not interested in adding the costs in the style and labor for the wall mount option.
4. Set A Budget
If I hear one more client tell me oh we don’t have a budget… If we love it we’ll buy it.
I’m sorry but no you won’t so let’s get focused so we don’t waste time dreaming.
My budget is $5000 in my head which I have NO idea if I can do.
If I sourced it all from Home Depot, Amazon and Wayfair it would be easier BUT I love pretty things!
So it might be a struggle but I’m going to TRY!
Pro Tip: Be realistic with the amount of money you will spend on your bathroom remodel.
5. Start Sourcing Items
This stage necessary especially when you are trying to keep the costs down.
For the purpose of this post, I’ll give you the areas you are going to be sourcing.
In a later post I’ll give you a more detailed breakdown but for now, just start gathering links and pinning products.
We are doing this because after when we narrow down our selection we then are going to stalk the internet for the best possible price.
Pro Tip: After you source all the products next stalk the internet for the best possible price.
In a future post, I will also give a list of sourcing links for a bathroom remodel.
Here are the items to think about when sourcing:
- Floor Tile
- Wall Tile
- Grout Color
- Decorative Tile
- Border Tile
- Counter Top Material
- Tub/ Shower
- Shower Only
- Towel Warmer
- Bathroom Towel Bar
- Towel Ring
- Tissue Paper Holder
- Shower Baskets
- Robe Hooks
- Magnifying Mirror
Bathroom Design Tips Recap
1. Create a Floor Plan
2. Pull Inspiration Images
3. Set A Budget
4. Make Your Dream List
5. Start Sourcing Items
This list is meant to help you start the planning stage of the project.
Be sure to come back for next steps as the bathroom remodel series continues.
Hopefully, this post was helpful to know where to start your next bathroom remodel design.
Have an awesome day full of Unicorns + Rainbows!
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