Tried and True Tips to That Will Make a Small Bathroom Seem Grand
Are you looking for a bathroom remodeling contractor in the Salem Oregon or, in your hometown? If so, then you probably have many questions floating around in your head like I did the first time I remodeled a bathroom. You came to the right place to find some great bathroom ideas for your remodel.
Want to know the 15 biggest mistakes people forget to think about when they are planning to remodel their small bathroom?
- Know your budget.
- Don’t make the toilet the feature.
- When to leave vintage finishes.
- How to properly lay out a lighting scheme.
- Know your key measurements.
- What is the best height for the sink?
- When might you want a corner sink?
- Can you really fit in that tub?
- How to pick the right vanity.
- What is worth a splurge and what isn’t?
- What to know about tile sizes.
- Should you really convert that tub into a shower?
- Can you install a toilet yourself?
- How important is moisture removal?
- What is the best way to transition from tile to another type of flooring?
“Starting any remodeling project can be overwhelming but bathrooms and kitchens are where really costly mistakes can happen.”
Can I make my small bathroom feel bigger and more spa-like? What’s the amount of space required for a toilet? How much does a basic bathroom remodel cost? How do you pick out the right vanity? What is the best lighting plan for my space? Should I change the layout, or leave things where they are? Would a small tile make my small bathroom look larger? On and on go the questions.
If your answers to these questions are some combination of “What?” “Huh?” and “Um … ,” don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Unless you’re a professional who does home remodeling every day — all the nitty-gritty details, processes, options, and decisions are going to be overwhelming and sound like they’re in a foreign language.
If you’re tackling a bathroom remodel project, having a working knowledge of what to expect and what to consider can make the difference between a months-long waking nightmare ending in a bathroom that you settle for or a near-pleasant experience resulting in the room of your dreams.
11. Double check your tile size. Surprisingly, that 12-inch by 24-inch tile you bought might not be exactly what it claims to be. That’s because most tile is sold in European sizes (millimeters), and the quoted size might also factor in a grout joint, putting your fancy new tile at 11⅜, which can affect your tile layout, niches, and plumbing.
12. Think about converting your tub to a shower. If you don’t take baths but have a bathtub, that’s basically a 5-foot by 2½-foot area that’s going to waste. Converting it to a shower would be cost effective because it would make use of the space that’s already there and you wouldn’t have to reroute the plumbing.
See our post on Tub to Shower Conversions – Smart? Or not so Smart?
Don’t be afraid to do a little plumbing
13. Install a toilet yourself. The costs of installing fixtures also add to the cost of a remodeling project. One thing that many homeowners can do themselves is to install a new toilet, which can take just one hour. Here in Salem, Oregon a remodeling contractor would charge at least an extra $200 to install a toilet, while a plumber would probably charge twice that or more.
14. Have more than one way of drying out your bathroom. Reducing mold and mildew begins with removing moisture. To do that it’s best to have a multifaceted approach: a great fan that vents to the outside (not into an attic) and an operable window.
Mind the transitions!
15. Pay attention to how hardwood flooring meets a tile floor. Chances are, your bathroom will have a tile floor, but the hallway or room it’s connected to will have something totally different, like hardwood. The floor transitions between these two spaces and materials are something that’s tough to get right. As in most cases, planning ahead will give you results that meet your expectations.
If you have a carpet to tile transition keep in mind that a carpet to tile transition strip can cheapen the look of your remodel. The only transition strips that we have found that don’t look cheesy are the Schluter tile edgings like this one, or for rounded edges this one.
Contact a Professional for Your Bathroom Remodel
Now that you know the basics as to what you need to do in order to remodel your bathroom, why not contact a professional to help you through the transition. We are here to help you day and night.
Feel free to contact us here at Tile With A Smile🙂