Beginner’s Tips to Renovating a Bathroom

Beginner’s Tips to Renovating a Bathroom

Do you wish to renovate a bathroom in your home, be it an en-suite, a small powder room or perhaps a larger common bathroom that everyone in the house shares? If this is your first bathroom renovation, there are many things you will need to consider before starting this time consuming, and possibly costly endeavor. Will you be doing the renovation yourself, or hiring a professional? Do you want a shower/tub combination or a sleek tiled shower only? What kind of lighting do you want? Will it be a full renovation or small remodeling? All of these questions and more are going to be important to figure out ahead of time. Take a look at these tips to consider when deciding to renovate your bathroom at home.

1.            What is the Extent of Your Renovation?

Before you do anything, you need to figure out what it is you wish to do with your current bathroom. Do you want a simple fresh paint job and new fixtures? Maybe you want to keep the layout, but install new pieces and tiling. Or perhaps you want a complete change which will involve gutting the entire bathroom, taking down walls, adding new ones and starting from scratch. Depending on the extent of your renovation will determine a lot of choices for you in the future.

2.            DIY or Go Pro?

Once you have decided how far you want to take your bathroom remodeling, think about your own skill level. If you are simply doing a new paint job and updating your fixtures and hardware, chances are you can complete this task on your own. However, if you are looking to do something more extensive such as replacing a shower, tub, toilet, etc. or gutting the bathroom completely, you may want to hire a professional bathroom remodeling company to help you with the job.

3.            Determine Your Budget

Bathroom renovations can sometimes be costly. Unlike a simple bedroom remodeling, you have the underlying structure of plumbing and electrical elements to take into consideration. A professional bathroom renovation company will be able to help take care of this aspect of the job for you and could save you money at the same time. If your skill level isn’t where it needs to be and you decide to tackle the plumbing and electrical yourself, you could end up running into trouble. Be sure that your budget allows room for all the extra fixtures, hardware, lighting, tiling, and larger pieces. Also be sure to have a reservoir in your budget for any issues that could come up during the renovation. Especially in older homes, you never know what you could find once you start gutting your bathroom.

4.            Choose Your Fixtures

When it comes to choosing your fixtures, think about what their use is and the amount of space you have. If you are renovating a small powder room or bathroom, perhaps you will want to go with a smaller, streamlined pedestal sink and faucet. Or if you are redoing your common bathroom in the house, perhaps you will want a larger set of cabinets and sink, or even a double sink.

5.            Choose Your Bathtub, Shower or Tub/Shower Combo

You will want to choose wisely when choosing your bathtub or shower. Do you want to change just the tub? Or are you converting to a shower only bathroom? Or all you looking for a whole new shower and tub combo? Be sure to try out the bathtub or shower stall before you buy it. Step in and see what kind of room you have, or how comfortable the tub is. Also, if you are working with a professional company, they may provide these elements themselves and could have a great deal.

6.            Choose Your Toilet

Toilets will be a more simple choice to make when renovating your bathroom. Definitely try before you buy. Take a seat and see how it feels. The last thing you want is to purchase an uncomfortable toilet that you will end up regretting later. As well, think about water usage. You can buy toilets now that are more energy efficient in terms of how much water they use, and based on the power of their flush.

7.            Choose Your Flooring

Flooring is a very important part of a bathroom renovation. You have to do your research and be sure to choose a floor that is resistant to moisture. Flooring like marble, stone tiles, and ceramic are very durable, water resistant choices for bathrooms. Bathrooms will see a lot of traffic in a small space, so you want something that will hold up to that. Try to avoid hardwood flooring as you will eventually have to deal with water damage later on.

8.            Choose Your Lighting

Choosing good lighting is important in a bathroom, especially if there are people in your household who use this space to get ready in the morning. You will want to choose lighting that is bright enough and adequate for the space over your mirror and sink. You can even install dimmers so that you can control the level of lighting depending on what you are doing in the bathroom –brighter lighting for someone applying makeup and dimmer lighting for relaxing in a nice bath.

Whatever you decide to do with your bathroom, be sure to plan ahead and sort out these factors before starting the job. You could end up saving yourself a lot of time, mess and possibly money.


Author Bio
Adelaide Irene is a freelance writer with interest in home improvements and eco-friendly living. She also works with eco-friendly windows and doors … spreading the green love.


  1. one
    Comment by Tim @ Find a Plumber: Jun 15, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    BE sure to know what you are capable of doing yourself. Hiring a reputable and skilled plumber will often save you money in the long run and if anything goes wrong, you will be able to call on them to repair it!

  2. two
    Comment by Bernard @ Sash Windows London: Jun 15, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Poorly maintained windows are often the source of draughts in a bathroom. Replacing the windows will not only add value to your home but often brighten up a newly renovated bathroom.

  3. three
    Comment by Tim @ Metal Windows: Jun 15, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Older period properties can retain their look if you replace the windows with replica windows. Steel windows don’t have to be cold and breezy an d in a bathroom this is very important to keep your room nice and warm!

  4. four
    Comment by paul@Leak Detection: Jun 18, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Renovating a bathroom can be a quite creative task. But it can give your bathroom a completely new look. The second thing is that I was reading the post and the ways which have discussed here I think can help you a lot renovating your bathroom.

  5. five
    Comment by Bathroom accessories Toronto: Sep 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    This is a useful blog to a lot of people around us including me. Bathroom renovation is not just an easy task to perform. But tips like these make it easier. A great appreciation for your effort!

Comments Feed

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.