Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom Remodeling Design and Planning Ideas

By Mark J. Donovan

Bathroom renovations make excellent home improvement projects from both financial and functional perspectives. A bathroom renovation project provides one of the highest returns on investment, and so in most cases it makes financial sense to be a little trendy and self indulgence when it comes to your home’s bathrooms.

Another advantage of a bathroom renovation project is that the bathroom remodeling costs don’t necessarily need to be exorbitant. 

A bathroom remodeling project can be as simple as consisting of a new paint job, and new throw rugs.

On the other hand, a bathroom remodeling project can become quite expensive if the bathroom remodeling design plans include, new custom ceramic tile showers, Jacuzzi tubs, steam showers, double sinks and/or ceramic flooring.

In many cases bathroom renovations can be accomplished by the handy do it yourself homeowner. Ceramic tile installation and painting walls are frequently tackled by diy homeowners. Likewise, the semi-handy diy homeowner can also easily install new towel racks and bathroom mirrors.

Before jumping into a new bathroom renovation project, always start out by first coming up with a bathroom remodeling design.

Sketch out the existing or new locations of plumbing fixtures. Also, make sure your bathroom remodeling design sketches include specific plumbing fixture manufacturers and part numbers.

Bathroom renovation ideas such as replacing old bathroom vanity.

In the end your bathroom remodeling plan should include a properly scaled sketch of the renovated bathroom, with specific bathroom fixtures and their locations and part numbers specified.

If your bathroom remodeling plans include the installation of a new, large Jacuzzi tub you may need to beef up the bathroom floor framing and have larger plumbing supply lines installed. Large tubs filled with water weigh a great deal and could compromise the structural integrity of the existing bathroom floor.

Also, before kicking off your bathroom renovation project, check with your local building inspector for necessary permits. In general, if plumbing is required, you’ll need at least a plumbing permit and most likely will you need to have a plumber contractor pull the permit for you.

If you plan to subcontract out some of the bathroom renovations, make sure to get at least 2 to 3 contractor bids. Do not necessarily go with the cheapest contractor.

Make sure you check all the contractors’ references, and confirm that they are properly licensed and insured.

Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet

When all things appear equal (e.g. reference checks), I recommend going with the middle priced contractor bid. Low priced bids often lead to negative surprises down the road, such as the use of low quality products or poor workmanship.

So if your bathroom is looking a bit outdated, which is typically the case if it is over 10 years old, consider a bathroom renovation project. On average, you’ll recoup your investment within a couple of years, and in the mean time you’ll personally enjoy the benefits of your newly remodeled bathroom.

For help on your bathroom remodeling project, see my Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective bathroom remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive bathroom remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

Related Information

Additional Bathroom Remodeling Design Resources

Get Free Bathroom Remodeling Price Quotes with No Obligation!

Fill out our 3-5 minute quick and easy form, and receive a free price quote on bathroom remodeling from one of our prescreened and licensed bathroom remodeling contractors. This process is free and there is no obligation to continue once you receive your bathroom renovation price estimate.