Everyone dreams to have a luxury and customized designed bathroom. However, it may be practically difficult to covert dream into reality when time comes due to various technical aspects of bathroom designing. We have covered some of the important aspects of bathroom design, which will help you to design your bathroom in a more effective and efficient way.
Setting your budget:
Of course one of the most important aspects is to set your priorities and your budget. You can’t expect to make detailed plans and hire a contractor without understanding your budget constraints. You can start by understanding your needs, such as the number of people who will use the bathroom and the time duration you plan to stay in the same house or before you plan a remodel. Also look for discount deals, economies of scale and various payment options (advance VS 90 days credit). Try to keep the process simple and always create a provision of 5% of the total budgeted cost.
Do you need a professional?
Money will be one factor and you would want to hire professional for most part of the work only if you can afford it. At the same time, however, you may also want to critically analyze your own skills before making any final decision. Of course you would require construction workers to fulfill the task but here we are talking about other professionals, such as bathroom designers. You can design your bathroom yourself if you believe to have the essential skills. Help from internet and designing magazines can be handy in such situation.
Hiring a contractor:
You will always need to hire a professional contractor for at least some part of the work, such as construction. However, it is necessary to carefully choose only those contractors who have good track record. At the same time, never forget to sign an explicit contract. The contract should clearly include items such as the nature and scope of work to be completed, the time duration and payment terms. If the same contractor is also your supplier, you may also need to include warranty terms in the contract.
Now your construction or remodeling has been started and you must feel good about it. However, the scenario is usually opposite in real life. This is because of the fact that you will need to face certain limitations during the construction phase. Firstly, it is quite possible that you won’t be able to use that bathroom during this time period. Secondly, you will have to host various labors and workers which can be a headache in itself. It is therefore necessary to agree upon a set of rules before the start of the work. You may want to limit the sound of music played by workers or restrict their activities in a specific area of the house. At the same time also set terms related to schedule and timetable of the work. You may also need to make arrangements for toilet and bathing area during the course of construction phase.
Some other tips:
It is always desirable to go with the trend and have fancy and luxury items. But at the same time you also need to understand your personal requirements, preferences and financial constraints. Always consider a wider range of options and alternatives for every step. For example, you can choose countertop material from a vast range of natural stone, laminate, solid surfacing, glass and quartz surfacing. Similarly, various different options are available for flooring, walls, sinks, showers and faucets. Always choose according to your preference (colors or material), the type of users (kids VS adults), durability required (short term VS long term) and budget.
Another important aspect, which is often neglected, is that of bathroom safety. People often go for highly fancy but slippery flooring or other material which can cause physical damage, especially for kids and older people. Always try to have slip-resistance material, especially for flooring. Similarly, consider other bathroom safety tips such as proper lighting, arrangements to adequately dry bathroom floor, adding grab bars and installing temperature controlled valves.
Still need more ideas? Check out some design photos from contractors in the Fairfax/North Virginia area here.