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Why You Should Plan Your Own Bathroom Design

Aug 18, 2007
The major reason for planning your own bath design is because it is your own personal space used by you and the members of your household. Who would better know your needs and wishes in a new bathroom? The needs in your household may vary from others depending on the ages, gender and number of persons using the bath.

Even if you are going to contract the project out, you need at least a basic plan. How else are you going to convey what you expect in your new bathroom if you provide no plan for the contractor to follow? Without a plan your remodeled bathroom may not turn out as you expect or want.

If you have an older bathroom, it may need more than just a simple update. It could possibly be in need of replacing some or all of the major fixtures.

Do some browsing online, or go to your local home improvement center and view what is currently available. Gather samples and information about bathroom fixtures, flooring materials, vanities and countertops, and prices so you have something to work with when you plan your budget.

You cannot effectively begin planning a bathroom remodeling budget until you have a general idea of what individual items will cost. Once you have this information you can begin planning your budget and make tradeoffs if necessary to keep the budget in line with what you can afford.

Much more thought is being put into bathrooms these days. When doing a bathroom remodel you may want to add some luxurious spa-like features that make your bathroom more than just functional.

With today's showers and bathtubs you can have a relaxing atmosphere that will help lull away much of the turmoil and stress of modern busy life. A long soak in a deep soaking tub or a relaxing shower with jet massage can remove a lot of the tension and stress from the workday.

Steam showers and whirlpool tubs are also becoming much more common in the bathroom of today.

Before dealing with a contractor, know what you want. By working up a plan yourself, you will know what will fit in your bathroom, and where it should go if you are moving fixtures around. Some money can be saved, by putting new fixtures in the same place and saving on plumbing costs, but if the placement is not functional, this is the time to make a change.

Make a list of fixtures, flooring choices, surface materials, lighting and wiring needs, and bathroom furnishings and accessories and do some comparison shopping.

Whether you contract out your bathroom remodel, or do most of the work yourself, a plan will help you get what you want, and if you need financing, having a firm plan and estimated costs will be of much help in getting a loan approved.

By planning your own bathroom design you will come closer to getting what you really want in your new bathroom and have much better control over costs.
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