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How to Build a Bathroom—A Quick Guide

Whether it’s an entire renovation or a complete addition being built onto your current home, building a new bathroom can be a daunting task. An important room in any house, the bathroom has quite a few functions to live up to. Not only does it need to be a space that boasts of cleanliness, but because it’s used daily, it also need to have its own decorative life for those who live in your home or visit.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly if you try to absorb every detail of building a bathroom all at once. Like any large project, it has to be broken down into its smaller parts in order to be successful. It also takes some time and thoughtful evaluation to put together a bathroom you’ll truly love, and not one that just works for the moment. The following are some of the most important factors to consider when ti comes to building your bathroom. So take a deep breath and get ready to get down to bathroom construction!

Create a perfect color scheme

None of the small details can fall into place until the big, overriding decisions are made. That means that one of the first things that needs to be decided upon is the color scheme you are going to use in your bathroom. This helps you decide what type of accents and features to add, but also needs to be done because logistically, you’ll want to be painting before you install large objects like toilets and tubs.

When it comes to colors, you’ll need to consider the overall space you have to work with. Similar to living rooms or kitchens, if you have a larger area to work with, you’re free to use dark or bold colors. On the other hand, if you’re renovating or building a smaller space, it’s always best to stick with light tones or even pastels as a way to create the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is. Carrying these lighter colors all the way up the wall can create a feeling of ceiling being higher than they actually are as well!

Deciding on flooring

Next, you’ll need to move onto flooring options. Your first thought might be a standard bathroom tile, but these days, the market is booming with creative options for finishing your bathroom flooring that are beautiful and useful. Bathrooms tend to have a good amount of moisture running through them on a daily basis from showers and tubs being used. Take into consideration those wet feet that will be covering the floor post-bath as well and it’s clear why flooring in your bathroom is an essential factor to consider.

Much like wall color, flooring colors can alter the feeling of space in a room and covering your floors in dark tile or laminate has the potential to shrink a bathroom that might already be short on square footage. On the other hand, light tiles or even a mix of neutral tiles with alternating colorful additions can really make a bathroom floor pop and create a sort of optical illusion that makes space appear to expand!

Once you’ve picked your flooring color, you’ll want to take some time to decide on material. Tiles are a sure-fire way to keep bathroom floors from incurring moisture damage, however there are always other choices when it comes to creative décor. If you’re aiming for a green theme, bamboo flooring is both a beautiful and sustainable option. One of the most renewable resources on the planet, bamboo is ultra moisture resistant and can be manufactured to have both a natural or distressed look.

Deciding on countertops

The beauty in building a smaller bathroom is that you won’t be breaking the bank when it comes to installing gorgeous countertops, and you might even have a few more options that you would in larger rooms if you’re sticking to a budget. When properly sealed, granite countertops can last for years and still maintain their brilliant shine and colorful luster. Additionally, they are very water resistant with proper maintenance and therefore, make stunning and efficient additions to any bathroom. Providing a textured and earthy tone to your bathroom, granite countertops make great pieces in bathrooms that are going for a more natural or rustic look.

However, if you’re aiming for a sleek design, you may want to consider marble. Slightly more fragile than granite, marble makes a perfect surface for a bathroom countertop because there isn’t as much space to cover and it’s more protected from accidents that normally occur in the kitchen. Naturally adorned with beautiful swirls and undertones, marble countertops can give your bathroom a sophisticated finish.

Get creative with finishing touches

Whether you’re more for subtle décor or into making a bold statement, go crazy with bathroom accent pieces and finishing touches like handles and knobs. Especially if you’ve gone the more neutral route with color schemes, colorful ceramic handles or copper accents can make a huge decorative difference. Whether you go big or small, the resulting combination of putting together all of these bathroom-building decisions will inevitably lead you to a beautiful space in your home where you’ve left your own creative mark!