While bathrooms are the smallest room in the home, they are one of the places we spend the most time. Because of this, a bathroom remodel is one of the biggest home renovation projects you can undertake. Since bathroom remodels can be expensive, you want the changes you implement to last for years. Additionally, a remodel should fit in with your current family and lifestyle with flexibility to grow with your family as it changes throughout the years. Most importantly, a bathroom remodel should still fit in with the rest of the home’s design aesthetic. There are many factor to consider when starting a bathroom remodel, such as style, function, efficiency, and longevity.
Choosing the style of the bathroom is obviously the most fun aspect of your bathroom remodel project. This is where you get to change the entire mood of your bathroom and add all the beautiful design details, sink and vanity upgrades, and relaxing tub fixtures. Because this is the best part of a bathroom remodel, you need to be careful going too crazy with style and ignoring function, efficiency, and longevity. Make a dream list of styling options and then narrow your choices with the other options available.
There are five main design themes you can go for in your bathroom remodel project.
Contemporary. Contemporary, also known as eclectic, design blends a variety of styles together in one bathroom space. This style allows you to play with textures, colors, shapes, old features, and new features that don’t necessarily go together – except in contemporary style.
Midcentury. Midcentury bathroom design takes the coolest design elements of the 20th century and implements them into a bathroom. Focus on a neutral palette in shades of white, black, and gray with vintage fixtures and faucets to pull off this look.
Rustic. Rustic style allows you to have a country retreat in your bathroom. Rustic can either imitate farmhouse styling or more of a Greek or Roman ruins vibe.
Zen. A zen style is all about relaxation and comfort. As you might imagine, the bathtub is usually the centerpiece of this style. Add Asian-style to this type of bathroom with cherry blossoms, bamboo, and other Eastern design details.
Traditional. Easily the most popular bathroom, traditional style gives you a lot of room to play with design details without constricting you to certain elements, like the other style options.
Style may be the most fun, but function is the most important. You want your bathroom to be able to function perfectly in accordance with your lifestyle. To achieve this, you need to think about how you use the space. If it is a quick stop in to get ready, then less upgrades are needed. But if you spend a great deal of time in the bathroom, you will need more things to make your tasks easier. You also need to think about the type of space it is when choosing functional items.
Master Bath. More items will be needed to make this type of bath functional since it is the largest and most used bathroom space.
Full or Three-Quarter Bath. You can skimp on design for this bathroom and focus on function, especially if it is a private bathroom only for family members in the household.
Half Bath or Powder Room. Function will be limited here since you only need a toilet and sink, but decor will be a high priority as it is a guest bathroom.
Since you are upgrading your bathroom, you want everything to be efficient as possible and we don’t just mean efficiency with you completing your daily tasks. The items you choose to include in your bathroom remodel should be water and energy efficient. Some things to consider include:
Dual Flush Toilets
Water Efficient Showerheads and Faucets
Tankless Water Heater
Energy Star Fixtures and Bulbs
Upgraded Wiring and Outlets
Since the remodel is an investment in your household, you want every piece you choose for your bathroom to last through the years. Research the materials you plan on using in your remodel carefully and see how they hold up over time. Some items that you want to focus on regarding long-lasting materials include:
- Bathtub and Shower