The renovation industry in Canada and across the world saw a boom during the early years of the pandemic, as many people spent more time inside. It's 2023, but that boom doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Canadians are planning to start or continue renovations this year, despite higher costs and interest rates.
However, if you want to avoid costly mistakes while renovating your bathroom, there are some tips you should follow. Here's what you need to know about bathroom renovations and what to expect.
Set a Budget
Amid higher costs for materials and labour, it's more important than ever to set a realistic budget and stick to it.
First, determine what you have to change. Separate it from your "nice-to-haves." Think about everyone's needs in the household and plan around them.
Once you have an idea of what you must change, do some calculations and get some estimates. Find out how much labour and permits will cost. After you've planned for the necessities, you can consider upgrades such as nicer tile or fancier fixtures.
Consider the Layout
Does your current bathroom layout work or not? If a member of your family has a disability or mobility issue, be sure to consider accessibility.
Changing the layout of a bathroom can be costly, but it's one of the best renovations you can do. Just remember that it can cost $1,000 on up to move a bathroom fixture by three feet or more.
It's easy for bathroom countertops to become cluttered with toothbrushes, combs, makeup, and other personal care products. A messy countertop makes a bathroom look dirty and uninviting. Unfortunately, many bathroom layouts don't have enough storage space to fix the issue.
Keep this in mind before starting to remodel your bathroom. One clever solution is to create a recessed cubby in the shower surround, which provides a space for shampoo, soap, razors, etc.
You might also want to add a mirror with hidden storage above the vanity. Shelves, towel racks, and bathroom carts also make excellent finishing touches that add storage even if you can't make the room bigger.
Don't Forget About Lighting
A beautiful bathroom design always incorporates plenty of lighting. If you have a source of natural light, that's great! Windows and skylights can give your bathroom an open and airy feeling.
If you don't have windows, you can still make the space bright and cozy by layering lights. Pendants or recessed lights serve as the main lighting source in the room. You also want task lighting around the tub and shower to improve visibility and safety. Decorative lights add ambiance and visual appeal.
Planning on Renovating Your Bathroom?
Before you begin renovating your bathroom, be sure to consider the above points. Focusing on what you need to change, such as layout, storage, and budgeting, will help you save money and design a beautiful and functional space.
You can find everything you need for your bathroom renovation here at Plumbing & Parts Home Centre in Whitby! Learn more about our bathroom parts and accessories, and then get in touch with us to start your project.