Planning to remodel anything is an adventure. You delve into the likes and dislikes of those regularly use the bathroom. Part of the adventure is the challenge of sticking to the plan and bringing your remodel in on time and on budget. Get ideas everywhere you go. Keep a notebook of what you like and where you saw something you like. Peruse magazines, visit model homes and open houses in your neighborhood for remodeling ideas. Visits to Home Depot, Lowe’s and other home stores can give you ideas too.
If your bathroom renovation includes installing brand-new tiles, take the time to consider each choice’s maintenance needs and long-term durability. Often used for showers, natural stone and travertine can actually be quite fragile and require special cleaning products. Other materials, such as porcelain tile, may be more durable and easier to clean.
You might also try painting one piece, changing the hardware, and maybe even add a marble, granite, tile, or Mosaic top to transform a standard piece of furniture into a fun, artsy, unique item. Decoupage and other techniques can also be used. Items in a room should coordinate and create a balanced, complementary look while serving as functional parts of your home but items that look like they came out of the box will make you feel like you are living in one. Think outside the box.
As part of the design I decided to use some of the small decorative glass panes and incorporate them into the two doors. Although it may not be obvious from the photo I used the same method as for the built in larder mentioned above; namely cutting three squares into a sheet of pine for one of the doors and then repeating the process for the other door, each hole cut to size to fit each pane of decorative glass. The pine was then stained with dark wood stain to match the existing built in cupboard.
An experienced contractor will do exploratory work early in the project to sniff out as many issues as possible. In the case of the vent stack, we’ll investigate above the bathroom to see the pipe coming up through the house,” says Petrie. But contractors can’t see through walls, so don’t expect them to catch every possible pitfall. That’s why it’s important to build a 10 to 15 percent cushion into your budget. If nothing goes wrong, you’ll have a nice little windfall.