The first step to planning a bathroom remodel is evaluating the existing space. If you’re planning on updating or renovating an existing bathroom, what would you like to see improved? Do you want to update the look of the bathroom by changing details like lighting and mirrors, or are you interested in a major overhaul? Answering these question will help give you a clearer idea of what you want the finished product to look like.

Remodeling is an easier option that can save you money, by replacing whatever faucets and fixtures you don’t want with new ones of the same size or design. Gutting an existing bathroom to the studs and subfloor will give you the best opportunity to check all plumbing, wiring and heating; and upgrade as needed. Including, installing sub floor heating; special lighting in the shower area; or, even a towel warmer rack that keeps your towels toasty warm. Another important point to note, is that when you strip the walls, floors and ceilings, you get to see what kind of damage you have from if any, years of water or moisture penetration.

There is a program on HGTV where a woman renovates older homes and she loves to use found objects and things that she already owns. You sound like you like to do the very same thing. Oh to have a husband as handy as yours is in installing things. You lucky girl! Sounds like the perfect combination of your ideas and his labor. Your bathroom is so pretty. Up and useful votes.

First, you can do it the old-fashioned way, by hand, using IKEA’s own paper planner (built into the back of the 2008 kitchen catalog, but also available separately in stores). This involves measuring your space, drawing it out on the supplied squared paper, and using supplied cardbaord pop-outs of cabinets and appliances to lay out alternative plans.

My current bathroom is as far from my fantasy and just short of a trip out back to the outhouse. It is small, has an old, outdated washstand and limited storage. The walls are painted a muted yellow, and the tiles are obviously from the late 50’s or early 60’s-yellow and green. The floor is dull, and of a cheap linoleum that has cracks and is curling at the edges of the wall.