How to Get Started on a Bathroom Remodel



Planning a bathroom remodel can be overwhelming. It involves several steps to ensure the final result is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and within budget. Here’s a guide we put together to help with the process:

Assess Your Needs and Goals

  • Functionality: Consider who will be using the bathroom and what their needs are. Is it a family bathroom, a master ensuite, or a guest bathroom?
  • Style and Aesthetics: Determine the style you want, whether modern, traditional, rustic, etc.
  • Features: Decide on the essential features such as a bathtub, shower, double sinks, storage, and any luxury elements like heated floors or a spa tub.

Plan a Budget

  • Allocate Funds: Determine how much you’re willing to spend and allocate funds for different aspects such as fixtures, tiles, labor, and unexpected expenses.
  • Prioritize: Identify which elements are most important and where you might be able to save money.

Measure and Plan the Space

  • Accurate Measurements: Measure the dimensions of your bathroom accurately, including the placement of windows, doors, and existing plumbing.
  • Layout Options: Consider different layout options that maximize space and functionality. Tools like online design software or graph paper can help visualize different arrangements.

Choose Materials and Fixtures

  • Fixtures: Select sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers based on your style and needs.
  • Materials: Choose materials for flooring, walls, countertops, and cabinetry. Consider durability, maintenance, and water resistance. Both Natural stone and quartz countertops are still very popular for a bathroom.  When choosing a material or color, consider how you live in the space. For instance, darker countertops will show water spots more, and marble will patina over time.
  • Colors and Finishes: Decide on a color scheme and finishes for fixtures and accessories.

Plan for Storage

  • Cabinetry: Incorporate sufficient storage solutions like cabinets, shelves, and medicine cabinets.
  • Efficiency: Utilize vertical space and consider built-in niches or recessed shelves for additional storage without taking up floor space.

Lighting Design

  • Natural Light: Maximize natural light by using sheer window treatments or installing skylights.
  • Artificial Lighting: Plan for task lighting around mirrors, ambient lighting for overall illumination, and accent lighting for aesthetic touches.


  • Fans: Ensure proper ventilation to prevent mold and mildew. Install a high-quality exhaust fan.
  • Windows: If possible, include windows that can open for natural ventilation.

Plumbing and Electrical Considerations

  • Plumbing: Ensure that the layout accommodates existing plumbing or plan for necessary changes if relocating fixtures.
  • Electrical: Plan for sufficient outlets, especially near the vanity area, and ensure they meet safety standards.

Hire Professionals

  • Contractor: If the bathroom remodel is complex, hire a reputable contractor who can manage the entire project and coordinate with plumbers, electricians, and other tradespeople.
  • Specialists: For specific tasks like tiling or custom cabinetry, consider hiring specialists.

Finalize Design and Purchase Materials

  • Approval: Once you have a final design, approve it before purchasing materials and fixtures.
  • Ordering: Order materials in advance to avoid delays during the renovation process.

Prepare for the Renovation

  • Clear the Space: Remove all items from the bathroom and prepare for demolition if necessary.
  • Temporary Arrangements: If this is your only bathroom, make temporary arrangements for essential needs.

Oversee the Renovation

  • Regular Check-Ins: Regularly check the progress of the renovation to ensure it stays on schedule and within budget.
  • Quality Control: Ensure that the work meets your standards and specifications.

Finishing Touches

  • Accessories: Add final touches such as mirrors, towel racks, and decor items.
  • Cleaning: Thoroughly clean the renovated space before use.

Enjoy Your New Bathroom

  • Inspection: Do a final inspection to ensure everything is working properly and looks as expected.
  • Maintenance: Implement a maintenance routine to keep your new bathroom looking fresh and functioning well.

By following these steps, you can ensure a well-planned and successful bathroom remodel that meets your needs and enhances your home.