Whether you want to create a spa-like master bathroom or upgrade a small half bath to feel bigger, we’ve compiled our best bathroom remodel tips for adding value and comfort to your South Florida home. Planning is crucial to a successful remodel. By following the simple steps below, your bathroom remodel will go much smoother and produce a finished result you’ll be thrilled with.
Simple Tips to Get a Bathroom Remodel You Love
There’s a lot to think about when remodeling a bathroom in South Florida, but we’ve narrowed it down to the most important considerations to make it easier for you. Don’t worry — our home renovation specialists are here anytime to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
1. Create a budget to keep costs in check.
Bathroom remodels vary in cost and can go upwards of four to six figures, depending on the project’s scope. That’s why creating a budget is essential to prevent costs from ballooning. A general recommendation is to budget 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value for a bathroom remodel.
2. Get an inspection to uncover issues.
Unpleasant surprises, like corroded plumbing or water damage, that pop up in the middle of the remodel can bust your budget and schedule. Our bathroom contractors always perform a detailed inspection to identify and fix issues before beginning work.
3. Have a design that complements your home.
Create a bathroom remodel design that not only looks great, but also works with the rest of the house. Select paint color, tiling, vanity, fixtures, and other design elements that are in harmony with each other and your South Florida home’s overall aesthetic.
4. Upgrade the plumbing and toilet.
Switch to a larger 2-inch drain for better drainage rather than using 1½-inch pipes for drains that are typical in residential plumbing. You’re less likely to get clogs, which can save you repair costs in the future. Also, consider upgrading to a flush-efficient toilet to save water while adding a stylish element.
5. Select the right bathroom tiles.
We recommend using smaller flooring tiles over large tiles in a standalone shower stall because small tiles offer better traction to prevent slipping. Additionally, you should select bathroom wall materials that are designed to perform in wet, humid environments (e.g. quartz, stone).
6. Add extra lighting in your bathroom.
Although we live in the Sunshine State, it’s always a good idea to have enough lighting in your bathroom. There are several places you can add extra lighting like the shower, vanity, and above the toilet. Consider installing a dimmer switch to control the amount of light you want.
7. Expand storage and improve organization.
Increase storage in your bathroom with a medicine cabinet that seamlessly blends into the design. Medicine cabinets can be installed in the wall or protrude from the wall 4 to 5 inches. For more storage, get a vanity with drawers instead of doors to further expand storage and improve organization.
8. Prevent mold with proper ventilation.
Get an exhaust fan that’s suitable for your bathroom’s size to ensure proper ventilation. Humidity causes moisture to get trapped in bathrooms, which breeds mold and mildew. It also deteriorates paint, grout, and metal. Also, make sure to vacuum out the vent after the remodel is complete to clear away construction dust and debris.
Achieve Your Dream Bathroom
By following our bathroom remodel tips, you’ll be able to get the design you want and the enhanced functionality that you need. While there are certain things you can do yourself, like painting and changing hardware, you should always hire a professional bathroom contractor for more complex work. Find a trustworthy home remodeling company with positive reviews and an extensive gallery of work to ensure the job is done right and finished on time.