This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. For the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
How does one best start their small bathroom remodeling project?
The prior post discussed an effective strategy for collecting remodeling ideas. This one discusses processing those ideas and turning them into the outline of a plan.
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All bathroom remodels have the same one big issue to deal with, and that is it’s a rare bathroom that can accommodate everything the home owners want. For this reason trade offs must be made.
Small bathrooms have an added dimension, which is being small space utilization matters more.
What is an effective strategy for deciding up and making these trade offs?
Start with lists
Seriously. Create a list of all the features and capabilities you want in your new bathroom. Don’t just include things (i.e.: low flush toilet). Include experiences (i.e.: relaxing hot soak with never ending hot water, ability for two people to separately control water temperature, etc). At this point, do not limit yourself (that comes later).
Have everyone who will be using the bathroom add their items to the list, even the kids (kids sometimes have the best ideas).
Then, once you feel your list is complete, assign every thing on the list a priority ALLOWING NO TIES! That last bit about allowing no ties is more important than you may realize. By not allowing ties, you are forced to make decisions about what is more important than what. You’ll need this soon.
What fits, what doesn’t?
Take your highest priority item and put in into your plan. Move to the next. Keep going until your bathroom simply can not accommodate any other items or ideas.
Space utilization, 3D mock up
This is true of every bathroom remodel, but is especially true of small bathrooms. How will it feel? How will it look?
A bathroom remodel is a big project. Invest a few hours in using free 3D modeling software (I’ve heard great things about SketchUp, but have never personally used it). SketchUp has a commercial product for $495, but the free version should suffice for a simple bathroom remodel.
The simple but effective strategies above should help you get started in putting together your design.
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