If you’re looking for a foolproof way to instantly update your home, look no further than a bathroom remodel. Whether the design is outdated or there are functional issues, renovating your bathroom is a simple yet effective way to make a substantial improvement in the value of your home. Considering everything from fixtures to finishes to plumbing, Lenny Valdberg, CEO of VIGO kitchen & bathroom design firm, takes us through everything you need for a stellar bathroom remodel without breaking the bank.
The first step in any small bathroom remodel or large bathroom renovation project is to have a well-designed plan in place. Ideas are great, but they won’t land unless properly executed. For this, it’s best to start with clear communication. Express your “needs” as well as your “wants” and make sure they align with the rest of your family. During your planning stage, think about your bathroom layout. If possible, get a copy of the original bathroom floor plan. This way you will be able to better understand what pieces like shower doors, shower enclosures, or toilets can fit in your space.
In addition to layout, it’s important to identify the design aesthetic you desire during your bathroom planning phase. Are you looking to be traditional? Modern? Contemporary? A mix of styles? No one is better than any other but knowing what you prefer will streamline your entire process and make it simpler when selecting fixtures and finishes. Be sure to check out various Pinterest boards for inspiration. Last but certainly not least, solidify your budget. It doesn’t matter if you have just a few thousand dollars or tens of thousands to work with; a dollar can stretch far if you work smart. Once you have these elements in place, you’ll be ready to move onto the selection stage.
Now that you’ve figured out what you want your new bathroom to look like, it’s time to go shopping! Have you ever heard the expression “work smarter not harder”? That applies to your bathroom remodel as well! You may have heard the horror stories from friends and families about their in-home renovations. Perhaps they detailed the months of inconvenience, problems with faulty fixtures, and discrepancies of design. While all of these issues may arise, they are less likely to occur when you work with reputable companies. When looking for bathroom sinks, bathroom faucets, and shower products, it’s imperative to go with a firm you can trust. VIGO, for example, is proud of their 5-star reviewed products, as they reflect our commitment to quality and customer care. Another wise move would be to purchase most of your fixtures from the same company, as you’ll be able to communicate your ideas more effectively and potentially work with in-house design specialists. A great way to do this is to look for all-in-one bathroom sets that do the design work for you!
Be Wary of Price Points
There are certain instances where you’ll need to spend more money in order to achieve your goal, but oftentimes there are ways to spend wisely instead of exorbitantly. While you may be tempted to spend a pretty penny on all of your bathroom fixtures, there are so many bathroom faucets and sinks that will fit any budget. If you take the time to do a bit of research, you’ll find that many less expensive products offer the same if not better quality than their competition. Look at things like CEC (water conservation) and ADA certifications for bathroom faucets. Read about warranties and faucet or shower panel finish quality. Exploring brands that may be smaller but more committed to quality care can be a great way to give you the bathroom you desire at a fraction of the price point.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to let this process be a fun and enjoyable experience. In-home design doesn’t have to be laborious. As mentioned above, there are a plethora of options for whatever your desired style is. Looking for a modern yet space-saving shower experience? Check out the bestselling VIGO Elan sliding glass shower door, a clean and serene tempered glass model that now comes in four unique finishes. Working with a more spacious layout? Explore pivot shower door options. If you’re interested in staying true to form with classic interpretations of modern fixtures, go with a single-hole vessel faucet in a bright matte brushed gold finish. If you’re looking to optimize the space on your bathroom counter top, try a wall-mount bathroom faucet paired with a vessel bathroom sink in painted glass or solid stone varieties. The options are endless.
Whatever your reason for remodeling your bathroom, the bottom line is that you should be left with a room that makes you happy every time you step into it. Sticking to a plan from the get-go, ensuring that your goals align with everyone in your home, and staying abreast of the most cost-effective solutions are some of the primary factors that will get you the bathroom you desire. Then remember to smile and have fun; take it from the experts! Looking for more inspiration? Visit VIGOindustries.com today!