The necessary steps to planning a bathroom design.

 

List Your Needs

The first thing you want to do when planning out a bathroom design is to list out and assess all of your needs. Depending on the size of your bathroom and where it is in your house, your bathroom plan will most likely vary. Most bathrooms consist of the main fixtures, such as toilets, sinks, mirrors and vanities, no matter what the size of the bathroom is. Decide whether you think your bathroom should have shelves, storage or any other additions that you can think of , and see where they fit on your list of priorities. List out all of your most pressing needs for your bathroom and prioritize them. Try to take care of the big aspects first and then move to your smaller aspects.

Plan a Layout

Once you figure out what you want in your bathroom, you can start to draft a rough layout as to where you want each of your fixtures to be. If you are planning over an existing design and you like that design, you don’t need to feel pressured into moving everything around just for the sake of it. If you plan on completely changing your bathroom design, start from scratch. Make sure your plan reflects exactly what you want in your bathroom. One thing you will definitely have to do either way, is carefully measure the dimensions of your bathroom. It is important that you measure your bathroom accurately, because once you start your design/renovation process, it will be difficult to start over. Another thing to make sure of, is sufficient ventilation in your bathroom. Make sure you all of your fixtures are placed in such a way that you have proper ventilation access. Do this in tandem with finding out the best places for your fixtures to increase space in your bathroom. Many bathrooms have either tile or hardwood for their flooring choices. Both of these options are beautiful choices for a bathroom, but your bathroom design will dictate what will work better for you.

Factor in Storage

Storage is an important factor for any bathroom due to organization and accessibility reasons. Storage can come in many different forms, but for a bathroom, the most common storage options are vanities, cabinets and storage units. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you will at least need vanity storage due to the versatility that a vanity can bring to a bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t have sufficient storage, your bathroom will most likely end up being disorganized and hard to keep clean. Make sure you have the right storage factors in your bathroom plan to ensure organization and cleanliness.

Lighting

You also want to make sure that your lighting is in order as well. Bathroom lighting is crucial to the comfort of your bathroom, whether it be electric lighting or natural lighting. If you can incorporate some kind of natural lighting, it is recommended, but if you cannot do that, LED lighting is an efficient way to save on energy costs while having bright an effective lighting. Make sure you have a wiring plan for your lighting as well. If you need help with this plan, do not be afraid to contact a professional for this aspect because this is something that you definitely do not want to mess up.

Labor, Budget and Timetable

Once you have your bathroom plan laid out, plan out how long it will take, how much it will cost and if you need additional labor. If you plan on designing and building your bathroom yourself, make sure you give yourself sufficient time to complete this project without stressing yourself out. Of course, this method will be cheaper, but you will not have the benefit of professional help. If you have professional help, you will have to pay more for your renovation, but you won’t be as stressed out and don’t have to do the work yourself.