Top 5 Bathroom Remodel Tips

Your bathroom can be a sanctuary, spa, and your own personal oasis.  Bathroom remodels can also add a lot of value to your home and have a reported 60.1% return on investment in the Hanley Wood Remodeling 2021 Cost vs. Value Report. Following the tips below and working closely with your Home Depot designer will ensure you get the most out of your space.

  • Set A Budget

    While this may seem like a no-brainer often, there is one very important step left out, planning for the unexpected. Unexpected items are sure to pop up during any remodel, a best practice is to set aside 15% of your budget for contingencies and unexpected costs.   This will help ensure your project remains within the overall budget you’ve set aside.

  • Maximize Your Layout

    There are many things to consider when laying out your bathroom. One sink or two?  Tub or Shower only?  Towel bars or hooks?  Think about how the space is used and ensure you have all zones mapped out.  Your Home Depot designer will help with all the details.

  • Include Storage

    Think about how you will use your space. Often, we think about organizational items for the kitchen only.   We have lots of storage items that can transfer to the bath and make your space much more functional.   Our Wood Tiered Cutlery Divider can easily become your favorite makeup, jewelry, or essentials drawer.   Incorporate a Wine Storage Cube to make for unique and beautiful towel storage.   Add pull outs and roll out trays for easy access and additional storage.

  • Use Sustainable Materials

    While marble is beautiful, it requires maintenance to keep it in its original state. If you aren’t planning on wiping down extra moisture and water droplets after each shower, it may not be the best product for your space.   Bathrooms are typically high-moisture areas and planning for products that can stand up to that will make daily care much easier

  • Plan Proper Lighting

    Too much or not enough, lighting can be an issue when not placed properly. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the bathroom and should be curated by zones.

    Overall lighting

    Nothing beats natural daylight. Studies show that daylight brightens moods and sets the circadian rhythm for our wake and sleep cycles.   Since our day starts and ends in the bathroom incorporating natural light is important.

    Vanity lighting

    Sconce lighting is ideal around vanity mirrors. Sconces ensure proper lighting without casting shadows that can be hard to navigate when doing hair/makeup.

    Shower/Tub lighting

    Lighting in the shower and above the tub are subject to code. Proper clearances are required.   Consult your designer and check your local building requirements to ensure your lighting path is to code.

    Water closet lighting

    While this area can mostly be lit by a light/fan combo, if you do your best reading here, you may want to add an additional can light or opt for higher wattage options.

    Night lighting

    It’s a good idea to include low-wattage light in your bathroom. Feeling your way around in the middle of the night just to avoid the bright light can result in lots of stumped toes.   Consider adding LEDs under your vanity or including dimmable can lighting in your overall light path.