Master Bathroom Renovation: Five Smart Decisions for a Successful Project
I’ve been thinking about the master bathroom renovation that we recently designed and just had photographed. I am happy to say that it was a very successful project for me, the designer, and for the client. Bathroom renovations (even though it is a small space) are usually more expensive and more time consuming than one anticipates…this type of project involves many different trades, carpenter, plumber, electrician, tile installer, painter, etc. Plus the major pieces and parts for the space are expensive, tile, plumbing fixtures, and cabinetry.
I put together 5 steps we took with our client to start the project on the right track and keep it moving forward successfully.
1. Starting with a well-defined Plan of Action. Before beginning a renovation project you need a well defined style-look for the space + a realistic budget . Our clients spent time on houzz.com creating an ideaboard that we reviewed together in detail. We took that information and helped them create a budget, an initial design, and work on the right design selections based on their budget.
2. Detailed Design Plan. We worked closely with the client and provided a detailed layout of the space (floor plans, wall elevations, lighting layout, etc). This layout was tweaked a bit here and there but in the end we knew it was the right plan functionally and aesthetically (a bright, clean, and simple look). This plan was then given to the GC for him to provide a detailed estimate for the renovation.
3. The Right Material Selections. Material and fixture selections are based on the ‘look’ for the space but more importantly on the budget! The client had a list of wants for their dream space, a white marble tile ‘look’, large vanity cabinet, walk-in shower with a rain head, a free standing soaking tub, glass accent tiles, etc. It was our job to take that information and make smart selections based on their budget that in the end would give them the ‘look’ they desired. Working with a local Frederick tile showroom (Mid Atlantic Tile) we found a good looking, budget friendly ,’white marble inspired’ porcelain tile. The client did their research and found a well priced free standing tub + floor mounted tub faucet. So, we were able to spend a bit more on a quartz counter top, a custom vanity cabinet, and a frosted glass entry door that brought beautiful detailing to the space.
4. Editing the Design. You start with a wish-list for the design but honestly during the design and construction of a renovation project choices will need to be made. Often due to construction or budget issues. I call this editing the design. You might not be able to have everything on your wish list but smart, purposeful, edits are important. Having a clear design plan will help you move forward with those edits.
5. Creating a Team. Client+Designer+ Contractor. It’s the truth, it takes a Team (and great communication)! Each part of this team brings knowledge and expertise to the project…from the client sharing their initial vision for the space, through the design phase to the many small detail decisions that are made during construction process. Hire the right experts and create a great Team before you begin!
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