At Morning Star Builders, we build custom homes in Houston. We also do larger renovations including kitchens, master bedroom suites, family rooms, rec rooms, great rooms (whatever you call them) and outdoor living spaces.
Designing your dream bathroom can be one of the most challenging renovations there is. Generally, the area you have to work within is limited (unless you’re knocking out a wall or two). The bathroom remodel requires careful consideration of space, furnishings, technology, lighting and additional luxuries. It’s important to consider all of these factors, as well as how you plan to use the space when it is complete. If it’s a master bath you’ll obviously be using it daily. If the bathroom remodel is for a guest suite or mother-in-law quarters, it may not get as much use.
The following is a list of things to consider when designing your dream bathroom.
Designing your Dream Bathroom
Function – The bathroom is one of the most used rooms of the home, if it’s not functional your entire family is likely to suffer. Be sure to consider space, storage, power outlets, etc. Consider the other tips below to learn how to plan out a more functional bathroom.
Map it out – Make sure there is enough space in your bathroom for all the features you wish to include in your bathroom makeover. Think about where things will be stored, do you have enough storage space? Is there enough counter space? Where will you need power outlets? Can doors and drawers open without bumping into each other? Make sure you have enough room to maneuver around the bathroom. These are all important things to consider when planning your bathroom renovation.
Look forward – This is important not only when considering the aesthetic design of your bathroom, but also when thinking about possible mobility issues in the future. We all grow old, and if you’ve gone through the trouble of remodeling, it’s best to make sure your bathrooms can age with you. Make sure there is enough space in the room to move about freely, that doorways are wide enough for walkers and wheelchairs, and be sure to install grab bars or other wall mounted accessories.
Choosing color – While there is much that is practical about a bathroom remodel, color is something you can have fun with. The best way to turn a boring old bathroom into a de-stressing zone is by creating an oasis with color and other design pieces.
Ask yourself these questions;
What do I like about my current bathroom?
What don’t I like about my current bathroom?
These questions can help you determine what it is you’re looking for in your new bathroom. Determine how you want your bathroom to make you feel. Maybe you’re looking for a spa-like retreat, or it’s possible you live in an old Victorian home and would like a more antiquated look to your bathroom. No matter the case, you should determine ahead of time what kind of motif you’d like to follow.
Do Your Research – Consider the materials you’d like to use in your bathroom and do your research! There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing tile over marble and visa versa. Additionally you should consider the materials of all other fixtures used in the bathroom. Different materials require varying degrees of maintenance. Due to temperature and humidity fluctuations of the bathroom throughout the day, some materials just won’t hold up.
Carefully Consider the Fixtures – The fixtures of your bathroom should be chosen carefully. While they are a great way jazz up the bathroom, they are also more difficult to change if you decide you don’t like them at a later date.
Consider Lighting – Keep in mind the difference between fluorescent lighting an incandescent bulbs. It’s always good to consider adding a little natural lighting to any room, especially a room you’ll be getting ready for the day in.
This all sounds like an awful lot to consider and keep track of while remodeling your bathroom, and it is. Luckily you’ve got a team of experts on your side at Morning Star Builders. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you designing your dream bathroom, call us at 832-304-2310, we’d love to chat.