When it comes to working with a contractor on a renovation, communication is key. You want to make sure you and your contractor are on the same page for each step of the renovation. It is important to have a good working relationship with your contractor so that you feel comfortable keeping an open line of communication with them.
In 2016, the average cost of a bathroom remodel was $11,364. Broken down 29% of the cost comes from fixtures and plumbing, 21% counters and surfaces, 20% labor, and 16% cabinetry and hardware. Many advise that your bathroom renovation should cost no more than 5-10% of your home's overall value.
Bathrooms are typically small, dark, and have mirrors requiring careful thought and placement when it comes to lighting. The simplest way to light a bathroom is a single diffuse light in the center of the room. If the bathroom is already quite bright, than wall sconces should do the trick. If applying ceiling inset downlights, place close to the wall over a vanity to maximize the light when looking in the mirror. Avoid installing inset downlights directly over light colored counters as these reflect the lights.
Make a list of the the electrical/charging needs you will have in your bathrooms. How many outlets do you need? Where do you need these outlets located? The last thing you want is to finish a renovation and to realize you don't have the outlets for all of your needs.
Grout seems like a small thing, but it is highly underestimated. Not only does it seal out dirt and water, it helps hide differences in different tile sizes and helps with the structure of the installation. Synthetic grout should be used in areas like showers that will be getting wet often, cement grout can be used elsewhere. Avoid white if you don't want dirty grout.
When making plans for your bathroom renovation, make sure you remember to save space for extra storage. You can easily design storage into your plans, for example including a recess in the shower, and shallow cabinets.