Everything You Need to Know:

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Whether we like to admit it or not, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in our home. The necessity of various biological functions — not to mention hygiene — means we visit this room at least a few times every day.

If you live in an older home, your bathroom probably hasn’t enjoyed a facelift in decades. If you have a bathroom renovation planned in the future, here’s everything you need to know before you start breaking out the tools.

Have a Plan
This should be step one before you jump into any renovation project, regardless of the targeted room. Make sure you have a plan before you start knocking down walls or tearing out fixtures. Diving into any project without a firm plan in mind will end in tears. Work with a design firm to create a detailed plan so you know exactly what will need to go into the remodeling project to create the bathroom of your dreams.

This is where you can really customize your space. Choose your flooring and tile color. Pick a soft colored grout that blends with the tile or something bold that provides a brilliant contrast. Design your countertops and choose your fixtures to match, compliment or contrast. You’re only limited by your imagination — and your budget.

 

Write a Budget
This is the other step you need to complete before you start construction. Write a detailed budget for all the expected expenses — and then include some extra padding for unexpected expenses that might sneak up on you. You will have to go through all the steps to acquire any necessary permits as well as an additional cost. Thankfully, when working with Castle Building & Remodeling, you’ll know exactly how much your bathroom renovation will cost before you get started. Our upfront pricing is a pillar to our business foundation and we do everything we can to avoid change orders. You can even get an idea of what your project will cost before speaking with our sales team by checking out our project costs page.

Once you’ve written your budget, stick to it. It’s easy to go over your budget and unnecessarily spend way too much money on your remodeling project. Plan everything out and stick to that strategy. If you’ve got some money left over afterward, you can treat yourself to a nice bottle of champagne or a steak dinner.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big
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We talked about creating a budget and sticking to it, and that is important. But within that budget, don’t be afraid to splurge to create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. If you love long and luxurious baths, invest in a large bathtub that is big enough to accommodate your entire body. If you don’t take baths at all, you can replace your bathtub with a shower stall.

You’re going to be spending a portion of each day in this room. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money where it really matters.

 

Understand the Dimensions
When you’re remodeling a bathroom, you are still working with a limited amount of space. It’s essential to understand the dimensions of both the room and the things you’ll be installing. You need to make the most of the space without cluttering it up.

Think about who will be using the bathroom and whether you need any sort of special accomodations for them. Will you be sitting in front of the mirror doing your hair or makeup every morning? Maybe you’ll be bathing children or pets in the tub, where you’ll need more space to work.

Whatever the case, make sure you’re incorporating all these things into your design. You’ve got a limited amount of space to work with, so use it wisely.

 

Hide Your Toilet
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Bathroom doors tend to get left open when they’re not in use, and even if the bathroom is clean, no one really wants to look in and have a toilet be the first thing they see. If you’re remodeling the bathroom from the ground up, consider moving things around so the toilet isn’t as obvious to the casual observer.

You don’t even need to move the toilet if messing with plumbing is beyond your DIY skills. Simply rearrange the rest of the bathroom — storage solutions, sinks and other things — to keep the toilet from being the first thing you see when you look through the bathroom door.

Invest in Fans and Ventilation

The bathroom is the wettest room in the house. This isn’t a bad thing, but without sufficient ventilation, that accumulated moisture can encourage mold growth and create multiple different problems. If you don’t already have fans and sufficient ventilation in your bathroom, now is the time to start installing them.

This might be a task where you’ll need to employ the aid of a professional contractor, especially if adding vents or fans requires cutting holes in the walls or roofing. Regardless, ventilation is an essential part of any bathroom remodel and is not something you should overlook.

Design Your Lighting
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Finally, you’ll want to design your lighting to make the most of your space without cluttering it up with bulky light fixtures. Recessed fixtures or low-profile LEDs are both fantastic options. You can even forgo vanity fixtures by installing a lighted mirror instead, which keeps you from having to add more lighting while still helping you make the most of your vanity.

The bathroom is where you want to avoid skipping opportunities for high-quality lighting. If you want a nice relaxing bath in dim light, install a dimmer switch. In most cases, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of light in the bathroom. Try to use natural lighting whenever possible, but don’t compromise your privacy to accomplish this.

 

Enjoy Your New Bathroom
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Once all the dust has settled and everything works the way it’s supposed to, all that’s left to do is enjoy your new bathroom. If a bathroom renovation is on your schedule soon, don’t settle for anything less than your dream bathroom. You spend time in this room every single day. It should be an oasis and refuge where you can shed the stress of the day, relax and forget about the worries of the world for a few minutes.

Turn your bathroom renovation into something you’ll be proud to show off, even if it’s not a room you’d generally include on your grand tour. Renovations should add something to your house, even if it’s just comfort and functionality over aesthetics. With proper planning, you’ll have a space where you’ll enjoy spending much of your time.

Rose writes on home improvement and renovation projects. She is also the managing editor for Renovated. To read more of her work, check out her site.

 

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Bathroom Remodeling 101

Choosing the right fixtures is essential for pulling off a successful bathroom remodeling project. Both functionality and style will play a role in fixture selections, but the extent to which they are prioritized will depend on the homeowner.

 

Some property owners, including those who provide a commercial service, like spa or massage rooms, may want to create a certain heightened aesthetic so that their bathroom feels luxurious and mesmerizing. For others, practicality and ease of cleaning will be a much greater priority. Defining the goals for the bathroom remodeling project will be key when it comes to picking out the right fixtures.

 

Guide To Choosing The Right Bathroom Fixtures

 

Consistency and complementary designs are key when it comes to selecting bathroom fixtures, and the final fixture selections should blend well with one another. But there is more to consider than just style — take a look at a few other aspects of bathroom fixture selection.

 

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This is an area of the bathroom in which fixture selection can directly impact enjoyment and shower capacity. Homeowners who prefer a sleek, minimalist look may want a fixed shower head, while those who prefer convenient and varied accessibility may prefer a detachable, handheld showerhead. In addition, shower heads can offer a range of water pressure options, which should be considered during the selection process.

 

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Readers may be surprised to hear that they have so many options when it comes to picking out a new toilet. Homeowners will need to decide if they have a preference for elongated or round toilet bowls, or whether they would like bidet attachments. High-efficiency toilets are also available for those who prefer a more environmentally friendly, water-saving option.

 

 

 

Sink

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One of the biggest factors for selecting a sink is how much counter space is needed. Whether selecting a pedestal, drop-in, basin, or wall mount sink, accounting for the surrounding area is key so that it isn’t a struggle to find space for soap, hand towels, lotion, tissues, or other items needed within reach.

 

Faucets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By far one of the design components that provides the most fun during bathroom remodeling projects, faucets are usually selected for their stylistic and aesthetic qualities. Brass and stainless steel finishes are popular, but size and shape will also play a role in faucet selection.

According to Greg Scott, a home remodeling contractor in Houston, Texas, one of the key considerations here is whether the faucet will be a single handle design, which allows regulating the temperature from one grip, or a double handle design, which allows one grip for hot water and one for cold. Faucet height will also be very important and should be coordinated with the sink selection.

 

When it comes to design, the options are limitless. There are various faucet designs available to suit your every need. From industrial faucets to unique faucets that have a luxurious appeal. For aesthetic purposes, just make sure it fits with your bathroom’s design theme.

 

 

 

Mirrors

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In addition to size and shape, there are a variety of additional mirror features that can be considered when designing a bathroom remodel. For example, vanity mirrors, anti-fog mirrors, and mirrors with built-in LED lighting are all great options for the bathroom. Homeowners looking for a little extra storage space may also benefit from a cabinet/mirror combo, commonly called a medicine cabinet, which offers a great place to stash toothbrushes and other toiletries out of sight.

 

Bathroom Cabinets

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In addition to medicine cabinets, there are other storage solutions designed specifically for bathroom spaces. For example, over-the-toilet cabinets offer an excellent solution for small bathrooms with limited cabinet capacities. Floating shelves are another great idea for displaying small decor items and keeping necessary toiletries closeby, especially if there is limited space on the vanity. Keep in mind that style, material, and finish should appear natural and coordinate with other bathroom fixtures.

 

By reflecting on the priorities for the bathroom right away, you can make the remodeling project a success — without hitting any major roadblocks or detours. Take functionality and style into account at the start of the design process, and you’ll be better equipped to select the perfect fixtures for the new bathroom space.

 

Skylar Ross is a freelance writer with Houston Home Remodeling Pros

2021 Calendar of Events:

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2021 will be full of virtual opportunities to connect here at Castle Building & Remodeling. We’re excited to announce our 2021 Virtual Educational Series. These one hour virtual classes will be guided by topical remodeling information, frequently asked questions, and industry advice for homeowners. We are excited to present these events to the public, which will be hosted by our own staff and industry professionals alike.

 

All classes will be broadcasted live at 10 am CDT on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page alike.

 

February 20: Windows Replacement 101

Castle Building & Remodeling is excited to now be an approved Marvin Install Replacement Contractor. With this new partnership in mind, we wanted to take time to inform current and future homeowners what they can expect in a windows replacement project. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask their relevant questions and have them answered live during our presentation.

 

 

 

April 24:  Kitchen Remodeling 101

Virtually walk through two very impressive kitchen remodels featuring designers Tracy O’Donnell and Ashley Hanson. They’ll discuss what went into the project from start to finish, discuss current kitchen trends, remodeling 101 tips, and answer questions live from the audience.

 

 

 

 

November 13:  Bathroom Remodeling 101
December 4:  Virtual Impressive Progressive

 

Register now for our next class!

 

Looking to get out of the house and get inspired while maintaining safe distance? Our 2021 Castle Educational Home Tour will be hosted at a smaller scale this year on September 26 – 27 in Minneapolis. Preview our past home tours to get excited for this year’s fall educational fun.

 

What it Takes to be Successful

Last month, Loren Schirber joined Dan from Chief Experts on his weekly broadcast. They discussed a little Castle history and then dove into what it takes to be successful in the residential remodeling industry. Head to our YouTube channel to catch the replay or click play below!

Want to see more educational videos like this one? Subscribe to our YouTube channel or head to our Edu Center!

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The History of the Castle Educational Remodeling Tour

Back in 2012, owner Loren Schirber had one of his many great ideas. He wanted to host a home tour that is unlike any other home tour in the Twin Cities. In 2013, Castle hosted it’s very first home tour and has successfully hosted it’s own remodeling tour annual since then. Almost 100 homes have now been featured on the tour over the years, showcasing projects of all sizes, budgets, and aesthetics. 

Check out the preview for 2019’s home tour:

 

The Castle Educational Remodeling Home Tour is designed to help people understand what a realistic remodel involves, as well as, but not limited to, what is achievable within their budget to create a project that provides both ROI (return on investment) and ROE (return on enjoyment). Because of the costs to remodelers to participate in other tours (about $1,000 – $2,700 per home) they tend to only show their largest and fanciest projects.

Our goal is to show more typical remodeling projects that the average family is more likely to complete. 

This event is different because it is all projects completed by Castle. It is a weekend to showcase our best work to the public and educate them on our services. The weekend is also unique because, while it is designed to help inspire attendees for their future remodels, it is more importantly designed to educate attendees on their future remodel. We firmly believe in being upfront about all things, and this tour is a great way for us to showcase our honesty behind our work.

Educational topics included how to budget for your remodel, how to choose a contractor, when to spot a bad remodel/flip, using technology to plan your remodel, and more. Last here, we had a home that featured the topic of Working within your Existing Floor Plan. It can be a tough decision to take down walls vs utilizing the current frames.

 

The first home tour

The first tour in 2013 showcased an impressive twenty-four projects across the cities. When guests visited a home, they were greeted by one or two of our team members, sometimes a preferred trade partner, and a beautifully remodeled space. Guests had the opportunity to “check in” through our app, pick up educational handouts, and leave inspired. We handed out thousands of dollars worth of prizes (Grand Prize was $5000 to put towards a future remodel!) over the two day event. Overall, the inaugural event was a huge success. From an educational standpoint, we made it a priority to give our preferred trade partners and vendors a platform as well.  Many featuring products from our preferred trade partners and vendors. Our event success would not be where it is without their help, both within actual projects and behind the scenes at our events.

Last year’s home tour sponsors included:

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Looking ahead

Unfortunately, given the circumstances of 2020 happening locally and globally, we have made the tough decision to NOT host our Educational Home Tour this year. We are planning to host it in spring of 2021. This will allow more time for our team to plan and for our city to heal. The health and safety of staff, homeowners, and attendees is of utmost importance and we feel we can only do that by postponing this year’s event. In the meantime, you can head to our Instagram for a virtual throwback tour, showcasing some of our favorite past projects on the tour.