Remodeling your Bathroom: What You Need to Know Before Getting Started

article by Arya A. author
Bathroom remodels are complicated. Many elements go into the design, including piping, water lines, electricity, lighting, tiling, and more. You don’t want to jump in without preparing. Here’s all you'll need to know before you remodel your bathroom, and how home design software can help.

Wiring

Wiring in old houses is usually outdated and not really equipped to handle today’s electricity demands. If you’re renovating anyway, opt for a dedicated 20-amp circuit that’ll give you the power you need.

The best home design software allows you to plan wiring and piping into your design, so look for this feature from brand names like HGTV Ultimate Homes Design and Home Designer Interiors.

Space Planning

Let’s say legal requirements mandate that you fit a sink and toilet into an 11-sq. ft. space. This won’t give you much wiggle room, though, so you might want to add a few more feet in both width (3-4) and length (6-8). Considering how difficult it is to estimate these types of measurements, this is another way home design software can help. Use the floor plan sketcher from the application you’re using to fit everything to scale.

Sinks

Various sink styles will work better for different bathroom layouts and designs. The pedestal is great for smaller bathrooms and is a minimalist’s preferred choice. Vessel sinks are chic and offer more storage room, but you lose out on surface space for style. Vanities offer the most storage and surface space, but take up a lot of room, so make sure the bathroom has the space to accommodate. Use your software to space plan, and don’t forget to leave clearance room for opening drawers and doors.

Countertop Surface

Which one is right?

  • Natural stone is good for stylish homes with meticulous homeowners to care for it.
  • Resin-based countertops are sturdy and versatile, so they’re great for oddly-shaped rooms, owners on a budget, or homes with kids.

Laminate is the cheapest option and works for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on their bathroom countertops. Laminate is available in tons of colors and finishes.

Toilets

One of the key components of a bathroom is the toilet, and it’s also one that you shouldn’t skimp on. Look for a quality toilet that has a MaP rating of 500 or more to ensure it’ll get the job done.

Piping

Don’t plan for piping to go on exterior walls. Any fixtures that require piping should be placed on an internal wall to prevent freezing in the winter. The piping itself should go on the inner side of the insulation and use PEX tubing where coding allows. Also, if you’re designing a first-floor bathroom, plan for the pipes to come up from the floor, not the walls.

Some Extras

Here are several more tips to help you along the way:

  • Use acrylic or hybrid caulk to get the job done
  • Plan accessories’ heights using your design program as a guide
  • Radiant heating is a popular luxury that’s well worth the money
  • Don’t use wallpaper in this room – it can’t handle the moisture
  • Don’t forget to plan a vent into your bathroom design to keep humidity at bay

Design your own house using top rate software, and save yourself loads of time, money, and aggravation today.