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Transforming Your Bathroom - Questions to Consider Before You Remodel

Are you contemplating a bathroom remodel? Before jumping in, take some time to think and plan. Your initial preparation can help ensure an efficient, successful bathroom renovation. From selecting materials that fit your needs to considering potential layout changes, our simple checklist will guide you through each step so that you can achieve the beautiful and functional space of your dreams!


Let's get started:


What is the reason for your bathroom remodel?

Do you want to update the aesthetic, reconfigure, or add on to your space? Are you planning to age in place? Are there modifications you have in mind such as a walk-in shower and grab rails? Setting a list of priorities is very helpful. 


Would you like to change the layout?

Discuss your wants and needs with your contractor to determine the extent of plumbing or electrical changes and what pricing that entails.


What is your budget?

Starting with a budget can help your bathroom remodeler share ideas on where to splurge and cut costs. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) suggests budgeting between 5% and 10% of your home's value for a bathroom remodel.

What is your bathroom vision? 

Starting with ideas that you love is extremely helpful. Collect your ideas and inspiration on a Pinterest board or save images of your HGTV and Instagram favorites. Now, let's dive into the bathroom components:


Tub and Shower Options:

  • Do you have room for both a bathtub and walk-in shower? 

  • Would you like to convert a tub shower combo?

  • Are you changing the layout and want an expert to draw out the best options?

  • There are beautiful, durable materials for whatever you decide.



Any bathroom renovation needs to take into account the amount of water the walls and flooring may be subjected to, such as splashes from the sink or tub and steam from the shower. Your bathroom design should balance style and aesthetics with the need for durable, waterproof, and slip-resistant materials. 



Your bathroom venting system will help eliminate some of the moisture in your bathroom, but it won’t do so completely. Wall materials need to be beautiful and handle excess moisture. If you choose wall paint, bathroom formulas are available with additives that inhibit mold and mildew. If wallpaper is your preference, look for a vinyl type that can handle heavy moisture. Non porous, grout free material is a great recommendation for shower stalls and tub surrounds.



Built-in storage for your morning routine items is essential. Single and double vanities are available in numerous sizes to fit your storage and space needs. Countertops are a fun way to provide cohesion throughout your bathroom design and function for your day-to-day needs.


So much of creating a bathroom that feels both serene and well-functioning comes down to good storage. Be sure to discuss storage opportunities—even small, simple ones—when drawing up your plans.




Identifying how you will use the bathroom will help determine your lighting needs.

  • Will you and/or your spouse be applying makeup or shaving? You will want to consider brighter vanity lighting.

  • Will you enjoy relaxing soaks in the tub? A dimmer switch would elevate your space.


If you're going for a more modern look, updating your faucet, cabinet pulls, towel holders and toilet paper dispenser can make a large impact. 

What is your Timeline?

Be upfront with your ideal timeline so your contractor can address any issues they foresee in meeting your deadline. 

NexGen Baths Booth 626 Des Moines Home + Garden Show

Are you getting excited about your bathroom transformation? Let's get started. You'll find NexGen Baths in booth 626 at the Des Moines Home + Garden Show on Thursday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 25th, 2024. Learn more about the locally owned and operated bathroom experts here. This is a fantastic opportunity to get ideas, check out material options in person and have a conversation with Dallas County's favorite remodeler

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