Demo, Renovation, and How to Design an In-Home Spa
Home renovations are not for the faint of heart. Experienced contractors understand that a well-planned renovation requires more than a solid design; it takes effective demolition, a focused renovation with quality materials, and a skilled designer who knows how to make the most use of space.
Renovations often require a team of helpers. So if you’re a homeowner thinking about taking on a full-scale renovation project, consider reaching out to the expert contractors and designers who bring knowledge and experience to the table. Most first time mistakes can be avoided with the support of experts who know how to properly demo a space, saving you time and money in the long run.
When looking at a bathroom renovating, here is a general step by step plan that is often followed by contractors and experts:
Before you take your sledgehammer to any porcelain sinks or commence on a full-scale bathroom gutting– you need to plan. And not just the kind of plan where you simply decide where the sink will sit or what kind of paint you’d like to use, you need a plan that dives deep into the specifics of the project. Real planning involves measuring once, measuring twice, and then measuring again.
The old adage rings true: proper planning prevents poor performance.
In these instances, every consideration must be taken into account, because once you begin your project it will only become more and more difficult to alter plans during the middle stages of a remodel.
Start with your dimensions, and by measuring the main fixtures of the room. Do you have room for a tub and a walk-in shower? Oftentimes layout decisions will already be made for you from a practical standpoint if your bathroom is on the smaller side.
On the flip side- if you are lucky enough to have the seemingly endless square footage, you now have the freedom to think stylistically. Without limitations on fixture placement, you have a wealth of options and therefore, more decisions to make. What elements would you like to serve as your focal point? Consider the flow of traffic and who will use this space most. These considerations all work together to help you build a strong foundation and plan.
Further, customization options come in to play here. Imagine all the ways you want your spa bathroom to remodel to be customized. Custom items like larger countertops or rare materials will need to be sourced early as you will not want to wait weeks for orders to come in after you’ve begun the gutting process. These custom items include heated floors, granite countertops, antique or special order tubs, fixtures, and sound systems.
It’s never too early to begin other design elements such as color schemes or gathering high-quality materials such as tiling, grout, and fixtures.
Once you’ve had an architect look over your plans, and a contractor reviews the work, the demolition can begin. Before you step away and let your team start hammering away, make sure the plan is made clear to all. Assume nothing is obvious. An old sink fixture might appear to clearly be a stylistic choice, but unless you’ve expressly told your contractor and each team member not to demolish it, odds are it won’t be intact at the end of the process. This is when communication about your design will be crucial. Make sure every detail is clear.
Demolition is an exciting time because it enables you to see that space in a whole new light. With the room’s previous elements removed, you can finally see how the promise of your new design will be actualized. Demo gives every bathroom spa the feeling of being brand new and clean- a new blank slate to work on.
3. Execute your plan-
While the planning stage can seem hefty, all that hard work will pay off when your demo is completed successfully and you can begin installing new elements orderly and according to plan. A trick for keeping your materials organized while the demo is occurring is to keep a spreadsheet of all your design elements and materials. Now as you’re unpacking and laying tiles, you know exactly where each design element goes and that all materials have been approved once they arrive.
As discussed in Selecting High-Quality Materials for a New Build Bathroom, picking materials well is key. Good materials lead to quality workmanship and longevity in your remodel. The craftsmanship can only be heightened when you utilize high-quality materials like tiles, quartz, and treated glass.
Once you’ve got flooring installed, it’s time to bring out the most important parts of your spa bathroom retreat; the fixtures. Fixtures are the one design element that makes your bathroom both functional and beautiful. If you’ve opted for a walk-in shower, or an unframed shower door, this will be the stage where your custom glass specialist will want to begin hanging glass panels and installing the partitions that give these statement showers their open and elegant look. Even framed shower doors can be tricky to install, so ensure proper execution by reaching out to the experts like the professionals at B&L for your custom glasswork.
During this stage, further work is done such as laying tiles in select patterns to enhance room design, choosing the grout that holds the tiling in place and installation of faucets, sink levels, and lighting.
Once you’ve got all the elements of functionality installed, and water is turned on and flowing, it’s now time to finish by polishing with aesthetic design elements like paint, textiles, storage, and plant life. This is the last step to making your bathroom spa a retreat within your home.
Without these design elements, your remodel is only partly done. Soothing colors like grey, muted blues, and mossy greens give a relaxing tone, while vibrant high contrast colors such as navy, red, and aqua can make a single wall a focal point of elegant design.
Often bathrooms are relegated to rooms of functionality and practicality. However, we spend our mornings in the bathrooms getting ready to greet our day, and our evening unwinding and relaxing for rest. In a fully realized in-home spa, take into account things like artwork, plant life, and beautiful yet functional storage. A lovely painting or a photo print can be the glue that makes a design work. Antiques can be art too. Using an old chest or woven basket can make for a striking piece to look at in your spa bath, while simultaneously providing storage for bath towels or other bath necessities.
In every room of a home, it’s advisable to bring in some form of plant life. Besides the obvious filtration element of plants, they can be lovely to look at while you soak in the tub. Some plants do particularly well in bathrooms and other rooms with questionable lighting. Many plants thrive in humid environments like the bathroom and will provide you with a sweet crisp smell throughout your day. Bamboo, begonias, and many ferns will do well in any bathroom condition and add life and oxygen to your bathroom spa.
If you are ready to begin considering a bathroom remodel or renovating, call the experts at B&L Glass to assist you in the process and build a beautiful bathroom that adds life and joy to your home.