One of the best ways to breathe new life into a home is to remodel your bathroom. Bathrooms are one of the main talking points for home buyers today, therefore, outdated bathrooms can stop potential buyers in their tracks. Even if you’re not looking to sell, it’s nice to increase the value of your home and feel like you’re living in the current decade. A bathroom should be a place of retreat and relaxation and with a carefully curated remodel, it can be exactly that!

Before diving headfirst into your bathroom remodeling project, it is best to have a plan. IRPINO Construction has put together this bathroom remodel checklist to serve as a guide for making smart decisions in terms of functionality, design, logistics, and prepping for your project to begin.

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How to plan a bathroom remodel

1. Functionality

The functionality stage consists of gathering ideas for your project wishlist. Your bathroom remodel checklist may consist of items like:

What would you change or add to improve the space?

Do you like your existing tub or do you want to change it to a walk-in shower?

Does your single vanity serve its purpose or do you want a dual vanity?

Is there adequate storage or can a linen closet be added or removed to maximize the space?

Is there adequate lighting or does additional lighting need to be added?

Bathroom remodel checklist

2. Design

This involves mapping out your bathroom aesthetics in terms of:

What color palette do you want to work with?

Items you will need to source: tile, flooring, fixtures, vanity, mirrors, and countertops.

If you are making a significant change to the footprint of your bathroom, you should consider consulting an architect for floorplan changes.

3. Logistics

Here is where the detailed coordination of the entire operation comes together. Things you will need to consider include:

Consider your timeline and budget – how soon do you want to get the project done?

Line up a contractor

If you live in a building that has an HOA, check with them to see if approval needs to be granted for any work/contractors (they will likely need to see proof of insurance and license).

Are any permits required? Permits are usually required if any structural changes are being made. 

Order materials: Check shipping periods to make sure you will receive all materials on time and that there are no back-orders that can create long wait times.

Chicago bathroom remodel checklist

4. Prepare for your project to begin

The time has come! Items on your bathroom remodel checklist that fall under this category include:

Packing up everything from your bathroom.

Clearing out your personal belongings.

Planning for alternative housing options depending on the size of your project.

Will the remodel require enough tear-out that you’ll need to seal off other rooms from dust or noise?

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Are you looking to remodel your Chicago bathroom? IRPINO Construction is your one-stop shop for all your bathroom remodeling needs in Chicago. Our experienced team is ready to transform your space into the bathroom of your Dreams!

Let’s get talking – contact us now or by calling (773) 525-7345.