8 Important Considerations for Remodeling the Bathroom in Your Boston Home

Many Boston homeowners dream of turning a bathroom in their home into an oasis or remodeling to make a bathroom more functional and up-to-date. But by their very nature, bathrooms have many complex components that must fit into what may not always be a terribly large space.

You’ll want to take a planned and thoughtful approach to your bathroom remodel so you’re considering not just the space you have to work with, but the overall functionality of the bathroom and which components will best complement its use.

Your Boston Bathroom Remodel Planning Guide

Whether you plan to expand the footprint–for instance if you’re removing a wall–or are upgrading the existing bathroom space, there are specific considerations to ensure a quality job and a beautiful finished product.

  1. Plan Your Layout

For any bathroom remodel, you’ll want to first consider the layout, which is largely based around two key factors:

  • How it will be used: A master bathroom presents different needs from a shared family bathroom or guest bath. It may make more sense to have a three-quarter bath instead of a full bath depending on who will be using the bathroom, and how frequently.
  • How much space you need: If you’re looking to increase your space, evaluate whether you can accomplish this goal with the existing footprint, or whether you will need to remove or adjust a wall.
  1. Set Your Budget

You’ll want to start with a budget based around your project scope. The average bathroom remodel cost for Boston homeowners falls at roughly 15K and can reach upwards of 200K. You’ll want to talk to a reputable Boston contractor who has done a number of bathroom remodeling projects like yours to make sure your budget is realistic based on your project scope. It is important to budget for unexpected costs as well. Bathroom remodels can unearth hidden problems like water damage that can be pricy to fix. Your contractor should be able to identify many of these situations before you start tearing down walls, but there is always the potential for unseen factors that can impact your budget.

  1. Know Your Timeline

Remodeling a bathroom can put a strain on a household, even if you have another bathroom to use during the remodel. Set a duration you can live with, and make sure the upgrades you want to make will fit into that plan. If not, you’ll need to adjust your timeline or the scope of the bathroom remodel.

  1. Find a Quality Contractor

You’ll want to work with a contractor you can trust to produce quality work on time and within your budget. You can turn to online resources like Angie’s List or Houzz to find contractors in the Boston area and read reviews from previous clients, and you can ask friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. You can also learn more tips for choosing your contractor–and knowing what to ask when you meet with them. Working with a reputable contractor will give you peace of mind that your bathroom remodel will be what you wanted, with no surprises in the budget, workmanship or quality to dampen the outcome.

  1. Understand Your Plumbing

You may have a lot of ideas for changes you want to make in your bathroom, but the reality is unless you make expensive adjustments, you’ll likely need to maintain the plumbing setup you already have. Keep this in mind when planning your layout.

  1. Be Open to Aesthetics

A bathroom remodel offers up seemingly endless possibilities for styles and fixtures. Here are some options to consider:

  • Wall-hanging toilet. A nice alternative to a floor-mounted toilet, hanging the fixture from the wall saves space and looks sleeker; however, because wall-hung toilets drain differently, going back to a floor-mounted style would require you to rework the water supply.
  • Recessed cabinetry. A great space-saving option is to build any shelving or your medicine cabinet into the wall. Consider this style if you’re looking at renovations to your bathroom walls.
  • Shower details. More homeowners are opting for large, luxurious showers over the inclusion of a tub. Whatever you choose, there are countless options for flooring, doors, and surrounding shower sills and bases.
  1. Check the Codes

In some cases, you or your contractor may need to obtain a permit for the bathroom remodel work. Massachusetts State Building Code includes specific requirements around bathroom ventilation and the removal or reconstruction of walls, so be sure to check with your municipal offices before beginning any work.

  1. Consider Sustainability

Adopting greater water efficiency in your new bathroom is easy, good for the planet, and saves your household in utility costs down the line. As you explore new toilets, faucets and showerheads, you’ll see there are a multitude of sustainable options to choose from. Implementing a water-efficient faucet can reduce water consumption in an average household by up to 500 gallons each year.

Before embarking on your Boston bathroom remodel, these 8 considerations will help to ensure you’re fully prepared and confident in your final decisions.


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