How to Plan a Bathroom Remodel

Your bathroom should be more than just a functional space– you deserve a place where you can start and end your day feeling comfortable, refreshed, and a little bit luxurious. If this isn’t the case, maybe it’s time to remodel your bathroom.

Planning ahead is the key to a stress-free and successful bathroom renovation project. Take time to lay the groundwork and you’ll ensure your remodeled bathroom is the beautiful space you’ve always wanted.

Take a look below at our collection of expert tips and advice for planning a successful bathroom remodel. Then give us a call to find out how we can partner together to make your bathroom remodel a reality.


Ask Yourself Why

The first step in planning a bathroom remodel is to think about your goals for the project. This requires asking yourself “why.”

Why do you want to redo your bathroom? Why is this project important to you?

There are three primary reasons why people decide to remodel. Your reason may be one of these things or a combination of all three.


Resale Value

If you plan on selling your house in the future, the goal of your remodel will be to attract potential buyers. While you can’t anticipate the exact needs of a buyer, you can research what styles and designs appeal to the majority of house hunters.


Better Functionality

Maybe the space in your bathroom isn’t being utilized to its full potential. Perhaps there are certain features you’ve always wanted that would make the space more comfortable. For instance, more natural lighting or two sinks instead of one.


New Look

Many people simply want to refresh the look of their bathroom. This type of remodel is typically focused on replacing materials, like faucets, shower heads, or cabinets.


Determine Your Budget

Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in your bathroom remodel. Make sure to have this number in mind when you first meet with your remodeler.

A trusted bathroom remodeler can work within your budget and help you understand how much you can expect to spend on labor and materials.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to keep a little wiggle room in your budget in case something unexpected comes up.


Think About Your Time Frame

How extensive is your bathroom remodel? When does your project need to be finished? Do you have a hard deadline?

Depending on the changes, you’ll need to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to meet any specific deadlines. When determining your timeline, think beyond the actual remodel. Other intermediate steps to consider are finding a remodeling contractor, scheduling a consultation, and ordering materials.

This planning step is an especially crucial step for those who only have one bathroom in the house. If so, you’ll need to make arrangements for when the shower and toilet are unusable.

One last tip: Plan your timeline, but be flexible to make adjustments based on recommendations from your remodeler.


Look for Inspiration

It’s time to think about what you envision for your remodel. Dream big and get inspired! Think about both the design and look you want for your bathroom as well as its functionality.

To help you get inspired, we recommend doing some online research and pictures of your favorite designs. As you research, identify your preference in the following areas:

  • Paint color
  • Tile/flooring
  • Faucets and shower head finishing
  • Cabinet
  • Shower/bathtub
  • Light fixtures

Houzz is a great resource for determining your style preferences. Save enough photos and you’ll likely notice a trend in the type of bathroom style you prefer. We also recommend you review a few of the bathroom remodeling projects we’ve completed in the area.

Here are a few past bathroom remodels you may be interested in:


Don’t Forget About Storage

Ample storage space can make a huge difference in your bathroom, but you’ll need to think beyond just linen closets and medicine cabinets. If you really want to create a functional, comfortable bathroom, consider how you use the space on a daily basis.

Here are a few unique bathroom storage ideas that make all the difference:

  • Shower niches or corner shelves for shampoo, condition, and other products.
  • Charging drawers to cut electrical cord clutter.
  • Toilet roll and towel storage space– whether it’s custom cabinets or ladder shelving.
  • Custom drawer dividers to help organize items like makeup, razors, brushes, and more.

Try not to get too stuck on one specific storage or design idea. Instead, use your ideas and inspiration as a guide to help you create a plan. Depending on your budget, your home layout, or your timeline, certain aspects of your vision may not be financially or physically possible. Only an experienced remodeler can help you translate your inspiration into a realistic remodeling plan you love.


Choose A Trusted Remodeling, Design & Construction Team

The final and most important step of your bathroom remodel is to choose a remodeling contractor to execute your vision.

At Patrick A. Finn Ltd., we take pride in providing functional and beautiful bathroom remodels you’ll love. Our goal is to transform your bathroom into the space you’ve always wanted.

If you live in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Park Ridge, Inverness, or the surrounding communities, we’d love to talk to you about your bathroom remodel. Whether you need a simple update or complete renovation, we have the experience to expertly manage your entire project from start to finish.

Homeowners throughout the greater Chicago area trust our summarized bathroom remodel process:

  1. Consultation & Design Plan: During your initial consultation, our designers get to know you, your house, and your vision. We’ll work with you outline a timeline, budget, and detailed remodeling plan.
  2. Obtaining Materials & Building Permits: Once your plan is finalized, we’ll help you source all the materials needed for your remodel. We’ll also handle all necessary building permits.
  3. High-Quality Remodel: We’ll stay in communication with you throughout the entire remodel process. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure your remodel meets your vision.

We’re dedicated to making your bathroom remodeling process as efficient as possible. We want to produce results that you absolutely love!

To learn more about our bathroom remodeling services, give us a call at (847) 358-4133. Or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Bathroom Storage Solutions

5 Bathroom Storage Solutions

Everyone wants to start their day off on the right foot. For most of us, we start our day by getting ready in the bathroom. If we are lacking in the storage in the bathroom, our things may be scattered and we may become frustrated quite easily. Here are 5 bathroom storage solutions to help keep your bathroom organized so you can start your day off right.

Shower Niches:

A shower niche can help you with storage and help to update the look and feel of your bathroom. A niche is perfect for shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The size of the niche can be customized based on your home. It is common for shared bathrooms, like a master bath or kids hall bath, to have multiple niches for ample storage.




Medicine Cabinets:

Today’s medicine cabinets aren’t quite like the ones you may have seen in your parents’ or grandparents’ home. Medicine cabinets now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Just like the older ones, modern medicine cabinets still offer the perfect place for bathroom odds and ends like a toothbrush, toothpaste and prescriptions. .


Shower Corner Shelves:

There are a few options for corner shelves, which are perfect for small items like a bar of soap. Shower corner shelves are available in a variety of materials. Some of the more popular ones are in metal finishes to match the     surrounding bathroom hardware, or natural stones to match the tile.


Charging Drawers: 

Drawers in your vanity can be very well utilized when they are planned out with your bathroom remodel. For example, you can choose to have drawers that are cut to allow charging cords to run directly to the outlet. This helps to keep the counters clutter free and keeps cords out of the way.



Linen Cabinet:

If space allows, a linen cabinet is a great addition to a bathroom. They are a great use of vertical space and are perfect for storing towels, washcloths and miscellaneous items, such as a first aid kit.






If you are interested in incorporating some of these space saving solutions into your bathroom, we would love to be of assistance! Simple fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 847-380-8189.

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