You’ve decided to remodel your master bathroom, but you’re not sure where to begin. Maybe you want to improve the bathroom’s functionality with better storage or more sinks, or maybe you’re giving it an updated look with new decorations or custom wood bathroom vanities. Regardless, you have a lot of work ahead of you!

Here’s what you need to know and how to plan for a successful, contemporary master bathroom remodel.

Consider why you’re remodeling your master bathroom

Elegant Master Bathroom

Remind yourself why you decided to remodel your bathroom. Your approach may be different depending on what outcome is most important to you.

If you’re updating the surfaces to create a more contemporary master bathroom, you may not need to spend as much time or money on the remodel. New materials like marble or a rounded rectangle mirror may be enough to make your contemporary master bathroom feel complete.

On the other hand, if you’re improving the functionality of your bathroom, you may need to move the plumbing or add new lines. A larger shower or extra sink is likely to take more time and a larger budget than a simple material refresh for your countertop.

Regardless of your bathroom remodeling goal, you may need to allow more time and effort than you thought if you are trying to build a contemporary master bathroom in an older or less recently remodeled home. Pulling up the current tile may reveal dry rot in the foundation, which you may need to fix before you can get to the cosmetic aspects of your remodel. Plan for the unexpected in your budget!

Decide what your ideal master bathroom would look like

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It’s not enough to know that you want a nicer-looking bathroom. A contemporary master bathroom remodel will take up a lot of your time and financial resources, so you want to get it right.

Take a moment to consider what your ideal bathroom would look like if you had unlimited time or money. This is the brainstorming and dreaming stage; you can think about what’s realistic later!

Gather photos of bathrooms that appeal to you and identify what you like about them. Is it the layout, the style, the finish or something else? You may be able to implement some of these ideas in your own bathroom or at least a similar-looking alternative.

Questions to ask yourself when remodeling a bathroom

  • Is this bathroom used by everyone in the family, or just you? Do you want a toilet in its own room or multiple sinks?
  • Would you prefer countertops at a different height? How about custom wood vanities?
  • Do you want to take regular baths in a relaxing environment or just create the best possible showering experience? A shower remodel can make a world of difference.
  • Would your dream bathroom have luxuries like towel warmers or a TV you could watch from the bathtub?
  • Do you want a space with enough storage to keep all your makeup, hair equipment, shaving kit, and clothes out of sight?
  • Is ease of cleaning a priority?
  • Do you want the bathroom to be connected to a bedroom, closet, outdoor area, and/or dressing area in a way that allows you to avoid waking your spouse or partner while getting ready for the day?
  • Do you plan to grow old in your home? Are there medical issues that may impact your bathroom use? Arthritis may change the way you set up your bathtub, for instance.

Take a look at our online gallery to brainstorm ideas for a more functional, beautiful contemporary master bathroom.

Build a budget

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You probably already know how much you can afford to spend on a remodel. But depending on your goals, you may find that you need to save up a bit longer. 

Across the U.S., the median master bathroom remodel costs about $7,000. You can expect to spend more if you live in a relatively expensive part of the country, like the Greater Seattle metropolitan area, or want to do an upper-range remodel.

To keep costs down, try to avoid moving existing plumbing or wiring. Moving a toilet a few feet may cost thousands of dollars.

Always factor in a cushion of 20% for unforeseen costs. It’s impossible to predict every problem or setback that could arise during the remodeling process.

Hire a professional to help

Designer Southern Bathroom

Even if you are confident in your ability to complete a contemporary master bathroom remodel yourself, you may want to hire a professional to save time or develop a better design. Professionals can help you consider ideas you may not have thought of yourself, like fitting a washer and dryer into your bathroom or rearranging the furniture in a way that gives you more space.

Depending on your needs, you may want full design services for a complex job or just some guidance from a brief design consultation.

Continue to refine your plan

Now it’s time to look at the dreamy ideas you gathered earlier and figure out what’s realistic. 

Maybe you love the look of marble but didn’t realize how difficult it was to maintain. Maybe there are materials or colors you hadn’t considered, like a light stone finish.

Beautiful Custom Master Bathroom

Consider the bathtub, flooring, countertops, sinks, storage, color scheme, lighting, and even the toilet. Every detail of your bathroom will impact the other details.

A designer or supplier will be particularly helpful at this stage of your remodel planning process. We at Seattle Style Remodel can help you make your vision a reality and find options you may not have considered. Contact us today to learn about your design consultation options.

Get at least three separate estimates from licensed contractors. It helps to know what’s in a contractor’s bid before you make a decision. The lowest bidder may seem like the best choice, but they may not be including the cost of replacing ancient plumbing that must be brought up to code before anything else can happen, for example.

Start your remodel

Once you’ve planned all the design details, chosen and ordered the materials, and planned a construction timeline (remember to account for work schedules and a place to shower during any shower remodels!) you’re ready to begin.

If you’re looking for expert help with your remodel, contact SSR for your free consultation today! We’ve helped clients across Mercer Island, Samammish, Bellevue, and Redmond create the homes of their dreams from master bathroom remodels to whole-house renovations.

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