Josh Carlson

At Treasured Spaces, we bring serious value, quality and attention to detail to every home remodeling or new construction project we take on. With a sense of pride and integrity, years of experience and first-class professionalism, we’re the local contractor you can trust to get the job done on time and on budget.

Are you trying to transform your bland bathroom into a luxurious, relaxing spa retreat? When remodeling your bathroom, there’s plenty of style tips you should adhere to. Whether you want to install new vanity tops, dual sinks or a stand-alone bathtub, there’s plenty of options for the everyday DIYer.

If you’re trying to make a big impression, follow these 25 tips that will leave everyone absolutely amazed!

Plan Your Remodel

The planning of your remodel is the most important step – that’s why it’s number one our list. The bathroom can be a place for escape, a place where you get away from the world, a place that’s only yours. When planning your bathroom, ensure it’s to the specifications of your dreams. Because, hey, why not build a bathroom that you love?

Identifying the Perfect Bath

There are many choices in bath style, from modern, freestanding baths to more convenient bath-showers. As the most crucial part of the bathroom, you should identify what’s most important to you in terms of the perfect bath style.

Are You a Shower Person?

If baths aren’t for you, consider a shower – if you aren’t already. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a bath to the side or a shower-bath combo, but most people choose to install a shower as their main way of keeping clean. From triple-spray jets to overhanging water fall spouts, there’s plenty to consider when remodeling a shower.

Finding Your Ideal Style

This may depend on many factors, like fixtures, cabinets and tile, but you should choose an overall style that will help guide all of your decisions. When you know what style you’re aiming for, your bathroom will keep you happy for years to come, whether it’s contemporary, mid-century modern or colonial.

Assessing Your Budget

Sticking to your budget should be your top priority. You definitely do not want to overspend. Function is the most important consideration for your new bathroom remodel, however beauty, glamor and style also play a big role. With that in mind, consider the costs of your project, and whether you need a bathroom that’s fun, functional or a little bit of both.

Prior to Picking Your Materials

Before you even think about choosing those floor-to-ceiling cabinets or marble countertops, you need to have a well-thought-out plan in place for your bathroom remodel. Write out your needs, desires and goals and ensure that you have a crystal-clear vision of what bathroom style design you want to choose. Have an idea in mind for everything from the fixtures to the lights to the shower – that will make it easier to pinpoint which products can fulfill your dreams.

Choosing the Correct Cabinets

There is much more than appearance when it comes to cabinets in the bathroom. While style is a high priority, storage is just as important. Whether or not you want completely custom cabinets in your new bathroom, there never seems to be enough room to stow toiletries, towels, linens, makeup and more. That’s why we like to make them a top priority.

Heated Tile Is Worth It

If you were to ask the pros at Treasured Spaces – heated tile is worth it. There’s nothing quite like stepping out of your shower onto a heated floor. Considering heated tile? You should know that it’s a comforting and pleasing feature, even better than your trusty towel.

Ensuring it’s Waterproof

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, the risk of leaks and excess moisture are inherent. Bathrooms are wet spaces subject to activities that cause mold and mildew. If you want to avoid water buildup in your bathroom, make sure you waterproof the walls, floor and ceiling with special caulk, sealer, paint and other water-resistant materials.

Consider the Amount of Sinks

Are you remodeling a bathroom that’s singularly yours or do your husband and kids make haste in there every morning? When you have multiple sinks, there’s less toothpaste, mouthwash (and every other thing imaginable) coating your side. It may be a nice feature to add if you have multiple people using the same bathroom.

Decide on the Type of Tile

The type of tile you choose is a huge decision and one of the most defining elements of your new bathroom. From basic brushed stone to oyster white tile and more, there is no limit to your tile style.

Pinpointing the Fixtures

While sometimes overlooked, the fixtures in your bathroom can leave a huge impression. From gold, silver, and bronze to brushed metal, chrome and more, the fixtures on your sink, bathtub and shower are like the sprinkles on the icing of the cake – they bring everything together.

Making a Splash with a Backsplash

When choosing the backsplash of your bathroom, realize that it’s a monumental design feature. Whatever you want to communicate, the backsplash is the place to do it. Designs can range from DIYers using broken glass to professional, patterned ceramics. Whatever you decide to use, express your personal style and pack a punch through this part of the bathroom.

Keeping it Lit

The greatness of a bathroom design is dictated by how its lit. Even the smallest of bathrooms can make a huge impact if they have the proper lighting. On the other hand, huge bathrooms can evolve into luxurious spa retreats when beams are pointed purposefully. Place lights where it matters – around the tub, behind the mirror, or underneath the cabinet bases. This will provide the most stylish illumination

Vanity Tops

There are plenty of vanity top surfaces out there to choose from – whether you want granite and marble, quartz, laminate, tile or wood. The surface that you choose will largely depend on your style, tastes and budget. Whichever vanity top you’re considering, it should be durable and capable enough to handle water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics and more.

Master Bathroom Remodeling

Master bathrooms can be complex for the average DIYer – but we’re here to encourage, not to discourage. Master bathrooms require complex knowledge of plumbing, tiling, cabinetry and more, however with the right attitude, anything can be accomplished. Research as many bathroom DIY photos on Pinterest as you can, dive into the vast resources on Google search and build a vision in your mind.

You may want to hang a chandelier over the bathtub, install floor-to-ceiling cabinets for easy access to your items or in-mirror TVs so you can watch Sportscenter or The View as you clean off in your state-of-the-art shower. The choices are yours to make!

Full Bathroom Remodeling

There’s nothing more refreshing than remodeling a bathroom in your home – especially if it receives heavy, everyday use. Whether you want to remodel the kid’s bathroom, the guest’s bathroom or just a utility bathroom, you should be prepared for the construction ahead.

Everyday bathrooms, because they are normally located in a more public part of the house, tend to be more difficult to remodel. Ensure that your construction site is zoned off with plastic sheeting so you don’t carry any dust or debris into your home while you finish your project.

Powder Room Ideas

Powder rooms can be small but charming, given the right stylistic touch. The only risk you run remodeling a powder rooms is that the price can climb to the same levels as a full bathroom if you’re not careful.

Keeping it Kid Friendly

If kids will primarily be using the newly-remodeled bathroom, ensure that you have plenty of kid-friendly design features. A shower curtain that features their favorite superhero, monogram towels and even a sink sitting at a lowered height can contribute to the kid-friendly environment that you’re trying to cultivate.

Resale Value

A new bathroom means big money in terms of resale value of your home. While kitchen remodels can cost in the $15-20,000 range, an average bathroom remodel in Minneapolis-St. Paul runs only half that at less than $8,000. When you add another bathroom, the resale value of your home can dramatically increase.  

Optimizing Storage

While cabinets may seem like the logical choice when it comes to bathroom storage, there’s many other options to consider. For example, you can hang baskets on the wall, screw in hooks to hang towels or try a shower caddy to keep all your toiletries organized. Your storage availability is only limited by your imagination!

Universal Design Principles

Choosing the bathroom of your choice can be tricky business, however when you consider universal design principles, it doesn’t seem so hard. Think about the classic bathroom features that have been so popular in the past years – doorless showers, wall-mounted sinks and slip-resistant floors. These could all be elements that you feature in your new bathroom remodel.

Hiring the Best Contractors

If you don’t think you’re up to the task of completely re-doing your bathroom, consider hiring a contractor. You may be afraid of the cost at first, however when you realize how much you receive, it’s a bargain. From permitting laws to property inspections, the hassle sometimes just isn’t worth it. When you hire a bathroom remodeler, you’ll be at ease knowing that your project will go off without a hitch.

Managing Expectations

Like we said – bathroom remodeling is no easy task. As you go into your project, you should set expectations for yourself. You probably won’t be able to achieve everything on your list when you do it yourself. But that’s ok! When the job is complete, you’ll be happy with the work that you’ve done, no matter how far you get.

Have Fun!

The most important thing you can do with your bathroom remodel is have fun. After all, it’s a place that you’ll cherish for years – you want it to turn out right. If you don’t have fun doing it, it may not translate well into the final product.

Best of Luck with Your Bathroom Remodel

Any bathroom, big or small, can leave a huge impression – all you need to do is find the style that suits you. While there are plenty of tips out there, the only thing that matters is what you think looks good. So get out there and turn that bathroom into something you will love for years to come!

If you’re looking for help with your next bathroom remodel, reach out to the trusted pros at Treasured Spaces. We’re experts at transforming bland bathrooms into luxurious spas that you’ll never want to leave. Contact us today to get started.

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Josh Carlson

At Treasured Spaces, we bring serious value, quality and attention to detail to every home remodeling or new construction project we take on. With a sense of pride and integrity, years of experience and first-class professionalism, we’re the local contractor you can trust to get the job done on time and on budget.

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4 years ago

I like that you talked about having baskets hang from the wall to give you more storage. I am going to remodel my bathroom soon but I don’t have a solid plan yet. I can see how it would be nice to plan to add extra space because my kids will need space for all of their extra things.

Eashak samir
4 years ago

very informative post.

Persephone de Vito
4 years ago

It was really nice how you suggested hiring a contractor for homeowners who were not confident about doing their bathroom renovation themselves. You were right when you said that it will be worth it knowing that everything will go on smoothly. I’ll mention that to my mom. We’re planning to renovate the bathroom and since the family was mostly composed of females, aside from my dad who was working overseas, none of us can manage the renovation. It’s better to let someone else do it. Thanks!