White, double vanity with quartz countertops leading to a bathtub and shower alcove.


5 Steps To Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Even though bathrooms can be one of the smaller spaces in your home, there is still a lot of work and planning that goes into renovating them. Remodeling a bathroom is an exciting process with big rewards. When the project is finished, your home will be more functional, pleasant, and likely increase in value. But, if this is your first custom bath renovation, you might be wondering how  to start your bathroom remodel, particularly if you would like to do parts or all of it on your own.

Here at Neil Kelly, we assist homeowners throughout the Pacific Northwest in reimagining their spaces and creating efficient project plans that align with their unique needs. This checklist for custom bathroom remodels outlines five steps to help you plan and get started with your bathroom renovation.

  1. 1. Make a Wish List

    Deciding to renovate your bathroom starts with having a clear project plan of what you want. That’s why it’s important to make a wish list for how you want the final design and layout of your remodeled bathroom to look. During the first step in a bathroom remodel, all family members should participate to ensure everyone’s needs and ideas are considered. What are your biggest pain points? What do you want to change the most? What do you want to keep? Think about the bathroom style you all want. Have fun and consider all of the possibilities for your bathroom remodeling project and what you want the space to be.

  2. Dark wooden vanity with white countertop under three separated mirrors on a tile wall. Tiled shower alcove with a black handheld shower head and quarts bench.

2. Collect Bathroom Design Ideas

Next, you’ll want to begin to collect ideas and inspiration. This is an important step toward visualizing your space and adding your personal touch to the final design. So, where do you find custom bathroom remodeling ideas and inspiration? Start by checking out our bathroom remodeling photos. Think about colors, materials, and functionality. Are you drawn to tile, standalone tubs, dual sinks, vintage accents, storage solutions, or need assistance with an accessible design? During this step of your renovation, take note of any bathroom details, fixtures, and color schemes that stand out. You can also create a Houzz ideabook or a Pinterest board to track your ideas all in one place!

We recommend visiting design showrooms or speaking with a design consultant to handpick each aspect of your new bathroom. Not only will this help you get an in-person visual of what these products and materials will look like together, but it will also help you ensure you stay on budget with your project.

White, double vanity with quartz countertops leading to a bath tub and shower alcove. Titled shower alcove with a glass partition next to a white quarts top vanity. White freestanding bathtub next to white subway tile walls, beneath two windows.

3. Consider the Size Of The Project

The third step in remodeling a bathroom is to consider the size of your renovation. Do you want to do a cosmetic refresh? Do you want to pull everything out and replace it with new? Or do you want to completely reimagine the space? Once you have your initial ideas, you’ll want to consider your available space when creating your bathroom project plan. This includes the square footage of your bathroom, any existing storage, and countertop space. You should also think about the overall layout and how it will affect your plans. This is an important step that can impact future progress of your bathroom redesign. 

This is a great time to bring in a consultant from a design/build team like Neil Kelly. Knowing about any potential limitations ahead of time can help you make the most of your bath. Bathroom remodeling experts are seasoned in working out the kinks of a project and identifying potential challenges or opportunities.

Mahogany vanity with white countertops beneath two mirrors with overhead lights on a dark tiled wall. Mahogany vanity with a white countertop beneath a round, backlit mirror next to an alcove bathtub.

4. Evaluate Your Budget

A bath renovation can boost your home’s resale value and potentially “pay for itself” down the road. However, you still need to evaluate your budget and timeline to determine how much you’re able to spend on a custom bathroom renovation project.

Until you can define what the project is going to be, it can be tough to figure out exactly how much a bathroom remodel will cost. If you’re remodeling a home in the Northwest, we can provide a complimentary design consultation, or you can visit one of our Design Centers to begin planning your remodeling project.

Stainless steel heard shower head on a light-grey subway tile wall. Dark-grey zig zag subway tile backsplash.

5. Talk To A Professional

Floorplan of a bathroom remodel.Once you have an idea of the style, budget, and space for your bathroom remodel, it’s time to get to work. No matter if it is a large or small bathroom remodel, it’s a good idea to select all aspects of design before the project begins including fixtures, materials, and finishes all the way down to the hardware.

If you’re doing your remodel yourself, carefully thinking about the logistics of the whole process is important for staying on schedule and budget. Planning product and material delivery times, scheduling appointments with electricians or plumbers, and checking code compliances can all add to your expenses and extend the time it takes to complete a bathroom renovation.

This is where talking with a professional design consultant can be beneficial over doing the remodel yourself. Design consultants like the team at Neil Kelly can help you select the right bathroom products and materials that will fit with your wish list, budget, and final design. Having dedicated designers, project managers, and skilled craftspeople who work with you from start to finish will also help keep your bathroom project plan on time and help you transform your bathroom space into something that is beautiful and functional.

Ready to create your bathroom project plan? Get in touch with Neil Kelly today.