You find yourself sitting on the sofa, enthralled by a master bathroom renovation on HGTV. “That bathroom is stunning!” you say out loud, as you focus on the eye-catching tile. And then you think about your own master bath…which is, well, less than stunning.

You have chipped tile on the floor, an over-sized jacuzzi tub that no one ever uses, and the vanity is like the size of a carry-on when you need a full suitcase. Sigh. It’s more sorry than stunning.

If you can relate to having a “sorry” bathroom, this post is for you!

We are going to cover 5 steps to take your bathroom from some-state-of-sorry to seriously stunning and some things to consider when hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor.

Step 1 – Make a list of what you don’t like about your bathroom and why you don’t like it

For example, you don’t like the huge tub because it never gets used. It’s a waste of space. You also dislike the small shower. You must squeeze in and out, which makes for an unpleasant morning routine. There is only a single-bowl vanity, which you don’t like because it’s awkward when you and your spouse are both trying to brush your teeth simultaneously.

Most lists will be considerably longer than this, but you get the idea. Creating a list like this identifies the problem areas in your bathroom and exactly what you want to modify or replace. And that leads us to Step 2.

Step 2 – Gather some design ideas

Since you are probably going to remove your tub and increase the size of your shower (this is common among our clients these days), you can start looking at images of bathrooms that you like. You can save ones that have a tile color or pattern you might want in your own master bath.

Since you have found that a single bowl vanity is insufficient and you think there might be room for a double bowl vanity, you can start collecting pictures of ones that will better suit your new space.

Having several pictures is helpful when you meet with a Designer to plan out your new master bath because it gives him/her a sense of your style and the overall look and feel you want to create. That brings us to Step 3.

Step 3 – Meet with a Designer

If you read our blog post, Reluctant to Renovate, you know that at 1 Builders, we offer design services so that you don’t have to find both a Designer *and* a General Contractor. We are a full service Design Build firm.

When you meet with one of our Designers, you will already have the list of things you want to change and why they are important to you. That will help us determine if it would make more sense to take your master bath down to the studs and start from scratch with a new layout, or if more minor modifications will yield your desired results.

Not only that, when we know why something isn’t working for you, we can be sure to create a design that will alleviate that problem in your newly renovated bathroom.

Step 4 – Get Renderings of What Your New Master Bathroom Will Look Like

This is SO valuable. Preliminary Renderings allow you to see the layout of your new space, which will help ensure that the flow and function is going to work for you.

Once you have worked with our Designer and selected the vanity, the lighting, the tile and all the other details that will fill your new master bath, a full rendering will show you how everything looks together. This ensures you will love the look when your bathroom is completed.

Below is an example vanity and shower for the master bathroom in a high rise condo renovation 1 Builders completed. The client had some very specific tastes and wanted to make sure to get it right before the work began. The renderings allowed us to duplicate exactly what they were looking for.

Original tub and shower combo in master
Rendering of shower before work began
Shower completed matching rendering and clients specifications. Note, client had us add pebbles to the shower wall niche after rendering
Original master vanity before work began
Rendering we created for our client specifically addressing the master bathroom vanity. Notice the detail on the vanity like the handles, vessel sinks, and the wall sconces. Our client wanted a very specific look and wanted to make sure she didn’t just like it, but LOVE it before work began.
Vanity with handles, wall sconces, and vessel sinks that client approved from rendering we created

Step 5 – Hire the Right Contractor and Let the Reno Begin!

Now that you have renderings of what your newly renovated master bath is going to look like, you are ready to move forward. Whether or not your hire 1 Builders to make your master bath stunning, be sure your contractor has a good reputation, is licensed and insured and offers a warranty.

When your project is complete and you find yourself sitting on the sofa watching a master bath renovation on HGTV, you’re going to think to yourself, “yeah, that looks nice, but my bathroom is seriously stunning!”

If you are in the Chicagoland area and you would like 1 Builders to look at your next bathroom remodeling project or help you with a preliminary 3D rendering and layout please contact us at 847-305-2593 or fill out your information below. Thank you for reading!