First, budget well. It's pointless having a half finished bathroom because you splurged on the shower and now you don't have a toilet. Make sure you can afford the basics before you spend too much on non-necessities. Budget so that everything can be completed in one go, and if not, make sure the must-haves are in place and then add on down the road as your budget allows.
There’s plenty you can do to build the bathroom of your dreams, but assess your needs. If you’ve got a family, you’re going to need plenty of storage options, more so if you’ve got a bigger family. If you have small children, a bathtub is a must. Needs should come first and while you should do your best to style your bathroom well, do not let your creativity get in the way of the functionality of the bathroom.
So, where do you get started? The walls and floors of course. Depending on your design philosophy you might look to repaint the walls, or tile them. Tiling the bathroom is by far the more expensive option of the two, but will also add the most value. Tiles are perfect for bathrooms, but if your budget won’t stretch, look to tile the floor over the wall. If you want to take the painted option, why not purchase some luxury tiles to accent the bathroom? Or even go for a horizontal strip to break it up a bit? If you are painting, make sure you choose a paint that will last through the splashes and humidity that the bathroom brings.
At the end of last summer, my sister and I removed wallpaper and painted our bathrooms, and I was astounded by how drastic a difference a fresh coat of paint makes. If your budget won't allow a major renovation, stick to repainting the walls and changing out the light fixtures, towel holders, etc.
Of course, if your budget allows, your dream bathroom might mean changing the sink, tub or shower. Do not be afraid to go bold with the sink and make it a piece that grabs attention. Patterned and colored sinks are very much in fashion right now and can really add something special to your bathroom.
If you don’t want to replace the tub, simply get it relined by a professional. This will give it a whole new look and save money on replacing it. A recessed shower tray can be built into your floor, and add a walk in shower with drainage if your bathroom has the floorspace.
Adding storage options and bathroom furniture like custom cabinets and heated towel racks gives your bathroom a bit of luxury along with utility.
There’s so much you can do to build the perfect bathroom, just start with the big, obvious and needed items to boost your bathroom's functionality and appearance and go forward from there.