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Tips for Remodeling a Bathroom & Kitchen

Blog written by: Julio Santa-Cruz | Allora USA
Updated: September 22, 2022

Remodeling the bathroom in your home is a great way to increase the overall value of your property while providing a creative opportunity to design your home as you see fit. When you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, regardless of your budget and the vision you have for the space.


Planning is the most important aspect of any DIY home project. Without proper planning, you will likely wind up over budget or run into unexpected problems. Once you have decided to begin remodeling your bathroom, consider the budget you have to work with, as well as the most important aspects of the, remodel that you have in mind. Consider the following elements while you are in the planning process.


What is the budget you are working with for your bathroom’s DIY remodel? How will you be delegating your budget for the project?


What updates and remodel elements are most important to you and why? Create a list and prioritize what aspects of the remodel are most important to you.


Consider the timeline you have available to work with when it comes to your bathroom remodeling project to help coordinate the remodeling and to stay on track.

DIY or Contract

Opting for the DIY approach when remodeling a bathroom can be extremely appealing, especially if you have a very set and limited budget. When planning a bathroom remodeling project, decide between doing it yourself or hiring a professional contractor. If you are a DIYer that has experience with plumbing, tile, retaining walls, and drywall then this is a perfect project for you to tackle. If your knowledge is limited, choosing to hire a professional contractor is the perfect way to get started. Although DIY may be alluring as it is much cheaper upfront, if you are not experienced, you may make potentially dangerous and costly mistakes. When deciding between a DIY approach and hiring a professional independent contractor, keep your professional skills and abilities in mind.

Benefits of Working With a Contractor


Since contractors are paid to do the work, it will not take them as long to complete as it would a DIYer. This is because contractors can focus on the project from start to finish. As a DIYer, it will take you longer because you are trying to complete the project during your spare time. Another benefit is that a contractor will be able to provide you with an estimated timeline of when the project will be completed by.


A professional bathroom remodeler will have skills that most DIYers do not. Such as, knowing which walls are load bearing and which walls have pipes running through them. Also, keep in mind that there are times you will be required to obtain a permit before starting your remodeling project. General contractors know the ins and outs of obtaining a permit so that the project can start as quickly as possible. Contractors have years of experience and they have used a multitude of products, so they know which are cost-efficient, durable, and easy to clean. 

Save Time

Since contractors have years of experience they can complete a task in a short period. The contractor will have the ability to draw up a plan, present it to you, purchase materials, and finish the project within the time set time-frame.

Although contractors are more expensive they will complete the job professionally with all of the features and amenities you have chosen. When considering a contractor for your bathroom remodel, keep in mind that labor for bathroom remodels typically costs around $65 an hour, depending on your current location and the size of your bathroom.


Budgeting is a fundamental aspect of planning any remodel throughout the home, including a bathroom remodel. Without a set budget in place, homeowners are much more likely to overspend. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, “The rule of thumb is that the total project, including material and installation, should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value” (Consumer Reports Magazine, 1). Below is a budget breakdown example from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.  

  • Fixtures and plumbing: 29%
  • Counters and surfaces: 21%
  • Labor: 20%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5%
  • Design and miscellaneous: 5%
  • Doors and windows: 4%

While you are in the process of planning your remodeling project and creating a budget, keep in mind how much you are willing to spend. Think of the amount you are willing to put towards specific areas, amenities, and features. Having set budgets in place is optimal for maximizing your investment. 

Features & Amenities

When you have plans to remodel your bathroom, there are many fixtures, features, and amenities to consider. All this depends on the size and location of the bathroom you are updating. Take the time to consider and compare all of your options ahead of time.


Are you planning to add a brand new shower to your bathroom or are you interested in updating or replacing your current system? Renovating a tub/shower combination and turning it into a walk-in shower is optimal for those who are older and searching for additional convenience in their home.

Consider adding modern tiling for both the floors and walls, especially if you are thinking of creating an entire theme for your bathroom. Updating the shower heads, faucets, and door handles can add an entirely new aesthetic to your bathroom. All this without breaking the bank or going over your budget.

It is also highly advisable to consider installing a window in your bathroom if one is currently not available. A brand new window in your bathroom can help with both natural lighting and decrease the overall humidity. 


While having a bathtub in your bathroom is not always necessary, it can add value and appeal to your home. Bathrooms with tubs typically have a much wider appeal for families as well as the elderly. They are especially useful for those who may have limited mobility or that may require a sit-down bathing area.

If you have a larger bathroom area, consider installing a larger tub with jets or even massagers. If you are working with a small bathroom but you still intend to renovate the tub and shower area, consider replacing shower curtains with modern rails and sleek glass door entryways. Regardless of the size of your bathroom, it is still possible to help make it appear larger and to help it stand out on the market.


Adding a new sink or updating a current sink in your bathroom is another way to add value and overall aesthetic to the space. There are many types of sinks to consider when remodeling your bathroom. Below are some examples.

  • Standard vanity sink: A vanity sink is ideal for those looking to install cupboards and additional storage space beneath their bathroom sink.
  • Vessel sink: Vessel sinks are simplistic and can attach directly to your bathroom wall, providing more space beneath the sink itself.
  • Undermount sink: Undermount sinks are optimal for anyone looking for more washing space, as the sink unit itself is deeper and sinks in.
  • Vanity top sink: Vanity top sinks are typically smaller than traditional standard vanity sinks, but provide additional storage space in the form of a standard cabinet.
  • Wall-mounted: Install a wall-mounted sink to help save space, which is ideal for smaller bathroom spaces.
  • Pedestal/classic sink: Classic pedestal sinks are typically ceramic, but do not provide additional storage space or cabinetry.
  • Console sink: Console sinks are typically combinations of wall-mounted sinks with traditional shelving and metal storage beneath.

If you have additional space available in your bathroom, consider expanding your counter space or adding a second sink. This can drastically improve the look and feel of a space. Replacing your current countertops and cabinets with a more modern material can help improve the look of your bathroom.


Thinking of updating the fixtures of your bathroom? Consider adding a new toilet. Replacing a toilet with a dual flush toilet or an energy-saving toilet is a great way to increase the overall appeal. If you are on a strict or low budget for your bathroom remodel, simply replacing your toilet seat and the handle can significantly change the atmosphere of the bathroom. 


Choosing the type of lighting for your bathroom can make all of the difference when it comes to the final result of your remodeling project. Deciding between ceiling lights, recessed lights, traditional hanging lights, and accent lighting can seem overwhelming. Make sure you address your needs and expectations with your contractor. Install accent lighting within your shower unit or even directly above the bathroom mirrors in your space to create a pleasant outcome. Installing a new window can add to the natural lighting of the area while helping to make your bathroom appear and feel much larger than it is.


Adding new fixtures to a bathroom is one of the quickest ways to add value while changing the overall look. When planning a bathroom remodel, consider the following ideas for fixture replacements and updates.

  • Faucets: Update your faucets with new chrome, brass, or another metal to help your sink stand out.
  • Showerheads: Add new showerheads to match your faucets and other metal fixtures and finishings.
  • Chrome: Add chrome fixtures for a polished, modern, sleek look.
  • Brass and Nickel: When going for timeless, choose brass or nickel.
  • Energy-saving: Use low-flow energy-saving fixtures to save on bills and to add to the value of your home.


Whenever you are remodeling your bathroom, it is highly advisable to consider renovations that also add to the overall safety of your home itself.

You should always inspect the lighting and electrical of your bathroom before starting a new home renovation project. Ensure that the electrical and wiring are up to standards before implementing and installing new fixtures, appliances, or lighting.

Hire a Professional and Stay Safe

Another way to ensure that you are abiding by all safety precautions and measures is to hire a professional. Hiring a professional for any electrical project within your home is a way to remain safe. Remodeling a bathroom does not have to feel confusing, stressful, and overwhelming. With the right vision and proper planning, your project will transition smoothly. Do not assume that your contactor is on the same page as you are. An article written by Annie Quigley states, “Think of renovations like surgery: to avoid getting the wrong knee replaced, make sure-then make sure again, then again, then one final time-that the proper knee (or bathroom) is marked and agreed upon” (Quigley, 2). This will ensure the job is done properly, effectively, and to your liking. With a vision and the right tips, create the bathroom of your dreams during your next bathroom remodeling project.

Home Warranty

Once your remodeling project is complete the next question you might end up having is, “do I need a home warranty?” In most cases, home warranties provide discounted repairs as well as replacement service on your home’s major components. It may also cover most of your major appliances. Home warranties can be beneficial for homeowners who are not handy or do not want to worry about tracking past contractors down. A home warranty can protect homeowners from expensive, unforeseen bills and will provide you peace of mind. A detailed article written by Kealia Reynolds states, “Home warranty plans typically have a one-year contract term, monthly fees tend to range in price from around $35 to $75 per month” (Reynolds, 3).

If you need help deciding on the ideal sink and faucet for your bathroom, give us a call at 571-291-3484. You may also send us an email at sales@allorausa.com. Our team is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. We are here for you!



  1. “The rule of thumb is that the total project, including material and installation, should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value” Consumer Reports Magazine. 2012. Consumer Report. Create a beautiful bathroom. Five tips for a masterful bath remodel. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/09/create-a-beautiful-bathroom/index.htm
  2. “Think of renovations like surgery: to avoid getting the wrong knee replaced, make sure-then make sure again, then again, then one final time-that the proper knee (or bathroom) is marked and agreed upon” Annie Quigley. 2019. Remodelista. 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Renovating Your Bathroom. https://www.remodelista.com/posts/what-to-know-bathroom-remodel-tips-cost/
  3. “Home warranty plans typically have a one-year contract term, monthly fees tend to range in price from around $35 to $75 per month” Kealia Reynolds. 2022. House Method. Top 7 Best Home Warranty Companies (2022). https://housemethod.com/home-warranty/