How to Plan a Bathroom Renovation

C. Haynes ConstructionNow that you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom, you get to plan it. The better you do in the planning phase, the better your results will be at the end. You’ve got to be prepared to take your time and get it right. Of course, even the best laid plans can come apart, but the better you plan, the better prepared you’ll be for anything that comes your way. In this article, we’ll discuss how to plan a bathroom renovation.

Make a budget

The first step of a proper bathroom renovation involves the budget. How much of a bathroom renovation can you afford? Are you getting rid of fixtures like the tub or the shower? Are you adding a new toilet or bidet?  If you have the budget of a pauper, you cannot plan for the bathroom renovation of a king. There are things you can do to fit your budget no matter what it is.

Find inspiration

Look through the boards on Pinterest to see some lovely bathroom ideas. Hey – why not start your own bathroom renovation board on Pinterest and fill it with items you’d like to see in your bathroom? If you don’t want to use Pinterest, you can try as well. Houzz has ideabooks similar to Pinterest boards. You can also get connected to contractors like C. Haynes Construction via Houzz.

Take your measurements

Measure your bathroom’s dimensions and plot it out on a piece of graph paper. Cut out a toilet, vanity, tub, sink et. al. to move around the room (on different pieces of paper, of course) so you can get the layout you want. Remember that moving sinks and toilets and tubs and showers requires plumbing and can ratchet up your costs. For example, you will want to: leave 30” of clear space in front of any fixture, 18” from center line of toilet to any wall/other fixture and set aside a recommended 36X36 interior for a shower. Contact a contractor or consult DIY message boards if you have any questions about dimensions.

Begin to source your items

With a budget and floor plan in place, you should have a good idea of what you need. Make a list of all the items you require and start finding them based on your Pinterest board or Houzz ideabook. If you’re ready to head out to showrooms, take pictures and note the size and price for reference later. Some of the things you’ll need include:

  • * A toilet
  • * A vanity
  • * Tub
  • * Shower
  • * Faucets
  • * Tile
  • * Mirror
  • * Grout
  • * And lighting.

Start working with plumbers and contractors

We don’t suggest that you DIY this project unless it’s a minor bathroom renovation. Major bathroom renovations require plumbing and construction know-how that the average homeowner doesn’t have. The good news is that you’ll have a great idea of the scope of your project before you talk to these folks and it will make it easier for us to price the job for you. You can show us your plans and fixture ideas. This will help us be on the same page so you get the bathroom renovation you want. If there’s anything problematic, we can bring it up at this point and get it out of the way.

Order fixtures

Once you get a date set for the project to begin, you can start ordering fixtures. It can sometimes take between 2 and 4 weeks to get the items you need unless they’re in stock. You don’t want to have to hold up your project once you begin because you’re waiting for an item you need. This will help reduce the time that your home is in construction mode.

If it’s your only bathroom, have a backup bathroom handy!

If the bathroom you’re renovating is the only bathroom in the house, you’ll need to have a bathroom to go to for a few days or maybe you’ll want to rent a hotel room until the construction is done. You probably considered this in the planning phase, but it’s a good reminder nonetheless. Plan for a few extra days above what the contractor told you to be without your bathroom during the renovation. Why? Things happen that are out of anyone’s control and it’s better to be safe than sorry.


You’re ready to undergo your bathroom renovation. Enjoy it knowing that you’ve planned for it and have done all that you can do. Know that we, at C. Haynes Construction, are happy to help you with your bathroom renovation and will make the process go as smoothly as possible. Give us a call today at 512-417-4523 for more information.

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