What to Plan for During a Bathroom Conversion

What to Plan for During a Bathroom Conversion

Renovating a bathroom may seem like piecing the elements of a complex jigsaw puzzle, a selection of designs, and practical problems. 

Whether you are transforming a rarely used closet into a warm powder room or changing your regular bath into a heaven-like spa, it is not only about choosing trendy fixtures and smooth tiles.

Homeowners often find themselves wrestling with questions like:

How do I maximize the space? 

What are the essential plumbing or electrical upgrades? 

How do I ensure it meets my family’s needs?

Every decision made during a bathroom conversion has a significant impact on the project’s value, timeline, and outcome. From navigating building codes to building atop moisture-resistant materials, the complications are numerous but manageable with the right approach.

Are you considering transforming your bathroom but unsure where to start? Dive in to make your concept a reality with confidence and creativity.

Choosing the Right Bathroom Materials for Your Renovation

Selecting the right bathroom materials is essential in a bathroom makeover to ensure both functionality and aesthetic appeal. This decision impacts the longevity, safety, style, and overall success of your renovation project. Here’s a detailed look at the factors to consider when choosing materials for your bathroom:


Because of the high levels of humidity and frequent use of the bathroom, durability is essential. Substances must be able to resist these conditions without deteriorating quickly. Porcelain built-in tiles are an excellent choice for bathroom floors and walls since they are moisture-resistant. They have a low water absorption rate, which prevents swelling and other water damage. Additionally, porcelain is tough and resistant to scratches and cracks, making it ideal for high-traffic areas.


Safety is another critical consideration, especially regarding flooring. Lavatories are prone to damp and slippery surfaces, thus providing non-slip alternatives is critical. Textured tiles, as well as those with a matte finish or mild embossing, provide additional grip underfoot, increasing the risk of slips and falls. Integrated, built-in floors can provide a safer surface with a variety of textured textures and patterns. It’s also softer underfoot, which can serve as a built-in safety element.

Style and Aesthetics

The bathroom materials you choose significantly influence the overall look and feel. It’s important to coordinate colors, textures, and finishes to create a visually appealing space. Consider how these elements fit with the intended style, be it modern, traditional, or something unique. Trendy materials might appeal in the short term but consider timeless choices that will remain appealing and functional over the years.


Consider the ease of cleaning and maintenance when selecting materials. For example, non-porous surfaces like glazed tiles or high-quality vinyl are easier to clean and maintain than natural stone, which might require sealing and special cleaning agents. Low-maintenance materials will save time and work while ensuring that the restroom built-ins are in excellent shape.

Effective Budgeting for Your Bathroom Makeover

Budgeting effectively is key to navigating your bathroom makeover smoothly. It helps you strike the right balance between what you want and what you can afford, ensuring you don’t overspend while still getting the bathroom of your dreams. 

By planning your finances wisely, you can upgrade both the look and functionality of your bathroom without any financial strain.

  • Budget 10-20% for unexpected expenses. Common issues include hidden water damage or structural issues.
  • Invest in high-impact elements that enhance the bathroom’s functionality and aesthetic. Built-in furnishings and excellent ventilation built-in are well worth the investment.
  • Consider which aspects of the renovation you might be able to do yourself, such as painting or installing hardware, to save on labor costs.

Hiring Professional vs. DIY for Your Bathroom Conversion

When converting a bathroom, the decision to hire professionals or do it yourself depends on the scope of the project and your level of experience.

Professional Contractors

It is recommended to seek expert contractors for significant renovations that include intricate operations such as plumbing rerouting, electrical rewiring, or structural alterations. These experts have the skills and knowledge to complete the work competently while adhering to standards and code requirements. By entrusting the building to professionals, you may have peace of mind knowing that every aspect is handled efficiently and with attention to detail.

DIY Projects

Smaller-scale renovations, such as adding furniture, incorporating new mirrors, or other cosmetic changes, can sometimes be completed as DIY projects. This method can be more cost-effective, allowing you to save on labor charges. However, undertaking DIY renovations requires a good understanding of the tasks involved and the necessary skills to complete them safely. It is critical to analyze your competencies realistically and ensure that you have the necessary time, equipment, and integration to complete the challenge to quality standards.

Post Comfort Care Renovations for Your New Bathroom

Once the main renovation of your bathroom is complete, there are additional considerations to ensure it becomes a truly enjoyable space:

Adequate Ventilation

It’s crucial to invest in a high-quality exhaust fan. This isn’t just about eliminating smells. It helps with airflow and reduces moisture. The result is less mold and mildew. Installing a good fan not only keeps the air fresh but also extends the life of everything in your bathroom, from paint to fixtures.

Proper Lighting

Lighting can set the mood. You may need to combine built-in lighting types, such as venture lighting for shaving or applying make-up, and ambient lighting to soften the room’s atmosphere. Add accent lighting to highlight your desired design elements. A well-thought-out light-integrated design not only makes the restroom more inviting but also more functional.

Accessible Design

Making your restroom accessible ensures that it works for everyone, regardless of age or ability. The integrated built-in grab bars in the restroom and shower are support for seniors and those with mobility issues. A walk-in shower and a comfortable-height toilet might make life easier for the entire family. Focusing on accessibility allows your to continue to enjoy your bathroom as you age.

Storage Solutions

Last but not least, don’t forget about storage. Ample storage helps keep your bathroom functional. Use vanity cabinets, shelves, and built-in niches to neatly store all your toiletries and towels. Innovative options like recessed medicine cabinets or floating shelves can help you save space without skimping on style.

Upgrade your Bathroom with Odyssey Home Remodeling

We believe that planning your bathroom should be an enjoyable experience. The team at Odyssey Home Remodeling can help you create a plan for your space. From where to put the bathroom, to what it should look like, to the best toilets and baths, there are so many things to decide. We are here for you every step of the way. Contact us at 855-913-3770 or visit the Odyssey Home Remodeling website to begin planning your bathroom makeover today.

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