A Design Guide For Planning A Master Bath Renovation

Design Considerations To Consider When Undertaking A Bath Renovation

Designing your dream master bathroom can be an exciting project that can be both challenging and a little stressful! For most homeowners, the dream of giving their home a personal touch and having the perfect relaxing spa-like oasis is well worth the effort. However, it can be an expensive undertaking if you don't take the time to plan your project and budget appropriately.

Before you start vetting contractors, you should take a few steps to make sure that you're ready for the work and the disruption a significant renovation project can bring. Taking some simple steps can make the process run much more smoothly. Here is a guide to help you plan the perfect master bathroom renovation.

First, Define Your Needs

The first task when embarking on any home improvement project is to define your needs. When designing a master bathroom, start by considering how the room will be used and by whom. Most commonly, you and your spouse will be the primary users of the space. You'll need to consider the design carefully and rely on your bath renovation contractor and design team. Making your bath a co-use space, meaning both of you will be using the space together as you prepare for work, requires a well-considered layout.

Consider all aspects of use, for example co-storage of accessories, linens, and other implements you'll use. You'll need adequate (and likely, separate) storage space. If you both prepare for work at the same time, consider a long countertop with plenty of space for makeup and two sinks. This gives you plenty of space for items on the countertop during your daily grooming activities.

Next, consider items that can add elegance and efficiency. Do you prefer a stand-alone soaking tub for relaxing after a long day, or a large multiple head steam shower built for two? Other elegant and functional considerations include high-end flooring with radiant heat, bench seating with storage for linens, or a separate private toilet area. Whatever amenities, necessities and luxuries you'd like should be chosen and defined well before your bath renovation begins.

Next, Find Your Bath Renovation Inspiration

Once you've defined your needs, it's time to consider the design of your space. It always helps to have at least an idea of how the floor plan will look when engaging a design-build remodeling firm or contractor. Fortunately, you will have access to a professional designer when working with a full-service design-build firm. They will guide you through the design process but you should start the process with a firm idea of your creative vision can help them to plan your project more efficiently.

Put together a file of design ideas, color swatches, information on fixtures, etc., to give your designer an idea of your style and aesthetic. Take your existing master bedroom and overall hoe design into consideration when putting your concept file together. Visit and use sites like Houzz, HGTV or DIY to compile an online “photobook” of design ideas that resonate with you and your partner. Feel free to take an eclectic approach and pick and choose the design elements from different styles until you find the look you love!

Dream big, until the next step... unless the price is no option!

Consider Your Budget

This is where it's time to bring it back to reality. Once you've found your inspiration, it's time to consider a realistic budget. While we'd all love a giant whirlpool soaking tub, and an 8X10 steam shower with multiple massage heads and a built-in sound system, the reality is that you may not have the budget for everything on your wish list.

Prioritize your list by must have's and luxuries. This is where working with an interior designer, or design-build contractor can really pay off. Maybe that imported marble shower surround can be replaced with a man-made surface that looks like natural marble freeing up money to include the heated floor you've been dreaming of. Your design-build contractor or designer will have in-depth knowledge of the latest products and technologies that can get you closer to achieving your ideal space within your budget!

Keep High-End Items in Your Bath Renovation Neutral

To make your design timeless, consider keeping your high-end purchases, like tile flooring and shower design, as neutral as possible. Allowing these features to become more of a blank canvas can give you options when design trends change, and make your home more appealing to a broader buying base if you ever decide to sell.

Remember, neutral doesn't mean it has to be boring. Personalize your design with colorful accessories which are easier to change over time. Think about infusing some striking visual elements like bold paint, funky mirrors, colorful hand towels, floor coverings and even art and lighting to make the space sing!

Don't Forget The Storage!

One commonly overlooked element of a bath renovation is providing adequate storage. It's a necessity that you'll miss if you don't plan for enough. Whether it's toiletries, guest towels, or an out of the way space to keep the hair dryer, water pick, and electric toothbrush charger, storage is a must-have in any bathroom.

If you have the space, consider adding an extra storage closet and built-in shelving. Find an organization until that fits in with your design aesthetic. It will give your space a polished look that's well worth the effort.

Splurge on The Shower!

Just like any other room in the house, your bathroom needs a focal point. According to research by Marketwatch, a luxurious shower is one of the most popular features homebuyers look for. Think of it this way; you'll get to enjoy the multiple shower heads and heated floor now, with the added benefit of recouping most of your investment should you ever decide to sell your home.

Another Focal Point: Your Vanity

Your bathroom vanity is another element that can add style and make a big statement in your master bathroom. Options like double sinks, big mirrors and plenty of storage are great features that can add both style and functionality to your space.

Consider opting for a luxurious countertop like imported granite or Carrara marble to add even more elegance and visual interest to the space.

Completing your bath renovation can be an exciting experience that can offer you years of enjoyment, and add value to your home. Taking the time to properly plan and budget for your project can help you to create your dream bathroom space. Work closely with your designer or design-build remodeler to make the construction process as smooth as possible, and in no time you'll be relaxing in your luxurious soaking tub with your favorite glass of wine!


Forward Design Build is a residential design-build firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan that is known for its commitment to craftsmanship and communication. We are committed to improving our neighbors quality of life with inspired design and creative remodeling. Our homes are highly functional, exquisitely beautiful, and remarkably comfortable. Contact us to speak with an expert about your new home or remodeling project.