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Whether you’re trying to bring an outdated bathroom into the 21st century, or you’re hoping to transform that master bath into something that more closely reflects your personal sense of style and design, a bathroom renovation will help you pull it off. However, there are things you need to know prior to starting any bathroom renovations. Here are four critical things to know ahead of time.

Dream Big

First, don’t be afraid to dream big. Do you love modern technology? There are plenty of ways to incorporate that into bathroom renovations. Love minimalist, modern design? You’ll discover a wealth of options for new vanities, mirrors, lighting, tubs/showers, toilets, and more. Want something rustic and charming? Going with an industrial look? You can accomplish all this and more. Let your vision take you where it will and explore those waters.

Build a Budget

While you’re exploring for inspiration, you need to take a realistic look at your funds. Long before you pull up that first tile or start comparing paint samples, you need to know what you can afford. Ideally, you’ll make a detailed budget that includes not just an overall amount, but a breakdown of what you can afford to spend on various items, like the vanity, lighting, mirror, shower/tub, flooring and the like. Keep a running tab of what you’ve spent over the course of the project and regularly bump your spending against your budget to make sure that you don’t go overboard.

Create a Floor Plan

While you’re still in the planning stages, make sure that you create a floor plan. Bathroom renovations, like any other remodelling project, need to be kept on track. One way to do that is with a floor plan. This can be something as basic as a hand-drawn sketch of the bathroom and where each item will go, or something as detailed as an architectural schematic.

Pay Attention to Electricity

Finally, pay attention to electricity. This means more than just knowing where wires are, or where the breaker is for the bathroom. How many outlets will you need? Where will they be best situated? Are there any high risks associated with installing an outlet in a particular area? Where will you need or want light fixtures and will installing those require additional wiring or other work to install?

These are just some considerations that apply to bathroom renovations. With care, planning, and vision, you can breathe life into your dream.