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8 Things to Establish When Planning for a Master Bathroom Remodel

Taking the plunge, so to speak, into remodeling the master bathroom in your Portland home? Make sure you’ve thought through these eight major considerations.

1. What’s wrong with your existing master bath, and what do you want out of your new room? Is your bathroom too cramped? Are the fixtures old and failing, or just dated-looking? In your new space, do you just want a utilitarian bath with updated fixtures, or are you looking to expand the uses to include lounging, visiting, and entertainment?

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2. How major will your remodel be? Are you planning to just replace fixtures, change the layout in its existing space, or enlarge the room? Do you have the space to grow?
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3. What can you afford? Will you finish the new room with budget finishes, mid-range, or luxury? According to Remodeling magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, a typical bathroom remodel in Portland can run from $20,000 for mid-range finishes to $64,000 for upscale features. Adding a new bathroom would cost $47,000 to $87,000 in Portland, the report says. (© 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at http://www.costvsvalue.com.)
4. Are you dreaming of a spa-like master bath? It’s fun to consider these features: two sinks, a soaking tub, a shower with multiple heads, high-end faucets, a frameless glass shower enclosure or a shower with no door at all, built-in shower seats and shelves, a luxury toilet in a separate enclosure, large windows, custom lighting, stone or ceramic tile or wood treatments for the walls and floor.
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5. Have you gathered inspiration and ideas? Create a Houzz Ideabook or Pinterest board to stash the things you like best so you can share them with family members, designers, and builders.
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6. Will you be able to work in enough storage (as if there’s ever enough)? Do you want to incorporate your walk-in closets in your bathroom suite?
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7. Thinking ahead, have you considered creating a master bath with universal design that will make the room easy to use for everyone, including your future self when you might have mobility or dexterity limitations? Examples of universal design include wider doorways, nonslip floors, roll-in showers, vanities at different levels with space below for a wheelchair to fit in, grab bars, and switches and handles that can be operated with a closed hand.
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8. Timing: How will you survive while your master bathroom is inaccessible? Does your home have other bathrooms that you could use, or will you need to move out for a while?
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