Bathroom renovations can be challenging; there are a lot of decisions which need to be made before the work can even begin and the process itself can be quite stressful. Read on for some tips on how to make this experience a little easier.

Balance functionality and style

One of the biggest hurdles that people face during this type of renovation is choosing the  right materials and accessories for their particular needs, whilst still ensuring that the space is visually attractive. It's important to make sure that the room is designed in a practical way so that it meets your requirements in terms of things like storage space and task lighting, but, of course, it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. Achieving this balance is tricky, but it can be done, provided you plan with care and are willing to make some compromises.

For instance, if you love the idea of having a minimalistic, modern bathroom with no products or linen out on display, but you have a lot of towels and toiletries which need to be stored somewhere, you might consider investing in a bathtub with hidden storage compartments.

Similarly, if you like the touch of luxury a roll-top tub can add to a bathroom, but the space you're working with is a bit too small for such an item, you could install a beautiful high-end power shower instead; this would give the bathroom that opulent look without taking up quite so much floor area. A high-end style could also be achieved through the installation of beautiful fixtures, such as gold faucets and light-switch covers.

Choose the right remodelling contractor

Your choice of contractor will determine how smoothly your renovation project goes; an unreliable, inexperienced builder can make this process far more expensive, time-consuming and stressful. As such, it really does pay to do your due diligence and find the best contractor you can in your local area. Seek out recommendations from friends, family or your neighbours; word-of-mouth references are often the best way to find the right person for the job. 

Once you have narrowed your choices down to two or three potential candidates, set up meetings with each one, so that you can ask them questions about their level of experience, insurance certificates and professional qualifications. After selecting your contractor, make sure to have a legal agreement written up, which stipulates the payment schedule, the exact nature of the work that is to be done and a dispute resolution clause.