Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

Refine your wishlist for a successful project

content contributed by Robin Rigby-Fisher, Pegasus Designs

As rooms that everyone uses every day, comfort, convenience, and easy maintainance are vital. Your designer can help you solve even the most demanding requirement for this essential room. Robin Rigby-Fisher of Pegasus Designs offers the following to get your bathroom design project off on the right foot.

Questions to stimulate your design process

  1. Is this a master bath, children’s bath, guest bath or powder room?
  2. How many existing baths are in the home?
  3. Who will use this bathroom?
  4. What is the primary time of day that this room is used?
  5. How many family members will use this bathroom at one time?
  6. Have you considered privacy zones so that more than 1 person can use the bath at the same time?
  7. Do you prefer separate showering and bathing area?
  8. Would you like to consider a tub or shower that will accommodate more than one person at a time?
  9. Do you prefer that the water closet and/or bidet be separated from the other fixtures and placed in it’s own compartment?
  10. What activities will take place in this bathroom?
    • Make up/hair care
    • Bathing
    • Showering
    • Dressing
    • Exercising
    • Laundering
    • Reading/lounging
    • Water relaxation using a sauna, steam, or whirlpool
  11. What appliances do you plan on using in the bathroom?
    • Electric toothbrush
    • Blowdryer: hand-held or wall mounted
    • Towel warmer
    • Curling iron
    • Hot rollers
    • Radio
    • Refrigerator
    • Television
    • Bar sink
    • Coffee maker
    • Microwave
    • Other:
  12. Family member characteristics: Create a table to simplify family member needs and requirements

    Name Age Handed (L/R) Physical Limitations
    Susan 15 R Needs several drawers for personal care items.
    Joe 9 L Built in step stool for a couple years?

  13. What type of feeling would you like your new bathroom to have?
    • Sleek/Contemporary
    • Welcoming/Country
    • Traditional
    • Strictly functional
    • An adult retreat
    • Other
  14. What colors are you considering for your new bathroom?
  15. What colors do you like or dislike?
  16. What are color preferences of other family members?
  17. How important is it to you that the bathroom flow to adjacent spaces, from a design similarity standpoint?
  18. Can the bathroom make its own individual design statement?
  19. Additional design information: Describe any features or desires not included above.

Things to do

Remove pictures from magazines to show details and write notes as to what you like and don’t like. At this point you are looking just at the elements of the bathrooms shown, not the overall feel. For example: if you prefer a traditional look for your new bathroom, don’t overlook the contemporary or country bathrooms for the specific details. Then, find a few pictures that represent the overall feel that you desire for your new bathroom.


This is a very touchy subject. Remodeled and redesigned bathrooms can range from $5,000 to $65,000. It is very important that you share the amount that you are willing to invest in your home. Your designer will be able to suggest products that will give you the most “bang for your buck”.


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