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Guest Bathroom Remodel Ideas

One of the joys of being a homeowner is having the ability to host guests overnight. You have the space to entertain, and with a guest bathroom, there is no need to fight over the primary bathroom. Even a small guest bathroom can go a long way to help your guests feel welcome! If you are looking to undertake a guest bathroom remodeling project, Modernize has ideas to help you execute the project, make choices suited to your style, and stay within budget.

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How much should I budget for a guest bathroom remodel?

The budget to expect for your guest bathroom renovation will depend upon the scope of the project and size of the space.

For example, are you completely gutting the space, or just updating some fixtures and repainting? On average, the cost to renovate a small bathroom can range from $3,000 to $10,000 for a half bath, and $7,000 to $20,000 for a full bath. The cost may be lower if you are doing minor upgrades rather than major replacements, such as a shower replacement. It can be higher if you are adding a shower to a half bath.

Because bathroom remodel costs can vary so widely based on the features you choose, we recommend using our cost calculator to estimate the cost of your particular project. Also, when working with a contractor, they be able to give you a more precise estimate on the length of time the project will take as well as the cost.

How do I plan my guest bathroom remodel project?

Any project can feel overwhelming at the beginning – guest bathroom remodels included! We recommend following these steps to get the ball rolling on gathering guest bathroom remodel ideas.

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Look for inspiration

To get started, search online for guest bathroom remodel ideas from your favorite apps and websites. Save photos of guest bathrooms that you really like, and pay special attention to what it is about them. Is it the color? The vanity? Lighting? When you have a contractor helping you with the project, these will be helpful to them to gauge the scope of the remodel and what bathroom remodel components to recommend.

Take an inventory

Spend time in the current guest bathroom and take note of everything that takes up space. What is taking up space that you do not even like or need? For example, is there an armoire or vanity that you use for storage, but takes up more space than necessary? Are there so many cabinets that you don’t know what to do with them all?

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Find items that you wouldn’t mind replacing. This will help you open up the space and make it appear much larger when it comes time for the guest bathroom remodel.

Decide whether to remodel or replace 

For larger items in the guest bathroom, decide if they need to be replaced or given some TLC. This includes the sink, vanity, toilet, shower or bathtub.

Keep in mind that sometimes, basic touch ups like repainting the walls, changing out the faucets, getting a new shower curtain, or refinishing the bathtub may be all you need.

Some projects can be done DIY, but others, especially those involving electrical work or plumbing, are best suited for a professional. A contractor will also be able to give you advice on which items in your current space need to be replaced (for instance, due to damage) versus which can simply be touched up to save money. Search our database of experienced contractors in your area to find the best fit for your project.

Shower or tub?

It may be a design choice to choose between a walk-in shower or a bathtub during your remodel, but the size of your guest bathroom will ultimately determine which shower or tub is going to be the best fit. For instance, some walk-in showers might take up the same square footage as many types of bathtubs.

A very cost-efficient solution is to leave the set up that is currently in the guest bathroom, as demolishing and replacing a bath can be up to $3,000 alone. Even more expensive is installing a walk-in shower, which can easily cost more than $10,000.

On the other hand, the shower/tub combo is a great option for any guest bathroom. Starting at just $700 to install, this option often falls within homeowners’ guest bathroom remodel budget. It will also better serve your house guests with versatility, as children can take baths, and those with disabilities can clean themselves without worrying about slipping in the shower.

Single sink or dual sink? 

When choosing on a bathroom sink, it again depends on the space that you are working with. In a large bathroom that can accommodate it, two sinks are helpful for guests to spread out and enjoy their own space.

The average cost to install two sinks into an existing counter is about $400. However, most guest bathrooms are smaller and people do not expect to have two sinks at their disposal. Keeping it at one sink is a cost saving measure, especially when it is not necessary.

What about guest bathroom décor?

Preparing your guest bathroom with the comforts of home will make their stay even better. Neatly stock the bathroom with towels, wash cloths, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, and other toiletries they may need in a cabinet or under the sink. Make it so everything is easily accessible to them. Do not forget backup toilet paper, too. Stocking up on travel-sized items or soaps from hotel stays in a basket is another way to be welcoming to guests so they can pick whatever it is they need.

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Beyond these basics, guest bathroom décor can help make the space cozy and inviting. Start by considering simple décor such as indoor plants or flowers, matching soap dispensers and soap dishes, and wall art.

You can also provide guests with the look and feel of your local area through your guest bathroom décor. For example, if you live near the ocean, build DIY vases filled with seashells and sand to give guests the feel of the seashore. If you live in a metropolitan area, set out soaps and scents from local vendors to give them a taste of the city. These small, thoughtful décor ideas will make your guests feel more comfortable and welcome.

How can I save space in a small guest bathroom?

There are loads of creative products out there to help organize any space, including the guest bathroom. A big part of gathering guest bathroom remodel ideas is figuring out storage solutions that will help to save space. The most important part of organization is making sure that everything has a place. Use baskets, towel racks, cabinetry, drawer organizations, and wall hooks to keep everything tidy.

There are also space-saving bathroom features to consider. For example, opting for a pedestal sink or small vanity with two cabinet doors, rather than four, can save you tons of space in the bathroom. You might even try a wall-mounted toilet, as these are more minimalistic and tend to take up less space.

When it comes to lighting, built-in LED lights or recessed lights can help you avoid overcrowding the room with larger light fixtures.

Finding a guest bathroom remodel pro

The thought of embarking on a total guest bathroom remodel may be daunting. But Modernize can help. Our network of vetted and trustworthy bathroom remodelers can help you plan your project, find payment options that work for you, and get the job done. Tap into our network of pros to find the best one suited to your home and budget.

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