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The Ultimate Bathroom Renovation Design Checklist

The Ultimate Bathroom Renovation Design Checklist

When you're looking to renovate your bathroom, it can be tempting to get so wrapped up in all the ways that you want your new space to look that you forget about anything else. That's why a checklist is a must-have in any renovation — you'd be more focused and won't overlook even the smallest detail!

Remember that a significant bathroom renovation can be time-consuming and expensive, so you'll want to get it right the first time around. Luckily, this easy-to-follow checklist will help you plan everything from start to finish and ensure your bathroom renovation goes smoothly. So read our ultimate bathroom renovation checklist to make your vision come to life.

Search For Ideas

Searching for bathroom ideas is the first step to take when you're looking to renovate your bathroom. From colour schemes to materials and everything in between, several factors are considered during the design process before beginning any construction work. But, of course, you can always start online to search for popular trends or find inspiration by browsing through photos on Pinterest or Houzz.

If you need help figuring out where to start, think about what you like aesthetically in other rooms in your home. Knowing what makes your space personal will help guide this entire process from here on out!

Choose A Style

Bathrooms are one of the most personal spaces in a house. When you renovate, you want your bathroom to reflect who you are as an individual. If you think that bath spaces don't need to have a decorating style, then think again! Design styles are a great way to make your room more personalised without going overboard with the decorations or adding overpriced fixtures. Once you choose your space, it's easier to figure out what items you'll need for your project. If you don't know what type of style is best for you, we've listed some ideas below:


It is all about less is more. Clean lines and simple shapes create a calm environment with no clutter. Think about getting a white sink, white toilet seat, and plain tiles to match this style. Contrasting colours like black and white also work well for this theme. On the other hand, if you're into modern living rooms, minimalist bathrooms can also work well with these designs by adding bright pops of colour like neon green against stark white walls.

Modern minimalism:

This has become a popular trend for many homes and offices worldwide, but even those looking for something more traditional will appreciate the serene ambience this design creates. Brightly coloured textiles from floor to ceiling can give life to your room while keeping the space centred. Be mindful that some patterns or prints might only translate well in smaller spaces. Adding accents, curtains, and rugs are good ways to keep things interesting without spending too much money on decor.

Contemporary styles:

Often seen in high-end commercial establishments because they feel spacious and clean. However, there are a few ways to introduce warmth into your contemporary-styled bathrooms, such as through texture and patterned furnishings. Use natural materials like wood panelling or stone countertops paired with sleek metallic appliances such as stainless steel sinks.

Hire A Contractor or DIY

If you want to renovate your bathroom, will you go down the DIY route or hire a contractor? It all depends on what works best for your project. If you want to save time and money, consider hiring a contractor. But if you want to be more hands-on with the process, then doing it yourself is the way to go. To help you with decision-making, read on and learn what else needs to be considered before starting your renovation project.

Set a Budget

It is essential to set a budget before starting your renovation project. A general rule of thumb is to set aside 10% - 20% of the total cost for unforeseen expenses, while the rest will go toward labour and materials. It allows you to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. Here are some other things to consider when setting a budget:

  • How much can I spend?
  • What are my priorities?
  • How much money do I have saved up?
  • What type of work am I willing to do myself?
  • Am I interested in professional design services or just DIY design assistance?

When planning a bathroom renovation, many decisions need to be made. So make sure that you take the necessary steps to make your dream bathroom a reality!

After you've come up with a budget and a style, it's time to assess what changes you'll bring to your bathroom. Check out what we'd recommend:

Choose your fixtures

A bathroom fixture is a plumbing assembly (sink, shower, toilet) that controls water use in the room and is considered a permanent feature. It can also contribute to the overall vibe of the space. Choosing the right ones can take time, as so many options are available. Some people will want to install new fixtures, while others might want to refurbish their current ones.

Upgrade Your Toilet

Changing your toilet is a great place to start if you're looking for an upgrade that will significantly impact the look and feel of your bathroom. Most toilets have now become high tech — with features such as heated seats, deodorizers, automatic flushing, and bidets, so finding one to suit your needs shouldn't be complex — like TOTO's LE MUSE Wall Hung Toilet Bowl With C2 Washlet. It has EWATER+ technology that keeps the nozzle clean, and pre-mist water is sprayed inside the toilet to prevent dirt buildup. The Washlet is available in round or elongated styles.

An advanced toilet seat such as the Washlet not only flushes and cleans but also oscillates and warms. It even has a heated seat for those chilly winter mornings. Choose from several water pressure levels or go with the hands-free option.

TOTO WASHLET S2, has all the things listed above and much more, like a powerful automatic deodorizer and dual nozzles (front and rear). The front nozzle provides a wide cleaning area, while the rear nozzle offers focused cleansing. All it takes is a touch of a button on the unit itself, creating a very hygienic wash experience!

Beautify Your Sink

A sink is one of the essential features of a bathroom. But as any homeowner knows, not all sinks are created equal. There are many different types of sinks, and when it’s time to upgrade your current sink, you must consider many factors: What kind of countertop material do you have? How much space do you need for your soap dispenser? Which size will fit best on your vanity top? Sinks come in many shapes and sizes, but the three most popular designs are round, oval, or rectangular.

Round sinks may seem like they would provide the most room, but they actually take up more space than an oval or rectangular one. Oval sinks usually look better in smaller bathrooms because their width takes up less room than their length, while rectangular-shaped sinks give homeowners more storage options because they can install shelving under them.

Whatever you choose, TOTO has just what you need! Our bathroom fixtures include modern and classic lavatories made from durable vitreous material, which is easy to maintain with occasional wiping. The surfaces also resist stains, so particles won't linger for long periods - even if children use the sink! It also includes sleek styles to match any decor style, like TOTO's Hayon Console Lavatory, made of graceful ceramic curves. So add this to your bathroom today, and start beautifying your space tomorrow!

Update Shower Heads And Faucets

You might think that shower heads and faucets won't make a significant change, but think again! Replacing these can drastically improve the functionality of your bathroom. If you're going to invest in your shower head, get TOTO's 4 Holes Bath and Shower Set. It comes with brass valve bodies and a durable finish. To top it off, it has different water pressure settings. Shower heads are a good investment because they can easily upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. In addition, they usually come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, so there's sure to be something perfect for you.

With faucets, look at what type of finish you want and where it'll be installed. For example, if your bathroom is old-school or minimalist, a ceramic wall-mounted faucet is best for you. On the other hand, chrome is the best option if you have modern décor or fixtures since it will look sleek and shiny. The TOTO VASIL Extended Single Lever Lavatory Faucet With Pop-Up Waste is the perfect choice for modern bathrooms. Its design and features are sure to impress!

Select your finishes

Choosing suitable finishes is an essential part of any design. And some of the most popular bathroom finishes are storage, flooring, paint, and the like. After that, it's up to you to find out what best suits your needs and lifestyle.

Add Towel Paper Holders

Add some new towel racks and holders, and you've got yourself a brand-new bathroom. They may seem like small additions, but they can make your bathroom feel like a different space! Towel bars are used for multiple purposes: to hang towels up after showering, as an organiser for bath products, or as a decoration that adds an elegant touch to the space. The TOTO Double Paper Holder With Shelf will have all of these functions in one easy-to-install package, giving you a place to put your fresh towels, arrange your toiletries, and more. But, of course, it's not just for toilet paper - it's also perfect for hand washcloths, cleaning cloths, hair brushes, and toothbrushes - the possibilities are endless!

But if you want a paper holder that won't disappoint, we suggest going with the simple (yet stylish) TOTO JAZZ Paper Holder. This little guy will surely give your bathroom a sleek update without worrying about installation costs.

Put Some Extra Storage Space

Adding shelves or other storage space to your bathroom is one of the most important things you can do. You should add as much storage as possible to remove clutter and make it easy to find what you want. Adding shelves over the toilet is a great place to start, but there are other creative options. For example, you can build a floor-to-ceiling rack in your shower or install floating shelves under your sink. You can use TOTO's Ego Glass Shelf in your shower area to store towels, extra toiletries, or washcloths. The TOTO Glass shelf adds a sophisticated touch while providing function to any bath space.

Install A Mirror

A well-placed mirror can do wonders to open up a small space and make it feel more spacious. Wall mirrors are an excellent choice, as they can double the apparent size of a room. A wall mirror will also reflect light and make your bathroom brighter and more inviting.

Enjoy Your New Bathroom With TOTO!

We know how stressful a bathroom renovation can be, but it doesn't have to be when you're equipped with the right tools! That's why we've created this bathroom renovation checklist to make sure you get all the essentials taken care of and learn more about what goes into designing an efficient space — all thanks to TOTO.

TOTO is a Japanese global toilet manufacturer committed to providing the highest quality products. Known for their advanced washlets, they have always provided nothing but the best.

Visit us at W Atelier's main showroom on Henderson Road or browse through our TOTO products page to find out more about our bathroom fixtures and finishes today.