When you want to upgrade your bathroom, there are a number of things you can do that won’t break the bank. However, if you are doing a major overhaul, it can cost quite a bit. Even though it is a small area, there are some big aspects that you have to consider. For example, changing the location of plumbing is not a simple task so you have to plan your layout around that.

Also, working in a small area is somewhat difficult because you have limited room to maneuver and it also makes design more interesting. Questions such as traffic flow and lighting are some of the elements to contemplate.

However, the first consideration is the cost, and this post from Houzz.com gives insight on how to get started:

15 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

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If you’re tackling a bathroom remodel project, having a working knowledge of what to expect and what to consider can make the difference between a months-long waking nightmare ending in a bathroom that you settle for or a near-pleasant experience resulting in the room of your dreams. Consider the following collection of tips from popular bathroom remodeling articles on Houzz your cheat sheet for finals week. You’ll be happy you prepared.

1. Know what a bathroom remodel costs. Before you begin any project, it’s important to put your expectations into perspective when it comes to how much money you’re willing to invest. The size of your bathroom, the quality of materials you want to include and whether you’re planning to do some of the labor yourself all can affect the cost of a remodel. Here’s a look at estimated costs for a basic, mid- to upper-range and deluxe bathroom remodel.

Read the rest of the tips here:  15 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

If you want to do some ideas for remodeling your bathroom but can’t afford the expense, there are simple decorating concepts to change up your bathroom space. Depending on how creative you are, you might be surprised at how fun it can be to jazz up your decor. This video shows some great pointers that completely modify the look:

One idea to create better traffic flow in a small room is to install a corner sink. If you want something extremely simple, get a different shower curtain and rugs to accent some new wall hangings. This Pinterest board for bathroom remodeling ideas has tons of images to get your creative juices flowing.

This post from Forbes offers more tips for ways to make your bathroom more unique, especially if you are extremely limited on space:

12 Design Tips To Make A Small Bathroom Better

7. Skip the shower door. If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that’s just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.bathroom design

Read the full post here:  12 Design Tips To Make A Small Bathroom Better

The smaller the space, the harder it is to make major changes. Hiring a professional building contractor to provide advice on options that will work and things that are out of the question might be helpful in the initial phase of planning. That way when you begin remodeling your bathroom, you won’t have any surprises.