How to Remodel a Guest Bathroom


Now that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to bring all home renovation projects to a close. Homeowners tend to focus on the same set of rooms while remodeling. While it may be true that living rooms and kitchens should be our top priority simply because we spend most of our free time there, we shouldn’t neglect the rest of our home either.

Some rooms never get their turn at renovation and eventually end up going into a state of disrepair. When was the last time you renovated your attic or guest bathroom?

We’ve compiled a list of simple tips and tricks that will help you remodel your guest bathroom. By employing these tactics and using multipurpose materials, like a magnesium oxide board, you’ll be able to transform your space in an instant.

Start With a Plan

Running headfirst into a renovation is a mistake homeowners make more often than we’d like to admit. So our first tip is to create an outline before you start anything else. Have a close look at your guest bathroom and take note of all the things that need fixing. Is this something you can undertake on your own or will you need to hire a professional?

Fortunately, the building industry has evolved so much over the years. There are plenty of materials like magnesium oxide panels that are both multipurpose and builder-friendly. This way, you can save both time and money and focus on other problematic areas as well.

Your initial outline will change and expand with time, but as long as you have at least a semblance of a plan, you’ll be able to keep unpleasant surprises at bay.

Invest in Floors

Floors are a very important component of every room, including your inconspicuous guest bathroom. Some homeowners choose to place new tiles over their old ones, but our advice is to reconsider this option. Namely, while this may be a more affordable alternative, it is not sustainable in the long run.

Investing in quality floors will help you create a solid base, and you’ll be able to prolong the time between two renovations. Removing old tiles and choosing new ones is just one step in the complex process that is floor replacement. Subflooring is just as important as your choice of flooring options.

Since this is a bathroom remodel, you’ll need materials that do well in humid places. A magnesium board is an excellent subfloor option because it is well-known for being both fungi- and water-resistant. MgO sheathing has become a common practice in the building industry. What’s also great is that magnesium oxide panels can be used both indoors and outdoors, so if you have any material left, it won’t go to waste.

Stick to Simple Designs

Once MgO flooring is done, it’s time to move on to more exciting things — tile selection. Since guest bathrooms tend to be on the smaller side, we suggest you stick to a simple tile design and a light color palette.  Otherwise, your space can end up looking crowded and unappealing. In case you want to include some patterns, opt for large-scale ones because they can visually enlarge your space.

Although a magnesium oxide board is not the most expensive building material, floor replacement is certainly an investment. Therefore, you can save some money by purchasing a shower curtain instead of a shower door. You can easily repaint your old vanity cabinet instead of buying a new one. Guest bathrooms are not often used, so no one will notice the difference.

Make sure the colors match. A guest bathroom is not a space where you want to experiment with different designs. Choose one that is to your liking and stick to it.

Add Some Character

We did mention that it’s better to opt for a minimalist approach when remodeling your guest bathroom. This, however, does not mean you cannot personalize it. Tiny details, like wall art, woven baskets, or plants will add some character to your space. These items are not expensive, so you won’t have to worry about your budget.

Another way to add some life to your bathroom is with general necessities, like mirrors and towels. Get a design that you like and watch your bathroom space transform from drab to fab. The last thing left for you to do is to invite your friends and family over so they can enjoy the new hideaway you’ve created.