You’ve been living in your home for what seems like ages and you want to change it up. While you may want to completely redo the entire house, 60% of homeowners choose to remodel their bathroom. To help you get some valuable bathroom remodeling ideas, here are a few do’s and don’ts you should know before you begin demolition.

DO: Hide the toilet
Some of the most stylish master baths are also discreet. It is more aesthetically pleasing to hide the toilet either in its own room or behind part of a wall. For a more affordable option, use a large piece of furniture, like an armoire or dresser, to create a tasteful division.

DO: Treat yourself to a nice shower
Although a relaxing bath may do the trick sometimes, studies show that people take showers more often than baths. For this reason, many interior designers suggest bathroom remodeling ideas that focus on the shower rather than the tub. Professionals who provide bathroom remodeling services suggest installing a shower that is at least 4’x6′, which is larger than the standard 3’x3′ feet.

If possible, consider taking the dimensions up a little to 5’x7′ feet so that you may have the option of excluding a door. That’s right — excluding.The showerheads can be positioned in a way so that spray does not go beyond the shower area. While glass shower enclosures are popular among homeowners, an L-shaped shower can eliminate the need for a door and save on expenses.

DO: Consider water efficiency
Thanks to recent improvements, toilets, showerheads, and faucets have all become more water-efficient. Products often used in home remodeling that are 20% more efficient are now labeled according to federal standards. These products are now installed during 91% of remodels and can save homeowners more than 16,000 gallons of water annually.

DON’T: Rush the process
You may have many bathroom remodeling ideas and several projects to complete, but keep in mind not to rush things. Poor planning and rushed work can lead to mistakes, which lead to unnecessary expenses. Experts recommend spending at least a month on the planning process before beginning any kind of work. This means closely working with a bathroom remodeling company to confirm every detail of the space.

DON’T: Skip on skilled labor
While you may enjoy completing do-it-yourself projects, some things are best left to the professionals. Although you may be tempted to save money by doing some things on your own, leave installations to the people who are both skilled and trained to do so. However, be sure that all workers have proper licensing and insurance to get the job done.

Now that you are aware of some design tips and suggestions from experts in the bathroom remodeling field, you can now begin planning your dream bathroom. Remember to hide the toilet and other items you don’t want seen, treat yourself to a nice shower, and don’t rush the process. With a little patience, a skilled crew, and great direction, you will have the bathroom you’ve always imagined in no time.