Even experienced DIYers take a big breath and gulp when even contemplating tackling a bathroom remodeling project. Other than maybe a new kitchen, nothing is as involved in terms of skills and the systems involved as bathroom remodeling. Bathroom remodel is about tile work, electrical, plumbing, and most skillful trades. You might be shocked to know that. Most homeowners say they feel that they are experts in some areas of bathroom design and renovation but really aren’t any good at all on the whole project.
If you are really serious about getting the most from your remodel, there are several steps you can take to ensure you are getting a good return on your investment.
The first step is to pick out your fixtures and fittings carefully. Think about what kind of look and feel you want to create and then research these carefully so that you can find the right products for your purposes. Look at bathroom remodeling pictures and choose fixtures that look good. Plan carefully where you will place each fixture so that you don’t risk damaging any during the installation process.
Another important part of bathroom remodeling that most people tend to ignore is the toilet and sink. Both are key pieces of the room, and deciding what you want in these two fixtures and over the top options can be a huge factor in the end result. Some people go crazy over the sink and countertop and spend lots of money having them designed and installed only to later regret it due to space restrictions or an unhappy countertop. Spend a little time on planning and see how you can make your master bathroom beautiful even if you only have a small amount of space.
The plumbing of the bathroom remodeling project should also be considered. A popular choice with many homeowners is to use high-quality porcelain tile for both the floor and shower surround. You may also consider using ceramic tiles for the walls, and backsplash as well as granite countertops. All of these materials are popular choices but determine what works best for your space before you decide on a tile design.
Be sure to do plenty of research and ask lots of questions when working with a tile contractor for your bathroom remodeling project. You want to ensure that the installation is done properly and will last for years to come. Ask the contractor for references and check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) before hiring a contractor for your bathroom renovation needs.
In addition to selecting a tile design that you love, it is a good idea to hire a general contractor for other aspects of your bathroom remodeling project such as electrical and plumbing needs. General contractors can offer a wide range of services from flooring to bathroom vanities and sinks.
There are several benefits of hiring a general contractor including it is less cost-effective to have them complete the project than it would be to have the project done yourself; they know what they are doing; they will provide you with a comprehensive cost estimate upfront, and they will give you detailed instructions and references. There is nothing better than working with someone who has been in the business for a long time. One of the most popular areas of a bathroom remodeling project is the shower area.
Remodeling a shower:
Remodeling a shower area not only adds character to the bathroom but also improves functionality by providing more space for walking around the bathtub. The shower should be at a comfortable height so that the elderly and handicapped can easily enter and exit the shower without bending over. Many people install a handrail or high handicap tub and grab a shower seat so that they no longer need to stand up. A low footstool or even a power scissor can be used to gain access into the tub without the need to climb over anything.
Other common bathroom remodeling projects include bathroom cabinets, vanity tops, vanities, mirrors, faucets, fixtures, tile, floors, countertops, backsplash options, vanities, toilets, showers, and tub and shower doors. It is important to remember that the bathroom-remodeling project will make your home more appealing and that these changes will increase the resale value of your home.
Make sure that your new bathroom is installed properly and that all of your hardware is up to code. Most hardware stores carry all necessary supplies to remodel the bathroom. Some hardware stores offer bathroom consultation services where a professional will come to your home and give you an estimate of what it will cost to remodel the bathroom. If you decide to remodel your bathroom yourself, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and provide a quality plan and work schedule.