Bathroom remodeling can be a daunting proposition that takes time and careful planning to pull off successfully. You may have many reasons for wanting a bathroom remodel but for most people it’s a matter of comfort, appearance and functionality. For some, it’s simply a matter of maintaining a current and contemporary look or design. For others, it might be just a matter of personal taste and creating an overall theme for the bathroom and the rest of the house. Whatever the reason, be prepared to spend a good number of hours thinking through and strategizing on how all the correct elements will come together to create the perfect bathroom that fulfills your vision.
It’s highly recommended that, unless you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, or licensed contractor, you should consult with an expert before beginning any bathroom remodeling project. This individual can offer a lot of ideas on layout, design, products, fixtures and furniture. Some licensed contractors even provide 3D diagrams to show you how your available space can be best utilized. Whether or not you decide to use a professional, their input and advice can help save you from making costly mistakes and perhaps even show you ways to make your remodeling project less expensive, less time-consuming and even more environmentally-friendly.
On the surface, it might not appear to be such a complicated endeavor. After all, it’s just a matter of changing out sinks, vanities, a toilet or a bathtub, but since bathroom fixtures involve plumbing there needs be careful planning involved. If you are changing the position or location of any of your fixtures you may need to re-route pipes. If the pipes are old, they may need to be replaced entirely. You never know what you might find once you start tearing out the old bathroom. Make sure that whatever fixtures you plan to install are going to be compatible with your existing plumbing system. If you don’t know anything about plumbing, then, as the saying goes, don’t try this yourself. Hire a professional. Whatever the additional cost, it will end up saving you hours in potential headaches, and money in potential accidents.
Planning is everything when starting a new remodeling project. If you are installing a new vanity, for example, make sure that you’ve carefully and accurately measured the available space to ensure that the vanity will not only fit, but not obstruct the use of your other bathroom fixtures such as the toilet or bath and shower. Create a floor plan and measure, measure and measure again.
When purchasing your bathroom fixtures, it’s a good idea to visit a local bathroom showroom to see the wide range of styles and features available. Many items are made to be environmentally friendly, like toilets that use less water. Once you’ve decided on what you want, you may be able to find better pricing on some of these items online. Check the product and consumer reviews to learn whether others who purchased the same items have been satisfied with them.
In summary, the main things to remember when planning your bathroom remodel are:
- Consult with professionals
- Plan and measure everything to the quarter inch
- Don’t start until your floorplan and purchases have been finalized
- Shop around for the best ideas and the best pricing