So you’re finally ready to tackle that ugly old bathroom problem of yours and give it a fresh new look. No more staring at ugly walls, peeling paint, and out-dated décor. Considering the amount of time each day you spend in the bathroom taking care of ‘business’ and prepping for daily activities, why not make it into a happy place you actually feel good being in.
So where to start? If you’re planning on making this a DIY project because you think it will save you time and money… well think again! Renovating a bathroom can be extremely overwhelming, time-consuming and costly. There’s so many pieces that we often overlook. And well, it’s simply best to leave a bathroom renovation in the hands of the professionals if you don’t really know what you’re doing.
In this article we will guide you through some of the important steps of the renovation process, such as helping you evaluate your needs, set goals, find inspiration, and choose the right materials and contractors.
Plan your Budget
If you don’t know already you should work up an idea of how much you want to spend on your bathroom renovation. Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in the remodel. Once you’ve figured out what you can spend and subtracted the amount allocated to labor, you’ll have a clearer sense of what your total cost will be.
Design and Function
When it comes to bathrooms there is so much happening within a relatively small space. The key is to focus on design and function. Not only do we need things to work properly and efficiently, but we would like it to look nice too.
There are many factors to consider like paint color, tile choices, vanities, showers, tubs, faucets, etc. The options are endless, so it’s good to do some research and find some examples for reference. Design should work hand in hand with functionality so consider who will use the bathroom and how. Consider an eventual resale of the house and also take a moment to think how the bathroom design will fit in with the rest of the house.
Hire a Contractor
Hiring a contractor for a conceivably DIY job? Well, yes, that is a smart thing to do given the complexity of the job and difficult operations involved (electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc.). Therefore do not overlook the advantages of hiring a contractor and save yourself a load of misery and time.
How to choose the right bathroom renovation professional?
Try searching online and locating a contractor within your local area. Check their services and guarantees. Never hire someone that does not guarantee their work. And be sure to choose someone with reputable reviews.
So now that you have your contractor, Plan and prep for the following factors together…
- Desired design and theme
- Time frame
- Plumbing fixtures and features
- Cabinets storage and shelving
- Tiling, flooring, walls, and ceiling
- Clean up
When your bathroom is set and done you certainly won’t regret it! Take a nice bath, read a magazine and enjoy your new lively bathroom, after all… You deserve it J
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