Bathroom Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

Everybody dreams of a beautiful and functional bathroom. Of course, who wouldn’t want the place inside their own house where they can be alone and do whatever they want to be comfortable, well-functioning, and relaxing? This is why many homeowners decide to give their bathrooms an upgrade and do a bathroom remodeling project, at least once in their lives.

But, since renovating a bathroom maybe overwhelming and intimidating, especially to first timers, here are some tips of what to, and what not to do before, during, and after a bathroom remodeling project:

Do plan ahead of time.

Do plan ahead of time.

Planning beforehand is one of the most essential and integral parts of the whole bathroom remodeling project. During this stage, you should think about and consider the layout and functionality for your new bathroom, ultimately determined by who will be using it the most.

Do know which parts to move, which parts you shouldn’t.

According to experts, the two most important functional features of a bathroom are the plumbing and the ventilation. They advise to refrain from moving them, since plumbing incidents can be costly. It would be best to base all renovations around the existing plumbing.

Same goes with ventilation. Plan your renovation around the existing ventilation, especially the main source (be it a vent fan or window).

But, do upgrade them.

Keep in mind that proper bath ventilation is the most effective way to exhaust steam, hot air and unpleasant odors from a bathroom. If you want to be successful in upgrading your bathroom, it is important to level up and upgrade the ventilation system as well. Take the extra step and add more, or improve an open window to a ceiling-mounted vent fan or a combination vent fan/light fixture, which is more efficient and reliable.

Do maximize storage.

Do maximize storage.

It is the perfect opportunity to address the cramped storage you have in your bathroom. The bathroom is the primary storage hub for towels, linens, toiletries and cleaning supplies, so it is just right to tackle this need and provide more storage, better yet, make the most of the space and make built in shelves and cabinets.

Don’t fret over delays and unexpected surprises.

Fussing over delays and surprises will do no good. Being anxious and fretting over it will not make the job finished faster, or be done better. Remember that remodeling a bath requires the hiring and careful coordination of several trades, and quality work must be done in a logical sequence and can’t be rushed.

What you can do is communicate with each tradesperson on a regular basis and make sure everyone is on track, as per your timeline. Ask for and give them progress updates and ask about their availability in the near future.

At the same time, keep in mind that it’s not unusual for an unexpected, and often expensive, problem to pop up. It’s okay, and everything will fall into place if you take action on it, instead of sulking. You can prepare by asking your contractor to check for any hidden signs of trouble or by hiring a professional home inspector or building engineer to check for damage and code violations. Identifying problems early allows you to budget for them

Don’t go overboard the budget
Don't go overboard the budget

The essence of planning is avoiding spending over the budget. In order to be in control of the costs and keep track of all the expenses as it progresses, it’s important to create an accurate budget and then stick to it.

If you hire a professional bathroom contractor, they can plan the remodeling according to your budget and ask for your approval along the way, each step of the process. If you will do it on your own, make sure to keep track of all your expenditures. Get price quotes in writing from contractors and suppliers. Add on an allowance of 10 to 20 percent to your total budget to cover any unforeseen changes or repairs.

Don’t neglect safety.

When doing a bathroom remodel, never compromise safety for design and aesthetic. Bathrooms can be the most dangerous parts of the house too. Keep in mind that slips and falls are far too common in bathrooms, so make sure that part of your upgrade is reinforcing the safety measures and features of the bathroom.

 

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