Remodeling your bathroom can turn into quite the adventure for both the experienced expert and the first-time remodeler. It either goes really good or very bad. But no matter what, there are plenty of ways to make this project go as smoothly as possible, even when its full of surprises.
Knowing what problems can arise is the first step to ensuring your bathroom remodel goes beautifully. Hidden problems can be frustrating, not to mention costly. Read on and find out how to remodel a bathroom with the best products while still saving time and money.
Create a Budget and Stick to It
Remodeling projects get expensive quickly, but having a budget is the first step to a perfect remodeling experience. Most people only create a budget centered around what they want the finished product to look like, not what problems may arise during the remodel such as water damage, bad plumbing, faulty wiring or damage to the structure of the room or home. If you’re in a newer home, you probably won’t run into any of these issues. However, if your home is older or you recently purchased a home, it can be hard to know what lies behind your current bathroom.
To work around these roadblocks, plan a budget half the cost of the renovation to help cushion the blow of these unexpected issues as they arise. Not only could this save the project from coming to a screeching halt, but it can save you tons of money as well. Don’t let hidden problems ruin your chance at the perfect, dream bathroom. Make a budget and stick to it. This is very important because you don’t want to eat into your repair costs for hidden repairs.
Plan Your Design
This step is as important as your budget, but the two go hand in hand. Plan your design around your style while still sticking to your budget to ensure everything goes as smooth as possible. Are you changing the layout of the bathroom? Updating all the flooring, fixtures and appliances? All of these questions and more are helpful not only to plan your design but to help you make a budget as well. When planning your design, keep in mind any structural obstacles such as windows, door frames, support beams, electrical and plumbing. If you want to relocate the toilet, sink, tub or shower, you’re going to have to move the plumbing associated with each one, which can drastically impact your budget.
You also need to plan for potential damage to any area of your bathroom that won’t be found until after you start tearing into your bathroom. There could be water damage from a hidden leak or old leak that was repaired under plumbing fixtures and behind walls. One of the most common issues found when remodeling a bathroom is mold. Mold can be hidden anywhere and if left behind, can cause you and your family to become sick. When planning your design, and the budget to fit the design, plan for mold removal. Even if you don’t find any mold, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Need This, Not That
Another thing to determine is what you need in your bathroom. Do you want a freestanding tub or a standalone shower? If you choose to get a tub to replace the one you have, are you going to go with a porcelain or an acrylic bathtub? This goes along with the depth, size, and shape of the tub you choose. The same questions apply to your shower. What kind of fixtures are you going to use for your showerhead? There are hundreds of styles of showerheads such as a rain showerhead or even a waterfall one. There are even showerheads that adjust and change to multiple settings such as jet, pulse, rain and massaging.
Benefits of Remodeling your Bathroom
The process of remodeling is different depending on the home you’re in, but the benefits are always the same. Whether you’re in an older home or a newer home, there are plenty of plus sides to remodeling your bathroom such as comfort, style, and increasing your home’s value. Comfort and style go hand in hand. When a style fits your personality, you automatically become more at ease. Your comfort should always be a top priority when changing anything in your home.
Improving your home’s value is also very important if you plan to sell your home at some point. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a high home value. The value of your home doesn’t just come from the things you buy but from the overall look and feel of the home as well as the location, size, and condition. If you design a high-end bathroom well under budget, not only did you save money, but you make more from the sake of your home later.
So now you have it! Have your bathroom meet all your needs, and best of luck!