BATHROOM REMODELING TIPS:
Even though bathrooms tend to be rather small (250 square feet or smaller, on the average), you will find such a dense cluster of services within that small space that you cannot afford to do anything impromptu, halfhearted, or ad hoc. For instance, if you install the toilet and then decide that you want to move it 3 feet to the left, you’re looking at another grand to do so. So, lay out some firm bathroom design plans–before you call up the contractor or tradesmen.
Contractors, home improvement stores, supply houses, and all of the other people and companies assisting you in your remodeling project have a vested interest in you purchasing higher grade and more expensive materials and services. For example, a frameless glass shower is a nice thing. It is very solid and attractive, and it dresses up your room a little bit more than other types of shower stalls. However, frameless glass showers are exorbitantly more expensive than framed glass showers or other shower stall units. You may need to do some real soul-searching to decide if things like frameless shower stalls, granite counters, marble floors, solid wood cabinetry, and designer paint are really necessary.
Can You Fix Rather Than Replace?
Everything tends to be a little bit harder when you are remodeling a bathroom. For one thing, bathrooms are embedded deeper into the house than other rooms, making it harder to extract demolished materials. Along the same lines, it is that much harder to bring new building materials into the house. And youâ€™re often doing this through rooms that you are trying to keep clean. Because bathrooms tend to have miniscule or no windows at all, that pretty much rules out moving materials through windows. Certainly, this is not a dealbreaker, but it’s just one more thing that makes bathroom remodeling a little bit harder.
So, if you can keep things in place and improve them, so much the better. Ways you can do this include: refinishing your bathtub or shower; making do with the current layout and arrangement of services; refacing or repainting cabinetry.
Put Ventilation at the Top of Your Priority List
Admittedly, ventilation isn’t a sexy topic. But poor ventilation has a domino effect: it can cause pervasive mold or mildew that can ruin other, good remodeling work you have done. Today’s ventilation fans are a vast improvement over old ones… quieter, more powerful, and more effective. Heat lamps are another way to reduce moisture in your bathroom. Install Bathroom-Appropriate Flooring
Don’t just put any kind of flooring in your bathroom: think in terms of bathroom-appropriate flooring. You may need to sacrifice aesthetics for practicality and price when it comes to bathroom flooring. Laminate flooring isn’t so great in the bathroom, whereas ceramic tile and sheet vinyl excel. If you think you deserve better than sheet vinyl, cogitate on it for a few days while comparing prices with that Tuscan marble you have been eyeing. Vinyl may start to look good after awhile. Also, a lot of these high and flooring materials require maintenance that the low-end materials don’t have. Any kind of stone in the bathroom will need to come pre-sealed, or be sealed by you. Not only that, but they will need occasional resealing in order to keep moisture from permeating into the surface of the stone.
If you’re handy with common household tools, you can probably do things like install bathroom flooring, lay down ceramic tile, paint walls, install stock cabinetry, put it in GFCI outlets, run branch lighting circuits, and so on. But when it comes to things like building an entirely new shower stall or doing a quality refinishing job of your existing tub or shower, you’ll probably save a lot of time and frustration by calling in the professional bathroom remodelers. Start With Your Second or Guest Bathroom
Your first bathroom remodeling project will be kind of rough. Or to put it kindly, it will be a learning experience. You will want to cut your teeth on a bathroom that you do not use as often. Really, do you think the kids are going to care about that row of ceramic tiles next to the wall that looks kind of ragged? Believe me, they won’t. But the same thing within your own master bathroom is going to remind you every single day of your life of its imperfection.