Remodeling a room can be exciting- it’s a chance to take something and make it new. However, there is a systematic process for remodeling your bathroom. Here’s what you need to know:
- What are you wanting to change and accomplish? What purpose will the bathroom serve; a bathroom for your child, or you and your spouse? A powder room? Make sure you have a clear answer to this before you start remodeling. Also, be sure to ask yourself how many people will be using it, how much time you spend in the bathroom, how much space you need, how long you’ll live in the house, and the effort you’ll truly want to put into cleaning it. Why are you remodeling? If it’s for a better resale value, then be sure to do a little bit of research beforehand on what buyers look for. If it’s for updating the appearance, then be sure and pay attention to materials, fixtures, cabinetry, paint, etc. to freshen up your bathroom. If you’re remodeling for better storage and functionality, then check out some organizational vanities, shelving, and cabinetry you could use, and also be prepared to possibly spend a bit of money.
- Plan, do your research, and set a budget. There are varying levels of upgrades and remodels in terms of their extensiveness and price. Remember that sometimes even if you spend a lot of money on a renovation, this doesn’t always mean you’ll earn as much back when you sell your house. Also remember to keep in mind any unforeseen costs that may appear. Research the materials you plan on using: their pros and cons, price points, varieties, and aesthetics. Plan out all of the features you want to change, and how they would all look together.
- Find a good contractor if it’s a more intensive renovation. If you’re planning on renovating something yourself but have any doubt in your mind about it, don’t do it! You may have to sink in extra money just to fix your mistakes. Before you hire a contractor, research and listen to word of mouth. The contractor that you hire may see things that you don’t as well- a better way to fit everything in your layout design, etc. For major structural changes, you might need to hire an architect.
- Approve the design for layouts, floorplans, etc. You don’t have to have every detail planned out yet, like decorations. However, you do need to have the measurements planned out for the bathroom components such as the vanity and shower. From there, you’ll know exactly how much material you need to order.
- Choose your colors, materials, hardware, etc.
- Get three separate estimates from contractors. Sometimes they vary greatly, but be weary of both the seemingly too cheap and seemingly too expensive ones.
- Plan the details out. Where are you going to store the materials until you install them? When would you feel most comfortable for the contractor/s to be working? How will this affect you? Will you still be able to use that bathroom, or use a different one?
- Once it’s completed, look for mistakes. Keep your receipts. Go through and check for malfunctioning cabinetry, dents, etc. and contact your contractor if you find this.