Although a bathroom typically has less space than a bedroom or living room, this doesn’t mean that your bathroom can’t be as bold and dramatic as other rooms in your home. If you come to the point of wanting to remodel your bathroom, chances are it is because something in that room is not working for you. This could be a space issue, a color issue or a design issue. Deciding on the layout of the bathroom is one of the most important decisions in your bathroom remodel since it will determine how much space you have for each element. Remodeling your bathroom will renew the spirits of you and your family and can also add value to your home, should you decide to move in the future.
Here are the basic steps in a total bathroom remodel project:
Set a Budget for Your Bathroom
The first step in the remodeling process should be to set a budget. The budget will first and foremost set the scope – will it be gutted to the studs or just given a facelift? Secondly, it will determine what can be spent on materials and what can be spent on labor. This can be done by conducting an examination of your finances to decide what can realistically be spent on the remodel. Your budget can also be determined by how much longer you plan to live in the house. If you plan to move the remodel should be based on value-adding improvements. If you are planning to stay for a long period of time it should be based on your own style.
What Needs to Go?
Look at your bathroom and decide what really needs to be changed. A good way to brainstorm is to make a list of things you don’t like and potential ways to fix these issues. Once you have completed a big list divide it up into things that could realistically be changed in the scope of your budget and those things that will have to wait or that you can compromise on. If you decide to hire a remodeler, they can definitely help with this process. You’ll want to make sure to evaluate these points before beginning the project.
Pick a Theme
Before you begin your project, you should have a style or theme or inspiration point in mind. This could include a color scheme, hardware, floors or your cabinets. It is your room, so styles may range from traditional to funky. You’ll want to remember who will be using the bathroom. Is it for your children? Is it a family bathroom or is it a guest bathroom?
Choose a Bathroom Contractor
While DIY certainly has its advantages, it can be overwhelming and time consuming. Choosing a professional to assist in your remodel will save you time, stress and sometimes even money. They should be able to provide exact measurements of essentials in the bathroom such as the walls, counters and floors. The contractor will be able to help bring your vision to life. You’ll want to let the contractor know up front what your budget is for the project. Together you can come up with a detailed plan that outlines how much you will spend on materials, labor, installation, and other technical aspects of the remodel. Be prepared for unseen costs. This could involve something with plumbing or even structural compromises. Make sure that the contractor you choose has good relationships with local suppliers to get you in on the best prices and deals. You should also ask friends and family about who to work with, referrals are very important when choosing a contractor.
Choose the Materials
Choosing the materials can be as easy as you make it. Researching the products beforehand will give you extra knowledge when you go to select them and make sure to take note of the prices as well to avoid extra expenses later on. You will typically have to make decisions on countertops, lighting, sinks, flooring and cabinets. These are the biggest elements of your remodel. The smaller parts will come later that include painting, accessories and hardware.
Have Everything In Writing
Make sure that a detailed contract is signed between you and the contractor to minimize miscommunications and stress. There should be a detailed list of payment plans, work schedules, prices and agreed upon completion dates.
Remodeling a bathroom can make a dismal room bright and stylish. Revitalizing the space around you is what you need to bring a room to life! These steps and tips will help you stay on track and organized on your bathroom renovation. By the end of this journey you will have a bathroom that is unique and suits you perfectly.
This guest blog post was written by Tracy Tesmer, founder of Tracy Tesmer Design – Build – Remodel – Repair, a Gainesville, GA bathroom remodeling company specializing in bathroom renovations. Tracy has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and hosts a weekly home improvement radio show in WDUN in north Georgia.