How to Remodel an Old Bathroom


Remodel your old bathroom to reflect the comforts and necessities of your current life. Remodeling an old, inefficient or unattractive bathroom can increase the value of your home and help you de-stress at the end of a long day. Most people spend a great deal of time in their bathrooms, so make your bathroom work for you. The cost, time and things needed will largely depend on your budget and which aspects of your bathroom you want to remodel, update or change. Simple projects, such as updating the paint and fixtures, can take less than a weekend to complete. Full-blown remodeling projects can take a couple of weeks or longer, depending on how often you're able to work on the bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Folder
  • Paper/pen
  • Paint
  • Shower/bath enclosure
  • Sink
  • Toilet
  • Cabinet
  • Flooring
  • Fixtures/hardware
  • Browse through different bathrooms online or in home remodeling magazines. Save the pictures of your favorite bathrooms in a folder. Write out your budget, expectations and what features are most important to you. Knowing your priorities will help you stay on-budget to create the bathroom you want.

  • Draw a diagram of your current bathroom, and the way you want your bathroom to be. For example, if you want to knock down a wall to add space, or change the layout, note these things and keep the page in your folder. Keep in mind, that rearranging where your bathroom fixtures go (such as the toilet or sink) will require plumbing expertise to move the pipes.

  • Obtain any necessary permits from your county office. Some remodeling projects will require inspections and permits. Find out the regulations before you begin your project.

  • Remove anything that isn't staying in the bathroom, such as your old sink, toilet, tub or cabinets. Turn the water supply to the bathroom off, and disconnect any plumbing or pipes before removing any fixtures. Discard these items according to the law where you live.

  • Paint the walls and install a new floor to enhance the bathroom. Install new lighting fixtures that complement the look you want, as well as give off enough light for normal bathroom tasks, particularly if there isn't a large window or natural light source. Update your fixtures and hardware, such as the knobs, drawer pulls, mirrors and towel bars. These small changes can also enhance your bathroom.

  • Install your new bathtub, toilet, shower, sink, cabinets and counters or whichever items you're replacing. The new items should both coordinate and complement each other. It's best to decide on all of the items before you purchase or install anything so they will all work together.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hire a professional electrician and plumber if you are not experienced in these areas.
  • Include any luxury items you want that are within your budget. For example, heated floors, steam showers, whirlpool tubs and extra storage. It is less time consuming, expensive and inconvenient to make upgrades or changes at the same time. Doing it little by little will drag out the process and ultimately cost more.
  • Avoid doing plumbing and electrical work yourself if you are not qualified or experienced.

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