Step-by-Step Bathroom Remodeling

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Completing a step-by-step bathroom remodeling project is a function of planning, enthusiasm and patience. If you decide to take on the job, you will not only save yourself some money but may be able to upgrade the quality of the materials and fixtures you use.

Also, a new bathroom may increase the value of your home. Whether this is a do-it-yourself project or you bring in a bath contractor, following some solid strategies will get your project started.

Design

Focus on what your objectives are for your bathroom remodeling project. You may want to freshen up the bathroom with a fresh coat of paint, re-tile the floor and install a new toilet and vanity. Although you should make home improvements based on personal reasons, you may rip everything out, add additional footage to the current layout and install top-end fixtures because you believe it will result in a better sale price when you put the home on the market.

Look through bathroom remodeling magazines. Shop and compare toilets, vanities, flooring and surface materials. Look at accessories, such as faucets and towel bars. If you have a disabled spouse or other loved one with a disability, consider putting in an accessible tub or shower, or extra reinforcement for the placement of grab bars.

Consider such aspects as improved lighting, a separate toilet or shower and additional storage space. His and her sinks are also popular.

Doing these things will help you to pull together your ideas and a plan for remodeling your bathroom. The key to getting the most out of your investment is to choose colors and materials that mix well with any future modifications you are likely to make.

Develop a checklist of what you don’t like about the bathroom as well as the features and amenities you would like in the remodeled bathroom.

Planning

Before making changes, find out what the local building codes are for bathroom remodeling.

Also decide on your role in the project. For do-it-yourself enthusiasts, ensure that you have the skill-set and time to do the necessary work. For example, if you want to gut the bathroom and extend the space into a closet that you have eliminated, it may be wise to subcontract the demolition, rough-in carpentry, electrical and plumbing work to others. You can install the fixtures and complete the finishing work.

It's always smart to conduct some due diligence if you are hiring a contractor or tradesman. You may want to query friends and relatives for referrals of contractors who have worked for them. The best approach is to get at least three bids for any work you decide to contract out.

Regardless of your approach, it may be of help to you to speak with some professional contractors, supply vendors and anyone you know who can give you insights and advice regarding your bathroom remodeling project.

Establishing a schedule for each stage of the project usually helps to keep a bathroom remodeling project on schedule. Depending on your situation, you may want to contemplate any possible inconveniences of remodeling the bath. For example, the planning phase is the best time to determine whether you will live in your residence during the project or need to arrange for temporary housing.

Budget

For your step-by-step bathroom remodeling project, establish a budget. Once you determine what you can afford, find out how much of your dream bathroom you can purchase and where you need to make adjustments in order to stay within your budget.

Your budget should include 15 to 20 percent for contingencies. You also should create a document for line item/cost for each fixture, accessory and other materials or services. Any drawings or permits and services you hire out need to be accounted for, too.

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