THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT A BATHROOM REMODEL PROJECT
A bathroom remodel can be exciting for a homeowner. However, before jumping in to choose all the fun new amenities you will be adding, there are many less exciting things that need to be considered. While renovating a bathroom can be time-consuming, costly and overwhelming, by preparing yourself ahead you can make the experience go more streamlined than first expected.
It’s important to understand that there is time associated with remodeling a room in your home. Planning the appropriate amount of time is important especially if you only have one full bathroom in your home.
ORDER OF REMODEL
If you plan the demolition properly, you should be able to prevent damage to some of your new components. For example, remodel the ceiling first next the walls and the floors last.
Be ready to find hidden problems whether because of the age of the home, water damage or overall structural problems. When budgeting, it’s always great to have a buffer allotted for these types of problems.
A good remodel should work hand in hand with functionality because you and your family will be in and out of this room often every single day.
Make sure you have the proper measurements and specs when going to the store. This is particularly important in terms of the location of the existing pipes and wiring as well as the dimensions of the fixtures themselves.
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DESIGN/STYLE TIPS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR BATHROOM REMODEL
While it’s expected that each bathroom remodel will accommodate things pertaining to that family, there are some basic tips that professionals have for those planning their remodeling project. Here are a few.
Don’t make the toilet the first thing seen in the room. The reason is simple, oftentimes doors are left open and when a guest walks by, the first thing they see is a toilet. Take time to consider what your focal point will be while designing your room.
Consider leaving some vintage touches. The point of the remodel is to create something new and fresh, but some things are a lot easier to replace than others. In older homes, wall tiles can have several coats of concrete. The difficulty in removing them can up a labor budget quickly. If you can, leave them intact and make them a part of the new design.
Consider your lighting. The best approach to create a well-lit space is to incorporate a variety of lighting including task, accent, ambient and even decorative (if the budget allots).
Understand dimensions. Knowing the size of an average bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet will help during the planning process.
Consider the sink height. This will depend on the type of sink you’re using such as an above-counter vessel sink, which needs a lower counter height to make using the sink comfortable. If you have a tight space for instance with traffic-flow issues, perhaps consider putting a sink in a corner.
Double check your tile size. It’s important to consider this and know if this allots for a grout joint or not. Having the wrong size can affect the entire layout, plumbing and other important factors.
Choose the appropriate-sized vanity for the room. It’s important to consider traffic routes when picking one. If it is too small, there isn’t enough storage or countertop space. If it is too large, you can’t maneuver comfortably.
Ventilation. Perhaps the most important aspect of the bathroom remodel, it is important to choose the right fan, the right position for it and to install it properly. A well-ventilated bathroom is healthy for your family and offers continual airflow that prevents decay and saturation of these important elements you just took considerable time to choose and to install.