The bathroom remodeling may seem a new task. But before you throw on the choice of tile or bathtub last screams, there are some fewer fun questions to consider, so your project gets realized as you’ve dreamed.
Because renovating a bathroom can be a big business, taking a long time, we have prepared for you a list of 15 points to follow. By following these steps, you will be able to maintain a good rhythm, without any incidents and enjoy the final result of your bathroom remodeling.
In case you have not yet thought about it, know that you need to have a general idea about how much you want to spend on the jobs. Establishing a budget will guide you in the decision-making process about what to spend, what to take and what to leave. Once the budget is established, you will subtract the amount allocated to the work and then you can set the amount you will spend on tiling, furniture, accessories, equipment and other extras.
Many people think that if their bathroom is smaller the remodeling will take less time than for a large bathroom. This is not always the case. It all depends on the number of items to change or renovate and the contractor will tell you, no doubt, that you need to follow the same steps as for a larger bathroom remodeling. Planning your time means not only defining the duration of the work. Think of all the intermediate stages of cleaning and purchasing – tiles, fittings, sanitary fittings, washbasins, bathtubs, etc., knowing that the delivery takes time and that the workers wait to work.
- Work Steps
Bathroom remodeling requires the planning of tasks in sequence to be completed during the duration of the works. This will prevent you from being overwhelmed, doing too much housework, going back on your plan and making mistakes. Whether demolishing or repainting a wall, always start with the ceiling. Rebuild your ceiling first, then the walls and the floor at the end. This prevents you from damaging the new installations.
- Hidden defects
You want to completely transform your bathroom, in other words, you want to make “the total”. When the job is done by a professional who has expertise you have zero problems, your bathroom is impeccable, everything works perfectly and this remodeling brings added value to your home for years to come. But you can also find hidden defects. If your accommodation is old and depending on the quality of construction, the biggest concern you may encounter is water leaks. Then, first inspect the floor plan, plumbing quality and piping, to spot any traces of corrosion, rust or oxidation. Pay attention to your tile, floor and shower flooring if they are waterproof and waterproof.
- Design and functionality
Before starting your work, think first of all of the overall look and feel of your bathroom. There are several points to consider – the paint, the choice of floor covering, wash basin furniture, showers, bathtub, faucets, etc. You may start to feel overwhelmed, so quickly make the rough draft of your selections. There are two ways of doing this. You can either assemble the different elements that will compose the table of your bathroom, or you choose a design from an already existing model. In both cases, the selected design must reinforce the functional character of the bathroom space. Think about who and how will use this bathroom,
- Take the measures
In the bathroom remodeling process, there are three major restrictions on measurement – the general size of the bathroom which is often the smallest room in the dwelling; Location of piping and electrical conduits, sizes of furniture and parts to be installed. So make sure that you have taken the right measures of each category before going to the store. It is frustrating to end up at the warehouse without the proper action, but it is even more frustrating to come back with equipment of the wrong size.
- Choosing Your Remodeling Company
You’re a handyman and you’re wondering if there are things you can do yourself. Frankly, it’s better not. The work to be carried out is complicated and involves operations involving different trades such as plumber, electrician, tiller, etc. Therefore, do not underestimate the benefits of contracting with a home improvement company. You will not only save time but also save yourself all the miseries of DIY at all costs.
- Piping and Plumbing, Installations
There is no complete bathroom remodeling without replacing or repairing the facilities which alone make up a separate list – shower, bath, toilet, bidet, wash basin, taps, etc. You should also change or repair your mirrors and the shower cubicle. To modify the look of your bathroom, why not think about replacing the door handles, drawers and shower sconces. If you have the budget, you can replace the doors of the shower cubicle, which can completely transform the style of your bathroom.
- Storage units, cupboards and shelves
In most cases, the organization of storage spaces and their location is a rather complex issue. Even more, in small bathrooms. Drawers and shelves must be functional, dimensional enough to store all your belongings, while being placed in easily accessible locations. In addition, all this must fit in the space available and, icing on the cake, everything must be pretty.
- Walls and floors
A priori, any material is suitable for the surfaces of walls and floors, provided it is resistant to water. Then it all depends on your budget and the style you like. Ceramic, marble and granite are the basis of floor and wall coverings. They are lovely, resistant and durable. You can also include painted or tile cement, vinyl which is beautiful market. Whatever you choose, always keep in mind the essential factor – the strength and waterproofing of materials.
A bathroom can become unbearable and downright dangerous without proper lighting and correctly installed. The design is also very important, it creates the whole atmosphere of the bathroom. First choose natural light, then use artificial lighting of no less than 35 watts per square meter.
No complete remodeling of the bathroom without thinking about changing accessories – new towels and bath towels, bathrobes, but also mirrors, towel racks, soap dishes, different hooks to hang your things. All this is in addition to the final budget. If your budget is not huge, a new set of towels will suffice.
In a wet room, such as the bathroom ventilation is essential. This too is a complicated task and deserves to be well thought out. The correct fan location, installation location, and electrical conduits should be chosen. Poor ventilation can make your bathroom damp and moldy, which is even dangerous for your health. A well-ventilated bathroom is not only healthier, it is also in better condition, as ventilation prevents aging and damage to wood flooring, furniture and insulation.
- be respectful of the environment
Even if, personally, you are not very eco-friendly, the market evolves in this direction. So it’s a fact that you have to take into consideration. To add a green touch to the design of your bathroom, there are many options at reasonable prices: from a toilet with a water saver, which also reduces your bill. There are also organic or non-VOC paints, sustainable wooden toilet seat covers, fair trade accessories, recycled glass, etc.
- Final cleaning
The extensive cleaning is performed at the end of the works, and everything goes – the interior fittings have to be washed in and out, all ducts, floor, windows, lamps, and bulbs. Although we did not talk about it at the beginning, if your work was very important, you might need to use a cleaning business. This increases the amount of the final invoice. If you feel ready to do all the cleaning yourself, consider adding a day or two of extra work into your diary.