Bathroom remodeling either conjures up images of spotless, faultless surfaces or a wreck that was only partially put together. Maybe both images are accurate at some time in every project. In any case, thoroughly planning the job before you start is the greatest approach to avoid mishaps during bathroom remodeling.
The scope of your project will be defined, you’ll have a clearer idea of the finished product, and you’ll stay within your budget if you ask yourself some important bathroom planning questions.
A bathroom remodeling project can make a great improvement to your home. Bathroom upgrades are also one of the best improvements to increase your home value. According to “Better Homes and Gardens” a bathroom upgrade can be a major selling point for your home. It is also important to keep in mind that a renovation of this type can be very costly, which is why it is very important to make the necessary plans.
Here are some of the most important considerations to keep in mind as you plan this project:
- Budget: Set a budget for the project, taking into account the cost of materials, labor, and any unexpected expenses that may arise.
- Design and Style: Decide on the design and style of the bathroom you want to achieve, considering factors such as the size and layout of the space, the desired look and feel, and any specific features or amenities you want to include.
- Plumbing and Electrical: Determine the current condition of the plumbing and electrical systems in the bathroom, and whether they will need to be updated or replaced as part of the remodel.
- Functionality: Consider the functionality of the bathroom, including the need for storage space, the layout of fixtures such as the sink, toilet, and shower/bath, and the use of lighting and ventilation.
- Timeframe: Determine the timeframe for the remodel, including any necessary permits, and whether it is feasible to complete the project within the desired timeline.
- Contractor/Do-it-Yourself: Decide whether to hire a contractor or to tackle the project yourself, taking into account your skill level and the complexity of the project.
- Materials: Choose materials for the remodel, considering factors such as durability, ease of maintenance, and style.
- Energy Efficiency: Consider using energy-efficient fixtures and appliances to reduce energy and water usage and save money on utility bills.
- Accessibility: Consider accessibility needs, such as installing grab bars or widening doorways, if the bathroom will be used by someone with mobility limitations.
- Resale Value: Consider how the remodel will affect the resale value of the home, and whether the investment will be worthwhile.
For information on codes and permits for your bathroom makeover, contact your local permitting office. Small renovations like putting new flooring or replacing the sink typically do not require permits. Plumbing and electrical work often has to be approved. Depending on the type of project you are doing, you may need to make additional preparations, or take additional steps. I hope that this guide help in the process of organizing your thoughts are you consider taking on this type of task.
If there are some additional steps you would include, or if you have completed a project like this, I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.