Sprucing up your home is a necessity. Especially when you decide to make it your home for many years. Not only does it brings additional aesthetic improvement, it also increases your home’s functionality as never before.
As a homeowner however, how exactly do I spruce up my home? For starters, remodeling major parts of the home such as the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom is a good start.
But hold up though, before you start tearing down old walls and dismantling cabinetries, you may want to consider a few things first to know exactly what you’re getting into. Here are some must-know bathroom remodeling tips to get your hands on your dream bathroom!
What to do Prior to a Bathroom Remodel?
Before you get your hands dirty, you may want to sort things out first and prepare yourself. Here are some key factors that you need to consider.
- Acquiring a final design that suits your preferences and budget. The design should include the final look of the walls, flooring, ceiling, lightings, fixtures, and utilities, among others.
- Finding out whether city permits and construction documents are needed or not.
- Finding a reputable design and build contractor. Unless you want to do the DIY approach.
You don’t need to look far and wide as Indira Lourenco, a design and build company specializing in remodeling homes, can fill in these for you.
Design Preferences that You Should be Telling Your Designer:
At this point, it’s like painting the canvass with your ideas, except that the leg work is done by us.
Location of utilities
Though more of a technical approach than a design matter, knowing the location of existing utilities is crucial in avoiding damage to it and doing meaningless repair during remodeling.
With a number of choices to choose from, choose what piques your interest and we will incorporate it to the final design. Don’t worry, we will also give recommendations that you may like such as what type of vanity, size of mirrors, or bathtub that is suited for you.
Are you fond of light colors? Or perhaps a fan of blue shades? Let us know so we can find out whether there are clashes with color schemes in the design.
We also recommend incorporating a new storage design to make up for lost space during remodeling. A simple shelving or adding cabinets with the same color scheme as the bathroom will suffice.
Step by Step Guide and Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodel:
Remodeling a bathroom is pretty straightforward. The general steps remain the same despite design changes; albeit with slight differences.
Step 1: Remove or demolish existing bathroom fixtures.
- Drain the toilet prior to removing it to avoid annoying water spills.
- Protect the bathtub and start removing tiles all the way down to the tub supports.
- If you’re relocating partition walls, start by removing insulation wherever necessary.
- Remove vanities, mirrors, cabinets, shelving, floor tiles, or anything you want to replace.
Step 2: Construct new partition walls if the new bathroom is bigger.
- Put markings on the floor to serve as layout for the new walls.
- Allot spaces for wirings, plumbing pipes, and outlets wherever necessary.
Step 3: Construct a new ceiling.
- Mark the ceiling height at the newly constructed partition walls.
- Install framing and ceiling boards then drill holes intended for electrical and mechanical wirings, as well as lighting fixtures.
Step 4: Install your new tub basin and walk-in shower.
- This feature will always be included in every bathroom remodeling, which is why prep works for it are necessary because it’s quite tricky to install.
- All walk-in showers need a basin and there’s a whole bunch of design available, but the most common are square and rectangular shapes.
Step 5: Install new utilities.
- Install electrical wirings for your vanity, lightings, or heaters.
- The location of electrical outlets should be within comfortable reach from the vanity because no one wants to bend down just so you can plug the hair dryer.
- Install plumbing pipes with necessary couplings.
Step 6: Floor tile installation.
- Establish all reference lines to serve as guide while laying down tiles. Otherwise, the tiles might end up misaligned and you don’t want crooked tiles sticking around.
Step 7: Install new fixtures and features.
- At this point, the bathroom is already enclosed, tiled, and prepped with utilities. It’s time to install your new vanity, cabinets, and other features.
- Start off with the biggest feature like the vanity to avoid obstructions later on.
Step 8: Install the toilet and finish the plumbing.
- Make sure that all plumbing pipes are in place prior to laying down the toilet.
Despite having a number of remodeling projects to choose from such as kitchen or garage, as well as adding new rooms or repainting walls, a bathroom remodeling project is your best bet.
Though quite costly, it can offer as much as 80% return on investment according to “Remodelling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2018”. This means that for every dollar you spend, you get your 80 cents back. Which is quite high as compared to other remodeling projects.
A newly remodelled bathroom also increases its functionality, convenience, and aesthetic looks. It’s only a matter of time before it turns into a room to spend peace and quiet — away from the sights and sounds of the outside world. More so in its aesthetic value that you’re entitled to have your bragging rights.