Having a perfectly tailored bathroom that fits for your needs and expresses a personal style can be done with a remodeling. And by doing so your bathroom can become a source of pride, comfort, and immense satisfaction. But if it was a poorly done job that has constant leaks and sucks more and more money our of you for repairs it will serve as a reminder of why you shouldn’t have tried taking a cheaper alternative or cut corners. The following list will give you a few good ideas of what to do and what not to do when remodeling.
Expect the Unexpected
When it comes to bathroom remodeling it will be in your best interest to allocate some of your budget for some surprises that you didn’t, or couldn’t, anticipate. There may be water damage that you didn’t realize until uncovering some tiling, a leaky shower head that was leaking into the walls, or plumbing problems with toilet. No matter what the issue that may arise it is a good idea to put aside 10-15 percent extra into your budget to accommodate for it and if it doesn’t the you have some money after its all said and done!
Consider water efficiency
Having a water efficient appliance used to restrict your options with style but now you can choose something that looks great and works great. Take for instance if you want a rain showerhead that is also low-flow, then you can have one! Following the EPA’s WaterSense program you can decide on a product that can be up to 20 percent more efficient than federal standards. Choosing a water efficient showerhead, toilet, or faucet can save you money and still look great.
Ventilate and light adequately
You might have uncovered water damage, mold, or mildew during you excavations in preparation for the remodeling. The best way to fight that is by installing a bathroom fan. And since technology is pretty impressive right now you can purchase a humidity-sensing unit that will turn on or off in response to the amount of moisture in the room, convenient huh?
Lighting is another ballgame and comes with a plethora of options that you can find suitable for you. a ceiling fixture is generally a good option but to avoid casting shadows you will want to install some lighting on the vanity to get a good balance. Other options are shower and toilet lighting and even dimmer switches to add a level of control for you.
Now onto what you shouldn’t do, as it can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars on the project. And you do not want to sacrifice quality for a few saved dollars up front.
Don’t rush into it
When you start the process of remodeling you should take your time. A simple thought and it might be obvious to you but this can be an exciting process and you might just want to get from start to finish as quickly as possible. Take step back, breathe, and consider what you’re doing. If you rush into anything too quickly it could cost you thousands of dollars because there’s nothing worse in this case than doing the same thing twice. which leads me to the next point.
Don’t ignore skilled labor.
They are skilled individuals with much more experience than you. Use them! This process can be complicated and using a professional to get rid of the old tub or take out and replace tiles has it’s benefits, for one they will make even a cost-effective job look like an expensive one. But there are a lot of things to consider, electricians, plumbers, cabinet installers, and more. So it wouldn’t hurt to go to a general contractor to manage operations and get things done smoothly and with the least amount of hassle.
Don’t buy online without previewing products
If you are going for the best price that is completely understandable but there are places to check out the equipment that you want first. Colors may be skewed, finishes different, and have size discrepancies. So while it is a great idea to go online to get an image in your head of what you want it would be best to go to a showroom or physical store to make sure it’s exactly what you want.