Bathroom remodeling is a big project, no matter how small the space. It involves carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, interior design, and more skills. Professional contractors will tell you it’s all about planning. Aside from the basics of toilet, sink, and bath and/or shower, you’ll need to consider things like storage and function. Style will ultimately be determined by space and use. So, it’s best to have some helpful bathroom remodeling tips to follow.
Helpful Bathroom Remodeling Tips
If you’ve taken on a similar project, like planning a total kitchen gut, then you know the value and beauty of keeping things as simple as possible. You’re not going to get anywhere by trying to reinvent the wheel. Focus on less is more because it will pay off big time if you do. Put another way, the more you can keep, the better off you’ll be as this will save time, money, and work. What you can work into the new space from the old is going to be worthwhile.
You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. Wake up! You can have both. A midrange bathroom remodel is a solid investment, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of Realtors. A bath remodel with a national median cost of $26,000 will recover about 58% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home. Regardless of payback potential, you’ll probably be glad you went ahead and updated your bathroom. —House Logic.com
For instance, instead of junking a vanity, consider refinishing it for a completely new look. If it’s possible to refinish kitchen appliances to make them look new again, it’s certainly possible to makeover a vanity to give it a new lease on life. Remember, the more you take out, the more you remove, the more work you create. It doesn’t mean having to replace every single thing, but it does mean having to give new purpose to a blank space. Here are some more helpful bathroom remodeling tips to use:
- Refinish instead of replace. This bears repeating time and again because it’s very tempting to believe new is the only way to go. The fact of the matter is, there are very few fixtures which can’t be totally redone for a new look. Consider replacing hardware, like the faucet, pulls, hinges, and more.
- Don’t move the plumbing. If there’s one decision which will blow up your budget and leave your wallet empty, it’s moving the plumbing. Don’t believe it will be anything less than outrageously expensive. It comes at such a big cost because it means having to gut and rebuild. Figure out a way to keep the existing plumbing in the same place, even if you’re replacing lines.
- Add plenty of lighting. There are two rooms in the house that demand a lot of light — the kitchen and the bathroom. Do yourself (and family and guests) a huge favor and add plenty of lighting, complete with dimmer switches. You’ll be very thankful you installed more lighting.
- Increase the ventilation. Another crucial component to any bathroom is ventilation. Sadly, this isn’t given priority in most construction, so you’ll have to include it as part of the remodel. The more ventilation, the better because it increases comfort and reduces mold and mildew.
- Hire a contractor when uncertain. If you are not confident in your do it yourself skills for any of the work, don’t talk yourself into it by justifying you’ll save money. You won’t save money, but you will waste time, effort, and spend more to right what’s done wrong.
Before you start your bathroom remodeling project, phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away to schedule construction and remodeling debris removal. We’ll help keep you on-track and removal those materials for you.