Remodeling your bathroom can be an exciting adventure. However, unless properly thought about and planned out, this should-be fun project can quickly turn disastrous. Make sure that you consider all aspects of the remodel – from budget and time to design and functionality – to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as it should. Take the time to ensure that you have thought about everything on this bathroom remodeling checklist BEFORE beginning your remodeling project!
#1 – Budget
At the top of your list should be the budget. It is important to know exactly how much you want – and can afford – to spend on remodeling your bathroom. This will give you a reference point as to what types of materials you should be looking at when choosing your flooring, shower, fixtures, countertop, and accessories. While creating your bathroom remodeling budget, be sure to take labor costs into consideration.
#2 – Time
One thing many people tend to forget about when remodeling anything is time. Even a small bathroom remodel can take up more time than you expect. The length of time needed for a bathroom remodel will depend on how much of the bathroom you are changing. In addition, you need to take into consideration the length of time it will take for materials to be ordered and delivered, and in some cases, drying time, such as is needed with tile installation. Check with your contractor for the best estimates on time, just so you are aware of what you are getting into.
#3 – Hidden Issues
It is a good idea to assume – right off the bat – that there could be hidden issues with your bathroom that could take up extra time as well as diminish your budget. For instance, if your bathroom is the home’s original bathroom, you could experience additional plumbing or wiring problems that cannot be seen until demolition has been completed. Be prepared for these instances, and be sure to leave a little wiggle room in your budget in case a hidden issue happens to pop up.
#4 – Style & Functionality
While it is imperative that the style of the bathroom meets your desired expectations, you also want to make sure that the flow and elements in the space are functional. For instance, you wouldn’t want to order a free-standing tub and materials for a standalone shower if there is only room for one. In addition, you should think about who is going to be using the bathroom the most – kids, adults, guests – so that you know what type of storage is going to be needed, as well as how the design fits with the rest of the house.
#5 – Measurements
When it comes to a bathroom remodel, measurements are EXTREMELY important. You want to make sure that the elements you order are going to fit in the room you have available. It is recommended that you have a contractor take the measurements, as they know what the standards are, where plumbing considerations will need to be taken, and how to take the measurements. This will ensure that nothing is improperly measured to help the remodel run more smoothly.
#6 – Contractor
We’ve mentioned the idea of a contractor several times so far, and yes it is important that you hire one. Aside from having the skills and expertise needed to complete the job, they will know how to deal with those ‘hidden issues’ that you need to be mindful of. Furthermore, it allows you to experience a less stressful remodel.
#7 – Countertop, Flooring, Cabinetry
One thing many homeowners tend to forget when thinking about when remodeling their bathroom is countertop. You may have found the perfect vanity, but have you found the perfect countertop material? Granite is the best choice. Not only is it an affordable material that is resistant to damages and bacteria, but it is available in a variety of colors and styles to match any bathroom design. Secondly, you will want to consider flooring choices, keeping in mind that you need to choose something that will withstand the heat, humidity, and water that is all present in a bathroom. In addition, cabinetry is an important factor, as you want to ensure you have enough storage space for all of your bathroom items.
As you can see, there are many things to think about before starting a bathroom remodeling project. While we have outlines some of the major points, you also want to think about lighting, walls, accessories, and ventilation. Remember, talk to your contractor about your budget, time constraints, any green elements – water-saving technology, plants, natural materials – and desired finished project to ensure that you get the bathroom of your dreams, and that the remodeling process is not a nightmare.