So you’ve completed all your online searching, examined return on investment, and come to the grand conclusion that a bathroom remodel is the perfect home improvement project for the month. The only problem? You aren’t certain how to remodel a bathroom. That’s okay, because we have a simple and succinct guide to help you in your exciting project! Follow these tips to help you design and complete your special task.
When Remodeling a Bathroom: Where to Start
First off, you need to decide how much time, effort, and money you’re willing to invest into this project. When it comes to bathroom remodels, a rushed job only guarantees disaster! To guarantee results, you’ll need to start with a firm budget, estimate the cost of materials and labor, then prioritize which elements of the bathroom need care first. This is especially important if you are working with a tighter starting budget.
Unless you have professional-level skills in plumbing and electric wiring, you’ll want to call and get estimates from your local services first. If you’re purchasing new appliances, countertop materials, and flooring, you’ll also want to talk with their respective vendors. Once your designs are complete, find out which parts of the renovations you’ll be equipped to complete personally, such as demolition. We highly recommend that you rent a dumpster on demo day, so that you can save yourself the time of taking several trips to the local landfill.
Bathroom Remodel and Design
As you plan out your remodel, it’s important that you develop your plan in a chronological order, especially if you are replacing any appliances and flooring. First, you’ll need to factor in the draining and removal of your plumbing appliances. Next comes demolition, tearing out the floors and drywall.
From here, your carpenter, plumber, and electrician enter the scene to make additions and adjustments to your existing structure and utilities. This is a phase you do not want to rush, as the subsequent inspection will determine whether you get to continue on schedule or halt your progress to complete rework. Nothing should be hooked up at this point, merely in place for when the project nears completion. Assuming the groundwork passes inspection, you’ll then get to start installing new insulation and drywall.
The last phase of your bathroom remodel is where your careful design and planning pays off. The walls can now be painted and your inspector should be making final checks. Then comes any tile laying, installation for cabinets, and flooring work. As the project comes to a final close, your local services will then hook up your plumbing and electrical fixtures… and you’re done!
How Long Do Bathroom Renovations Take?
According to The Spruce, you can count on a full bathroom renovation to take a month and a half (or 46 days). That’s because every home renovation is fraught with delays, last-minute design changes, late arrivals, and so on. The actually work itself can typically be completed with 25 working days. When you set out on your project, try to absorb these common delays into your time table.
Can You Remodel a Bathroom Yourself?
Much of the work mentioned above can be completed by a savvy homeowner. However, the carpentry, plumbing, and electric work should be completed by a professional to ensure safety and pass inspection. You should plan for a DIY remodel to take considerably longer, and include more contingency costs in your project estimate.
What is the Cheapest Way to Remodel a Bathroom?
Don’t replace; restore! Renovations take lots of time and money, but simple restoration work can transform your bathroom within a matter of days. Without having to make expensive updates to your plumbing and electric system, you can save thousands of dollars.
If you have to make replacements, try saving money with secondhand or alternative materials. One of the best ways to do this is shopping online on Craig’s List, eBay, etc. and buying leftover materials from other home improvement projects around the US. You can turn just about classy piece of junk into a towel rack or a set of shelves. Visit your local antique store for inspiration!
For traditionally expensive updates, such as expensive woodwork or a granite countertop, try asking your suppliers about reclaimed wood or an “imperfect” granite slab. These materials come considerably cheaper, and provide just as much beauty and style (maybe more) for your bathroom remodel. Finally, if you’re wanting to update that toilet, simply replace the lid and seat with a more luxurious alternative (and kept the base).
What Should I Do With a Small Bathroom?
Small bathrooms don’t have to be a hindrance. In fact, turning your small bathroom into a luxurious getaway only takes a little imagination. If you’re running short on small bathroom remodel ideas, however, here are a few tips to help you out!
- Skip the cabinets and stick with open shelves.
- Pick lighter colors for your flooring and walls.
- Install additional lighting or even a skylight.
Light and openness can make any room feel larger. That’s why so many remodeled bathrooms utilize white and light hues to “expand” a bathroom. Open shelves produce a similar effect, allowing you to see more of the existing space. You don’t have to do a lot of electric work to upgrade your lights. If you’re worried about the space becoming too bright to relax, install a dimmer switch as well.
Bathroom Remodel Dos and Don’ts
- Do: Shop for alternative and leftover materials
- Do: Brighten up your bathroom with enhanced, customizable lighting
- Do: Update your flooring with replacement or restored finishing
- Do: Plan your expenses out months in advance
- Do: Factor in delays and design changes into your timetable
- Don’t: Expect absolute punctuality for your materials or vendors
- Don’t: Demo the bathroom before picking replacement appliances
- Don’t: Try to complete electric work by yourself
- Don’t: Replace your flooring with carpet or hardwood
- Don’t: Tear out the flooring on a whim
Ask for Assistance For Your Bathroom Remodels!
Whether you’re looking for toilet replacement or fixture repair, our team at Flow King Rooter is happy to help however we can with your bathroom remodel in St Louis, MO! Give us a call today at 314-348-7503 to consult with one of our seasoned plumbers.