Bathroom Remodel Steps
Planning is a Key
Before you start working on your renovation it is essential to assess your needs. Planning the bathrooms remodel is vital as any mistakes can be expensive to fix. Begin your bathroom renovation by thinking about your requirements and preferences and set realistic goals.
It is a good idea to ask yourself a few questions that will help you define your needs and navigate your progress throughout your renovation:
- How many bathrooms do I need? If possible, adding an additional bathroom or expanding your current one can drastically improve your routine.
- Who will use it? Remember that children and elderly have more specific needs that must be taken under consideration.
- How much storage do you need your bathroom to accommodate?
- What style and mood you are trying to achieve?
- How about the privacy?
- Is the ventilation adequate?
Once you have your list of items that you need and want to be in your new bathroom, begin assessing the structure of the bathroom. Whether is it a full sized bath or a half bath, remember that existing conditions of your bathroom will dictate how far your needs and wants will be met.
If space is limited, consider expanding your bathroom by borrowing some square footage from the adjoining area. Sometimes even a small amount of additional space, stolen from a closet or adjacent room can make the difference.
Another thing to consider is the weight of the fixtures you are planning to install in your bathroom. Heavier bathtub or perhaps that wall mounted vanity that you saw and really liked may require additional support.
Inspect your floor and walls to ensure the structure is strong enough to support it. Assess your ventilation needs. Is your current ventilation system sufficient? If not, consider adding an additional fan.
When planning a layout of your new bathroom, consider repositioning of the tub, shower, and toilet to create sensitive and ergonomic design concept for all household members to enjoy.
Designing the bathroom layout can be challenging. To make your life easier follow these easy steps:
- Make a rough sketch of our space. Measure and mark all existing features, such as windows, light fixtures, doors, outlets, heat registers, plumbing fixtures etc.
- Ensure the measurements are accurate and label them properly on your sketch.
- Make notation indicating the changes you wish to make.
- Draw a floor plan using the information from your sketch.**If considering repositioning of the bathroom fixtures and furnishings, cut out templates of the fixtures and move them around to experiment with different layouts. As the bathroom fixtures come in a wild variety of shapes and sizes ensure enough space is provided around each item for easy access.
- Don’t forget your walls and ceiling. If ceiling slopes you may need to draw the plan for each wall as well.
How Much It Costs
When remodeling your bathroom set a realistic budget to ensure all your needs and wants are covered. Make a list of items that you wish to incorporate in the design.
If you are on set budget, rethink the items that are not necessary and will not affect the functionality of the bathroom. Do not compromise on the quality of the materials and labor.
Be prepared for unforeseen expenses such as plumbing or sub-floor issues as they may come up, especially in the older houses.