Remodeling your bathroom can be a huge job. It can be a lot of disruption, a lot of work and rather expensive. You should make a list of things that you need to ask your contractor and seek advice before jumping in.
How Much Will it Cost?
The cost will be a major factor when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. It is best to not only set up a budget for the renovation but to set aside a little extra. There will always be something coming up that will cost more.
This could be some unknown damage or repairs needed, something that gets damaged along the way or an item you ordered that isn’t available and you need to pay for a replacement.
Plan The Project
Plan out the project as closely as you can. Make sure your contractor understands exactly what you want. This means having a plan and reminding them as the work progresses so everything is as you like it.
Visualize Your Ideal Bathroom
Imagine what your bathroom will look like before you start anything. If it is a small space, think about ways you can make it seem bigger. Measure the room and make sure when you order items that they will fit.
Think about the colors you want. Is the bathroom in a dark corner or does it have bright natural light? This will help you decide what colors will work best in the space.
Pick Your Fixtures
Pick out the bathtub and sink and other fixtures and accessories ahead of time. You may need to special order them and there may be a delay. You also may not get all the items you ordered or want, which might mean changing the other items, as well.
Depending on the space, you may want to find smaller tubs or replace the tub with a shower stall instead. A pedestal sink can give you more space in a smaller bathroom, but it also means less counter space.
Get More Than One Estimate
It’s important to get a few estimates. Remember, the most expensive isn’t always the best and the least expensive doesn’t mean it is not worth your time.
There may also be some structural damage that you don’t know about, like broken or leaking pipes and water damage. This will increase the cost and time involved.
Check Lighting and Electrical
Many older homes have old electrics. Many bathrooms don’t have electrical outlets and much of the wiring may be old, broken and need to be replaced. If you are going to install new lighting, this will need to be discussed when getting your estimate.
If you want to add extra outlets, this is the time to bring that up. Many bathrooms don’t have them or they are for razor only. You may need to upgrade your wiring to accommodate these changes.
As most bathrooms have limited storage, this is also something to consider. Ask about alternative ways of incorporating storage without losing a lot of floor or bathroom space.
Think Smart and Green
Many bathroom fixtures have smart technology. Lights you can program, set timers for heated floors, touch-free taps and self-cleaning toilets. There is also a move towards low flush toilets and appliances that use less energy.
When you decide to start remodeling your bathroom, start the planning process early, about six months before the work will begin. That will give you a better idea of how long things will take if you will be able to stay on budget and if all the items you want are available or give them time to arrive. A newly renovated bathroom will bring you years of enjoyment.
For help with your remodeling project, book an appointment with Karin Ross Designs today!