STEPS TO REMODELING A BATHROOM
Creating a Realistic Budget:
The very first step of any home remodeling project is to create a realistic budget that addresses every detail. For a bath remodel, that means accounting for all labor and material costs, which includes new fittings, fixtures, surfaces, and more.
Renovating a bathroom can be very simple or it can become very complicated dependent on the approach this. A bathroom project requires meticulous planning, a structured timetable, and hiring the right team. Make sure the team is qualified and licensed. Before hiring your contractor make sure to check to do your research and check their reputation online. By searching their yelp, google, houzz, better business bureau, or any other legitimate contracting platform. If they are legit, they should not be hard to find.
The easiest way to establish a budget is to hire a professional designer or remodeling service who will design the new bathroom to fit within your budget, and then guide you through each step of the remodeling. Of course, the budget will have to include the cost of the designer, which varies widely depending on the size and scope of the project.
If you decide not to hire a professional designer and you establish the budget yourself, a key factor would be to use a computer spreadsheet, Microsoft excel, Quickbooks, or a notebook to keep track of all expenditures, including separate listings for labor and materials. Make sure to get price quotes in writing from contractors and suppliers. Once you’ve totaled up all the costs, add on an extra 10 to 15 percent to cover any potential miscellaneous materials, changes, upgrades, or unforeseen repairs.
Now the big elephant in the room that all clients want to know is how much is this all going to cost? The price will vary, because so much depends on the condition of the current bath. You also have to account for the fixtures and fittings selected, but on average it typically costs between $6,000 and $10,000 to totally remodel a small- to medium-size bathroom.
The first step of a bath renovation is to demolish the existing bathroom. It will take an average-size of 1-2 days to demolish a bathroom. However, this is an extremely dirty, dusty, noisy job. If you decide to tackle the demo work yourself, be sure to wear the proper safety equipment, including work gloves, eye goggles, hearing protection and a dust mask. Rent a small dumpster for the demolition debris
Start by removing the old vanity and sink, disconnecting the toilet, taking up the floor and stripping off the wall tiles. Be cautious not to cut or sabotage any plumbing pipes, electrical cables, or metal ducts. If you’re going to keep the existing tub or shower, protect it with plywood or a quilted moving pad.
It’s always exciting shopping for new bath products, such as the vanity cabinet, sink, faucet, toilet, light fixtures, shower head and floor tile. However, important that you order these products as soon as possible. Nothing brings a remodeling project to a screeching halt quite like products that are missing or back-ordered. Once a plumber or electrician walks off the job because there’s nothing for them to install, there’s no guarantee they’ll be available when the products do finally arrive on site.
An interruption or delay in the construction schedule has a domino effect, throwing off the work sequence of all other contractors. Before long, a four-week timetable can easily be stretched to eight or more weeks.
Choose Bath-ACCURATE SURFACES:
When choosing surfacing materials for your new bath, be mindful that these materials must be suitable for installation in a bathroom. Bathroom floors, walls, showers and vanity tops are always exposed to hot, soapy water and intense steam. Constant water is splashing into the surfaces. These conditions are tough on surfaces and create dangerous conditions for people.
Porcelain tile is typically the best material for any bath floor. It’s much harder than ceramic tile, indestructible, and comes in a wide array of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns, including porcelain planks that resemble wood flooring. However, when selecting tile for a bath floor, the most important characteristic is slip resistance. The same goes for tiles used in the shower area or toilet area. Never consider any kind of flooring for your bathroom without a slip-resistant material.
The most popular and the best option surfaces for vanity countertops include granite, marble, quartz composite and solid-surfacing material, such as Corian or Staron. All are indestructible and can hold up well in the wettest, steamiest baths.
ALWAYS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
As we have mentioned earlier, bath remodels can be simple but can become difficult really fast. So it’s not unusual for an unexpected problem to pop up. Until you open up the walls, remove the vanity cabinet and tear up the old flooring, you cannot predict what you’re going to find.
However, you can reduce your risk: When contractors arrive to bid on the job, ask them to check for any hidden signs of trouble. Hire a home inspector or building engineer to check for damage or code violations. If the bathroom floor is accessible from below, remove the insulation to give the tram of pros a clear view of the underside of the subfloor and plumbing pipes. Identifying any problems early on allows you to budget for them, thus avoiding cost extra cost and change orders.
Avoid Change Orders
Nothing will stress you more or decapitate your budget faster than change orders. This involves any change that’s made once the budget is set and after work has begun. During the remodel, you might experience a “I want to add something” moment and ask for a change that steers away from the original design. Try to avoid this as much as possible.
One of the best ways to keep costs down and shorten the construction schedule is to avoid relocating plumbing pipes. Moving water supply lines, vent stacks and drainpipes is a time-consuming and not to mention, very costly job.
Now, there are times when changes are inevitable, such as when you discover that the subfloor is rotted or the wiring isn’t code-compliant and must be replaced. However, resist the temptation to make materialistic changes, and you’ll save a significant amount of time and money.
BUILDING SAFER ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR NEW BATHROOM
Provide a greater level of safety by installing grab bars first and foremost. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, Grab bars are not the prettiest to look at but it may save a life. Actually, nowadays they have a much broader variety of options for grab bars.
They provide an entire different design for grab bars, that are stylish and very attractive. Some grab bars even serve double duty as a towel rack or toilet paper holder, permitting them to unobtrusively blend into the bathroom design.
Consider putting two or three grab bars inside the shower stall and bathtub, and install one just outside the tub and shower. Mount one grab bar beside the toilet. If you’re installing the grab bars yourself, be certain to follow the installation instructions, and only use the recommended mounting hardware.
INCLUDE ADDITIONAL STORAGE FOR YOUR NEW BATHROOM
Remodeling your bathroom is the perfect opportunity time to add storage space to your new bathroom. Storage is especially important if the bathroom is being occupied by multiple occupants.
If you’re removing walls to enlarge the overall size of the original bathroom, make room for a linen closet. It doesn’t need to be very big, even a 24-inch-deep x 32-inch-wide closet will provide plenty of space for towels, bath mats, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Just be sure the swing of the closet door doesn’t interfere with the bathroom’s entry or shower door.
Also, consider replacing a one-sink vanity with a double-sink vanity if the space in the bathroom allows. You’ll not only gain a second sink, but a much larger storage cabinet. Switch out a wall mirror with a mirrored bath cabinet and you’ll have a convenient place to store small items, such as makeup and medications. Or if you want to take it another level, include an LED mirror that lights up the mirror when you walk inside the bathroom. Another way to increase bathroom storage, install wall-mounted shelves or purchase a freestanding bath cabinet or shelving unit. Securely fasten any freestanding cabinet or shelving unit to the wall to prevent it from fall over.
ALWAYS IMPROVE LIGHTING IN BATHROOM
Installing the proper lighting will make your new bathroom much more attractive and welcoming. However, most important reason to improve the lighting is to create a safer bathroom. Low Lighting and Dimly lit will increase the chance of someone tripping and falling, especially the elderly, young children and those with limited mobility.
Every bath should have two types of lighting: ambient and task. Ambient lighting provides general overall illumination for the entire room. This is usually provided by ceiling lights, such as flush-mounted fixtures and/or recessed lights.
Task lighting, as its name implies, delivers precise illumination for specific tasks, such as applying makeup, shaving and personal grooming. Task lighting is often created by wall-mounted sconce lights, recessed fixtures or lights installed over or beside a mirrored bath cabinet.
For further advice on bath lighting, head to your local home improvement store or a lighting designer.
IMPROVE VENTILATION SYSTEM
No room in the house needs an effective ventilation system more than a bathroom. A ceiling-mounted vent fan or a combination vent fan/light fixture is the best way to exhaust steam, hot air and unpleasant odors. (Wall-mount vent fans are also available, but not nearly as popular.) Most cities will require a ventilation system for the bathroom, to keep the humidity out of bathroom.
Proper ventilation can also prevent condensation from forming on floors, making them less slippery. It also helps towels to dry faster so they don’t get musty-smelling. And it deters the growth of mold and mildew. Upgrading the ventilation system is a relatively easy to do during the remodeling process. Just be sure to consult with the electrician early on in the design process but you DIY.
When shopping for a vent fan, always check its airflow rating, which is measured in cubic feet of air exhausted per minute (CFM). A bath fan should have a rating equal to one CFM for each square foot of floor space. In other words, if your bathroom is 50 square feet or smaller in size, you need a 50-CFM fan. Keep in mind that very spacious baths will likely require more than one vent fan. Always check with your electrician before purchasing and installing.
Last thing, If you’d like to put a vent fan in a shower stall or directly above a bathtub, be 100 percent sure that it’s rated for such wet, steamy conditions. And, of course, bath vent fans must exhaust to the outdoors, never into an attic, basement or other enclosed area.