Planning a Bathroom Renovation

When you wish to make bathroom renovations, such as the installation of double bathroom vanities, learning more about the process can help you plan the renovations properly and make the remodel a success.

Why Are You Renovating?
Your reasons for renovating the bathroom can help you determine which products to purchase and how much money to allocate toward the changes. If you are remodeling to increase the value of your home prior to putting it on the market, you should focus on items and changes that appeal to a variety of people rather than your personal taste. A bright blue bathtub may appeal to you, but a white one is more likely to match the tastes of prospective buyers.

If you are renovating to make the room more accessible or comfortable, consider which items have the greatest priority. A total overhaul can become a costly endeavor. If you prioritize certain renovations, you can make the most important ones first and gradually make other changes as your budget allows. For example, if you need to make the shower area more accessible for an aging parent but also want to redo the wallpaper, you may want to purchase a walk-in bathtub before overwhelming yourself with wallpaper options and supplies. Walk in bathtubs are useful additions to bathroom space and can be paired with a shower curtain that suits your taste.

Minimizing the Mess
Focusing on the large and more expensive items first also helps you minimize the mess. It’s much easier to remove and replace all the fixtures first than it is to work on them after you make cosmetic changes to the walls. When dealing with plumbing, you are likely to encounter lots of dampness, and there is also the possibility of encountering mold and mildew. Getting this out of the way from the beginning will make the rest of your renovations easier and less stressful.

Choosing a Contractor
There are lots of questions you should ask before selecting a contractor. You want to be sure that you and your contractor are on the same page regarding your renovations before any work begins. Interview the local contractors. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Depending on your schedule and ideal timeframe for the work to be completed, you may also need to discuss the contractors’ schedules. Without knowing their schedules before work begins, you could end up dealing with a dismantled bathroom for far longer than you had hoped or planned.

Discuss costs and warranties or guarantees as well. You may find a large price difference in the estimates provided by different contractors. Cheaper is not always better, however, so ask for detailed estimates. Some contractors may have connections for better prices on fixtures, whereas others may offer low labor rates because of inexperience.

Making It a Hassle-Free Experience
The bathroom is one of the most important and most frequently used rooms in the house. Prior to starting the renovations, make plans for managing your daily routine without having access to that room. If you have two bathrooms in your home, there is no need for this. However, if you have only one, you may want to make arrangements to spend a few days elsewhere.

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Miguel Salcido is an avid blogger, father of 2, and recent proud homeowner. He loves studying architecture, home design and decor and plans to one day buy a modern house plan to build his dream home.