Remodeling any room in your house seems daunting, but in a spot like the bathroom — where you have to worry about electrical and plumbing — it can be especially stressful. Not to mention, if you only have one bathroom in the house, it’s inconvenient for it to be out of order for a long period of time.
But if you have a well-made plan, redoing a bathroom can go smoothly and might actually be fun! Follow these suggestions to make your bathroom remodel as quick and painless as possible.
Before diving in and ripping up flooring, create a plan of attack. You should have a vision for what look you want for your bathroom when it’s done, and you should know how to accomplish it. Research the best DIY methods for the jobs you’re tackling — but don’t be afraid to call a professional if a task is above your skill level. Gather all necessary supplies beforehand so you don’t have to pause in the middle of a job.
One thing at a time
Tackling everything all at once is inefficient and disorganized. Start on one part of the bathroom and wait until it’s completed to start on another. Focus on the shower first, then move to the cabinets, then the toilet, etc. Painting and decorating should be some of the last steps.
Built to last
It’s pointless to spend time and effort installing bathroom features that will break or wear down in a year or two. Spend your hard-earned money on fixtures that are built to withstand a bathroom environment. Avoid cheap plastic fixtures that don’t last long — instead, invest in durable metal hardware. Secure screws or bolts in place with metal washers to keep them from loosening over time.
If you’re remodeling on a budget, you can still create your dream bathroom without spending a fortune. Simple changes like installing new hardware or updating the storage methods take little time or money, but make a big impact on the overall look. And, instead of decking the whole room out in tile, add a few tile accents here and there for an understated effect.
Consider eco-friendly bathroom updates when remodeling. They’re not only good for the environment, they’re good for your wallet and can save energy and money in the long run. Investing in low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets is an effective way to conserve water. But green remodeling can be as simple as buying used products or improving features already in your bathroom instead of purchasing new ones.
To get the most out of your bathroom renovation, update it so that it will increase the value of your home. Trendy modifications are good, but classic additions like wood cabinets, tile floors and a walk-in shower will stand the test of time. And if you live in an area with a booming housing market, your investment is likely to earn you over 100 percent of the cost of renovation.
Remodeling a bathroom takes a lot of planning, hard work and dedication, but the investment and accomplishment of a job well done are worth the effort.