Remodeling your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home. But even before you start taking measurements for your open shower, or choosing a room theme, you need to know the right steps to remodel a bathroom. If you have no idea where to begin, this guide is for you!
Collect Bathroom Makeover Ideas and Design
Before anything else, start with ideas that inspire you. You can ask yourself, “What does my ideal bathroom look like?” It doesn’t have to be highly-detailed. Houzz.com or Pinterest are great places to start your search for inspiration.
Here are some bathroom remodeling ideas to think about:
Color Scheme: What is your favorite color? Do you want to achieve a certain bathroom theme? Collecting color scheme ideas will help you visualize what your dream bathroom looks like.
New Fixtures: What are you replacing? Is it your tub or shower? Do you need a new sink? And, are you replacing all of your fixtures, or do you only need a few upgrades?
Storage Spaces: Storage is essential. This is where you’ll keep your toiletries and other bathroom essentials. But when coming up with ideas, aesthetics and functionality should go hand-in-hand.
Set the Budget
Setting the budget is one of the trickiest parts of the remodeling process. It’s not usually a good idea to rely on average bathroom remodel costs that you find online. The total cost will depend on two primary things: your specific needs and the remodeling challenges of your existing bathroom.
Remodeling is not an inexpensive or convenient process. That is why we recommend you plan to live in your newly remodeled space for at least 2 years before moving on. This way the investment you make is realized every one of those 730 days. That is your immediate ROI (return on investment).
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Create a Timeline
Not all bathroom remodels are the same. So, you’ll have to figure out what you need to add or replace in your bathroom. For reference, here’s a simple step-by-step process to remodel a bathroom.
- Submit plans and acquire permits
- Demolish bathroom & fixtures
- Install new shower/tub, plumbing in walls
- Electrical in walls and ceiling
- Install wall and ceiling surfaces
- Install tile
- Install wood mouldings
- Complete painting
- Install new cabinets
- Install countertops
- Finish hooking up the plumbing
- Add the finishing touches
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Buy Your Remodeling Supplies and Tools
Now, let’s go shopping! For home improvement tools, equipment and materials, you basically have two options: buying online or big box stores.
When buying online, make sure that you’re buying from a trusted shop. Take note of your exact measurements, and, before checkout, take a look at the delivery date. This will help you settle your expectations as far as when to plan for the project’s start date.
If you don’t want to rely on online sellers, just visit big box stores like Lowes or Home Depot. They probably have walk-in displays of everything you need. Plus, you get to test everything before deciding to buy!
Work with a Contractor
Of course, you can’t do all the work on your own, but you can imagine your dream space, then let the pros do the work for you.
Being your own project manager can save you a lot of money, but you have to be careful in hiring your trade contractors. Make sure they’re bonded, licensed and insured. While it’s best to work with someone who has the skills, know-how and expertise to get the job done right it is not easy to be sure when interviewing contractors.
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Successful Bathroom Remodeling
Does this seem overwhelming for you? Gordon Reese Design Build is here to help. We’re a team of professionals who can provide the best expert advice, ensuring that the project runs smoothly from start to finish. Contact us at 925.261.7257 to get started.