Don’t we get really fascinated with those home remodeling shows, where they take the worst possibly looking room and make it into a trendy, one of a kind, amazingly designed space? Yes, from your TV it all sounds so simple and easy, that you really think you should try it out in your own home. However, most of us know from personal experience, that many DIY projects we take on are doomed to fail without proper planning. Bathroom remodeling projects are probably the most demanding and stressful of all interior design activities. Your bathroom is an intimate, private space crucial in your daily life; therefore it must look pristine, for you and your visitors. In order to get the desired look you want, the first and probably most important step is planning.
You must first decide on how you want your bathroom to look. Talking to your contractor or an interior design expert is probably the wisest decision, although it may be costly. Browsing around blogs and DIY sites is probably a good idea if you are on a budget. Once you have a clear idea in your mind, draw it, sketch it, or even render it on your laptop; you need a physical guideline to make sure you are on the right track. Part of this step is taking measurements. Make sure you are measuring right (it’s probably better if your contractor does this). As well, make sure you have selected your bath fixtures before starting the project. Your contractor must know the type of shower hardware you will use or the size and height of the bathroom vanities you have selected, so he can work accordingly and install them appropriately. Failing to select materials prior to remodeling can significantly increase your expenditure and the time spent on the project.
Most importantly, make sure you have made the right choice for your contractor. If you already have a contractor you have worked with in the past and know his/her work, then it’s easier to work with people you have had good experiences with. If not, then interview a few, make some investigation locally, explain your project and get bids. Make sure the contractor is certified and ask for credentials. This will make the job easier and you will avoid any legal and financial issues. Furthermore, make sure you don’t make your choice based on price only. Make sure the contractor you have selected has experience and is able to deliver what you ask.
With all this in mind, prepare your complete budget. Be sure you include all materials, and always be on the lookout for discounts and deals. Since your vanity might be the biggest investment you will make, it’s probably better if you seek bathroom vanities on sale to save some of your investment. Once this is complete, find out the best way you can pay for it. Usually, taking out a loan can be better than putting it all on your credit card. Ensure that you or your contractor have full insurance coverage in the case of major plumbing disasters or other.
Another element to consider when planning your projects is the order of rooms you will be working on (if you are working on more than one space). In the case of bathrooms, make sure you work on one area at a time; problems with your plumbing may arise if you work on several parts of the house at the same time. Plus, if you have a big family, having all of them using just one bathroom can create serious chaos!
Finally, make sure to go through your house’s blueprints. Your contractor needs to have a general idea about how your house is built and know about any structural problems your building might face. Now you know the basics, you can start to make life a little bit easier with your bathroom remodeling project.