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Can I remodel my bathroom?

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    When faced with the prospect of tackling a bathroom remodelling job, even seasoned do-it-yourselfers gulp and take a deep breath. No other project, with the possible exception of building a kitchen, requires as many different systems and as many different skills. Performing plumbing, electrical, and tiling work in a bathroom remodel requires a high level of expertise in each of these areas.

    In addition to this, the working conditions are cramped and intense, and every square foot is important. And then there are the frequent surprises, such as when you find rotting subfloor and joists beneath a leaky shower or cast iron plumbing stacks that have rusted to the point where they are crumbling. These are just two examples. And finally, there is the pressure of the limited amount of time. Because a bathroom is such an important room, a do-it-yourselfer will feel significant pressure to complete the renovation of the space as quickly as possible so that it can be used again.

    The most obvious solution is to bring in outside help, whether that be in the form of employing a general contractor (GC) to manage the entirety of the project or in the form of hiring and managing your own subcontractors for each phase of the process. The professionals will complete the task successfully and almost certainly will do so in a shorter amount of time than you can.

    However, there is one real reason, and it is a very important one, why you wouldn't hire professionals to handle the job of remodelling your bathroom, and that reason is money.

    Bringing new life into your home can be as simple as giving the bathroom a facelift. But before you start taking measurements for an open shower, you should take the time to plan out your bathroom renovation step-by-step, so that you know exactly what you are getting into. This will allow you to make better decisions throughout the process.

    When compared to other home improvement projects, bathroom additions and remodels offer one of the highest returns on investment. When looking for a new home, prospective buyers focus on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms rather than the kitchen or the laundry room.

    When planning a bathroom remodel, it is important to factor in the cost of new plumbing, a new bathtub, a new toilet, new flooring, new paint, a new sink and sink basin, and other upgrades, as these costs can quickly add up. It is difficult not to want to do this work yourself, even though you are aware that you will make all of this money back when the deal is closed. Check out our extensive range of home designs at Hitch Property Constructions.

    Do It Yourself vs. Professional Bathroom Remodeling

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    Costs

    The feeling of accomplishment that comes with a job well done is a topic that frequently comes up in conversations about do-it-yourself projects. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that the primary motivation for people to undertake home improvements on their own is the desire to cut costs. If you hire a general contractor to completely remodel your bathroom, the project could easily run you twenty thousand dollars or more. If a general average of $250 per square foot is used to compute the costs of hiring a contractor, then the total amount paid for the completion of a large bathroom that is 150 square feet can come close to $40,000. If you choose your fixtures carefully while keeping an eye on the budget, a full remodel of the same bathroom that you do yourself could cost $75 per square foot, which would amount to $11,000 in total.

    In most cases, the overall cost of remodelling a bathroom will be less than half of what it would be to hire a general contractor to do the work. You will, in essence, be responsible for the full cost of the materials, but you will avoid the cost of labour. With those savings, you could buy quite a few bottles of shampoo.

    The luxury of convenience, of course, is what it offers, and it's a perk that might be worth paying for. In this context, luxury does not refer to a bathroom designed like a day spa or tiled in Tuscan style; rather, it refers to the privilege of having someone else do the heavy lifting while you keep your hands clean. There is value in hiring skilled professionals to complete the work for you because they can do it faster and possibly better than you can on your own.

    The fact of the matter is that the majority of do-it-yourselfers with at least some level of experience are capable of performing at least the surface remodelling of a bathroom, particularly if they make use of the same contractor-grade materials that professionals rely on. But should you try to complete it on your own? This is a different question, and in order to find the answer, you will need to examine each of the individual factors that go into a significant bathroom remodelling project.

    Time

    DIYers typically take a lot more time to complete the work than professionals do, which is a harsh reality that must be weighed against the potential financial benefits of doing the work yourself. Hiring professionals can save you a significant amount of time, even weeks or months of work time in some cases. It might take a busy homeowner six months to painstakingly remodel their spare bathroom if they are trying to fit remodelling work into their already hectic schedule. On the other hand, a contractor and his team can transform the same bathroom into its finished form in a matter of a few weeks.

    As you watch experienced contractors completely transform your bathroom, your head is going to start to spin. You do not take a shower first thing in the morning. The workers arrive, and you proceed to the next step in the process. You come home. A shower is starting up right now.

    The bottom line is that if you only have one bathroom, you absolutely need to hire professionals. The do-it-yourself option is more practical if you have access to a second bathroom and have the financial flexibility to go without one of them for some time.

    Framing

    Building walls, enclosing alcoves for the shower or bathtub, and installing insulation and vapour barriers are all relatively straightforward carpentry projects that require only fundamental skills. Even though the vast majority of do-it-yourselfers are perfectly capable of completing this work, it does require paying careful attention to the specifications of your fixtures and cabinetry. When it comes to the work on the frame, precision is extremely important.

    In a nutshell, you should give it a shot if you know what you're doing with a hammer.

    Plumbing and Wiring Rough-In

    The mechanical systems in a bathroom are subject to all kinds of rules and regulations, and professional plumbers, electricians, and HVAC contractors deal with these issues every day and will know the particulars of local code requirements. It is recommended that you hire professionals to complete the plumbing, wiring, and HVAC rough-in work unless you have extensive experience working on residential plumbing and electrical systems.

    In nutshell, even experienced do-it-yourselfers frequently outsource significant plumbing and wiring work to professionals. You shouldn't attempt this unless you are very sure of yourself.

    Flooring

    Installing flooring in a bathroom can be done by a do-it-yourselfer with only moderate difficulty, especially for certain types of flooring. There is no benefit to hiring professionals to instal easy-to-install coverings like luxury vinyl planks, for example, which can be done in an evening by a do-it-yourselfer who has carefully studied the techniques involved in the process. Because the material is so simple to put in, it is almost unthinkable to employ a professional to put in luxury vinyl flooring.

    Even though installing ceramic and porcelain tile is typically a job for professionals, there is no reason why you can't do it yourself in a bathroom, which typically has a smaller footprint than other rooms in the house. It won't take you very long to learn the fundamentals of installing tiles, and you can easily tile the floor of a bathroom that's about average size in just one weekend.

    In a nutshell, the majority of do-it-yourselfers will find that the installation of their flooring is not only simple but also gratifying.

    Wall Surfaces

    Professional drywallers will almost always be able to produce bathroom walls that are flawless, provided that they are worth their weight. Even the most careful homeowner will eventually come across irregularities that either need to be conveniently ignored or covered up.

    It is not all that different from hanging traditional drywall in other parts of the house to instal moisture-resistant green board in bathrooms because of its ability to resist moisture. Mudding and sanding to a smooth finish are the things that differentiate a homeowner from a drywall contractor who does this kind of work on a daily basis. If you are willing to buy something that has flaws, hanging and finishing your own picture can save you a little bit of money.

    In conclusion, hiring professionals to hang, tape, and mud your drywall may be money well spent considering the relatively low cost of the service. However, do-it-yourselfers are also capable of completing this work, which will result in a cost savings. Looking for home renovations Melbourne? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions has you covered. 

    Cabinets and Countertops

    The installation of cabinets and countertops by trained professionals offers a number of benefits, the most obvious of which is convenience. Cabinets can be navigated into place by a professional crew of two or three workers, who can then mount them in a much more efficient and straightforward manner than you can.

    However, bathrooms typically do not have a lot of cabinetry, and the length of the countertops is typically quite limited. It's likely that you'll be purchasing a bathroom vanity unit in a predetermined width that's simple enough for you to move all by yourself if you're outfitting a bathroom with limited space. The installation of many countertops is simplified by the fact that they come paired with vanity unit tops.

    In a nutshell, home owners can accomplish this task on their own. Homeowners won't see much benefit from hiring professionals to instal their cabinets and countertops, with the exception of particularly large bathrooms. Check out our extensive range of home designs at Hitch Property Constructions.

    Shower/Tub Installation

    When you're building up your shower pan and covering the walls with tile, installing a shower can be a challenging project. Although it is possible to complete this step on your own, the vast majority of people will instead choose to hire professionals. However, do-it-yourselfers might find it easier to instal a shower stall that has already been prefabricated.

    It is possible to achieve satisfactory results by refinishing your bathtub or shower on your own. If you hire a glazing company, you will end up with a better finish, and the main reason for this is that the companies perform better prep work.

    In a nutshell, this is typically difficult work that is better off contracted out to professionals. If they want to succeed, do-it-yourselfers will need a lot of patience and a lot of help.

    Sink and Faucet Installation

    Installation of a bathroom sink can be simplified if the supply pipes already run to the location of the sink, and if a drain pipe is already in place. It is not necessary to hire a plumber to instal your sink. You can do it yourself. However, if the installation requires moving plumbing lines, you should consult a plumber before proceeding. If your project required a plumber to perform significant rough-in work, he or she may include a return visit as part of their bid service to complete any necessary final hookups.

    In a nutshell, you can do it yourself if you already have the plumbing lines, but you should hire someone else if you don't.

    Toilet Installation

    While they may be cumbersome and heavy, installing a toilet is actually quite simple. There is no reason why you cannot instal the toilet on your own, unless you are already having a plumber instal the other faucets and fixtures in the bathroom. Do-it-yourself project, unless a plumber is already working on other hookups at the same time.

    Painting and Trim

    Painting and installing trim is one of those home improvement tasks that even homeowners who are hesitant to do-it-yourself for most of the other tasks associated with remodelling can tackle. It makes sense to hire painting contractors for large spaces, but this is not the case for the small wall spaces found in bathrooms. Hardware, mirrors, and various other trim pieces can all be installed by yourself with relatively little effort.

    In the end, hiring a painting company to paint your bathroom or a trim carpenter to hang mirrors and instal towel bars will not result in a significant improvement to the space. Take care of it yourself.

    Steps to Remodel a Bathroom

    Remove or Demolish Bathroom Fixtures

    Assuming that you are remodelling your bathroom in some way, this is where you will begin the process of removing the drywall and any fixtures that are going to be replaced. You shouldn't have too much trouble remodelling your bathroom on your own, but there are a few steps you should take to ensure you don't make any mistakes during the demolition phase that could end up costing you a lot of money.

    Tips for Gutting a Bathroom:

    • To begin, ensure that there will not be any unpleasant leaks by first draining and then removing the toilet.
    • Next, if you are removing your bathtub, cover it up and begin removing the bathroom tile down to the studs. If you are not removing your bathtub, skip this step. This is essential in order to rework the plumbing so that it can accommodate the new shower or tub design you have chosen.
    • If it's necessary, take the insulation out of the walls in your home. Insulation should never be struck with a hammer; rather, a reciprocating saw should be used to cut out the panels. It is required that you wear protective gear, including a face mask, gloves, and goggles.
    • Last but not least, take out any fixtures such as cabinets, vanities, mirrors, floor tiles, and anything else that will be replaced. When removing tile flooring, it is recommended that the baseboards be removed as well and then reinstalled at a later time.

    Tip for Bathroom Remodeling: If you rent a dumpster for your demolition debris, you can dispose of everything at once rather than spending hours driving to and from the local dump. This will cut the amount of time it takes you to complete the project by several hours.

    Install Your New Shower or Tub Basin

    After you have finished gutting your bathroom, it is time to instal your new fixtures. If you are replacing your shower or tub, you will need to select a pan or basin that complements the new design of your bathroom and fits the space where your old tub was located.

    Shower Remodeling Design Choices

    In terms of shapes, you generally have a choice between the following three options:

    • Rectangular
    • Square
    • Pentangle (base with one corner cut off)

    The layout of your bathroom will be determined by the base shape that you select; therefore, before making your decision, you should ensure that you have taken into account all of the other aspects of your bathroom, including the placement of the door. If you have the room for it, another option to think about is installing a combination shower and bathtub in your bathroom.

    Before installing your new shower, you should replace the subfloor if there are any indications of rotted wood or water damage on the subfloor. This will prevent any further damage from occuring.

    A walk-in shower conversion is a stylish update that also saves space that can be made in any home as part of a bathroom remodelling project. Check out this guide to a do-it-yourself walk-in shower conversion if you're planning to replace your bathtub with a shower as part of your bathroom renovation project.

    Install New Fixtures and Features

    Now that the shower is no longer in the way, you can begin installing the new vanity and cabinets in the bathroom. If their dimensions are larger or smaller than your existing ones, you will need to make some additional adjustments to the wiring in your bathroom as part of the renovation process.

    The majority of the time, this will require repositioning the ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and any other power outlets so that they are in line with your newly installed vanity and cabinets. You don't want to be forced to stretch down next to the toilet to plug in your hairdryer, do you? If you have no prior experience working with home wiring, it is strongly recommended that you hire an electrician to assist you with this step.

    Lay Down Your New Floor Tiles

    Changing the floor tiles in a bathroom is an essential part of any do-it-yourself renovation project. Use a mason's chalk line to mark reference lines perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to the wall with the longest continuous line before you begin grinding away at the grouting. Because of this, it will be possible for you to keep your tiles aligned in a straight line, which will allow you to avoid the dreaded crooked tiling job.

    Hang New Drywall and Start Painting

    The redesign of your bathroom is beginning to take form at this point. The installation of your new drywall is the next step to take. Due to the fact that new drywall needs to be cut to fit around your vanity and any other features, this can be a time-consuming process. However, once you begin nailing the boards into place, you should be able to move relatively quickly.

    Important do-it-yourself bathroom remodelling tips to keep in mind during this step:

    • You can cover seams and fill in gaps by using drywall mud and tape respectively.
    • Instead of drywall, you should use cement board for the walls of the shower or tub.
    • To protect the cement board from water damage, a waterproofing membrane such as Redgard or another type should be applied to it.

    After you have reassembled the walls in your bathroom, you can start thinking about adding some colour to the space. Painting is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to give the bathroom a brand new look while also giving it a more contemporary feel. It is recommended that you use paint that has a finish that is resistant to mould and mildew and has a semi-gloss appearance.

    A helpful hint for those who are remodelling their bathrooms is that if you want to redo the tiles in the shower and tub area, you should start working on those tiles while you are working on the walls. When it comes to tiling the shower in your bathroom, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

    Install Your New Vanity and Cabinets

    It is time to instal the vanity, cabinets, and anything else that is on the punch list for your bathroom remodel after you have finished taking care of the walls and completing the installation of any new lights.

    Installing the vanity, including the sink and the faucet, should be the first thing on your to-do list. When you have finished attaching the drain to the faucet, you can move on to the installation of the other necessities, such as the mirror, cabinets, and the trim that surrounds the shower or tub.

    Finish Hooking Up the Plumbing

    Your bathroom is starting to take the form of a bathroom at this stage of the process, with the exception of one thing: the toilet. You could instal or reinstall your toilet earlier in the process; however, leaving it for the very end of the process helps avoid chipping it while working on other parts of the bathroom at the same time.

    At first, everyone gets excited about a renovation project, but as the work gets harder and the hours get longer, most people start to lose their enthusiasm. You run the risk of exhaustion if you start rushing things because you're so excited to see the room when it's finished. Instead, move at a consistent pace at the beginning, and then slow down towards the end so that you can be certain that everything is completed accurately. The patient person is rewarded.

    DIY bathroom remodelling: Well worth the effort!

    You do not need to go through the trouble of demolishing everything in your bathroom and starting over from scratch in order to make it look and feel brand new. A straightforward replacement of the toilet, fixtures, and baseboard; a comprehensive paint job; and updating the floor, walls, grout, and vanity are all low-cost ways to make the bathroom appear to have been remodelled without having to pay for the services of a professional.

    If you want to keep costs down, you should steer clear of labor-intensive projects like installing new tiles or replacing the shower. This will allow you to get more value out of the projects you do decide to work on. It is possible to completely renovate a bathroom on a fraction of the typical cost if you are willing to put in the necessary amount of preparation work and exercise some patience.

    FAQs About Bathroom Renovation

    When you are designing a new bathroom, the first thing you should do is determine the layout that will work best for the space. The placement of the toilet should be your first consideration. Determine where the soil pipe enters the room at the moment, as well as where it will enter the room in the future. This should help you determine the best location for the bathroom; once you have that figured out, you can work around it.

    It has been estimated that installing your own bathroom fixtures and accessories can save you up to 70 percent of the total cost. You need to have faith in yourself that you can complete the task successfully. The removal of the outdated tiles and sanitary ware is a task that the vast majority of people are capable of completing on their own.

    The answer to this question is highly dependent on the scope of the project at hand; it can take anywhere from three to four weeks to remodel a bathroom. The completion of larger remodelling projects can take anywhere from four to six weeks, but in general, you should be prepared for the majority of remodelling projects to take at least one month.

    If at all possible, you should try to avoid having the toilet be the first thing you see when you enter your bathroom. If at all possible, you should position the toilet and the shower so that they are not visible from any of the entry points into the bathroom. Someone should put the sink in a separate room so that two people can get ready at the same time even though one person is in the shower.

    If you have the luxury of not needing to use the bathtub at all, you should tile the bathroom before installing the bathtub. It is much simpler, and there is a lower possibility of the bathtub being damaged. After everything else is in place, you should just tile the final row of tiles next to the bathtub.

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