You've apparently been bitten by the do-it-yourself bug and are motivated to take on the challenge of renovating your bathroom because the new year has started. You've got this under control, and you can be sure that you're going to make the best choice when it comes to renovating your bathroom so that it can add more value to your home. Plus, if you're doing this on a budget, you're adding even more value to your pocket by cutting down on the expenses of renovation by doing the majority of the work yourself: you thrifty homeowner, you. This adds even more value to the fact that you're doing this.
However, before you get started, there are some questions you'll want to think about, as the answers to these can make life much simpler for everyone involved. And when you're finished and you're sitting in the calm and serenity of your brand-new (well, kind of new) bathroom, you'll be thankful that you did it.
As a contractor specialising in bathroom remodelling, we are aware of how much you cherish your home and are motivated to give it the makeover that will improve both its appearance and its functionality. During your interior remodel, our in-house design team will be able to assist you in the creation of a space that will add value to your home. Therefore, before starting any kind of bathroom renovation, here are a few things to think about first.
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What's your mould protection plan?
Mold-proofing your bathroom can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but in order to expedite the process, you should have all of the necessary materials organised and ready to go before you start. After you have reduced your bathroom to its most fundamental components, it is time to begin the process of rebuilding it from the ground up. If your bathroom is prone to mould growth, it may be worthwhile to investigate the various options available for mould protection. For instance, blue board is a type of drywall that is resistant to mould growth and only costs a few extra dollars than regular drywall.
Don't forget the fan.
Although it might not seem like a big deal at first, consider the amount of moisture that is produced on a daily basis in your bathroom but is confined to such a small space. In order to maintain optimal air quality and prevent the growth of mould in your bathroom, you absolutely need to instal a fan. But which one should you pick up instead? If you choose to have a separate fan and light, the total cost of your project will be lower, but it will be more difficult to replace either component. If you choose to go with a fan that combines both functions, it will cost you more money, but it will be the option that provides you with the most convenience.
What kind of budget do you need for professional services?
In the process of remodelling your bathroom, you can do a lot of the work on your own, but if you work with the plumbing or electricity in any way, you will need to hire a professional. During a remodel, you will have the perfect opportunity to evaluate how well your current bathroom meets your needs, reposition outlets to be more accessible, and replace inefficient plumbing fixtures with newer, more energy-efficient models.
Does the layout of the bathroom work for you?
It might be simpler than you think to give your bathroom's layout a facelift without making too many structural alterations to the room itself. For instance, removing a linen closet and installing new cabinets in its place is a simple solution that could be considered. It is a significant adjustment, but it does not involve the additional cost of moving to plumb.
And since we are being realistic about the function of a bathroom, let's not forget the insignificant details, such as where the holder for the toilet paper will be placed. If you give some thought to how traffic will move through your bathroom, you can steer clear of any unpleasant surprises further down the road.
Do you have what it takes to do a tiled shower?
You are going to need to do some research if you are thinking about switching out your drop-in shower for a tiled one in the near future. Showers that have muted tiles present a real challenge when it comes to waterproofing, as the tiles tend to trap water. Due to the fact that there are many steps involved, research and preparation are essential.
Do you want to spend the money on a shower door?
Keep in mind that because glass shower doors are standard-sized, you can always add one later if you desire a fancy-schmancy glass shower door but don't have the budget for it right now or want to relocate those funds for other important things, such as a heated toilet seat. If this is the case, you should keep in mind that you can always add one later. For the time being, while you are saving up for a shower door, you should continue to use a colourful shower curtain.
Don't tiptoe around the tile.
What size tile would you like to purchase? Because they are less forgiving, larger tiles are more difficult to lay down, but they allow you to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. However, because they are also more slippery, you will need to instal smaller tiles with larger grout areas inside the shower in order to give your feet something to hold onto. If you don't want rugs on your floor, mosaic tiles can provide anti-slip protection in the same way that rugs would.
What do you want to do with your cabinets?
Before you put the finishing touches on your do-it-yourself bathroom remodel, you will need to make a decision regarding the cabinets. First things first, perform a careful inspection of the interior of each cabinet to look for signs of water damage. If you need to replace the entire cabinet, you will need to decide whether you want to have a custom bathroom cabinet made to fit a piece of pre-cut countertop or whether you want to have a countertop cut to fit your cabinet. If you need to replace the entire cabinet, you will need to decide which option you prefer.
If, on the other hand, your cabinets have not been harmed by water, it may be more practical to repurpose your vanity by sanding down the cabinets and painting them with a paint made with latex or oil.
Can you reuse older bathroom fixtures?
Even though you might be tempted to get rid of all of the older bathroom fixtures, like that cream-colored toilet, it might be worth your time (and money) to think about whether or not you can incorporate a cream-colored bathroom scheme into your design. You don't need to go out and buy all new home appliances if you just update certain components to ones that are a lighter shade of almond or cream, like a toilet. This will help you blend the old with the new. That is one impressive example of do-it-yourself remodelling work.
Consider Your Materials and Costs
Before beginning any major renovations, it is important to consider your motivation, such as the amount of money you are willing to spend, the expected return on investment you want, the quality of the materials you will use, the size of your bathroom, and whether or not you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor.
The return on investment you get from remodelling your bathroom is affected by a number of factors, but the factor that has the greatest impact is the reason you decided to remodel the bathroom in the first place.
For instance, if you intend to remain in your house for the foreseeable future, then the renovations you're making are for your own personal use. If this is the case, the return on investment you will obtain will not be monetary but rather emotional because it will improve the quality of your lifestyle. Spending money on materials that you love and appreciate is the best way to get a return investment like this. For example, you could buy a new shower that has rainfall and massaging showerheads, or you could buy a freestanding tub.
Consider Building a Shower
You shouldn't be afraid to give yourself the gift of a relaxing shower every once in a while. Replace the tub with a perfect walk-in shower if you don't like taking baths, lack space for a tub, or just don't like taking baths at all. Simply removing your bulky bathtub from bathrooms that are either small or have low ceilings will make the space feel more open and beautiful.
In addition, if you choose a layout that features a frameless glass door, your bathroom will give the impression of having more natural light and space because there won't be any obstructions to the view. This is the perfect solution for restrooms that are devoid of any natural light.
You should also consider purchasing a fantastic shower head, as this will be the deciding factor in determining whether or not you have a good shower or a fantastic one. Because you wouldn't have to reroute the plumbing in order to do so, converting your bathtub to a shower would also be an economical choice.
Consider Beautiful Surfaces
The selection of beautiful surface materials is a step in the process of remodelling your bathroom that can be very exciting. The vanity countertops, the hardware, the wall tiles, and the floor tiles in your bathroom can all have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the space.
Choosing a wall or floor tile that makes a statement, or a vanity that makes a statement, is the simplest way to make a statement. The overall design of your bathroom can benefit from the addition of an attention-grabbing and one-of-a-kind contrast that a statement vanity can provide. On the other hand, installing daring tile in an otherwise all-white bathroom will make the space feel less clinical and more up to date.
Splurge on luxurious surfaces like Calacatta marble or add a dash of chic colour to your space. Creating an atmosphere of luxurious design in any room of your home can be as simple as selecting the appropriate surfaces for the bathroom.
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Consider the Perfect Toilet
Choosing the ideal toilet for your undertaking is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your project; however, selecting an appropriate toilet is just as important as selecting any other component of your remodel. Fight off the urge to take shortcuts in this particular aspect of the project. This will help avoid regrets as well as additional costs further down the road.
The two-piece toilet, which consists of a seat and tank that are both situated on their own, is the most typical option. There will be a seam between the tank and the seat even though they are designed to be joined together. After some time has passed, the seam may become a spot that is difficult to clean. Two-piece toilets are not only more convenient in terms of transportation and installation, but they are also less expensive.
One-piece toilets, on the other hand, have a tendency to be more luxurious and expensive. Similar to how prices, styles, and quality can vary from one another. One-piece toilets are not only more hygienic because they have fewer crevices in which germs can hide, but they also look more modern and upscale.
Consider Upgrading Your Bathroom Lighting
The lighting in any room, but especially in the bathroom, is what creates the atmosphere there. When it comes to the design of the lighting in your bathroom, you will have a lot of options. When you go shopping, you'll notice that prices, styles, layouts, and sizes all differ from one another.
A wall sconce or a fixture that is mounted to the wall are the two most typical types of light sources. You do, however, have a lot of options to pick from, such as lights that hang from the ceiling, lights that are attached to the mirror, or hanging lamps. There is an almost infinite number of options, but each one will give your bathroom a fresh atmosphere.
It is possible to maintain both your timeline and your budget while still creating a stunning new bathroom space when you remodel. When remodelling your bathroom, use our checklist of things to take into consideration.
Drain pipes in residential plumbing systems are typically 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You wouldn't believe the amount of gunk and hair that goes down that drain. If the drain is larger, there is less of a chance that it will become clogged. Increasing the size of the drain in your shower to 2 inches is something you should think about doing unless the framing of your bathroom doesn't allow for it. The price difference to upgrade to a 2-inch drain is practically insignificant.
In addition, it is imperative that the water supply lines in your home not be routed through any exterior walls if you live in an area that experiences winter temperatures that fall below freezing.
If you want to make the room brighter, you should think about installing recessed light fixtures throughout the ceiling. Installing one or two in your shower requires the installation of the appropriate shower trim. Installing a dimmer switch will allow you to alter the ambience of your bathroom to suit your needs. You need to give some thought to how you intend to use the mirror in your bathroom, as well as whether you want the lighting to be primarily decorative or practical. Bright light fixtures that are strategically placed can go a long way towards assisting you in seeing what you are doing up close and personal, whether you will be applying make-up or shaving.
Have you considered recessing your medicine cabinet to save space? When compared to a shallow vanity, this is frequently an excellent method for saving a few inches of space, and the additional framing won't typically break the bank in most cases. In the event that this is not possible, you will need to ensure that there is sufficient space at your vanity for your medicine cabinet to protrude by between 4 and 5 inches.
These fittings' popularity has been on the rise as of late, and there's a good reason for that. They are now much more affordable, and because the tank is concealed behind the wall, they take up significantly less room. However, there is a major factor to take into account with these specialised fixtures. Because of the way that these toilets drain, if you ever decide that you want a floor-mounted unit instead, you will need to rework the supply in order to accommodate it.
A Window in the Shower
When executed correctly, this is a wonderful feature. Here are some things to think about:
- Pick a panel made of frosted glass for added discretion, preferably one that can be opened to let in some breeze.
- To ensure that this location is impervious to water, it is imperative that stone jambs be included in the installation process.
- Make sure that the sill is sloped in a downward and away direction so that water can drain properly.
In the end, I always make sure to specify a tilt-and-turn window for the shower because the screen is placed on the outside of the window, the handles are made of plastic so that they won't rust, and the window still provides complete privacy even when it is tilted open.
In the same way that the windowsill is important, it is critical that this area slopes appropriately into the shower. Make every effort to select a material that is robust, such as stone or quartz. If you tile the kerb of your shower, water may pool up on the grout lines and eventually make its way through to the framing underneath.
Larger tiles are typically more difficult to slope properly, and unless they have a texture, they will be slipperier because the grout lines are farther apart. If the tiles are textured, however, the larger tiles can be easier to navigate. The use of smaller tiles, regardless of whether or not they have a textured surface, provides increased traction and is typically the norm for shower floors; however, the options are nearly limitless.
The days of having to settle for a boring beige prefabricated shower base are over. Shower systems that have contemporary, easy-to-clean bases made of acrylic or porcelain are the ones that I've been using an increasing amount. It's important to remember that you have other choices for the floor of your shower.
You might want to think about installing a vanity that has drawers rather than doors for storage. Drawers are more convenient in terms of both access and organisation. They can have the plumbing cut out around them, and they can be made extra-large so that they can store large items.
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Shower or Tub?
Ask yourself how often you take baths to help you decide whether you need a tub or a shower only option in your bathroom. I frequently find that it is necessary to point out to my clients that they are not renovating their homes for the purpose of selling them to a third party, but rather for themselves. It will be money well spent if you do it for yourself, even if you only plan to stay in your house for another five years. In addition, there is no foolproof way to determine what aspects of a product or service will appeal to a potential purchaser in the future.
Snyder continues by explaining that "bathrooms are a more personal space than kitchens." "So, some of the questions I ask clients may be personal in nature, but I need to ask them because if you are designing this space for yourself and your family, you want to make sure that it is personal,"
To give one example, how many people can relax in the hot tub at the same time? Do you take the shower by yourself? (If the answer is no, you might want to consider getting more space in the shower as well as multiple showerheads.) Do you want the toilet to be located in a more private area, and how well does the ventilation currently work in that area?
What age are you currently? (This could very well be the most introspective question of them all!) Do you have plans to continue living in the same house as you do now, and if so, how do you anticipate your requirements shifting as you get older? This concept is referred to in the design industry as "ageing in place." Will your bathroom have enough space for us to meet these requirements? The term "universal design" is used in the design industry to refer to the principle of designing features that cater to ageing homeowners. For example, attractive grab bars that double as towel racks are examples of universal design features. Another example is a shower that does not have a kerb.
During the process of figuring out how you want your bathroom to function for you, you will come to the realisation that despite the fact that the essential fixtures (toilet, shower, sink) are present, this room serves very different purposes for each and every individual.
Think big while you're in the process of figuring out what your current space is lacking, advises Lori Carroll, president of Lori Carroll & Associates in Tucson, Arizona. She tells her clients, "Let's design your dream space," when they hire her. "We can always go back and value-engineer something, but before we do that, let's create the vision. Although it may appear counterintuitive — the exact opposite of beginning on a small scale — doing so allows you to incorporate all of the elements that you want into the design from the beginning, as opposed to adding them on later."
The next step, according to Carroll, is to make decisions based on the features you require and the price range you have available. If you choose to carry out the project in stages, you can keep the supplemental items on your wish list as potential upgrades for use at a later time. However, get started by focusing on the fundamentals, such as the layout of the space and the appliances and fixtures.
Obviously, the necessities will change based on the type of bathroom that is being renovated. Although there is only one kitchen in your house, which allows you to concentrate all of your design efforts there, you probably have multiple bathrooms, and each one serves a different function. "The master bath is the second most important space in the house after the kitchen," says Brian Johnson, principal at Collaborative Design Architects in Billings, Montana. "The kitchen is the most important space in the house." When you get into design work, you'll find yourself in a room that is intense and very specialised; this is where the magic happens.
On the other hand, the full bathroom is frequently used as a "family bathroom" for families with children and is typically a space in which functionality is prioritised over aesthetics. According to Johnson, a child of that age would not be concerned about the granite countertops or the vessel sink.
In most cases, three-quarter bathrooms, which consist of a toilet, sink, and shower, are useful. Additionally, these bathrooms can be useful in situations where the available funds do not permit heated floors, shower sprays, or intricate tilework. On the other hand, the powder room or the half bathroom is a small space that has the potential to pack a significant design punch. What's that old proverb about big things coming in little packages?
"When you have guests over for a party, you want to give them a small sampling of what the home has to offer," says Johnson as an explanation for why the powder room can make a big impression. This is especially true when expressive materials are used for the basic sink-toilet-mirror setup, such as concrete countertops, a glass vessel sink, natural stone tiles, and cabinetry that looks like furniture.
Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing and get started on your preplanning so that you can get on your way to a bathroom makeover that is both enjoyable and manageable. Have fun with it and make the most of it!
FAQs About Bathroom Renovation
Always tile the floor first if you want to achieve a high-quality finish that also provides a better barrier against water damage. This recommendation comes unanimously from the bathroom fitters.
The cost of labour, tile work, and plumbing is typically the component of a bathroom remodel that is the most expensive. Despite the fact that these areas are superior, there are additional aspects such as changes to the layout, shower, etc. that can drive up the cost according to your preferences.
The encouraging news is that, in the vast majority of instances, it is doable. How difficult is it to change the location of plumbing? It may seem daunting to those of us who aren't plumbers, but it's quite possible to move pipework and fittings around in most cases, so you shouldn't assume that the positions of your bath, toilet, and basin are etched in stone.
Is tiling required behind a toilet, or is this not necessary? Tiles are not required in every situation; however, they are required in locations where the wall must be protected from water ingress due to dampness or splashes.
There is not a single room in the house other than the bathroom that requires more labour or costs more money to remodel than this one does. Remodeling a bathroom presents a unique set of challenges due to the fact that it is typically one of the smallest residential rooms and contains a complex plumbing system, high levels of humidity, intricate electrical wiring, and elaborate design schemes.