Bathroom Remodel Tips
Remodeling a bathroom is an excellent way to refresh your space and increase your home’s value at the same time. Remodeling a bathroom can be as simple as applying a new coat of paint or buying a new sink and fixtures. Or you can go big – start with a fresh slate and give the bathroom an entirely new look. Whatever updates you’re dreaming of, it will pay to plan ahead.
On average, remodeling a bathroom costs between $5,000 and $10,000. The more major the project, the more it will cost. One way to control costs is to prepare well in advance.
BATHROOM REMODEL TIPS
- Set a list of priorities and expectations.
- What is your big-picture goal?
- When does the job need to be finished?
- Set a budget.
- How much do you want to do? New shower and more square footage? Or just a new sink and a coat of paint? Make these decisions now before you start remodeling. Don’t forget the details, like the knobs on the new cabinets and the light switch covers.
- Choose a color palette or design style.
- Stay consistent with color and material choices, and choose options that are cohesive with the design in the rest of the house.
- Source your materials and permits.
- Talk to manufacturers. Look into alternative eco-friendly, low-VOC or moisture-resistant materials.
- Consider upgrades such as a bathroom fan, electric heater or radiant-heated floors.
- Try to purchase as much as possible before you begin.
- Plan logistics.
- Find out if you’ll need to plumb the toilet or shower or if you can you use existing pipes.
- Check shipping periods to make sure you can get all the materials in time.
- Line up a contractor or, if you’re doing the work yourself, clear your schedule.
- Will the remodel require enough tear-out that you’ll need to seal off other rooms from dust or noise?
- Anticipate obstacles.
- Will the subfloor need to be replaced?
- Will the new tub fit through the door?
- Can the existing wiring be used?
- Will the inspection officer be available during the remodel process?
- Create a timeline.
- Make a list that follows a logical timeline: Don’t repaint before caulking, and don’t finish the tile floor before installing the shower.
- Get creative.
- Think outside the box for a unique look: shiplap walls, board and batten, beadboard or tiles.
- Look for unique lights and furniture at thrift stores.