The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel Resource
A bathroom remodel can appear to be a very daunting task. There are a variety of factors you must consider before embarking on a bathroom remodel.
Use this Ultimate Bathroom Remodel Resource to determine everything you need to make your remodel as painless as possible.
Step 1: Start Planning
The first step to completing your bathroom remodel is to plan. You can’t jump in with both feet unless you know what you’re doing.
You could start by writing down your ideas or sketching your bathroom remodel. You should also consider what your objective of remodeling the bathroom is.
Don’t forget to consider your future. If kids are in your future, consider installing (or keeping) that bathtub. Bathtubs also add value to a home if you are considering selling.
Read more about Planning your Bathroom Remodel.
Step 2: Set a Budget
Setting your budget may seem like a relatively easy process, but this can make or break a project.
- Setting your budget too low may result in a shabby looking bathroom.
- Setting the budget too high may make it difficult to stay under budget or find the funds to finish the project.
Do your pricing research. Visit the hardware store or shop around online to begin pricing items. This will help create a realistic budget.
Decide what your priorities are. If the cabinets are falling apart but the flooring is good shape, then you might prioritize new cabinets over the new flooring.
Having a priority list will make it easier to stay on budget.
When setting your budget, remember:
Splurge on high-quality materials on highly utilized areas such as the toilet, sink, faucets, and pipes. They should be able to last as long as possible and would be able to hold up to frequent usage. These highly utilized fixtures should be your main priority.
Expect problems during the remodeling. Unforeseen events such as damage to your water system, faucets, electrical wiring and on any part of your plumbing system can happen.
It is best to set your budget 20 – 30 percent higher than your total estimated costs.
Step 3: Upgrade to Tankless Water Heater
If you’re upgrading your plumbing, you might want to consider upgrading your water heater too.
Tankless Water Heaters are more energy-efficient, and they save water too. This Green Alternative will make your home eco-friendly.
A tankless water heater uses less water, is more efficient, and will save money. After an expensive remodel, saving a little bit of money with a tankless water heater might be heaven-sent.
Learn more about upgrading to a Tankless Water Heater.
Step 4: Add Heated Floors
If installing new flooring is on your must-have list for this bathroom remodel, you might want to consider adding heated flooring too.
Central Air doesn’t heat your flooring leaving your feet exposed to cold floors in the winter. Radiant heated flooring will not only keep your feet warm in the winters, but it can help keep the entire room warm.
Expecting a high price tag? Think again. Heated flooring can actually help lower your heating bill to help you save in the long-run.
Heated flooring may cost a little extra, but the benefits may outweigh the original cost. Look into cutting costs other places to afford heating flooring during your bathroom remodel.
Learn more about adding radiant heated floors to your bathroom.
Step 5: Remove Old Mold and Prevent it From Growing Back
Leaking plumbing and poor ventilation can cause moisture to build up in your bathroom. Excess moisture can result in mold growth.
When embarking on a bathroom remodel, make sure your plumbing is installed correctly. If you are keeping your existing plumbing, have it inspected for leaks or damage.
To prevent excess moisture from building up, make sure to install proper ventilation during your bathroom remodel. This will help prevent mold from growing back.
Learn more about removing and preventing mold in your bathroom.
Step 6: Prevent Frozen Pipes by Planning Ahead
Frozen pipes are a huge concern for homeowners in the winter. A frozen pipe can quickly escalate into a burst pipe, which can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars of water damage in your home.
Prevent frozen pipes by insulation your pipes. A bathroom remodel is the perfect time to ensure that your pipes are insulated properly against freezing temperatures.
Pipes under the sink on exterior walls of your home are especially vulnerable.
Learn more about insulating your bathroom pipes.
Step 7: Know When to Hire a Professional
A bathroom remodel is a big undertaking. Many of the tasks can be easy DIYs. But the most important part of a bathroom remodel is to know when to hire a professional plumber.
Big ticket items require a professional installation. Without a plumber, you could risk damaging your piping and increasing the cost of your remodel.