Here is our original bathroom in its worst state. Pretty much hated everything about it except the toilet.
Tagged: , Bathroom , Remodel
1. Plan your renovation properly and stick to your plans, as changing your mind during a project can be costly and can really slow down your progress.
Ensure you apply for and get permission, if needed, from the correct regulatory bodies for your project before you begin work. You will not want have to undo any hard work you undertake because of a technicality.
Don’t try to take on a whole property at once, you should work on one room at a time ideally. That being said, don’t blow your budget on a single room. New homeowners especially, find this very easy to do. You can initially finish a room and go back to add decoration or other finishing touches later on.
2. Always double, and even triple, check all your measurements and remember that judging perception can be very difficult for an untrained eye.
Whether you are measuring for new stairs, doors, kitchen units, or even just so you can organise your furniture in a different way, accurately measuring is always vital. If measurements are just slightly off it can mean that things don’t fit properly and the finish will not look good. The key to an expensive and professional looking finish, even when working to a tight budget, it accurate measuring and taking note of each dimension. Spending that extra time at the start of the project can save you a lot of time and money later down the line.
Ensure that larger installations will actually suit the space. Overly large units, fireplaces, staircases and other installations can ruin the look and feel of a room, and it can be difficult to judge how they will look before they are fitted.
3. Always have a contingency as well as an estimate for costs and materials.
You will want to have a ballpark figure of what you want to spend at the start of a project, but you should always prepare for overspending. Things can change and things can go wrong for any project and if you run out of money before things are finished it can turn a small problem into a disaster.
You must also allow for breakages and over cuts of materials. It’s advisable to order more than you need and return unused items. Things that can easily be cut short by mistake or broken include moulding strips, such as dado and picture rails, stair spindles and handrails lengths and flooring panels.
4. Remember the unseen details. Skimping on the features that aren’t actually visible can be a big mistake in the long run.
Never ignore structural faults, like cracked walls, as this could create more work in the future. Having things such as adequate drainage, heating and ventilation are absolutely crucial in all properties.
Other details to consider are things such as high-quality underlay for floors or linings for wallpaper can have a real benefit. Opting for underfloor heating rather than a luxury rug will keep your feet warmer for longer. Tackle the mundane first … Read More
Posted for those who keep hearing about the bathroom remodel I did last year (with little additions over time). Metal theme is brushed nickel.
Switchplate and paint: Lowe’s
Art and jars: IKEA (and yes, you never know when you’ll need M&M’s)
Vanity, vanity top, medicine cabinet, faucet: Building Materials Outlet
Toiletries: Ross Dress For Less
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Planning your bathroom remodel in depth takes patience and know-how. It is easy to decide what colors you want. It is even easy to make choices about the general shape you want your bathroom to take. To get down to actual detailed planning, you will have to know something about the requirements of a bathroom job.
It is important to lay out your floor plan so that you add all the features you want into your bathroom remodel. At the same time, you will have to make sure that those plans work within the structure of your existing framework. For example, if you are going to remove a wall, you need to know whether or not it is a load-bearing wall. If it is, you need to have a plan to deal with that fact.
You will probably have other issues to consider with layout of your bathroom remodel. Figure out how easy it will be to move fixtures before you rush to make those changes. Think about whether you want to move or change the plumbing, and how easy it will be to move the drains if your proposed layout requires it. You will need to be aware of where the wiring is in your present walls so you can determine whether you will need to rewire as well.
In order to plan your bathroom remodel, you will have to have some knowledge of building codes. At the very least, you must know when codes need to be considered and when they do not apply. If you are doing any wiring as a part of your bathroom remodel, make sure you know the building codes covering GFI outlets, which are generally required in bathrooms. For structural changes, you will need to know when plumbing or structural codes must be followed, and how to have them inspected.
You will need to know the specifications of the fixtures and electrical components you want to put into the bathroom remodel plan. You might want to put in a Jacuzzi, for example. You would need to know the drain requirements, at what level it needs to get its water supply, and what the electrical specifications are. You would have to know whether it takes 110V or 220V for its electrical supply.
A bathroom remodel requires specific materials that you would not have to use in most other rooms. Water-proofing is a major concern, so green-board is essential if you want to paint your bathroom. Then, you need to choose a paint that will hold up to steam and moisture on a regular basis. Backer-board is a must for tile installation, and you may need a further water barrier. Floors must not only be imperfect to water, they also should be slip-resistant.
When you are planning a bathroom remodel, think of all these important concerns. You will do a much better job if you consider all the facts before you stumble into a makeshift plan. Hiring a professional to do … Read More