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8 Bathroom Remodeling Tips

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Remodeling a room can be both fun and stressful. While you’re busy drawing out your design plans, getting all the tools together and preparing your supplies, it can be easy to forget a thing or two.

Even when it comes to the bathroom, probably one of the smaller rooms in your house, it can be easy to overlook important elements.

That’s why we’ve put together some crucial tips that you should keep in mind while planning a bathroom remodel.

1. Make Sure You Have the Design and All Necessary Materials Before Starting

Don’t just jump into the remodel process unprepared. Make a plan for everything about the project from design to supplies and tools. Sometimes tiles, wood or other supplies can take a long time to acquire if you’ve outsourced them, so plan accordingly.

Ensure that you have absolutely everything to complete the project before you start tearing out those old tiles. You don’t want to have an unfinished room for longer than you need to. It’s also silly to have to stop for a reason that could have otherwise been avoided. Finally, make sure you have enough supplies to get the job done. Running out of tiles, caulking, wood or anything else can cause significant problems.

2. Include Storage Elements in Your Design Plans

Don’t forget to implement storage elements during your remodel. You’ll need a place for shampoo, soap, towels and more. Counters generally do have under-compartments, but it’s impractical to shove everything under your counter. In-wall storage is probably the best type for a shower, but if you decide to add some you’ll need to implement the proper framing.

3. Rip up Underlayment, Not Just the Flooring or Tile

When you’re pulling up old floor tile or vinyl, pieces can get left behind. You’ll have to retrace your steps to clean up after yourself, which can delay the whole process. It’s a better practice to just remove the underlayment too, taking everything with it. Underlayment can be removed much easier when it’s cut into smaller segments.

Most underlayment is comprised of plywood and cement board, which are cheap to replace. Plus, if you’re going to remodel you might as well take care of materials that may be water damaged or moldy. Underlayment is most commonly soiled below a toilet, shower or tub.

4. Accents Make Things Cheaper All Around

Using accent tiles or materials can help you save a lot of money. Special or custom tiles can be expensive especially when you’re using them to cover a large surface and you need a lot. You can cut costs by employing accents in your design, making use of cheaper tiles or materials for the rest of your tiled area.

For example, in the shower you can layer a bottom or top border using plain tiles, reducing the amount of expensive mosaic or glass tiles you would otherwise require.

5. Curved Shower Rods Offer More Room

Sometimes, no matter how many changes you make, you just don’t have enough space to extend a shower. In those circumstances, remember that curved shower rods offer a little more room. What’s more, curved shower rods are often screwed or bolted to the wall, which means they are more secure than normal rods.

6. Don’t Forget the Lighting

Even if you change everything for your bathroom remodeling project, the room may look odd if you don’t update the lighting. You can install new light fixtures or simply replace old bulbs. If you feel you need more light in your bathroom, now is the time to install lighting over new areas.

7. Professional Advice or Assistance Is Sometimes Necessary

When it comes to plumbing or electrical engineering, sometimes it’s necessary to get advice from a professional. In extreme circumstances, you may have to hire a professional to help out with the remodel. It will definitely be more expensive than finishing the project yourself, but if there’s one tip you take from this article, it’s this: don’t be afraid to enlist help from a pro.

8. Opt to Save Money Where Applicable (Remodels Are Always Costly)

Remodels can be very costly, that much is obvious. When you start preparing or purchasing materials and tools the costs can add up quickly. Don’t overlook an opportunity to save money.

For instance, don’t rule out purchasing materials online; just make sure you do the proper research beforehand. Sometimes purchasing items from a warehouse or home improvement store can be more costly than purchasing direct. There’s no reason to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars more on a project when you can eliminate these costs.

Photo – Brad Bowsher