House renovations are always a daunting prospect. There is a potential disruption to your routine, cost, and inconvenience. There are reasons to postpone it as long as possible. It can be particularly difficult when remodeling bathrooms or kitchens, as practical aspects such as plumbing, cabling and gas supply must be taken into account.
Have no fear! Your dream conversion is 100% possible. All you have to do is take the right attitude and make sure you make informed decisions every step of the way.
How much a bathroom remodeling is likely to cost depends on how much work you plan and what standard of surface you want. You could only spend a few hundred dollars on a cosmetic makeover (paint and accessories). If you rip the whole thing out and start over, you could run into several thousand dollars. If, like most people, you don’t have an unlimited budget, you might want to make a list of everything you want to do with the bathroom if you had the money. Once you have decided on your actual budget, prioritize the list and remove the low priority items. You can always come back to it later if you have done the tasks with high priority and saved additional money.
Don’t forget to take labor costs into account when setting your budget, unless you plan to do it yourself. If your retrofit involves wiring or installation, you will likely need to consult an expert. So make sure you have a realistic expectation of how much it will cost. Make sure you include a small amount for emergencies in case the project overflows or unexpected costs arise.
Look at the room.
The bathrooms are inherently practical. It is therefore important when converting that you prioritize functionality over all others. This is especially important if you are working with smaller rooms. Although a huge bathtub sounds appealing, it won’t be of much use if you can’t get anything else in! Think long and hard about how you use your bathroom and its individual features. For example, if you’re installing a family bathroom, you may need additional storage space or space for a step stool. If your bathroom is in a place where you or a family member is likely to apply makeup, you need to make sure that there is a large mirror and excellent lighting.
If you don’t plan to redirect your wires or cables, your layout options are limited because sinks, toilets, showers, and baths need to be placed pretty much where they are. Even if everything is set up the way it was before, you can make a big difference to your bathroom by choosing high quality finishes and keeping the sanitary ware slim and appropriately sized for the space you have. If you want to make changes to your plumbing and wiring system, contact your installer / electrician to identify possible problems and ensure that the resulting layout works.
Trend or not trend?
When remodeling a space in your home, especially the bathroom, it can be difficult to know whether you are walking with your gut or following current trends. Remember that, as mentioned above, your bathroom should be a relaxing and beautiful space, but above all it must be functional. Not all trends offer you the practical comfort that makes a bathroom great.
Wet rooms have become very trendy in recent years, but this one trend also has serious practical application. Yes, they are beautiful, modern and elegant, but they are also fantastic if you have mobility problems or small children who may have difficulty entering or leaving a shower or bath. It’s possible to install a wet room yourself if you’re sure of your DIY skills, but be careful. They can get cold and damp quickly if not properly waterproofed. Therefore, contact an expert.
Do it yourself
If you are looking for how to remodel a shower on a budgetThen you may want to do the work yourself. In this case, you need to make sure that you have a specific plan for uninstalling the old bathroom and reinstalling your new bathroom. This is always important, but especially important for bathroom (including kitchens) remodeling, as the consequences of failure are higher due to the amount of water that is consumed every day. That is before we consider what happens if a toilet is not installed properly!
The toilet should be the first thing to go. Make sure you drain it first and then carefully remove it – you don’t want spills! The bathroom comes next. First remove the surrounding tile and then remove the bath (if you remove the tile first you can see where the pipes are). If necessary, remove unwanted insulation from your walls. Once everything is done, you can take out other furniture such as mirrors, sinks, vanities, tiles, etc. Pay attention only to pipes and cables! Accidentally running a sledgehammer through a pipe can be costly and time consuming.
Aside from the big things like furniture and plumbing, you’ll want to make sure that your finished bathroom has the last little details that make a remodel really special. Choose a specific bathroom color in a neutral or appropriately subdued shade. It is not often that bright red walls are considered relaxing. Choose the right bathroom and sink fittings with a metallic look for the final upswing.
If you’ve upgraded your storage cabinets by either buying new ones or just adding a coat of paint, you may also want to upgrade smaller items such as soap dispensers, cups for toothbrushes, etc. Hey, why don’t you treat yourself to new towels and toiletries while you’re at it? Go all in. You deserve it!