It’s almost time to get down to business after you’ve committed to remodeling your bathroom and have planned and re-planned your expenses to squeeze every penny out of your budget. The final stage before starting is to create an action plan so you don’t get mired down in the specifics and become overwhelmed by some of the project’s larger steps. When it comes to bathroom renovations, the following points should be kept in mind.
Getting Ready for a Bathroom Renovation
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Budget – The trick is to start with a reasonable figure and make sure you’ve covered all of your bases. If you find that you can fulfill all of your desires while staying within your budget, you might want to consider upgrading your fixtures. Just remember to account for a contingency fund in case of unforeseen costs.
Functionality – Consider gold or nickel finishes when it comes to functionality. Compare the colour of your tile to the colour of your walls. It’s also crucial to gather measurements between the furniture to ensure that the room flows. For example, you don’t want a vanity that is so large that it conceals a floor vent or cabinets that protrude far enough from the wall to prevent the door from closing.
Storage – If possible, include a medicine cabinet and a linen closet in the design. These conveniences are convenient to have nearby as long as they don’t clutter the bathroom and are kept hidden.
Flooring — Installing flooring is typically an extra cost that the contractor does not include in the base makeover, and if you have even a little skill with tile installation, you may save a lot of money by doing it yourself.
Lighting – This is a good place to indulge because you can never have too much lighting in a bathroom. If the room is overly bright, place dimmers on the light switches to remedy the problem for a low cost.
Ventilation – No one enjoys a stuffy bathroom, so include at least one-floor vent and one ceiling exhaust to keep moisture and odors at bay.
Plumbing — Most contractors can “rough-in” the plumbing in a standard-sized bath for $1500 or less, so accept this hard expense as most plumbing work should be left to a licensed professional. They’re also fairly inventive with plumbing solutions, so don’t be scared to pick their brains.
Measurements – Measure twice, cut once, according to the old saying. This means that you should double-check your lines before cutting, as there is often no going back. This will also keep you from having to deal with a situation where your furniture doesn’t fit the area.
Contractor – After you’ve decided what you want in your bathroom and have a general estimate of how much it will cost, you’ll need to hire a contractor to verify that everything you’ve planned can be accomplished. This is the final stage before the remodeling can begin, and once the contractor has agreed to the project, the fun can begin.
Troubleshooting — If the contractor discovers a flaw in the design, you can sit down with him or her and explore other options. This will inevitably happen once or twice, but because your contractors are skilled specialists, they should have dealt with such problems before.
All of these procedures are part of the planning process, and if carefully followed, they should help you prepare for your bathroom makeover with minimal surprises. If something unexpected arises (after all, you never know what’s behind your walls until you take them down), an experienced contractor like Kitchen and Bath should be able to come up with a satisfactory solution. Sticking to a budget and sticking to a plan will help you stay on track and avoid becoming overwhelmed once the renovation gets underway.
We’ll go through some bathroom renovation blunders to avoid and watch out for in the section below. Avoiding and preventing them will ensure that you are satisfied with the work that is completed.
Most Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes
Mistake 1. Overspending and Not Having A Budget
When it comes down to it, make sure you set aside money for the project and stick to it. Do not spend $30,000 on a makeover if you know you can only afford $15,000 on it. Do more research on bathroom supplies and explore more affordable options, but bear in mind that there are a few costs you should not save on, such as plumbing and energy. You can go with a less expensive vanity cabinet if you do adequate piping and wiring. You should also consider investing in the bathroom’s flooring. Installing a floor heating system may be costly at the time, but it will pay off in the long run, from keeping your bathroom dry and mold-free to increasing the value of your home when you sell it.
Mistake 2. Not Having A Strategy In Place
It’s all too tempting to leap right into a bathroom redesign without really thinking about what you want. You must, however, have a strategy in place before you begin. If you don’t, you can find up buying things you don’t need or buying something on the spur of the moment and then loathing it later. Invite multiple bathroom renovation professionals to your home and request specific quotations so you can obtain a general idea of what needs to be done in your bathroom.
Mistake 3. Overcrowding
While you may desire that large vanity with two sinks, you most likely do not have enough space for it, and if you try to cram it into your bathroom, you will find that it is congested and you do not enjoy being within it. Your bathroom renovation should consider and work with the space you have available. Always buy fixtures and accessories that will only take up a minimal percentage of your bathroom’s space.
Mistake 4. Using Trendy Design Materials
While it’s fine to want to be fashionable and up to date, the bathroom isn’t the place to do so. In fact, you should not use products that are “in” style right now in your bathroom renovation, but rather styles that are timeless and will not date your bathroom. Remember that you can use trendy objects to decorate and then remove them when the time comes. If you go with trendy fixtures, you’ll have to do another bathroom redesign just to get rid of them.
If you need assistance with your future bathroom makeover, turn to the experts at Winnipeg Renovations for assistance on Winnipeg Bathroom Renovations, email us at [email protected] or call us today at 204-806-1276.