Posted on: December 5, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing
Bathroom remodeling is the easiest, as it usually involves improvements to the existing design, without any change to the overall layout of the room. And because many homes have the same, bland bathrooms that were originally installed by the builder, there is ample room for improvement in a bath remodel.
Bathroom is usually one of the first rooms your guests will walk into. In this case, it is often what the first impression of your home they’ll get.
Remodeling any part of your house has a well-deserved reputation as … shall we say … one of life’s more stressful experiences. This is especially true of a bathroom remodel, which demands a high degree of skill in a limited amount of space. And when the bathroom you’re making over is the only one in your home, it’s all the more nerve-racking. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of the experience, while minimizing the disruption to your household.
Choose the right remodeler. You’ll want have the job completed quickly andprofessionally, so drop the idea of DIY for anything more major than a bathroom backsplash install. Instead, look for an experienced contractor with positive reviews from past customers. Hiring a small crew of 2 or 3 people is optimal — the remodel will go faster than with a solo pro and any number greater than that quite simply won’t all fit into the room at the same time, unless your bathroom is gargantuan.
Do the prep. Make sure that you have these items in hand before your bathroom is placed off limits for the duration: a detailed plan, a building permit for bathroom plumbing and electrical work (pulling the permit is your contractor’s job; double-checking that it’s been taken care of is yours), and a signed contract specifying the exact work to be done, materials to be used, and timeline to be followed. Choose and order all new components ahead of time as well, so the job can proceed apace. These may include a new tub, toilet, sink, vanity, medicine cabinet, tiles, light fixtures, paint, and/or hardware. Keep in mind that delivery often takes as long as 8 weeks.
Make the most of your single bathroom. If you have enough space, go with one or both of two very practical current design trends. First, install a double sink to make the morning rush hour go more smoothly in your home. Second, separate the bathtub and shower. This smart move offers a ton of advantages. How does the possibility of a tranquil home spa-style soaking tub appeal? What about the fact that dedicated showerers won’t have to clean the bathtub after every spritz? Household members with reduced mobility will appreciate a shower stall with easy access as well.
Add efficient storage. Your one and only bathroom is likely to serve as Grand Central Station for everything from towels to toiletries. If you’re redoing your shower, build in niches for essentials like shampoo, soap, and conditioner. Maximize wall space with carefully planned cabinetry and shelving. (Don’t forget to utilize out-of-the-way spots like the area over the bathroom door.) Read more…
Bathroom remodels can dramatically increase the value of your home. By replacing outdated features with modern and energy efficient baths, toilets and sinks you can increase the value of your home. In addition to getting a higher return on investment, you will get the peace of mind that your house will be easier to sell. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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