A Helpful Guide For the Bathroom Remodeling Process

Remodeling your bathroom allows you to have a brand new space that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and increases your home's value. When you first start considering a remodeling project like this, it is important to take it one step at a time. Here is a look into the remodeling process for a residential bathroom.

The Initial Planning Stage

As with any remodeling project, you will start with the planning stage. This is when you consider what type of remodeling you want to be done, what materials to choose from, and how much you have to spend. You need to set a budget, but it is often easier to look up average costs of different remodeling projects and materials, then have a realistic budget. If you are planning on completing a DIY remodeling project, don't forget about the cost of tools and equipment as well.

During the planning stage, take a lot of measurements of your bathroom, deciding if you want to remove any walls, such as if you are enlarging a bathroom that is in your master bedroom. Also consider whether the current layout will exist or if you are completely changing how the bathroom is set up. Decide if you need any hired help or if you will complete the project on your own.

Demolition

Before you actually start remodeling, you will need to complete the demolition. This requires removing all current bathroom fixtures and furniture you don't intend to keep. In many cases, bathroom remodels also include removing flooring and wall tiles, in addition to the sink and vanity, bathtub, shower, and toilet. Make sure your plumbing and electrical is disconnected before you start the demolition step. Save expensive materials to recycle and get some money for, such as copper or brass.

Installing Fixtures and Furniture

Once demolition is done and you have cleaned the area, you will then start setting up your new bathroom. You will typically start with utilities, completing any plumbing or re-wiring that needs to be done. If you are rearranging how the layout of the bathroom was, this might include installing new light switches and power outlets. After you have worked on utilities, you will then install the main plumbing fixtures, starting with the shower and bathtub. Once they are installed, you can then install the tile, followed by the toilet and vanity. Walls are typically done last.

This is a general overview of how a bathroom remodeling project will go. It is a good idea to have a schedule so that you can complete it in the proper order. Keep the safety of your family members in mind by closing off the remodeling area until renovations are complete.

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