3 Considerations for a Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodels are a popular way to upgrade old fixtures into a space you’ll find more enjoyable. Whether you are doing the entire job yourself or hiring a professional, here are some things you should consider when making bathroom renovations.

Below are 3 considerations for a bathroom remodel:

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Replacing Old Installations
The decision you make about the floor depends on what you have and how you feel about it. “If you like your floor and it appears to be in good condition I would keep it,” says Mark, but he has a qualifier: “I would always get carpet out of the bathroom.”
If a floor’s in less-than-idea shape, you may still be able to save it. “You can very often successfully repair and refinish a hardwood floor,” says Mark. “If a tile floor is only in need of regrouting it’s a keeper.”
But if the tiles need replacing and you don’t have a box of extras sitting around, you will probably want to replace the floor. “Otherwise, you will spend a lot of frustrating time looking for matching tiles,” says Mark. “Read your fortune cookie, ‘You won’t find it. Be happy, give up’ or, ‘You will go crazy by end of week.'”
When you decide to rip up and re-do, watch your timing, he adds. “Sometimes homeowners get ahead of themselves and replace the vinyl flooring in their bathroom a few months before starting a major remodel.” That takes away any options on the floor plan, says Mark. “And you also put your new floor at risk of being damaged during the remodel.”  Source: DIYNetwork

Relocating Your Plumbing
Hiding the plumbing — or not. Think carefully about fixtures and all the stuff that’s connected to them as you lay out the plumbing, electrical and framing, not the other way around. This will help you avoid mistakes and do tighter work.
You may choose to leave plumbing supply lines exposed, as in the bathroom here, for a more industrial or vintage look. Or you may choose to hide them behind the sink pedestal for a more modern look. Little things make big impressions. Source: Houzz

Removing Bathroom Fixtures
First, decide what stays and what goes, and to protect your budget, it’s smart to reuse as much as possible. So you may want to replace your tub or sink, but since commodes never go out of style, it’s a good idea to keep your toilet around. However, moving bathroom fixtures isn’t an easy feat. Like any demo, it gets real messy real quick. For instance, if you’ve seen a house under construction, you’ll notice tubs are installed immediately after the walls are framed but before they’re drywalled. In fact, since doors are also added afterwards, you may have to remove jambs to get shower stalls out. And though demo is a necessary evil, it actually requires a lot of care if you’re restoring certain items. So you may want to hire a professional for this step. Plus, if you’re thinking about several remodels, do them at the same time from a cost savings perspective and for efficiency’s sake (nobody wants to live in this mess more than once, especially without a shower). Source: HomeAdvisor


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