Many homeowners consider a bathroom remodel to be the most daunting home improvement project they can undertake. It’s understandable – between the costly materials and extensive plumbing, a dream bathroom can quickly turn into a renovation nightmare. However, there’s no need for you to fear your next bathroom remodeling project. Instead, follow these helpful tips to ensure everything proceeds smoothly.
The best way to keep your bathroom remodel from turning into a financial abyss is to establish realistic expectations from the very beginning of the project. Research the cost of both high- and low-end fixtures and materials. Obtain quotes from multiple licensed and insured contractors. Use the data you gather to create a realistic plan and – more importantly – a realistic budget.
Everyone loves surprises, except when they’re coming from a plumber or electrician. If you live in an older home that hasn’t been updated recently, you’ll probably need to update pipes and electrical work during your bathroom remodeling project. Leave appropriate space in your budget for these updates. They’ll prevent larger problems – like flooding or house fires – from developing later.
Swapping out a tub, sink, or toilet is far easier (and cheaper) than changing up drain and pipe locations. In order to minimize costs and keep your bathroom remodel moving, try to maintain as much of the room’s original layout as possible. If you need to make floorplan adjustments, show your new plan to your electrician, plumber, and tiler beforehand to catch any potential problems.
Giving your bathroom a new look doesn’t necessarily require starting from scratch. Preserving some of the original features and fixtures during a bathroom remodeling project can save you both time and money. Bathtub refinishing will give a dingy tub new life, while installing acrylic shower liners can create a bright, new enclosure using the bones of the old one.
Of course, the best way to ensure your bathroom remodel goes smoothly is to find a contractor you trust. Jacob Sunrooms, Exteriors & Baths has helped homeowners in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Metro East area create their dream bathrooms since 1977. Contact us today to get started.