Remodeling any aspect of your home takes work, way more than you probably realize. Though it is a great decision to remodel your home, a lot more goes into seeing it completed successfully than just putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Bathroom remodels especially, have been known to increase the value of your home in many ways. By making the guest bathroom welcoming and inviting, you are not only giving your guests a feeling of belonging, but also potential buyers. The only issue with bathroom remodeling is if it is done poorly, it is very noticeable and can actually hurt the value of your home.
It is not your fault to think that home improvement would seem easier than it actually is. Television channels such as HGTV is notorious for having professionals from shows like Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper, make every renovation look simple and easy. In actuality, a project such as a bathroom remodel takes time, money, and effort. When you are working five days a week, odds are, you won’t likely see the renovations completed until months after initially starting. This can be problematic for homes that only have one bathroom or have multiple members in a family. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home, so a remodel should never be taken lightly.
Remodeling a bathroom should be a serious project, which means you need to plan, plan, and then plan some more. If you make any mistakes, you will likely be living with them for the rest of your time in your current home. The following blog is a list of all the factors you must plan out before beginning your renovation project.
Laying out what you would like in your new bathroom is extremely important, otherwise you will not know the new dimensions you will need. It is essential to draft your newly-renovated bathroom as maneuverable and comfortable as possible. This means, that you need to model your bathroom with as much space as possible. Nothing is worse than building out your bathroom, only to find out that you installed the toilet too close to the door. Drawing up reliable plan is so important to the remodeling process, in order to ensure you get the bathroom you want at the end of the project.
Aside from planning, measuring out distance is also really important. For example, you never want to build the shower too close to your toilet. Why? No matter if you decide to create the shower with glass or a shower curtain, water will find its way out of the shower. If you build the toilet too close to the shower, water will collect and form a hard-to-reach pocket that will be difficult to clean.
When planning out your bathroom you will also want to make sure you have created enough space for storage, such as towels and toiletries. By providing an easy-to-reach access to these types of items, you will never be caught off guard and ask your relatives for a towel while you drip-dry.
In many instances, remodels don’t typically mean a bathroom removal, so if you have a bathroom in an odd place in your house, there isn’t a ton you can do. You can hire a specialty plumber and relocate your bathroom to another room, but the steps to complete a task like that are long, difficult, and expensive. If your bathroom is in a place that is less than desirable — say near your bedroom — there are ways to fix the problem. When remodeling your bathroom, you can always install an exhaust fan. This is helpful in two distinct ways; one, an exhaust fan helps create a white-noise that will help drown out activity in the bathroom. Second, bathroom exhaust fans help control odors in the bathroom. You and the people you live with will appreciate your new remodeling choice, as it will significantly improve the overall smells in your home.
Remodels are exciting because it generally means you can switch out your previous bathroom materials. Over time, bathrooms can collect moisture that gradually deteriorates certain materials. Also, after years of water damage and build up, some countertop materials collect damages and mold.
Flooring for example, you never want to install carpet. Carpet collects both water and natural grime. If your old bathroom is fashioned with carpet, updating your bathroom is of extreme benefit to you; and if you are considering installing a carpet floor, it is best if you reconsider.
Tile and marble have so far proven the most durable and long-lasting materials for bathroom renovations. Though white tile is not recommended for counter spaces, darker colored tiles work well in bathrooms. The only downside with tile and marble is that they tend to be cold to the touch and slippery when wet.
Laminate flooring is a good choice in most situations, however, manufacturers still have yet to invent a waterproof laminate floor — not without a lack of trying.
An exciting factor of planning your bathroom remodel is choosing your new bathroom theme or aesthetic. Every good, well-thought-out bathroom has some kind of overarching theme to tie in the colors and fixtures you decide to go with. When planning a bathroom theme, most people choose to decorate with a sea or ocean-theme. This type of theme generally concerns colors such as blue, white, and browns. No matter if you want to keep your current bathroom theme, you will have to repaint your bathroom. When you remodel, you will likely have to destroy or remove old fixtures that will scratch up or chip your bathroom’s current paint job. If you want to paint your bathroom, hiring a professional painter is always a good decision. Paint can be staining and if you are not careful, you can end up spilling paint on your brand new floors and fixtures. By hiring a professional, you take the stress out of your life and guarantee yourself a gorgeous paint job in your new bathroom.
Plumbing will always be the most challenging factor of a bathroom remodel. Of all home renovations, adjusting new remodels to plumbing can be difficult and frustrating. Often remodels will include new sink fixtures and sink bowls. New fixtures take time to understand, which if you are trying to complete your remodel yourself, the whole process can be too complicated to ever fully comprehend. By hiring a local plumber, you can significantly lower your stress levels and make sure your fixtures are installed perfectly.
If you believe that your bathroom remodeling project will be an intense challenge for you, hire a handyman that can help you achieve your renovation wishes. If you live in the Beltsville area, Handyman @ Your Command is here to help you with all your bathroom renovation needs. Contact us today!