Home Planning & Renovations
Bathroom Remodeling Project
By Tiffany Smolick
Planning for a Successful Bathroom Remodeling Project
January 11, 2011
The bathroom is undeniably one of the most important spaces in the home, and yet it is often overlooked when considering a bathroom renovation project. Remodeling your bathroom can heighten your family’s comfort in your home, and it will also add some value to your house. Further, replacing old fixtures with new ones can heavily increase the energy efficiency of your home. Did you know that replacing old showerheads, faucets, and toilets can save you as much as seventy percent on water usage? That’s a big difference!
If you have decided that a remodel to your bathroom, there are several things that you should take into consideration when planning.
Size of Project
How much are you willing to undertake at this moment in time? Many homeowners leap into a remodel without taking a good inventory on the state of the room that they are remodeling. Before you embark on a remodel, really investigate your bathroom. Are there any underlying problems that might need to be addressed? If so, are they a hindrance to your budget?
Pay close attention to common bathroom issues like mold, leaks, and water stains. Is anything present that will prevent a successful remodel? If so, evaluate the cost of fixing the issue and determine whether it is within your budget to address the problem and do a remodel at this time.
A realistic budget is an important part of any remodel, and the bathroom is no exception. How much are you willing and able to spend on your bathroom remodel? It’s a good idea to plan ahead with a blanket, in case of unforeseen costs arising in the process of your remodel. With your budget situated, you may begin to look for contractors, appliances, and fixtures that fit within that budget.
What Do You Want To Do?
What about your bathroom is working right now, and what would you like to change? Is your bathroom energy efficient? Does the size and shape of your appliances work for you? Is this remodel cosmetic, or do you plan to completely change the layout of your bathroom? Again, make sure that you aren’t dreaming bigger than your budget dictates, but also be willing to spend some quality time to find the fixtures and appearance that you really desire. Making rash decisions as part of a remodel process will only cost you in the end – if you are taking on a remodel, do it right the first time so that you don’t have to do it again.
A bathroom remodel is a great way to improve the comfort and efficiency of your bathroom, and also to increase the value of your home. The most important part of any remodel is a careful attention to planning and to being realistic about a budget. If you follow the tips lined out in this article, you will be on track for a successful remodel. It’s only a matter of time before you are relaxing in style in your brand new bubble bath!