How do you plan a bathroom renovation?
A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular remodeling/renovation projects undertaken by homeowners. But, like other remodeling project, it takes planning to get the perfect bathroom for your home.
Whether you’re completely redesigning your bathroom or just making a few upgrades to modernize it, the first step in planning is developing a budget. Your minimum budget should be around $10,000. To help you with your bathroom remodel budget, get ideas online and from magazines. You will want to save, bookmark, print or cut out photos to refer to as you continue to plan. To help you with the planning, here are some basic bathroom remodel ideas:
- Traditional bathroom: Traditional bathrooms normally feature full baths and shower.
- Modern bathroom: Modern bathroom design is very sleek. Most modern bathrooms just have a shower stall, rather than a tub.
- Craftsman style bathroom: Craftsman-style features hand-crafted wood cabinets or vanities. This style is often more costly.
- Rustic bathroom: Rustic bathrooms will have features like wood walls to give it simple, comfortable look.
Of course, any of these styles could be mixed and matched depending on the individual. As you’re planning, the style you choose will be affected by the overall color scheme you choose. About 60% of your bathroom will be outfitted in the primary color, while 30% will be outfitted in a secondary color. Accent colors make up the final 10% of the color scheme.
Once you’ve set a budget, selected a style and color scheme, you plan out the layout. For a full bathroom remodel, you may change everything up, while a renovation may only require new fixtures or lights. In your planning, you’ll want to locate water lines and electrical outlets. You may want to design around them rather than repiping or rewiring your whole bathroom. In your design, you’ll want to pick a single fixture, such as tub, sink or vanity as a focal point. This will give you a more cohesive design. You also want to make sure there’s room for storage.
When you’re in the process of planning a bathroom remodel, you may want to consider a tankless water heater installation. Tankless water heaters can be placed directly in a bathroom without taking up much space, and serve as a great supplemental source for hot water. Call 412-561-3624 to find out from the experts at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating how a tankless water heater can prove valuable to you.
Also in the process of planning, you’ll want to decide whether you want to remodel the bathroom yourself or get a home contractor in for the project.
What are the steps to renovate a bathroom?
Once you’ve planned your bathroom remodel/renovation, you’ll be ready to get down to the actual work.
- Demolition: Take care not to damage plumbing and wiring as you remove your old toilet and tub, then the cabinets, mirrors, floor tiles, and the rest.
- Installing shower and/or tub: The tub and shower are installed first.
- Lay down new tiles: New tiles are then put down. Make sure all flooring is waterproof.
- Hang drywall and paint: Once the floors are down, the drywall needs to be installed and then painted.
- Install cabinets, mirrors and vanity: Some rewiring may be necessary when vanities and cabinets are installed.
- Install sinks and toilet: The new sink and toilet are installed.
- Add trim: Trim around the room and mirrors is the last step of the bathroom remodel process.
How long does a bathroom remodel take?
In an ideal world, where no workers get sick, there are no gaps between work stages, and all materials are readily available, a bathroom remodel would take about 4 to 5 weeks, if no work is done on the weekend. Realistically, expect the project to take about double the time, or about 9 to 10 weeks.
How can I remodel my bathroom for cheap?
While $10,000 to $15,000 is the average cost of a bathroom remodel, there are ways to save money and still get a nice, stylish bathroom when the work is done. One way to save is to just do a partial renovation. In some cases, just a new paint job or replacing accessories or replacing old faucets with new, modern designs, may be all that’s needed to make the bathroom look great.
Other ways to save include revamping your design to limit the amount of tile used. Outside of new fixtures like a tub or shower, tile is one of the more expensive materials you’ll purchase in a bathroom remodel. Tile can be used sparingly in high-impact areas like the flooring or inside a shower stall. You can also save by going with less trendier styles in countertops, which can be pricey as well.
A bathroom remodel without tub can save you money as well. It’s become trendy to replace the tub with a walk-in shower stall, even in master baths. Although tubs can be elegant and soothing, but can also take up quite a bit of space, especially in older homes, and, depending on the household, may be used less than the shower.
How do you redo a small bathroom?
The basic steps to remodel a small bathroom are about the same as for a large bathroom. Depending on the type of bathroom it is, it may not have a tub, or even a shower if it is a half bath or powder room. When remodeling smaller bathrooms, take into consideration how often it will be used, and who is using it. A complete overhaul may be unnecessary. Painting or changing out old fixtures may be all you want to do with a small bathroom.
Bathroom remodel and repair
If you are planning a bathroom remodel in Pittsburgh, PA, you’ll want expert plumbers like those at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating to install your tubs, toilets, showers and sinks. You’ll also want our team when you need repair services as well. Give us a call at 412-561-3624 to schedule services today.