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Home renovations can be exciting, and bathroom renovations especially so. A bathroom is, after all, that room in the house that promises to be the last refuge for privacy. So it’s only natural that the first things that come to mind when you think of a bathroom remodel are what kind of a bathtub you want in it, or what tiles your shower stall ought to have. However, plan it wrong, and your bathroom renovation will be heading south before you know it. Here’s a list of 9 things your bathroom renovation checklist must have to help you make sure no aspect is left unplanned.
1. Decide on a budget
The first item on your checklist ought to be how much you’re willing to spend. Don’t forget to factor in your labor costs, and remember that once that is subtracted from the budget, the number you have left behind is how much you actually can spend on fixtures, accessories, and frills.
2. Prepare for it to take time
You may think your bathroom renovation will take a lot less time than it actually will. Keep in mind that the amount of time the renovation will take will depend on the amount of work involved and not just the size of the bathroom. Don’t forget to factor in the time taken for planning and for procuring tiles, fittings, and other materials.
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3. Plan the order of work
It is important to plan the order in which work should be carried out while renovating your bathroom. Let’s suppose you’re rebuilding your bathroom from scratch. Always start from the top and work your way down. That means working on your ceiling first, walls second, and your bathroom floor last. Planning your renovation this way will ensure the chances of damage to components is minimized.
4. Hire a good contractor
Yes, always hire a good contractor, especially if you’re doing a major overhaul. While minor renovations can be worked on as DIY projects, a proper renovation involves aspects like wiring, tiling, and plumbing, all of which definitely need the expertise of a professional. Like the adage goes, no point in being penny wise and pound foolish.
5. Investigate before you begin
Since you’re getting your bathroom renovated, you might as well investigate and get any long-standing problems taken care of. Getting an expert to look into the health of your plumbing and electricals before you start your remodeling is always a good idea since it will bring you to notice issues you probably didn’t know existed, and give you a chance to fix them as a part of the renovation process.
6. Choose both form and function
While working on the design aspects of your bathroom remodel, remember that form and function ought to go hand in hand. So while planning for your new bathroom, keep in mind accessibility, practicality, the design theme throughout the rest of your home, and what effect the renovation will have on the future value of your home.
7. Take accurate measurements
Always ensure you measure your bathroom accurately for wiring, plumbing, bathroom fittings, and more. That way, you won’t have to make repeated trips to your hardware store to exchange materials.
8. Pay attention to ventilation
A well-ventilated bathroom is important for both your health and your safety. Make sure you plan your bathroom ventilation, including the exhaust fan, in a manner that guarantees continuous airflow.
9. Finally, the cosmetics
Now is when you plan the most important part of your bathroom renovation – the way it’s going to look.
Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, granite, ceramic tiles and marble make great options for both walls and bathroom floors. Other popular options for bathroom flooring include vinyl tiles, stained or painted cement, and vinyl sheet.
Next up, make a list of all the new features and fixtures you want: toilet, bidet, shower and showerheads, faucets, sinks, and more.
Also keep in mind towel racks, cabinets, mirrors, drawers, and shelves. Do you need to buy everything new or only some of those things?
While buying these accessories and other smaller things like soap dishes, washcloths, towels, and bath mats, keep in mind the overall design theme that you have in your bathroom. Even the smallest of things can stick out like a sore thumb if not paid attention to.
Make sure your new bathroom has a good mix of both natural and artificial lighting. You ought to account for at least 4 watts of incandescent light per square foot. Bathrooms are notoriously dangerous without sufficient lighting. Finally, consider going green, at least in some aspects, such as choosing non VOC paints, low flow faucets, solar-powered water heaters.