We all spend plenty of time in our bathrooms, so why shouldn’t we tailor them to our liking? Some people think of their bathrooms as sanctuaries, where a moment of serenity is actually achievable.  But what about people who see their bathroom as a claustrophobic wreck and don’t know a thing about a bathroom remodel? Get Permission

Bathroom remodeling should be well-planned and budgeted accurately, because it is one of the more complicated rooms in the house.  Bathrooms tend to be smaller in size, yet highly compact in utility. To begin a remodeling project, there may be several permits that are required prior to starting a project. For example a building, electrical and plumbing permit are three permits that should be on-hand. If you live in an older home, you may also need to run tests for lead and/or asbestos. If these tests are required, depending on its results, you may need to consider surcharges for lead abatement and/or asbestos abatement.

Prepare for the Unexpected

There are a number of unexpected expenses that should be taken into consideration when budgeting for a project.  Some common problems that people run into during a bathroom remodel are wood rot, old plumbing, and bad wiring.  These are fairly easy fixes, but can add substantial costs to your budget.  If you have to deal with a mold or bug infestation, look to for a reputable contractor to remove them professionally. It can be expensive but it’s not a job you want to tackle yourself.

Gather What You Need

After your budget and paperwork is in order, it’s time to start framing and gathering materials.  There are numerous things to account for in your budget at this stage like wood, insulation, vapor barriers, energy-efficient sealants, drywall and green or concrete boards.  All these materials are important for a bathroom remodel, because in the long run, more energy-efficient materials can save you money on your electric bill.

For the plumbing and electrical work, it is highly recommended that you use a professional who can give you a proper bid for their services.  Using a professional is important in guaranteeing that your bathroom lasts for another 50 years.  If you plan on moving your plumbing or electrical outlets, be sure to consider the added costs of light fixtures.

Bathroom fixtures include a long list of items that may be optional or necessary to change, but either way, they should be considered for your budget.  Below is a list to consider:

  • Sink(s)
  • Vanity
  • Faucet(s)
  • Toilet
  • Tub/Shower
  • Towel bar/ring/hook
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Cabinets
  • Hardware
Shifting to the floors and walls, account for the cost of tile, grout, mortar, sealant and more.  Picking out the different tiles for your bathroom can be one of the most exciting parts of your remodel. You can really be creative in this area by combining textures and patterns.

After these steps are completed pat yourself on the back for getting through all the dirty work!

Final Touches

Now for the finale, décor is where you can really put a personal touch on your bathroom remodel.  Consider the following items as a basic list for your budget, and add any items customized or unique to your specific remodeling project:

  • Paint vs. wallpaper
  • Window treatments
  • Shower curtains
  • Towels
  • Rugs
  • Shelving
  • Artwork
It adds up to a lot of work, but every time you walk into your newly remodeled bathroom, you’ll be reminded that it was all worth it. Have something to add? Leave us a comment or connect with us via social: Twitter and Facebook!