What To Expect, From Start To Finish
Your bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in your home, but it certainly is one of the most important. It's a place that should be up-to-date, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and highly functional. If your bathroom is unattractive, the fixtures are outdated and the cramped space just does not work for your family any longer, it's probably time to remodel.
You may be concerned that undertaking a remodeling project will be overwhelming and disruptive to your daily life. It doesn't have to be if you plan well. We're here to help by demystifying the process of remodeling your bathroom.
1. Determine Clear Objectives For Your Remodeling Project
Carefully consider what you want to achieve by remodeling your bathroom. Do you want to simply update the fixtures and tile, or are you looking to double the size of your bathroom so that it can accommodate your growing family? Whatever the scope of your project, it's important to plan properly so that your remodeled bathroom will serve your needs well into the future, and you can be sure that your money has been well-spent.
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2. Choose Your Remodeling Expert
It's essential to choose a trustworthy, skilled and licensed professional to handle your bathroom renovation. Often, word of mouth is the best way to find a reputable remodeling expert, so ask your friends and work colleagues for references. Then, make sure you research and interview several remodelers before hiring one. Check out their websites and project portfolio photos to see the quality of their work. For more detailed information about selecting the right remodeler or homebuilder, click here.
3. Establish Your Budget
Establish your budget and share that information with your remodeler up front. Make an initial wish list for your project with the understanding that your list may change once your plans and selections are finalized. Maybe you are dreaming of having heated floors or special audio/visual equipment in your new bathroom. Let your remodeler know what your priorities are so that everything is factored in from the start and there are no financial surprises later. Want to learn more about budgeting for your home remodeling project? Just click here.
4. Evaluate What's Already There
The remodeling professional that you hire will need to check out your existing bathroom. Measurements will be taken. Drains, water supplies, electrical outlets and HVAC system components will be located and evaluated. Your remodeler should document any plumbing, electrical or HVAC system components that need to be moved or added. If you are planning to expand the size of the bathroom, the adjacent areas will be checked out to see how these spaces will be impacted. Your remodeler will often consult with another professional, such as an architect or engineer. This will help to ensure that your renovated space will be structurally sound and meet all code and local requirements.
5. Determine The Scope Of Work
After completing an exhaustive evaluation of your existing space, your remodeler should ask to review your wish list with you once again to determine what is realistic and what will potentially bust your budget. Your remodeler will now be able to tell you if moving the shower to the other side of the bathroom is doable or if you have room for the two separate vanities that you want. Then, the entire scope of work should be put in writing so that your remodeler and you are on the same page. Review this information carefully to ensure that your remodeler's understanding of the project fully meets your expectations.
6. Craft The Plans
Your remodeler should provide you with architectural plans of your new bathroom, based on the scope of work and your stated budget. The plans should be comprehensive and show where the cabinetry, shower, tub, vanities and new fixtures will be located. At this point, your remodeler should give you a detailed timeline for the completion of your project from start to finish.
7. Make Your Selections
It's time to make your selections. You'll choose your cabinetry, tile, shower doors, flooring, countertop materials, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures and accessories such as towel bars, hooks and toilet paper holders. The choices you make will have significant financial implications, so work with your remodeler or an interior designer to pick items that will keep you within your budgetary parameters. Ask all suppliers about delivery times for the items you select and be sure that any backorders will not negatively affect the construction timeline. Finally, pick paint colors with the type of finish that will resist damage from moisture. Click here for more information about choosing the right kind of paint for your new bathroom.
8. Finalize Your Costs
Once your selections are made, your remodeler can give you a final cost for your project. Now you can truly see if you have stayed within your budget or if you need to make modifications to your selections or plans. A final, written contract should be provided to you and all costs should be transparent and detailed. Once the contract is signed, your remodeler will order the items that you have selected and the construction phase of your project will begin.
9. Begin Demolition
You will need to move all of your belongings out of the construction zone and the surrounding areas. Once demolition begins, you will not be able to utilize your bathroom until your project is complete. Don’t forget to ask your remodeler when workers will arrive and leave each day so that you know what to expect.
10. Frame It Up
The framing phase begins and the shape of the new bathroom becomes apparent.
11. Modify The Systems
Plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems will be modified per your finalized plan.
12. Put Up The Drywall
Moisture resistant drywall will be put in place and the space is now clearly defined.
13. Install The Flooring And Tile
The beautiful tile and flooring materials that you selected are installed at this point.
14. Add The Cabinetry And Fixtures
Next, the cabinetry, trim, shelving, plumbing fixtures and shower doors are installed. This step is exciting because your new bathroom is really taking shape!
15. Paint And Accessorize
The room is painted and all accessories are put in place. The details make the room come together and your vision is realized.
16. Inspect For Quality Control
Required inspections are handled by your remodeler to ensure compliance with local rules and codes. Any last minute fixes or repairs are completed and a final cleaning is done so that your bathroom is sparkling.
17. Walk-Through And Quality Control
You will do a final walk-through with your remodeler to make sure that everything is to your satisfaction. If there are any outstanding items, a punch list should be made that includes a date when all final touches will be completed.
18. Enjoy Your New Bathroom
That's it! It's time to enjoy your newly remodeled bathroom for years to come!
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