Remodeling your home’s bathroom usually increases your home’s value by a significant amount. From acting as an eye-catching design every day to raising the overall value of a home, a good bathroom remodel can just about do it all. On the contrary, a shoddy remodeling job can have the exact opposite effect. This is why every homeowner, regardless of whether they’re doing the job themselves or hiring it out, should know a few dos and don’ts.
DO Expect the Unexpected for Your Budget
It’s a sad fact that a bathroom remodel can reveal problems that you never knew existed. Trained professionals are adept at finding hidden problems, but they have no way of identifying some issues that may exist behind your walls. For this reason, it’s essential to have a bit extra put aside in your budget to deal with unexpected costs.
DO Go All Out for the Shower
Honestly, when’s the last time you used a bathtub instead of just taking a shower? For most people, the answer is, “I can’t remember.” You can use the money that you’ll save on not installing a traditional bath to make your shower luxurious. Large walk-in showers that are big enough for two with separate shower heads are becoming more common. You can even go with a frameless door or no door at all if it suits you.
DO Make Lighting and Ventilation a Priority
Perfect lighting in the bathroom is essential. A simple overhead light will provide illumination, but it will also provide a less than appealing reflection in the mirror. Vertical lights or sconces on the sides of a vanity are quick ways to remedy this. Check with your contractor about your options on natural lighting as well.
Ventilation is also important since bathrooms tend to get steamy. Even worse, this steam and overall moisture can lead to mildew and mold. These can eat away at a bathroom and even destroy certain surfaces. Just remember that you’ll need more ventilation as your bathroom increases in size.
DON’T Go the Cheap Route
There’s no doubt that you can save money by doing a remodel yourself, but this is only if you’re excessively skilled. This type of project usually requires at least five different professionals, and if you’re not skilled in even one aspect (such as electrical, plumbing, cabinetry, etc.) you could ruin the whole project.
It is OK to sometimes handle pre-construction demolition and a final paint job if you just do your homework and stay safe while performing the job.
DON’T Go Too Fast
There’s no doubt that you’ll likely want your bathroom remodel done quickly, but this is where costly mistakes tend to occur. When you’ve chosen to have this project done, you need to spend at least a few weeks on planning the whole thing. Spend time on the Internet to figure out exactly what you want. Once you have these ideas in your head, your contractor can help bring them to fruition.
DON’T Opt for Cheap Materials
Cheap materials may save money immediately, but they’ll end up costing more in the long run. The parts of your bathroom that get heavily used, such as sinks and tiles, will wear out quickly if you choose to install poorly-manufactured ones. Aim for high-quality materials to avoid paying even more in the future.
One simple mistake can make an entire bathroom remodeling project look terrible. That is why avoiding mistakes at all costs is essential. By taking the proper precautions, you can ensure maximum value in your bathroom’s remodel.
About the Author
Pablo works at Texas Power Plumbing in Houston, TX. They provide plumbing services for new home construction, grease trap installation and hydro-jetting services.