Renovating a bathroom is a fun and exciting project but it also involves a lot of choices and decisions in order to get the design that you have envisioned. Whether it involves replacing a bathtub or an entire ceramic tile job, there is a lot of things that need to be determined before ever even starting the work. Let’s take a look at a few factors to consider before you start smashing up the bathroom.
Design Ideas You can either take a look at some of the renovators work that they have already done and get some ideas or you can come up with ideas of your own. A third option is to come up with new plans while sitting with the decorator. They will have swatches and samples that you can take into the bathroom as see how they will look. For example, If you are going to be replacing missing tiles, they can advise you how best to do that; an entirely new ceramic tile installation or maybe they have the same type of tiles or they may have some nice accent tiles that could add an element to your bathroom. Ultimately the decision is yours but having a professional that to help you make these kinds of decisions is nice because they already know what the finished product looks like from having done it or seen it in other bathroom. So, before anything else, you will need to decide on a design for your bathroom, one way or another.
Plumbing If you are planning on a new tub install or adding a separate shower or sink, you’ll need to think about plumbing. Is your plumbing sufficient enough to handle the extra flow? Do you have sewer pipes that can be hooked to the drains? Do you have sufficient drainage hookups and water coming in? You must understand that the correct plumbing is needed in order to move things around in your bathroom. If you are just refinishing a tub or upgrading different elements in your bathroom then just make sure to place the drains exactly where the old ones were so the pipes can function the same without needing any work. This will save you a lot of money. However, if you are going to be moving things around, then you’ll need to figure out the cost of rerouting your pipes.
Budget It’s easy to get carried when undertaking big jobs like this. People tend to think to themselves that the extra money will be worth it once it’s done and it will pay for itself eventually. However, make sure you do your research thoroughly before agreeing to spend over and above what you have already allotted for the renovation. For example, you may have set aside X amount for the shower before seeing any designs or starting the work, but when you see the ceramic tiles and pretty trimmings that you could possibly be yours, your mind begins to reason with you and tell you all the reasons why spending the extra on these beautiful tiles would be absolutely worth every penny. Then, once the novelty wears off, you realize you could have gone for a cheaper material than the ceramic tiles and they aren’t that great anyway. Don’t be swept away by your emotions, write down your budget and stick to it. You’ll save yourself a lot of regrets that way. If you know that you tend to be the type of person that is easily swayed, set aside a certain amount of money that you would rather not go towards your new bathroom but if it does, it won’t hurt your finances. It’s okay to get excited about a new bathroom. They are great things and having one that you truly love is the best feeling. You can’t relax in a bubble bath with a glass of wine at your elbow if you hate the way your bathroom looks. You deserve a nice bathroom, but make sure to stay level headed and think of all the variables. This will help you to not only enjoy the way your bathroom looks but enjoy the amount that you saved and spent while doing it.