Have you found the time, money, and research to jazz up your bathroom? Recent home improvement stats have reached an all-time high, and bathroom renovation ranks high on that list.
Studies show that over 51% of people are substantially happier at home after renovating their bathroom. Be smart about spending, and your investment will prove worthwhile.
Choose an upgrade that matches your daily routine and lifestyle, so your private space has both style and substance. With some research and reference to the National Kitchen And Bath Association, you can even re-design your bathroom.
1. Make A List Of Things You Want To Improve And Assign A Budget To Each
Replace essential parts and only retouch others. For example, install a new sink faucet instead of replacing the sink. Retouch your tub with white porcelain repair glue. Install new shower valves from a good valve manufacturer instead of replacing the whole shower.
Remodeling any room can become painfully expensive. Make sure you do not spend more than 10-15% of the monetary value of your bathroom on renovation costs.
Plan your budget carefully and leave room for contingencies. Try to DIY easy steps like painting.
2. Find Required Tools And Equipment
Demolition is an essential step in remodeling. Clean out your bathroom, empty all the cabinets, and shut off the water supply. Buy safety masks, eye-protective gear, and work gloves before you get to the dirty work like removing flooring and fixtures.
For most of it, you can DIY your remodeling. Some tools you will have to use are:
- Adjustable wrench
- Caulking gun
- Utility knives and spackle knife
- Stud finder
- Wet and dry vacuums
Other supplies include silicone sealant, plastic buckets, large trash bags, paintbrushes, and other painting supplies. Remember to drain and dry your bathroom and its fixtures before you begin.
3. Hard Surfaces: Tiles or Flooring, Dry Walls
Use a hammer and power tools to remove the floorboards, tiles, or drywall in your bathroom. Once this space is clear, inspect the area for signs of rot or water damage. You can employ a contractor or plumber if you want a professional eye over things.
Remember that water damage can lead to mold growth, thereby weakening your bathroom’s internal structure and the integrity of supporting walls.
Make sure to clean the areas around major plumbing lines with chemical cleaners. Gunk and other stains can become stubborn and stronger over time, making them difficult to remove.
Laying the floor is complex and time-consuming: the mortar takes anywhere between 24 to 48 hours to cure. It will be another 24 to 72 hours for the grouting to finish curing. If you’re DIY-ing this step with minimal prior experience with renovation, use sheet or vinyl for a faster and cheaper installation.
4. Replace Outdated Decor
Trends change with time, so you might want to change up your bathroom’s original themes and color schemes. Replace old bulbs for bright-colored lamps, get brand-new cabinet fixtures, or simply paint the vanity set.
The average person spends a whopping 416 days in their bathroom: try to fill this space with comfort and personal quirks.
Install the larger fixtures, such as major lightbulbs, toilet, shower, and tub before anything else. Doing so allows you to imagine the physical layout of the final look.
If you’re not absolutely sure about installing these features, go ahead and ask for the help of a professional. Such fixtures deal with major plumbing lines; you don’t want to end up with a mess on your hands.
Install the smaller fixtures like faucets and showerheads after the big ones are in place. If you’re familiar with your hand tools and can identify basic plumbing, you can DIY this task.
5. Try Not To Change Major Plumbing
Unless you are ready to spend big money and hire lots of professional help to assist you, try to stick with the same major plumbing lines: the tubs, shower, and toilet.
Diverting intricate water supply pipes elsewhere can be difficult and expensive. So, try to maintain the same position of such fixtures. Electric wiring may also prove problematic if you drastically change the layout of your bathroom. You will definitely want to leave renovations involving electric lines to a professional, or you may end up with damage to your house’s electric structure.
6. Lighting And Fixtures
You might want to upgrade your bathroom lighting if it has been a long time since the last replacement. Bright white light is ideal for the bathroom because of visibility. You can add small, supporting light fixtures for an ambient glow or preferred aesthetics.
If your new choice of lighting requires you to install additional wiring into the central circuit of your house, call an electrician. Do not attempt to fix the wiring if you don’t know what exactly you are doing. Any mishap can be dangerous for you, become expensive to repair, and damage the electrical structure of your home.
Replacing the vanity is probably the easiest DIY in bathroom remodeling. You can simply paint the pre-existing fixture or replace the whole set.
7. Finishing Touches
Anything that requires bolts on the walls should be done last. The aesthetic part of your renovation should be left for the last not only because you get to enjoy it stress-free but also because there is no dust or chemicals lying around. This includes the installation of light switches, shower curtains, towel bars, mirrors, and small cabinets. This step requires minimal technical skills.
Glassdoor installation should also be done towards the end. The final finishing touches must include caulking around the bathtub, sink, and toilet. This step not only gives the bathroom a clean and new appearance but also prevents water leakage.
So, follow the above-mentioned methods, and give your bathroom a nice makeover. Always remember to plan your budget in mind.