Expert Author Vladimir Mesic

Before you finally decide to start remodeling your bathroom, make sure you do the proper planning and research to minimize issues which can cost you a lot of headaches, time and money. Based on my hands on experience in home repair and remodeling projects in general, here are a few tips that could help you get your bathroom remodeling project running smoothly.

Whether it's a case of you wanting to remodel an existing bathroom or building an additional one to accommodate your family growing in size or just for the convenience of having two bathrooms, it's one of the most important jobs you can do in your home with a lot of time and money being invested so you don't want to stuff it up. I would not advise that you do the whole job or even parts of it by yourself, unless you are an experienced building trades person and have handled bathroom renovation projects before.

The reason for that is that this type of work requires many different trades and skills to come together and each part of the job, tiling, waterproofing, plumbing, electrical work, design of the layout and so on, are interdependent and have to be done in a proper job sequence as well as requiring specialized skills and experience.

Another important point is that you want the project to finish in a reasonable amount of time which will more than likely not happen if you try to do the work yourself after your regular job and during weekends. That could be very disruptive for your family if you and your children live there during the work.

It is important to keep in mind, that the bathroom space is usually quiet limited so it is essential to utilize the space available efficiently. Make sure you spend the time to look into the different options available in terms of the layout of the bathroom, the type of fittings, shower cubicle, vanity units, towel holders, which tiles will match well with the fittings and the overall look you want to achieve. Visiting home remodeling and bathroom stores and showrooms can be very helpful.

Have a bathroom floor plan drawn up to scale and insert the outline of the toilet, bathtub, vanity unit, shower screen and other fittings into the drawing to get a better idea if there will be enough room for easy movement or if the layout is functional. It means you will have to keep making the changes in that plan depending what works best for your situation. This plan can also be used to present to the contractors for cost estimates and various trades such as a plumber, electrician for services installation and so on. Make sure you find out if you need a permit from relevant local authorities, especially if you are extending or adding a room as part of the bathroom remodeling.

Better still you can draw a layout on a flat surface, in an empty room corner somewhere, in 1:1 scale so you get a better feel for the space and how it may look on site. In any case, the more detailed your plan and bathroom specification is, the easier and less costly your bathroom project will probably end up being.

Spending time and giving a lot of thought into your bathroom remodeling project and making changes before you actually start work on it, will save you a lot of money as any changes made during the bathroom remodeling work will mean more work and modifications which in many cases won't even be able to be made without quality being compromised.

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