A Guide to Bathroom Remodeling

There’s a reason so many Hollywood actors keep their awards in their bathrooms – all of your guests will visit that room at some point, so why not put the trophies where everyone will see them? But even if you haven’t won an Academy Award, your guests will still be checking your bathroom. A well done bathroom remodel can impress your guests and increase the value of your home.

Bathroom remodel can be as simple as new paint and fixtures, or it can be a total makeover and expansion. If you want to start a bathroom remodel, the first thing to do is evaluate your current bathroom.

Think about these questions to make sure you get the most out of your project:

How many people will use the bathroom?

If a family shares a bathroom, it may be a good idea to have a separate area for the toilet and shower so that someone can shower while someone else uses the mirror and vanity.

What is the current state of the bathroom?

Attacking dirty tiles with bleach or an industrial tile cleaning solution, polishing fixtures, and adding brighter lights can restore shine to your bathroom and cost less than a renovation. But if the bathroom is outdated, crumbling, or just plain boring, consider more intense changes.

How much money do you have for the renewal?

Before you start, think about how much money you can realistically afford. No remodeling project should put you in debt. Once you have a budget, take a trip to your local hardware store to check prices. Shop around and start looking for deals before starting your renovation project. It is not necessary to buy everything at once; you can easily wait for store sales to buy the tools you need and store them.

How much work can you do yourself?

If this is your first remodel project, take care of yourself. You will need to use this room, so make sure you don’t get into trouble. If your bathroom needs new wiring, plumbing, or even tile, don’t be afraid to ask for professional help. Just be sure to factor it into your budget.

How much space do you have?

If you can tear down walls, be sure to plan ahead. Sliding doors and a shower, not a bathtub, are easy ways to save space.

How long are you going to use the bathroom?

If you are remodeling to help sell your home, or could sell it soon, it may be best to stick with simple, conservative changes. Get things going and looking clean, but don’t add the hot tub of your dreams.

These questions address some of the most basic points of bathroom remodeling. Plan ahead, budget, keep an eye out for deals, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember, modeling the bathroom should be fun and the results are for your enjoyment. Do your best.

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