So you want to remodel your bathroom. While this can add a great facelift to your home and increase its value, there are several things inexperienced homeowners do that can really screw up the project, which forces the project to stretch out longer and them to spend more. Want to avoid one of these problems? The key is a well-orchestrated and refined plan that’s been tested for errors and mistakes that would otherwise slow your project down.
Here are a few tips for developing a bathroom remodeling plan that first-time homeowners should follow in order to avoid any careless or easily-avoidable errors.
The number-one mistake that homeowners make when doing their first remodeling project is to set a vague budget goal but then never really refer back to it. By the time their project finishes, they’re several thousand dollars past what they wanted to spend, and the project has taken anywhere from several days to even a week or so longer than they expected. As you can imagine, they’re furious and frustrated with the outcome and never want to do it again.
Carefully think about how much you want to spend on this project, because this number is central to your planning process. Use your total cost and then carefully plan out how much you want to spend on flooring, tiling, fixtures, sinks, cabinets, lighting, etc. Make adjustments here and there to accommodate, but then don’t spend over what you have allocated for each piece.
The lighting in your bathroom needs to be good in order for it to be fully-functional, and that means taking the time to carefully plan a lighting scheme. What color and light temperature do you want (warm yellow or cool white)? Do you want fluorescent lights or energy-efficient LED bulbs? Recessed lighting? Vanity lighting? Do you want a bathroom ventilation fan?
These are all things to think about because they may influence whether or not you need to run new wiring and electrical leads through your ceiling or walls. You should also use this opportunity to install ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets in your bathroom if you haven’t already, since they’re much safer for you and your home.
Do you know how much space you need around your toilet? What about how large an average bathtub is? Do you want a corner sink or his-and-hers vanities? Do you know how much space you need between the sinks in a his-and-hers bathroom? All of these are valid questions—getting the dimensions wrong in any of these instances can lead to things like the bathroom door hitting the toilet or sink, constantly bumping into your spouse or roommate in the morning, or a whole host of other issues. Nothing is more infuriating than getting that new toilet installed and realizing you can’t open your bathroom door anymore because of it.
Believe it or not, that 24 inch tile you purchased may not be exactly 24 inches long. Often times these tiles are measured using millimeters and cut to European standards rather than measurements we’re more comfortable with here in the U.S. Some measurements also include group joints in their data as well, causing your tile to be shorter than you might think, which affects your layout. Even a minor error in measuring or anticipating your tile size can cause a serious mistake, such as cutting a hole for your shower or bathtub fixture in the wrong spot, forcing you to have to replace it which is both time-consuming and costly.Ready to start remodeling your bathroom? Call Talarico Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today at (610) 624-2177 to request a quote or start reviewing your options with our Reading bathroom remodeling experts.
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