Without planning, bathroom remodels can easily turn into bathroom disasters. With proper planning you can give your outdated bathroom a refreshing new look that looks like it stepped out off the page of a magazine.
Unless you have experience in bathroom renovations it is best to leave the job to a professional since even one little mishap could derail the entire project. This article will discuss some of the things to consider before undertaking the remodel.
First things first – your Budget
To keep the project on track you need to set a budget of what you can afford. Knowing your budget will help you choose fixtures, cabinetry, and flooring you can afford rather than what you wish you could afford. A professional contractor will be able to help you find the best quality materials that fit in your budget and fulfill your vision for the makeover.
Hire a Professional
Unless you have the skills and time to do the job yourself, it is better to hire a professional contractor to complete the remodel. Don’t just pick a name out of the yellow pages, research the contractors are considering, ask for references, talk to family and friends to find out if they have had any experience with the contractor, and finally ask friends and family for their recommendations for contractors who have done work for them.
Ventilation is Important
Moisture is a constant in the bathroom. Plan to install a proper ventilation system to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, a health hazard to you and your family. Modern ventilation systems are not only attractive and efficient, they are extremely quiet too.
Reuse existing Items
If you have quality materials in your current bathroom but they have an outdated look, considering refinishing them to give them a new look. This can include cabinetry, tubs, and sinks. A change of color, new faucets added to quality older materials can give the room a refreshing new look at a fraction of the cost of new materials.
This option will also allow you to continue to use the room during the remodel.
Use Green Products
Green products are not only good for the environment they are beneficial to you too. Choose designs and materials that are chemical free, choose to use natural products such as wood or stone in your remodel is good for you, your family, and the environment.
A huge expense will be incurred if you decide to move the existing plumbing in the room. Leaving the plumbing in place will save you money that could be invested in other ways in the room such as the luxurious shower you have been dreaming about. If you decide to must move the plumbing talk to your contractor to find out what would be your best options to keep your budget under control.
An updated bathroom will not only increase the room’s functionality, it will also add value to your home.
Call iRemodel today at 416-825-2542 to make an appointment to discuss your options.