First you must determine the true scope of the remodeling project. Whether it is a mild refresh or a total revamp, a bathroom remodeling is worth going BIG. After all, your bathroom is that place where you take long, relaxing showers at the end of long, stressful day. On top of that, a bathroom remodel can add to your house’s value, should you ever decide to put it on the market.
As soon as you start your bathroom remodeling project, it can result in either one of these two things:
a) You will have that gleaming, tiled paradise of a bathroom you have always wanted; or
b) You will end up having a half-assembled mess of old and new bathroom fixtures.
To avoid the latter, you should decide on the scope of your bathroom remodeling project before you get things moving.
Based on your budget, the time you have, and the size of your bathroom and its current state, you have several options for remodeling your bathroom:
1. Do a surface-level remodel.
You can consider this option if some of your bathroom fixtures (such as the knobs on the faucets) are all still in decent condition, whereas others (such as your shower stall) are starting to look a bit shabby. In this case, a surface-level remodeling can give your bathroom a much-needed refresh without a hefty price tag.
Cover don’t replace!
Replacement adds to the remodeling effort and expense since you are shelling out to remove fixtures that are already in good condition. Covering, on the other hand, uses the structure of what is already there and simply gives it a “new” look. Some of the “not-so-pricey” items you need to invest in when doing a surface-level bathroom remodeling include bathtub or shower liners, prefabricated shower units, and wall paneling.
2. Change the layout of your bathroom.
Just as you sometimes rearrange the placement of the furniture in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom to give it a new feel, you can rearrange the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. This project is a bit more challenging to take on than a surface-level remodel. Bathroom fixtures such as the sink, shower stall, bathtub, and cabinets are not easily moved and will require the services of a licensed plumber, a carpenter, and possibly an electrician.
However, once the professionals are done, you can save a little money by rearranging things like towel racks and bars, shelves, trash cans, and miscellaneous bath accessories yourself. There will be a bigger change to the overall look of your bathroom once you are finished.
3. A complete bathroom overhaul.
If nothing else is going to do it for you, there is always the final option of a complete overhaul of your existing bathroom. Tear everything out, right down to the bear studs, and completely redo the space. This is by far the most expensive bathroom remodeling project…however, if done properly, you can create a perfect place for you to escape to everyday and add thousands of dollars to the value of your home.
A Final Word About Bathroom Remodeling
All in all, the success of a bathroom remodeling project boils down to planning. As long as you know what your budget limitations are and the scope of the remodeling project, there is no reason you cannot have that tiled, cool, gleaming haven of a bathroom you have always wanted.