Steps in Renovating a Bathroom

If your bathroom needs some work, you may be ready to give it an overhaul. But you can’t just jump into a renovation- you first need a plan. Whether you’re doing it yourself or relying on bathroom contractors, here are some tips for renovating your bathroom:

Step 1: Make your budget
Before you begin renovating, you need to have a good idea of the steps you need to take. The first thing you need to do is determine your budget for the renovation. Consider how much you’re willing to spend, and ensure that this includes a few hundred extra, just in case you go over your expected costs. Write down this number, and be prepared to stick to it- it’s easy to go over this when you’re looking at different options.

Step 2: Find inspiration
If you’re the Pinterest type, now’s the time to start a board with the bathroom features and designs you love. Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration for colours, lighting, flooring, fixtures, vanities, and more. Otherwise, check out some design blogs or magazines so you can see which trends you like.

Step 3: Measure your space
Now you can grab some graph paper and plot out your bathroom space. Cut out a vanity, tub, and toilet, and move them around until you’re happy with the results. Keep in mind that it’s expensive to change plumbing, so it may be worth working with the design you currently have and simply changing the fixtures.

Measure your space, and figure out how much room you have to work with so you can go shopping.

Step 4: Shopping time
Next, you can start sourcing your accessories, fixtures, and other options. Since you already have a floor plan and budget, this should be the fun part. You’ll need to think about lighting, mirrors, grout, tiles, faucets, a shower, a vanity, a toilet, accessories, and more.

Step 5: Talk to contractors
If you’re not planning to DIY, now’s the time to talk to contractors. Since you have a scope of your project, they should easily be able to price the job. Let them see your fixtures and plan, and get a quote from one or two to compare.

Step 6: Renovate
If you’re planning to DIY, this article simply isn’t long enough for all the steps you’ll need to take. If you have a contractor, your biggest issue will be finding a way to deal with the inconvenience if this is the only bathroom in your house. Keep in mind that renovations usually take a few days longer than expected due to hidden problems, but you should have everything in place for a quick, successful renovation.

Have you renovated your bathroom before? How did it go? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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