Bathroom Remodeling Made Simple

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Home remodel madison wi, Remodeling, Updated countertops

Home remodeling is something that many homeowners will consider, and plenty of them will follow through with this desire and remake a part of their home to better suit their needs and tastes. Change can be minor or major, anything from new wallpaper and furniture to knocking down walls to create larger rooms, or changing the purpose of a room such as an office becoming a baby’s nursery. Home remodeling can also boost a home’s resale value, with newer and high quality materials and fixtures to impress prospective buyers. Some home improvement may seem mundane, but in fact can greatly improve a room’s appeal. The bathroom, for example, is not the most exciting room of the house, but aside from toilet needs, it is also the home of showers and taking baths, cosmetics or shaving work at the sink’s mirror, and hair drying and dying. A pleasant bathroom can put someone in a better mood and create a comfortable zone. How can bathroom design be conceived, and how can bathroom design be figured out?

Bathrooms

Unlike a public bathroom like in a retailer, for example, a home’s bathroom is somewhere where the homeowner may spend a lot of time on a relaxing bath, dying their hair, using cosmetics, or getting a good shave, such as a man using a razor on his facial hair. For this reason, investing in a pleasant, personalized bathroom can go a long way and should not be overlooked. And it often is not; it is estimated that four out of five renovating homeowners are investing in bathroom design, with bathroom features like the flooring, countertops, the shower, and sinks being updated and replaced with newer models or materials. Remodeling for the bathroom does not have to be a chore; bathroom design can involve more charming features and materials than one may realize.

How to Remodel

Bathroom designs begin with choosing whether to work DIY (do it yourself) or hire a contractor. Contractors will cost more per square foot, but may be the only option of the homeowner does not have the tools, materials, or expertise to do it alone.

According to The Spruce, the timing of the bathroom remodeling is critical. If the home only has one bathroom, the slow pacing of DIY remodeling can mean no bathrooms are free for days on end, so DIY is best if a home has two or more bathrooms. Also, bringing in contractors early in the morning is best if the client has work that day and will not need the bathroom during that time, since contractors work faster than DIY. Basic carpentry such as walls or bathtub alcove work can be done DIY if the homeowner has the exact skills and expertise; otherwise, a contractor’s help is essential. The same can be true for the bathroom’s plumbing and wiring work; unless the homeowner has expert knowledge of repairing these systems, not to mention regulations and codes for construction and maintenance. Otherwise, hiring contractors who have this expertise is critical, and a DIY project gone wrong can have serious consequences.

By contrast, flooring remodeling and installation can be easy and simple for a homeowner to do alone, especially vinyl flooring, although porcelain and ceramic tiles may take some research before modeling alone. Overall, it is probably not cost efficient to have contractors handle this easy part of bathroom design. Countertops and cabinets, in all but the largest bathrooms, are also easy for the homeowner to handle alone. A bathroom vanity unit can be purchased and installed alone, and vanity units tops may be included. Only large or higher-up cabinets need to be installed by contractors. Finally, the shower and tub involve plumbing and are probably best left to a contractor team, as well as bathtub glazing. However, prefabricated shower stalls may be relatively easy to install, so a DIY homeowner with the strength and expertise to handle them will not need to pay contractors for this part of bathroom design.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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