STUCCO SIDING APPLICATIONNovember 9, 2018
Bathroom Remodeling Tips for Beginners
So you want to renovate your outdated bathroom but aren’t sure where to start? Learn from a pro.
Unless you work in the construction industry or watch home improvement shows 24/7, you’re not expected to be an expert on remodeling. Since we do it a little more often than you, allow us to offer some helpful advice so that when the time comes for you to remodel a bathroom, you’ve got some of the basics down.
Yes, there are times when it makes sense to change the layout of the plumbing in a bathroom. However, if given the option not to, don’t. Doing so can add to both the duration and cost of your project. This is one area where change doesn’t need to be made for the sake of making the change.
If you opt for custom bathroom cabinets, select them at the start of your project and wait until they are ready to start demolition. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard)
When ordering custom items such as tiles, vanities, light fixtures and bathtubs, the supplier, not the homeowner, dictates the timeframe the items will be available. To keep your project moving as quickly as possible, select these items at the very start of the project and do not start the demo process until the arrival date (or thereafter) in order to avoid having a bathroom that’s a construction zone for several weeks.
Many bathrooms are in areas of the home that do not have windows, which means poor lighting and air circulation. Remedy this situation by adding a sun tunnel or skylights to your bathroom.
As an added bonus, the federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30 percent on skylights. There are even companies that offer battery-powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.
If you’re looking to replace your current shower, a walk-in shower may be worth considering. Eliminating the step up can make the room appear larger. It’s also worth considering for homeowners who plan to retire in their current home.
If any part of the project makes you uncomfortable, there’s nothing wrong with calling a licensed professional. Yes, it can be an added expense, but then again, so can having your home flood because a water supply line was severed during a project you attempted to do yourself.