Bathroom Remodeling7 Tips to Prepare for a Bathroom Remodel_bathroom remodel nashville_Bathroom in a Box_Nashville TN

A bathroom remodel can breathe new life into your entire house. Every person who enters your home is likely to visit your Powder Room, maybe a Hall Bath and definitely the Master after a major bathroom remodel. A remodeled bathroom can have tremendous results in terms of functionality — for example adding a hand-held shower faucet — but also the joy factor. When you enter the bathroom in the morning or at the end day, it’s a personal experience and it should bring your bathroom joy after a bathroom remodel.

A bathroom remodel is a tremendous amount of work, but this article will help you improve the process. There are steps that you can take beforehand to make the remodel process easier.

Here are 7 tips to help you prepare for a bathroom remodel:

  1. Choose Between DIY or a Contractor
  2. Set a Budget
  3. Make a Plan
  4. Get Ready to Start
  5. Get Your Materials in Place
  6. Pay Attention to the Timeline and Process
  7. Enjoy the Results

1. Choose Between DIY or a Contractor

Remodeling is a trust game. You have an idea and want to bring it to life, and there are choices for how to get there.

Doing the work yourself is what’s called a DIY remodel. This route will increase your timeline but will save you a lot of money.

Enlisting the help of a general contractor (GC) is another option. This is a working relationship that brings in that idea of trust we mentioned earlier. It generally has a shorter timeline and the GC assumes the risk.

2. Set a Budget

Your budget is going to act as the framework for your bathroom remodel. Scope creep can show up unannounced — this is when you exceed your budget — and create problems.

Bathroom remodels are different from kitchen remodels, for instance, because there are no large purchases. Kitchen cabinets and appliances can run up the price of a project, but there’s no equivalent for a bathroom remodel.

However, plumbing purchases and labor can quickly increase your total expenditures if you aren’t careful. It’s best to decide your total budget and work to keep your ensuing choices from exceeding it.

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3. Make a Plan

Consider the aesthetics and functionality of all of the elements to be included in the remodel. Take some time to research different trends and selections to find what works best for you.

Consider your space and keep the plumbing in mind. It might seem easy to move a toilet or sink to a different place, but this will drastically impact your timeline and budget.

At this point, you can either continue putting together your own bathroom design or you can hire a designer.

The amount of materials needed for a bathroom remodel can be daunting. A designer will keep your project focused and provide access to these products.

4. Get Ready to Start

Gather all of the materials you’ve compiled up to this point — this includes:

  • Inspiration photos
  • Specifications
  • Drawings
  • Floorplan
  • Elevations
  • Plumbing options

Place an image of these materials into a binder so it can be easily referenced from this point forward. Think of it as the project’s Bible. It covers everything from the initial idea to the product selections and budget numbers and then can be used during installation.

This resource works to keep your bathroom remodel project on schedule and on budget.

5. Get Your Materials in Place

Gather all of the necessary materials and tools before the start of your bathroom remodel. You don’t want to be in the middle of the process only to realize you are missing something. Waiting on a part or product while your bathroom is in process is frustrating.

Getting everything together beforehand helps to minimize delays. Check the cartons and boxes  and products for damage. From there, organize the materials so they are available in the order you will need them.

For instance, if you are redoing the tile on the floor, that will have to be done before installing the sink. Don’t put the sink in front of the tiles so your access is not blocked.

6. Pay Attention to the Timeline and Process

Whether you’re working with a contractor or going the DIY route, you should create a timeline of projected progress and stick to it. There are likely to be occasional delays and changes throughout the process so try to factor these into your timeline.

The main stages of the bathroom remodel will be:

  • Demolition of materials
  • Disconnection electric and plumbing
  • Applicable construction
  • Rough plumbing and electric
  • Tile flooring and walls
  • Set cabinets
  • Finish plumbing, electric, and painting

Pay attention to the progress once the bathroom remodel begins. Keeping everything on track will also keep it within your budget.

7. Enjoy the Results

You made it! Remodeling a bathroom is a daunting and invasive process. But now you can enjoy the results of all of your hard work every day.

Proper planning and a continued focus on the process is sure to produce a bathroom remodel that you love. Are you starting the beginning stages of this rewarding process? Bathroom in a Box is your one-stop shop for everything you need to get your bathroom remodel plans moving.

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  1. Thank you for noting the specific steps in bathroom remodeling projects. The part about disconnecting and reapplying the electricity and plumbing fixtures gave me a lot of ideas about how to restructure the entire bathroom to allow for newer fixtures like lamps and sinks. Once I find a remodeling contractor that can do all of these things for me, I’ll make sure I focus on that part and let them know all the plans I have for it.

  2. That’s a good point about knowing your timeline and budget while you choose materials. My wife and I want to remodel our master bathroom to make it more modern this month. I’ll be sure to find a contractor that can help us find the best materials.

  3. It’s great to learn that you can remodel your bathroom quicker by hiring a general contractor. My wife and I are wanting to renovate our bathroom and we were wondering how we could get it done before our children come to visit. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should hire a general contractor to help us remodel the bathroom.

    • Shop the Bathroom in a Box for bathroom design plans as it’s an inexpensive solution to know in advance what the materials costs are to replicate the look for your bathroom remodel. Good Luck.

  4. I agree that you don’t want to realize that something is missing after you start the project. My brother is wanting to remodel his bathroom, so he could make use of that advice. I’ll recommend that he makes sure that he plans for smaller things like sealing the shower and the grout if he ends up remodeling.

    • Appreciate your comments. That’s is two important, but often overlooked areas: sealing grout especially in the shower pan and caulking all connected materials. Both a source of failure in the future. Diane

  5. It’s great that you said that hiring a contractor for your bathroom remodeling is beneficial since the remodeling project would be done faster, plus the contractor would assume the risk. My husband and I plan on having our bathroom remodeled because we want to get rid of the bathtub to replace it with a walk-in shower. I’ll start looking for a reputable remodeling contractor in the city this weekend. Thanks.

    • Please do your due diligence and check references and be sure he has General Liability Insurance. Expect a fair payment schedule ensures you pay as the work is being completed. Would love to work with you on the design of your bathroom as that is one of our services. It’s E-Design (virtual) Interior Design. You will get the design outcome you want, a design and a Shopping List for all of the materials you need. It’s less expensive and less invasive than typical design services.

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  6. I’m glad that you mentioned the importance of creating a budget for your remodeling project. I remember my sister telling me that she has been wanting to remodel her bathroom this summer. Maybe she should come up with a budget before she gets started with her remodeling project.

  7. Thanks for explaining how to set a budget for bathroom renovations. My aunt wants to hire a bathroom renovation service. I’ll share this advice to help the remodeling process go smoothly for her!

  8. Thanks for helping me realize how remodeling our bathroom might require a tremendous amount of work. It made me think that I can’t possibly replace the flooring and install a new toilet bowl all by myself. Hiring professionals who can skillfully do everything for the project seems like the better and more convenient choice.

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