Remodeling a bathroom requires significant planning, as well as knowledge to do the job properly. Read on to learn more.
Planning And Budget
The challenge in remodeling a bathroom on a budget is determining how much you can spend on the project and how much money you can spend for any professional work that may be required. The following may help:
- Review online tutorials on topics related to how to remodel a bathroom.
- Know your limitations and be aware of building codes. If you do need help, hire someone who is licensed and insured to handle the electrical work for lighting or plumbing. A pro might be able to handle a particular task with better results.
- When creating the design for the layout of the bathroom remodel, take accurate measurements.
- Be prepared to use auxiliary work lights while electricity to the space is turned off.
- Be sure to have alternate bathroom facilities, whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor.
- Determine how to dispose of fixtures and other materials removed during demolition.
Demolition should be methodic and controlled.
- Do not damage plumbing or electrical work during demolition.
- Turn off the water supply to the toilet, tub, shower, and sink.
- Remove the toilet. Use a rag to plug the waste pipe to prevent sewer gases from entering the home.
- Disconnect the plumbing for the sink and remove the vanity and the sink.
- Remove the shower or tub sand inspect for any water damage, mold, or mildew.
- Pry off baseboards and label them for simple reinstallation
- If needed, turn off electricity to the bathroom and remove the lights.
- Remove accessories from the walls.
- Remove drywall, back board and tile from areas where it will be replaced.
- Remove the linoleum or tile and check for water damage.
- Replace the toilet flange.
- Install a new shower tub or pan.
- Replace the shower controls for the shower head.
- Run a water line extension for overhead rain shower or dual shower heads.
- Address any plumbing modifications needed for any additions or downsizing.
- Consider replacing 15-amp wiring with a 20-amp circuit to accommodate more appliances.
- Install or relocate additional outlets – including GFCI receptacles for those outlets.
- Add hookups for any lighting in the ceiling, shower, and vanity lights.
- Move the vent fan closer to shower.
Add Blocking for Grab Bars
- Because the walls are open, you can add blocking between wall studs to support grab bars and solid material for securing these safety features can save time in the future.
- Install a vapor barrier and cement board in the tub or shower stall.
- Cement board is resistant to moisture and makes a good backer for wall tile.
- Use drywall for other walls.
- Paint before the vanity, tub, sink, and sink are installed to reduce the risk of splatter on new flooring or fixtures.
- Select an interior paint with a semi-gloss or satin finish that will stand up to the humidity in the bathroom.
- Tile the shower walls or bathtub enclosure first and then move to other areas of the bathroom.
- Install the wall tile and then work on floor tile.
- Use grout for both but caulk the corners. Grout is available in a variety of colors to enhance or become part of the overall bathroom decor.
Install Shower Door
- After the tile is set, install the door for the shower or the track door for the tub.
Install Exhaust Fan And Lights
- Install and connect wall lighting and ceiling lights.
- Connect the exhaust fan.
Install Sink And Vanity
- Get the sink and vanity into place and hook up the plumbing.
- Installing a new toilet might be the simplest part of bathroom remodeling.
- Finish up the project by installing light switch plates, towel holders and other accessories.