Angie’s List says the ave4rage cost of a bathroom renovation is $12,500. Read on to learn how you can save money with a do-it-yourself approach.
Gather Your Remodeling Tools and Supplies
- Safety mask
- Caulking gun
- Silicone sealant
- Tape measure
- Spackle knife
- Stud finder
- Power drill
- Pry bar
- Adjustable wrench
- Flathead screwdriver
- Utility knife
- Chalk line
- Extension cord
Gutting A Bathroom
- Drain and remove the toilet to avoid any unpleasant spills.
- Cover up the tub and start removing the bath tile down to the studs.
- Remove the insulation from your walls. Do not use a hammer on insulation, instead use a reciprocating saw to cut out the panels.
- Remove cabinets, vanities, mirrors, floor tiles and any other features you plan to replace.
Install New Tub Basin Or Shower
- The base shape you choose will determine your layout, so make sure you take into account the other features of your bathroom beforehand.
- When there are any signs of rotting wood or water damage to your subfloor, you should replace it.
Install New Features And Fixtures
You can now install your new vanity and cabinets. If their dimensions are bigger or smaller than your current ones, you’ll need to renovate your bathroom a little further by adjusting the wiring. This will require the services of a qualified electrician to be safe.
Floor Tile Installation
Use a mason’s chalk line to mark reference lines perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to the wall with the longest continuous line. This will allow you to keep your tiles in a straight line, avoiding the dreaded crooked tiling job.
Installing Drywall And Start Painting
The next step is to hang your new drywall. This can be a long process as you have to cut new drywall to fit around your vanity and any other features.
- Use drywall mud and tape to cover seams and fill in gaps.
- Use cement board instead of drywall for the shower/tub wall.
- Coat the cement board with Redgard or another waterproofing membrane to guard against water damage.
- Once this has been done you can start painting. It really gives a new feel to the room and is highly cost-effective.
Installing New Vanity And Cabinets
First, the vanity, including the sink and faucet. Once you have the drain hooked up to the faucet, you can move on to the other priorities such as the mirror, cabinets as well as the trim around the shower or tub.
You are then left to install the toilet if it has been removed. There are plenty of online guides on YouTube that demonstrates the best ways forward, you can then add the trim and the finishing touches.