Five Key Tips to a Smooth Bathroom Remodel

Posted on Jan 26 2015 - 11:42am by Housecall

bathroomBathroom remodeling is an extensive process involving many parts. If you miss a piece, there’s a good chance your project is going to head south, requiring you to spend more money than you’d intended on parts and repairs. It’s important to consult with a bathroom remodeling contractor before you begin your project to make sure you’re covering all the bases and avoiding these common mistakes:

Budgeting for the cost of a bathroom remodel is imperative to a successfully finished product. If you budget for small improvements and then invest in expensive materials or major renovations, there’s a good chance you’ll go over budget and find yourself cutting corners mid-project to make up for the added expenses. It’s best to shop around for materials and ideas ahead of time. This allows you to save money for the materials you really want. It’s also smart to leave some cushion in your budget for any unforeseen complications.

Energy efficiency upgrades
Bathroom renovations provide a great opportunity to go green. While some green renovations are a bit more expensive on the front end -- dual-flush toilets, double-pane windows and bamboo flooring, for example -- they can also save you money over the long term. Some smaller-scale, less expensive improvements can also provide long-term financial and environmental benefits. Consider LED lighting, low-flow showerheads and automatic shut-off faucets.

Replacing the ceiling fan in your bathroom will help keep mold and mildew at bay. Airflow keeps moisture from building up humidity in small areas, which can rust metal and encourage mold growth on flooring and cabinets. You might need to hire an HVAC contractor to do the installation; they can recommend the best ceiling fan for your climate and bathroom size.

Fixture Choices
Bathroom fixtures aren’t something you’ll want to skimp on. It’s best to buy quality, durable materials to avoid short-term repairs and replacements. This applies to flooring, lighting and appliances. Speaking with a bathroom designer will ensure that you get the best product for your budget -- especially when it comes to your bathtub and shower. Cheap plumbing components can break down easily, causing leaks and other issues.

Strive to create enough space for the essentials without cluttering your bathroom with cabinets and shelves. You will probably need space for your linens -- towels, washrags, hand towels, etc., along with your toiletries and other essentials. You’ll also want to make space for cleaning products, so that it will be easy to keep your new bathroom looking its best. Shelving is ideal for toiletries and such; cabinets are optimal for everything else.

This blog was contributed by Home Advisor.

Photo courtesy of DesignMine

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Drew June 1, 2015 at 10:29 am -

    Great tips on upgrading to more energy efficient appliances. If you are remodeling then you might as well so that you can save more money in the long run. Thanks for posting!

  2. AvelineTorres June 9, 2015 at 8:12 am -

    Fantastic tips for beautiful remodeling of bathroom.

  3. LuellaHamilton June 23, 2015 at 5:00 am -

    Great post for bathroom remodel…!!!

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  5. Charles N. Espinosa December 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm -

    Great tips indeed. But there one major element is skipped. What about shower system. For bathroom remodeling rain showerhead should be consider.

  6. Peter May 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm -

    I love all of the bathroom remodel tips you have. Don’t start your renovation unless you know exactly what you want to achieve. Know what you can do and what you can’t. If you’re at all unsure about your ability to complete a particular task, you’re much better off getting the experts in to avoid problems occurring later down the track.

  7. Crossan September 2, 2018 at 8:25 am -

    Bathroom remodelling is a pain especially if you don’t know how to do it. But, You have written some key point here and I like those point.

  8. Jeffrey Lau September 11, 2020 at 4:33 am -

    You are almost directly on point; however, what about the bathroom fittings? This is also one of the most essential points, I guess.

  9. Ainsley Ash February 20, 2021 at 1:22 pm -

    Bathroom rennovation is a hectic task. I really admire some of tips you have listed.