With modern trends in bathroom design we often keep our health/wellness and comfort in mind. It's alot easier to start your day with a positive mindset if you have the opportunity to indulge yourself in a quality comfort bathroom and there's nothing better than coming home to relax and experience an amazing spa-like moment in your bathroom. A bathroom is one such space in your house which will be used by all family members, therefore, you need to ensure that it remains functional and well-planned.
Once you've decided to commit to your bathroom renovation project, the following steps in this article may prove useful in your journey.
Renovating a bathroom involves both creating a functional bath space and giving yourself the pampering that you deserve. Overall, it's all about your comfort and well-being. Considering the various phases in a bathroom renovation, we've taken the time to break it down to into the following steps to guide you.
This is the basic stage when you start thinking of renovating your bathroom. At this point, you gather all the ideas from various sources to remodel your bathroom in the best possible way (you're doing it right now). Be aware of all permits required by your local municipality in order to protect the value of your home, insurance liability issues, etc. With almost all the information available on the Internet, it has become a lot easier for people to take a sneak peek into the innumerable ideas and precautions relating to bathroom renovations, whether it is design, material, or colors. You can find help online which can offer great home improvement ideas.
Once you have acquired enough information from your research, you should begin planning and writing down the renovation steps. In the process of planning your bathroom renovation project, it's important to keep in-mind (and on paper) all the reasons why you wanted to start this project in the first place. Begin assessing the space and its limitations, what you can or cannot do with structural, plumbing, electrical, etc. You'll begin to see whether your original idea of the layout will be possible or may require some alterations. Knowing its' intended purpose is also essential to planning. When you know its primary purpose, it'll be easier for you to decide whether the bathroom will become a master bathroom, common bathroom, or a powder bathroom, etc. Moreover, you'll begin to understand the utility and function of your chosen style of bathroom in your home.
3. Budgets and costs
For most renovators, this is a key-point on figuring out what you are willing to spend and factoring in costs for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. The one common formula we like to implement is; take your maximum budget number, multiply it by 10-15%(set aside for unforeseen circumstances) and subtract the results from your maximum budget; your final number would be your projected budget.
Some cost factors to consider are:
Contractors that you may want to consider hiring are carpenters/framers, Drywallers, Electricians, Flooring/Tile, HVAC, Painters, Plumbers. Be sure to ask for free estimates from each contractor and shop for at least 2-3 different quotes for each type of service, keep in mind cheaper service costs is not always the best areas to focus on cutting costs.
Other costs to consider:
As mentioned previously this stage involves all the renovation steps of hiring contractors. Finding the right contractors is an important factor when you plan for renovating your bathroom. Before you choose any particular crew to remodel your bathroom, you should take the time to read reviews from people who have used their services in the past. Genuine feedbacks from people who have hired their services will prove useful during the construction phase. Look at the projects completed by that agency in recent past and don't hesitate to ask for insurance and liability information, wcb in case they are injured on your property during the life of your project.
Take written proposals and cost estimates, so that you have a clear idea of the expenses and work being done. Written proposals will also give you an idea on the timeline of each phase of construction. If you'll be hiring each individual contractor, be absolutely sure that you agree with their terms for service. Ask as many questions that you can think of that will help you understand to the point where you shouldn't be too surprised if they run into a snag (We'll cover "Hiring Contractors" in detail in a future article).
Another feesible option is hiring a project manager who will have a network of tradespeople that they're familiar working with. This can save you a lot of time and energy having to manage and deligate each individual contractor and coordinating their services which could potentially prolong your project time frame. Picture your project as an orchestra, a quality project manager is similar to the conductor orchestrating a masterpiece with the notes being your idea.
5. Choosing your fixtures and materials
At this stage of game you should already have your plan figured out and have determined the final layout. This stage now involves choosing the right fixtures and materials for your new bathroom. It's a good idea to create a design board and print-off pictures of fixtures, find samples of tiles or color palette for themed paint and any other ideas to provide a better visual representation of the finishing. Shop around for suppliers, you can provide a list of what you need and in most cases suppliers may offer a special rate on large quantity orders. It's a good idea to ask specific trades if they have options on supplying fixtures as they may have exclusive deals available to them.
If you have chosen to opt-out from hiring a project manager then this calls for you to be actively engaged in the construction process. Also, it is the main aspect of a bathroom renovation where all your plans and research will be implemented. Depending on your plans, a renovation can take around 6-8 weeks once started. We suggest that you have all the materials before the construction starts.
After completing each phase of construction up to its' finishing, be sure to check for any deficiencies and bring them up immediately as soon as you're aware of it. When everything has been completed be sure to keep all product and service invoice-receipts for your future records and warranty purposes.
With a better understanding on the stages of a bathroom renovation through research, planning, setting budgets and estimating expenditures, hiring contractors, selecting fixtures and materials and the actual construction itself, we hope this was able to provide you with enough knowledge and information to get your bathroom renovation project on-the-go.
*Please feel free to suggest anything that we may have missed or any additional points that can help others out.
Quality Saskatoon Plumbing and Bathroom Renovation Services
I'm a Canadian Red Seal Certified Journeyman plumber and have been in the trades industry for over 10years. I enjoy sharing my skills in designing and developing beautiful home projects and sharing knowledge and experiences to help others develop their home sanctuaries.