Bathroom remodeling projects can be one of the most difficult undertakings, but with a well thought out plan, and access to the right tools and materials, you can make your bathroom beautiful and functional. A bathroom remodel is not as simple as just adding a new countertop or shower replacement, because it requires many more decisions than that. This article will discuss some of those decisions and considerations so that you can decide what you need to do to make the remodeling go as smoothly as possible. The first decision to be made is whether you will do the bathroom remodeling yourself or hire a contractor to do the work for you.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. For instance, if you do decide to tackle the project on your own, there are many things to consider, such as the time involved in actually building the remodel, and finding quality products to buy. However, the time involved is not the only consideration. When you remodel on your own, you have almost complete control over the entire process. Everything goes through you, from choosing fixtures to getting the plumbing done. If you choose a company to do the remodeling, they will provide the products, but you have no input into the process.
A big factor to consider when deciding between doing the bathroom remodeling yourself, and hiring a contractor to do the job is whether or not you like their style of doing business. Some contractors are nicer and allow you to pick designs and colors you want, while some will simply charge you a flat rate price for the bathroom renovation. If you find a contractor who is willing to work around your design ideas and allows you to be a part of the process, then you might find a better deal.
Another thing to consider is the plumbing and electrical systems in the bathroom. Most older homes have a non-standard plumbing system, which means the pipes and fixtures are not the proper height, size, or compatibility with each other. This makes it difficult to get them installed and requires more time than if you were just replacing the plumbing. A bathroom remodel can easily repair any issues you have with the plumbing and electrical, saving you time and money. It’s always best to have your plumbing and electrical done professionally, even if you hire someone to install the fixtures and electrical, as some parts might not be suitable. If you have a lot of experience with DIY plumbing and electrical, you can probably handle the project.
If you want the best deal on the plumbing and electrical, you’ll probably want to go with a general contractor instead of a tile and bathroom renovation specialist. General contractors won’t specialize in tile or bathroom installation, but they do have experience with plumbing and electrical. The savings can be significant, especially if you know you’re replacing some drains, fixtures, and electrical. If you’re replacing the plumbing, the general contractor should be able to give you an estimate per hour for the plumbing replacement. Even if they charge more per hour, it could save you more in the long run because you won’t have to fix anything that gets damaged during the demolition process.
Tile is very expensive and installing it by yourself isn’t easy. Bathroom remodeling can be a little more involved, but there are many things you can do yourself if you’re handy with a hammer, a saw, and pliers. One thing you can do yourself is replacing your old bathroom vanity with a new one. Replacing your old bathroom vanity with a newer model, like a pedestal sink or vanity top, can be more affordable than replacing all of the pipes and plumbing. Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to make your bathroom remodeling cost effective.