A Beginner’s Guide To Renovating Your Bathroom
Bathrooms can be difficult to design because most bathrooms featured in magazines are smaller than the ones you have at home. Also, some ideas featured in magazines look dated over the years, while others are difficult to replicate because they are expensive. At the same time, while planning your bathroom renovation, you may completely overlook built-in items like pull out shelves or built-in niches in tubs and showers. These can provide additional function and space, especially in small bathrooms.
After the renovation is complete, the long-term enjoyment and value of the bathroom will depend on the quality of the design, the materials used, and the workmanship. These are factors you must also consider before commencing. Other things to note are the important tools for bath renovation, which are design aids and an experienced contractor. Design aids provide ideas and a qualified contractor can filter out impractical ideas from practical ones and can be trusted to bring the project to life.
To highlight design strategies, provide suggestions on how to choose a renovator, and tips to know if your contractor is doing a good job, Bathroom Renovation Services has formulated a Beginner’s Guide to renovating your bathroom.
Make a note of issues: Bathrooms are renovated for two main reasons, the failure of materials in wet areas and to update a design that looks outdated. When planning a project, it makes sense to make a note of these issues and plan to eliminate them from the start.
Collect renovation ideas: Poor design can be avoided through conscious efforts to design well. Browse through bathroom design and renovation books and place post-it notes on photos of things you like. Do not take time to think of choices, just keep turning pages and collecting ideas. After you have gone through all the books or magazines, start over and this time only look at the pictures with post-its on them.
Find a common theme: Keep in mind that tile is permanent, paint is a decoration. So, put in sufficient time and thought while picking tiles, paint, and bathroom accessories for your design ideas.
Avoid fads: A renovated bathroom could last fifty years and still look great, so designing a bathroom that will look good in fifty years should be a given. In any case, it will last a long time. If you don’t think you will still like a design in ten years, then move on to something else.
Determine requirements based on the project: When you are ready to speak with a renovator offer information so they can create drawings of your new bathroom. Larger or more complex projects may justify the use of an interior designer. Involving a designer after you have reviewed and established your design preferences can reduce design time and bring more of yourself to the project rather than more of the designer’s taste.
Hire an experienced bathroom renovator: The failure of materials in your bathroom can be eliminated by hiring a professional. There has been a revolution in materials since most baths were first built. An experienced professional will be familiar with these materials so that the issues in your bathroom are no more.
Judge your renovator: Judge not only how well they build but also how they respect your time and your home. The job site and tools they use should be kept neat and tidy. The job site and the path to the outside door should be cleaned every day by the contractor. Floors and stairs should be protected. Your expectations of the above standards should be clear before work starts.
Get it in writing: A client and contractor are partners in a successful renovation. A client must know that all critical information is in the hands of their contractor. If a client has a question or wishes to make changes, the contractor must be open at all times to really listen to the client. Open communication and a written agreement have to be in place before work begins.
Advice From The Pros
Pay attention to products and materials: Keep in mind that finished goods and materials are only part of the cost of a project, but they are the parts you will always see. Buying a cheap faucet instead of the one you really want may not reduce the project cost by much but may lessen your enjoyment and may result in the eventual replacement of the cheap product.
Keep lifestyle and maintenance issues in mind: If you don’t like cleaning crystal or you now have four boys under four years of age, don’t put crystal lights in your bathroom.
Before planning, evaluate the goal of your project: If you are going to stay in your home indefinitely, say for five years or more, then really consider only quality materials. If you are renovating to sell, then consult with your realtor about how the finished project needs to be presented to the market.
Pay attention to the renovator or contractor you hire: Hire a contractor who is both busy and who has a reputation for quality work. Referrals from friends and quality job websites are both ways to search for contractors. Get written quotes from at least two contractors before picking one.
Plan ahead: Be aware of the work and cost involved before you begin. Hire people you like, people that you are comfortable communicating with, and those who can verify they are good at doing what you want to do.
At Bathroom Renovation Services, our goal is to exceed your expectations. As the go-to experts in bathroom renovation services in North York, Toronto we ensure you fall in love with your bathroom once it is fully revamped. Our services include renovation and remodeling of powder rooms, family baths, or creation of luxurious ensuite bathrooms. We pride ourselves in the quality of services we provide and the materials we use to create a new space for your family to enjoy for years.