We will discuss some good ideas and some costly mistakes that you can avoid when if you are looking to update your bathroom. When you undertake a bathroom remodel, you will want to add value to your home plus save money on both water and energy costs. You can do this by taking advantage of the latest products, technologies, and design trends. If your bathroom is outdated or unattractive a renovation may be the perfect update for your home.
It is important to budget for the unexpected. When you begin your remodel, you will want to establish a good design and plan whether you do it yourself or receive help from a qualified bathroom designer. Unfortunately, once you start removing fixtures or drywall, you may find hidden problems that you were unaware of. These problems can sometimes be costly. Therefore, throw a few extra bucks into the budget kitty for unexpected surprises.
One of the advantages of hiring a reputable contractor is that they will investigate for these hidden surprises prior to providing you a quote. Even though they are not able to see behind walls, they have the experience to determine problems such as a floor that feels spongy or a running toilet. Most contractors will make an allowance in their quotation in regards to any hidden issues.
One costly mistake the many homeowners make is that they want their bathroom renovation done by tomorrow. When you rush your bathroom design and renovation it can lead to poor planning which is the number one cause for cost overruns. It is very costly to do something twice and therefore you should spend anywhere is from several weeks to a month to plan the entire process.
A good idea for most bathrooms is to have a hidden toilet. You can do this by creating a room with in a room or by placing the toilet behind a half wall, a storage cabinet, or an interesting barrier. When choosing a toilet you can save water and energy costs by choosing a toilet that has the double flush capability.
There is no doubt that a do-it-yourself homeowner can trim a few costs on a bathroom remodel. He may be able to handle specific tasks such as ripping out the tub, sink cabinet or finishing the painting. However, the average homeowner may not have the qualifications to do the more detailed and complicated work. They may need to hire a skilled tradesmen. When hiring a skilled tradesmen do not skimp but hire someone who is reputable and experienced.
Finally, try not to cut corners on any of the key materials. Do not skimp on bathroom fixtures that are used a lot. A chrome fixture or a cast-iron painted basin, for example, will come in a variety of qualities. The cheaper fixtures will show scratches and discolor quickly whereas the better quality fixtures will look good for a long period of time. True, you may pay more for the better quality fixtures but in the long run it will save you money and it will help to sell your home quicker in the future if that type of situation occurs.