A bathroom remodel is one of the most rewarding home renovations you can do. A larger bathroom with updated fixtures can improve your quality of life.
Whether you are just interested in adding more sinks, storage, and vanity space, or you want to create a mini spa, or you need to increase your home’s value, a bathroom remodel is a worthwhile adventure.
Following the DIY route while renovating your bathroom offers a range of benefits. You can save costs, learn new skills, create a stronger bond with your partner, and improve your health and fitness at the end of the project.
Here are some valuable tips and ideas that will make your DIY bathroom installation a resounding success.
1. Sift Through Remodel Ideas
If you plan to get a good return on your investment, you need to make wise updates. Choosing sleek and new fixtures with a neutral color scheme will make your bathroom look beautiful without draining your purse. Here are some hints for choosing affordable bathroom updates with high returns:
* Focus on Green Appliances: More people are conscious about energy efficiency and water conservation. So low-flow toilets and solar heaters are becoming more valuable.
* Heated Flooring: If you live in a cold climate, consider adding heated flooring and heated towel warmers for additional comfort on cold mornings.
Also, replace outdated taps and faucets with modern, elegant models.
2. Create a New Bathroom Design
Before you pick a tool to remove any item or fixture in your bathroom, invest time to plan your new design. You can search the web for bathroom designs that will fit your space and taste.
Take measurements of your bathroom and decide on the best layout of your bathroom design elements. Then choose your color scheme and storage spaces. You need to have minimum knowledge about plumbing and electrical wiring to decide on the location of switches, pipes, taps, and your toilet bowl.
3. Create a Workable Budget
After you have created a design and layout, you need to know the prices of the items you want to install in your bathroom. Consult your local home renovation store for this.
Then write a budget that includes the items to install, the materials you need to install them, and the tools required. If you already have a well-equipped toolbox, you will not have to spend money on many new tools.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure your total cost does not exceed 5% of your home’s value.
4. Put Your Supplies Together
Next, you must acquire your tools, hardware, and all the materials needed for a successful renovation.
If you are new to home renovation, you will have a budget for many new tools.
The essential tools you need include:
* Safety tools: helmet, goggles, gloves, and face mask
* Demolishing tools: hammer, chisel, drill
* Cutting tools: hacksaw, various types of knives,
* Fixing tools: power drill, screw gun, caulking gun
* Plumbing tools: pipe wrench
Other tools you may need are an electrical extension cord, bucket, and trowel.
5. Schedule Your Tasks
Draw up a list of the tasks you need to carry out. You may consult an instructable online while making your task list. If you don’t have access to a pre-written list of remodeling tasks, you may watch a few videos online to make your list.
Scheduling your project helps you to allocate time for each task. It also enables you to know those that are physically demanding and those that are easy to complete.
Preferably, you should schedule energy-demanding tasks like demolishing old fixtures and fixing tiles, vanities, and tubs to the time when you have peak energy.
6. Remove Old Fixtures
Practical work starts with the removal of your drywall and any fixtures marked for replacement. You may need to change sinks, toilet bowls, a shower, or an old bathtub.
Put on your safety gadgets before you start any demolition. Drain your toilet first to avoid having a flooded bathroom. If you are removing a bathtub, remember to take off any bath tiles so you can see the studs.
Take off mirrors, cabinets, vanities, and floor tiles. Then remove the wall insulation. Use your bucket to pack out all the debris and clean out the entire bathroom space.
7. Make Your New Installations
Ideally, you should install a new bathtub and showers, toilet bowl, water pipes and complete your plumbing work first. Then you can fix your electrical wiring. After that, fit storage cabinets, towel hangers, and other wall fixtures before you complete your wall and floor tiling.
You can use these ideas to plan and perform a simple bathroom remodel. Bear in mind that you will need professional assistance for electrical and plumbing work since you have to complete those aspects in compliance with local building codes.