By: Jack Hudson
When investing in a critical home remodeling project, such as a bathroom remodel, you’ll always want to make sure the results add greater value to your home and increase its overall efficiency. Remodeling can be a great success, or a complete disaster if done wrong. Considering the space available, as well as the water and plumbing, it can be tricky to do it yourself. Hiring an expert to do the bathroom remodeling for you can guarantee years of satisfaction and comfort. Doing the project yourself, however, can result in an amateur job and blow up in your face. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts to help you with your next remodeling project:
Assess Your Skill Set
While you may have the vision and drive to do the bathroom remodeling yourself, do you have the necessary plumbing, flooring and general contracting experience to successfully handle your remodeling project? If you don’t, consider hiring a professional.
Maximize Your Storage Capabilities
When remodeling your bathroom, consider maximizing the space for storage of towels, linens, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Installing built-in wall shelves, or wall-to-wall ceiling storage, with recessed lights is not only a trendy move to undertake, but also a convenient one when it comes to providing stylish additional storage space.
Find Yourself the Best Finishes
When choosing your bathroom’s finishes, remember that a trendy finish might not stay in fashion for long. Bathrooms can get dated in as few as 5 years. With the help of a professional remodeling company, however, you create a timeless look that will remain trendy for ages.
Provide Plenty of Ventilation and Light
Moisture breeds mold and mildew. This, if not checked, can take a toll on your bathroom finishes and painted surfaces. A bathroom fan can play a great role in improving the aeration of air in the bathroom. Also, consider installing a humidity-sensing unit that will automatically go on and off depending on the amount of moisture in the air. As for lighting, work on bringing different layers of illumination into the room.
Don’t Move the Plumbing and Ventilation
Plumbing and ventilation are two of the most important functional features of a bathroom. An anticipated plumbing incident can be costly especially if the remodeling project is a DIY. So, base your renovations around the existing plumbing. Also, avoid blocking the main ventilation source of your bathroom but if it doesn’t have one, put that on top of your priority remodeling task list.
Don’t Use Hardwood or Laminate Flooring
Avoid using hardwood flooring or even laminate when remodeling your bathroom. If any of these gets soaked, they might buckle and you will find yourself having to replace the whole floor. However, with a reliable professional, you can get quality guaranteed wood flooring.
Don’t Cut Corners on Key Remodeling Materials
Get materials from trusted dealers and don’t go for the cheapest. Cheap is expensive at times. There are many areas where you can save by doing proper market research. For example, you can save greatly with light fixtures as they tend to perform the same across most price points. You might also find that opting for a basic finish on fixtures and faucets saves you hundreds of dollars without compromising quality.
If you are interested in remodeling your bathroom, or any part of your house, give Tobin Cleaning and Restoration a call to learn more about our remodeling services at (208) 523-1080.