Anyone who has ever tried to conduct a DIY bathroom renovation will tell you that it’s a lot more work than it seems. At first, sure, it looks simple enough. Just tear down some existing wall, replace some tile, and before you know it, the project is done, right?
Well, the professionals here at Southeastern Carpentry Inc. have some bad news, if that’s your line of thinking: remodeling a bathroom requires a lot of time, planning, and preparation. It’s an extensive project that, if not done properly, can lead to a huge hole burned in your pocket.
But don’t worry, we want you to experience a stress-free bathroom renovation, and we’re here to make sure it happens. So let’s get right to it, by making sure you have answered some basic questions that make preparing the project that much easier.
Preparing for a Bathroom Renovation
You wouldn’t buy a car without asking a few staple questions, right? The same goes for a kitchen remodel. You need to know what it is that you want from the end product, so as to ensure the process goes smooth and stays focused. (The last thing you want is to reconsider the end result halfway through the renovation, which could lead to lots of lost dollars.)
So, what questions should you answer? Here’s a quick rundown on what you should consider when preparing for a bathroom remodel:
- How big will the bathroom be after the renovation?
- Will there be new storage areas?
- Which rooms will connect to the bathroom?
- How will the bathroom complement your lifestyle?
- How much money are you willing to spend?
After these basic questions have been answered, it’s time to move onto some more complicated considerations.
Remember, we warned you that bathroom remodeling projects are a lot of work, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Depending on how old your bathroom is, you’ll have to consider the utility placements before and after the project. Will the toilet or sink or bathtub be moved around, and will the piping system be able to accommodate for those changes? What about the lights? Will there be a new light source, and if so, will it be able to run off the current system?
As if that isn’t complicated enough, you also have to wonder about the natural light streaming into the room. Will you be installing new windows, and will those windows have access to sunlight? If so, will they also be in a position that does not allow outsiders to look inward?
Although it may feel like each answered question just leads to more questions, we promise that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually you will be the proud owner of an amazing bathroom renovation, but it takes time and patience. (And the skilled abilities of a contractor such as those at Southeastern Carpentry.)
Everything about a bathroom can seem expensive, but a bathroom remodel project does not have to overwhelm your bank account. The most important first step is to talk to a professional contractor about what you would like to do, and then walk them through the necessary steps that you currently have planned. As you discuss the project, they will ask important questions, draw out information, and help you to formulate a final price.
Of course, there is no way to say for sure how much something may or may not cost, without actually having done the project. So leave room in your budget for unexpected problems. They may not happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you are still worried or anxious about a prospective bathroom renovation project, talk to one of the contractors here at Southeastern Carpentry. We’re trained to help you get through this. We’re highly rated and trusted (see on Angieslist and other review sites) bathroom contractors with a big impact on houses in Plainville, Wrentham, North Attleboro, and other nearby towns in Massachusetts.