How to Start Your Bathroom Remodel
If I search “bathroom” on Pinterest I am instantly bombarded with loads of different pictures and styles all at once. And it can be crazy to pick out what I like and then to put them together. A step further, what my space can handle.
So today, we’re talking about how to take your Pinterest dream bathroom and mold it into reality!
Step 1 is figuring out what needs to be done.
Are you giving your bathroom a little facelift or are we tearing it down and building anew from the ground up? Deciding what needs to be done can be very stressful — but here’s a simple way to decide what to focus on. Find out what needs to be fixed, what I would like to see in my space, and what will overall add value to my home?
Step 2 is time to create.
Now it’s time to hop onto Pinterest and round up your ideas. Start by compartmentalizing your themes, the different styles that you like. Pinterest is a great place to do this as you can create mini boards inside your larger boards. Organize the items you like by the style they are. See what visuals you like together and what you don’t. Then work from a big picture, down to a little picture. Do you need a new tub? A vanity counter? Or are you just looking for new decorations to work into your existing space? Don’t forget that if some things have to stay to work them into the new theme. If you’ll eventually get rid of your old sink, don’t worry about making sure it fits into your new theme — but if it’s there to stay make sure it doesn’t look like the odd man out in your planning. Later on, you’ll wish you’d paid it more attention because it’ll be sticking out like a sore thumb.
Now that you’ve solidified your remodeling plan, it’s time to move on.
Step 3 is shopping around time.
Compare contractors online with their prices and reviews, alongside the projects you want to do. Getting estimates from contractors and picking the right one is up to you, but make sure it fits within your base budget and gives you enough room to get all the things you want done, done. A good contractor will also help out with your vision. They should help you decide what will work in your space and what won’t. Now is also a good time to work on your contingency plan. If there’s only one bathroom in your home or apartment, you’ll need to know where you can go while the remodel is happening. Or where guests would use the bathroom if you have them over during reno time. Don’t forget about emergencies in your budget. A little wiggle room in case your contractor discovers mold, or that something isn’t up to code. Always have a backup plan if the things you want are out of stock, or don’t look as spectacular in person. Which leads up to the next step.
Step 4 is prepping time.
Save money, and do as much work as you can. If you can take your old mirror off, or remove a backsplash that will be thrown out — and not recycled, I say go for it! Anything that will save you some money, you and your contractor time, and that can be done safely should be done. Also, make sure that the room is well cleaned! It doesn’t matter that things are going bye-bye, a clean space makes it easier to get old things out, and new things in. And having a cleaned space for people to work in is safe and courteous.
Step 5 is time to remodel.
Congratulations, it’s time for your remodel! Time to get your hands dirty, or leave it to the professionals. Either way, it’s new bathroom time.
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This article was written by Hosanna Rider.