As the years go by, your bathroom can get sort of funky. Every once in awhile, if you’ve been in a home for a number of years, a new tub or a new toilet will be needed. Or maybe, if it’s just been that long, an entire remodel is in order. Making a bathroom feel new again is also a great way to invest in your home. When selling a home, a nice, up to date bathroom is usually pretty important to buyers. But, where do you begin the adventure of remodeling your bathroom?
First things first, you’ve got to have a plan. Are you keeping the tub but re-doing the shower walls with tile? Maybe you’d like a new vanity and new countertops but the shower is fine. Make your plan and try to estimate costs. You don’t want to be surprised. For our purposes though, we will remodel the entire master bathroom.
Once you know what’s going and what’s staying, the next step would be to take out the fixtures (tub, toilet, sink). Out with the old and in with the new. Before you begin though, make sure the water to your house is off! In addition to the fixtures the floor will also come up now. Now, we’re going to build it back up.
First you’ll want to install the tub. Once you have your tub installed then you’ll move onto the tub surround (the molded fiberglass surface around the tub) or the tile, whichever you have chosen to go around your tub/shower area. Tile does add a nice touch that tub surrounds miss, and it can be done fairly easily. You can even find recycled glass tiles now!
After you have that part finished, you can put in your flooring. Again, tile is a great bathroom floor covering. It is easy to maintain and adds a nice feel to the room. You can also use linoleum. Some people do opt for wood bathroom floors, but they don’t hold up to water quite like tile. Your next step will be painting the walls and/or the trim. A new color is often what really pulls a remodeled room together, and helps it to feel new again.
Once the painting is done, you’ll want to install the vanity and sink. If you opted for a pedestal sink, then that is all you’ll need to install. If you have a countertop and cabinets you’ll put them in first then set the sink inside of the vanity. Granite countertops in your bathroom can add appeal but again, tile does a great job as a bathroom countertop surface too. All that’s left then is the toilet. Once you install the new toilet your bathroom has been “officially” remodeled.
While a bathroom remodel isn’t all that technical, it is a project you might want done quickly! If you feel that you’d like to hire a general contractor in Bethesda or if you are in Washington DC, Maryland or the Fairfax, Virginia areas, DR Hartman Inc. may be able to help with your project. They, in my opinion, are the best construction company around!