Although the bathroom might seem to be the smallest space in a home, it is a very labor-intensive space to remodel. The mere size is a challenge on its own, even the biggest of all bathrooms often face the same thing. No matter the size, certain things require expert attention, from the plumbing, tile fixing, counter fixing, electrical and some who prefer to have extra features like that of video and audio fixed in their bathroom. Even with all these in mind, some questions still linger about what processes are involved in the remodeling of a bathroom. Where to start from, and how to conclude the remodeling process.
The number one step is getting the right contractor for the job. Then, discuss every step for your desired outcome. Do you as the homeowner have a plan for the remodeling? Or you want to hire the help of a designer? The crafted plan is then worked on by a contractor to determine the total amount of work that will be done and the cost. To get the right contractor for the job, every detail of the job must be discussed with the person. Before you pick the right contractor, you have to evaluate some, ask questions and decide on the one you want based on their qualifications. Some questions you can ask a prospect contractor will include;
- Ask if they have a license. A contractor with license shows such a person or business is registered and the person is good to go.
- Request to meet some of the people that will be doing the job. Some contractors have many workers under them, so it will be better if you request to meet the workers that will be engaged in the remodeling job.
- Ask if such contractor is insured. The insurance of the contractor will cover any medical bills in case there are any serious injuries sustained during the work process. If the contractor is not insured, just know that you are the one that will be paying the bills.
- Ask for reference jobs. You do not just interview a contractor without asking to see their old jobs. This will give you the idea if the contractor has done such a job before.
- Ask for a warranty. This is in case if the repairs start to get damaged within a short time of the remodeling. Else you will have to spend more getting the repairs done again.
After securing the right contractor for the job, discuss how the remodeling process will start. Here’s an idea.
Before any demolition starts, homeowners should take away any of their items from the counter, top of the sink and shelves. Furniture in the bathroom, both those that will be used again and thrown away should be removed. Every form of electrical equipment should also be removed, be careful not to tamper with the wiring and connectivity. Before you start breaking anything, materials with glass and ceramics are better removed. Breaking them can cause injury, so it is better to have them removed in whole. After you are sure that every valuable have been removed, you can then demolish the walls.
- Electrical work
The wall of the bathroom is that point where plumbing meets electrical, this is the reason why you need to seek for the help of a professional to help do the job. The wires are often time changed so they can accommodate the change in plan. Wires do age and the covers peel off due to the years they go through in the wall. So when improving the lighting of the bathroom, more wires can be installed and extra outlets fixed for added flexibility. The work has to be done by a licensed electrician, or else your home could turn into a pool of fire if any wrong connection is done. All these have to be done before the drywall is also complete.
- Plumbing Connections
While the walls are still open and the floor is yet to be completed, the next thing to do is fix the plumbing. For a new bathroom, installation of rough-ins are done for drainage and water connections are done for the sink, toilet, and shower. Rough-in pipes for drainage are taken in from the main pipe under the floor and connected to the bathroom, while we have the water connections done in the walls. The plumbing should be done by a licensed plumber, don’t skimp here because of cost and select an inexperienced handyman. You may lose your home to a swimming pool.
- Installing Drywall On Walls And Ceiling
As we all know, that the level of humidity in the bathroom is always high, and regular drywall won’t last properly in that kind of setting. The standard thing to do is to then install water-resistant drywall and waterproof walls in the bathroom so you can keep the moisture in without penetrating the wall.
- Tile Installation
The use of tiles is very common, especially in the bathroom. In the world today, we have numerous designs and styles that can cover both the bathroom walls and floor. It is then left to you as the homeowner to select the type of design and color of tiles that you want.
- Installing Plumbing And Electrical Fixtures
While the main renovations seem to be coming to an end, there are some finishing that still requires the touch of a professional. Fixtures like a toilet, sink and shower head are to be fixed by a plumber. The electrical outlets are also there to be completed. Avoid DIY, mistakes that can cause damages leading to additional costs.
- Counter And Shelving
Everyone has these items they put in the bathroom and they are stored in the shelves and counters fixed in the bathroom. Bathroom hygiene items like toothpaste, spare towels, toilet paper, soaps, and shampoos are kept in the shelves. Counters that can be assembled can be used in case you want to change its position. Give this job also to a contractor, avoid DIY if you don’t want to incur extra cost on yourself.
- Final cleaning
This is the last step in the remodeling process. Materials left behind during the whole process are cleared out.