The bathroom has become the most popular room in the house to remodel mainly
because it is smaller and less expensive to remodel than the kitchen.
However, like with any construction project, making sure that you have
a solid plan with a ToFixIt professional, remodeling contractor, beforehand
will help ensure a successful updated remodel.
To help you prepare for a bathroom remodel, consider these five tips before
starting your project.
Have everything on site, or on hold locally. The most important aspect of a remodel is starting and finishing on schedule.
Some materials such as bathroom cabinets and special order items can take
weeks to arrive and if that is not considered prior to starting the project,
your bathroom can sit idle and unusable while you wait for those materials.
Some items such as granite slab bathroom counter tops are too large to
house on site, so the next best approach is to have them on hold at a
local supply house. By ensuring that the material is local, minimizes delivery
time, thus keeping your bathroom redesign project on time and moving smoothly.
Plan for storage. Whether it is in the bathroom shower or at the new vanity, storage in bathrooms
always seems to be an issue.
When it comes to your new shower, be sure to plan for tall and wide shampoo
niches to house your beauty products. Sometimes more than one niche is
necessary. Double sink vanities are almost always seen in master bathrooms,
yet the additional sink is rarely ever used. By omitting one of these
bathroom sinks, you allow yourself more useable countertop space and the
space under the sink that was once occupied by plumbing can now be used
Use accent tile to "tie" the room together. Although they can be a little pricey, ceramic, granite, or marble bathroom
accent tiles are necessary to really provide pizzazz to a bathroom remodel;
however, the key is to use them in a manner that ties the whole bathroom
together. Having accent tiles as a ribbon around the shower is nice, but
integrating them into the shower, shampoo niches and as part of the bathroom
vanity backsplash makes the bathroom feel unified and complete. On occasions,
and in the right space, even highlighting accent tiles throughout the
bathroom floor design can look stunning.
Delete the tub. For years we have looked at the large Jacuzzi tub as the focal point of
the bathroom, but with our fast-paced world, we never seem to find time
to use them. In the grand scheme of things, the bathroom tub becomes a
space invader and one more thing to collect dust. Imagine if that space
was used to make the shower area or enclosure larger or provide an area
to build a linen closet. If you make the Snail or glass shower larger,
the water supply lines from the bathroom tub can be used in the shower
allowing for two shower heads, a hand shower, or perhaps a high tech body
Get three bids and check references. Obtaining three bids for your bathroom, remodel or addition has been the
stereotypical norm for years, but what does that really mean? Are you
getting three bids from a Phoenix expert professional, because you want
to go with the lowest priced one? If that is the reason, then you should
be prepared for potential disaster. A higher bid from a bathroom contractor
does not always mean that the bidding contractor is trying to rip you
off, but rather the higher bid may reflect quality, which in turn reflects
experience. Compare the content within the three bids rather than just
the price. The purpose of getting three bids should be used as a tool
to measure the bidding contractor's attention to detail and to see
what materials are being used. The lower bid from an expert, may be missing
some pertinent details that will end up costing you greatly in the end
by the way of addendums. Additionally, the materials being suggested by
one ToFixIt, Phoenix contractor may be of less quality than the materials
being suggested by the other professional contractors. As the old adage
goes "you get what you pay for". If you really want to be confident
in the contractor you hire, ask for references. These references should
be from past clients who have had similar sized projects and have been
living with the completed work for at least a year. But don't stop
there; ask to see completed pictures of bathroom countertops, vanities,
sinks, faucets, tile, flooring, tubs, showers, lighting, mirrors, and
bathroom fixtures to verify that the scope of work is comparable to yours.
When you are equipped with all of this information you should then be
able to make an educated decision on which contractor to hire.
A bathroom remodel should be a fun experience overall. At times it can
be trying, but hopefully the more knowledge that you have before starting
the project, the less challenges you face during the process. Remember
to be prepared, be open minded, and do your homework, before selecting
a contractor...and upon completion, your bathroom project will have been