How to Get Your Bathroom Remodeling Plan Off the Ground

From on August 17, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel

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For some, the decision to remodel a bathroom comes from the need to repair a patch of flooring, damaged plumbing or chipping paint. Others may decide to remodel for aesthetic reasons, tired of putting up with an outdated design. Whatever the reason, knowing which elements to include and which to avoid can help you achieve the chic bathroom remodel you want without incurring unnecessary costs.

As with any home improvement, planning is key. A professional contractor can help you make the most out of every inch. When a bathroom remodel includes electrical and plumping work, you may save money in the long-term by hiring a professional. Be sure the contractor you choose is experienced, licensed and fully-insured.

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When making decisions about purchases, in addition to cost concerns, keep three elements in mind: function, appearance and storage. Check heights on vanities and sinks – heights can range for 36 inches to 43 inches. Choose fixtures that include storage over those that don’t. Choose classic designs over trendy styles that you might tire of quickly. Make sure purchases meet regulations and codes. Low-flow toilets, for example, are required by law. Proper ventilation can prevent mold and mildew. Look for low-noise models.

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Average Bathroom Remodel Costs

How much can you expect to pay? Construction costs estimating company R.S. Means puts the average price of a bathroom remodel at about $9,000. But hiring a contractor can help ensure that your bathroom will retain its value over the long term. Bath remodeling on a budget is indeed possible.

A well-renovated bathroom can raise the value of your home – homeowners typically see 65% of their investment returned when they sell their homes. Include the amenities that your home’s future buyer – and you – will value most, such as glass shower doors, large mirrors, adequate and flattering lighting, and functional, coordinated fixtures.

If you’re on the more design-savvy side, try creating an architectural rendering of your bathroom. Illustrate the overall dimensions, as well as the locations of doors, windows, plumbing lines and electrical outlets. A visual representation can help you make decisions about the extent of the renovation, as well as help your contractor get a better sense of your ideas.

You’ll need at least 5 feet in one direction to install a bathtub. Some building codes require a shower to be at least 32x32 inches. A toilet needs to be at least 16 inches from its center point to objects or walls on either side, and there should be at 30 inches bare space in front of the toilet.

If the dimensions are just too confining and you’re dreaming of a whirlpool tub or a deluxe shower, you may need the help of a contractor to fit everything into the room. A cramped bathroom can often be reconfigured by stripping the space down the studs.

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