A Step-by-Step Guide to Bathroom Remodels

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Bathrooms are often where most homeowners will start their day and end it before going to bed. So why is it when you think of a remodel the bathroom is the last place to get done? Remodeling a bathroom is an easy way to update and make a place for jumpstarting the day or relaxing at night. So what goes into a bathroom remodel, and how does it get done? Below you can find a step-by-step guide to your bathroom remodel so it will go smoothly and on budget.

Determine a Design

The first step in a bathroom remodel is deciding on the design. For example, do you want to include shower remodeling and have a tiled shower floor, or are you keeping the staples and simply remodeling other areas? Next, think of colors and materials that you want to be included in your bathroom remodel so you can piece it all together for a good picture of what the bathroom will look like once you’re finished.

Prepare for the Remodel


Think of what you want your result to be and prepare to start the process by calling a professional. Professional, licensed contractors are essential for these projects because they know all about plumbing and electrical work needed for bathroom remodels and what it entails. To find the perfect plumber, jump online and search for plumbers in Chicago or wherever you may be located.

Remove the Fixtures


When it’s time to get started on your bathroom remodel project, you’ll need to first remove all of the plumbing fixtures. Whether you are doing a complete remodel or only a partial project, be sure to gut the bathroom by eliminating any plumbing fixtures and tearing down the drywall that you’ll be replacing. Be sure that you turn off your primary water source to avoid any messy spills when you start gutting your bathroom. Next, remove the vanity, toilet, sink, and even baseboards, so you have a clean slate for your new bathroom.

Install New Shower or Tub


At this point, you’re ready to start installing the shower or tub. If you have any water damage to your subflooring, it will become apparent in this step, and you can replace it promptly before the shower or tub gets installed. What you choose to install is up to you and what fits your needs. For example, walk-in showers have become more appealing to homeowners, but having at least one tub in your home is better for resale value.

Lay the Floors


Now it’s time to lay the floors in your new bathroom. The popular floor choice for bathrooms is tile because of its waterproof properties and appealing look. However, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, laminate and vinyl are options with unlimited design options.

Hang Walls and Paint


Now that the floors are laid, it’s time to put the walls up and paint. This process can be time-consuming at first because the drywall has to be cut and nailed around the shower and vanity fixtures. However, once the drywall is hung, you can begin to paint. Painting is one of the best ways to brighten up your bathroom and freshen up your space. The best paint to use is semi-gloss paint because it is easy to clean and resistant to mildew.

Finishing Touches

Finally, you can add the cabinets, lighting fixtures and hook the plumbing back up. Cabinets and lighting can make your bathroom look completely different and updated. Hooking up the plumbing gives the toilet its use back, and you’re ready to go. Now you can enjoy the bathroom of your dreams.

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