The single most important thing you should do doesn’t actually take place in the bathroom itself, but in your notebook. Before you even start buying supplies, tools, etc., make sure you write out a budget for your project. This way, you know exactly how much you have to spend, making planning that much easier.
Know (and stick to) your budget
The single most important thing you should do doesn’t actually take place in the bathroom itself, but in your notebook. Before you v supplies, tools, etc., make sure you write out a budget for your project. This way, you know exactly how much you have to spend, making planning that much easier.
Don’t move your plumbing
The costs of remodelling really soar when plumbing is moved. Unless your bathroom is completely dysfunctional in its current layout, don’t move your plumbing. So if you’re only replacing your bath or toilet, you don’t need to tear up the floor too. This makes for a cleaner, easier remodelling experience. If you do decide that you’d like your toilet “here” rather than “there,” we recommend using a professional plumber.
Keep what you can
Many people have a tendency to “go all out” when they decide to renovate their bathroom. This isn’t always necessary, though. Before you begin construction, we recommend making a list of everything in your bathroom that can be saved. Once you complete your list, put those parts aside – whether they are hardware, drawer pulls or tiles – and clean them. It’s surprising how much of a difference a simple cleaning can make on old hardware!
Let the air flow
Another thing some DIY people forget about is to keep their newly refinished bathroom ventilated. If you don’t install proper ventilation, mould and mildew will have a field day in the fresh paint, drywall or plaster. The days of old, boxy air vents are gone, so installing one doesn’t have to contrast with your bathroom’s new aesthetic. Just make sure you install it properly.
Know your limits
Our last tip is one of the most important ones. As a DIY bathroom remodeller, it’s absolutely crucial that you know your personal limits. Some people are great painters or plumbers, but not both. If you don’t have the skills to properly finish a job, we recommend finding someone (an experienced friend or contractor) who has the necessary skills you need. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you’ve installed something wrong and have to start again. Do what you do best and leave the rest to the professionals.