How To Remodel A Bathroom–The Best Way

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Are you tired of your old, outdated bathroom? Are you ready to give your bathroom a fresh new look? If so, then you’re going to want to read this blog post. We are going to teach you how to remodel your bathroom in the best way possible.

A bathroom remodel is an exciting yet daunting project. On one hand, you get to create the perfect space to suit your needs and aesthetics. On the other hand, there’s a lot of work involved—not to mention the potential for things to go wrong. 

But with careful planning and a little know-how, you can pull off a successful bathroom remodel without any major hiccups.

So, whether you’re looking for a simple refresh or a total overhaul, keep reading for tips and tricks that will help make your dream bathroom a reality!

Planning Before the Remodel: Critical Questions

The first step in any successful home improvement project is careful planning. You’ll need to consider your budget, the amount of time and labor involved, and what kind of materials you’ll need. It’s also important to have a clear vision of what you want your new bathroom to look like. 

If you’re not sure where to start, take some time to browse through magazines or online inspiration boards (Pinterest is a great resource) to get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Once you have a general sense of what you want, it’s time to start talking specifics with your contractor or designer. 

Here are some critical questions you should ask yourself before you embark on your bathroom remodeling adventure:

What Is Your Budget?

How much money can you reasonably afford to spend? Your budget will dictate the scope of the project and help to prioritize which features are most important.

What Is Your Timeline?

How much time do you realistically have to devote to the renovation? If you’re working on a tight timeline, you may need to make some compromises in terms of materials and features.

A complete gut job will obviously take longer than simply updating fixtures and painting new colors. It’s also important to consider how long you plan on staying in your home.

If you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, you may be able to splurge on higher-end materials and finishes. However, if you’re nearing retirement age or expect to move soon, it’s probably best to stick with more budget-friendly options.

How Many Disruptions Are You Willing To Tolerate?

A major renovation will inevitably cause some degree of disruption, so it’s important to be prepared for dust, noise, and other potential inconveniences. If you’re not comfortable having workers in your home for an extended period of time, it may be necessary to temporarily relocate while the work is being done.

How Do You Plan To Use The Space?

Are you looking to create a relaxing spa vibe for one person, or do you want a utilitarian space that is optimized for lots of different people to use on a daily basis? Perhaps you want a wet room bathroom? Your plan for using the space will help guide your decisions on everything from layout to fixtures and finishes.

How Much Storage Do You Want?

Do you want to maintain the same amount of storage space you currently have or do you want to add cabinets or shelves? Asking this question will help determine the scope of your bathroom remodeling project.

What Is Your Vision?

Is there a certain theme you are looking for? Do you want a rustic farmhouse style with sliding barn doors? Or do you prefer to emulate an art deco design with a claw-foot bathtub as the centerpiece? Your vision will help guide the overall direction of your bathroom remodel.

Now that you’ve asked yourself the critical questions, it’s time to start on your bathroom remodel.

Keep reading to learn about each step in the bathroom remodel process:

1. Remove Fixtures and Drywall

The first step to take when remodeling your bathroom is removing the fixtures that you don’t want to keep.

How To Remove The Fixtures

  • If you’re removing a sink, toilet, or bathtub, you’ll need to carefully disconnect the plumbing and drain any remaining water. This includes toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers
  • To do this, you’ll need to turn off the water supply, disconnect the plumbing, and drain any remaining water. Then, you can use a hammer and screwdriver to remove the fixtures from the wall
  • Once the fixtures are out, you can start removing the drywall

How To Remove the Drywall

This is a messy and time-consuming process, but it’s necessary in order to install new fixtures and finishes. Be sure to wear protective gear, as drywall can be dusty and dangerous.

*If there’s asbestos present in your bathroom (common in homes built before 1980), be sure to hire a professional team to handle the removal process. Asbestos fibers can be harmful if inhaled, so it’s not something you want to mess around with!*

  • To remove it, simply score the drywall with a utility knife and then use a pry bar to gently remove it from the studs. You can also use a sledgehammer to break up the drywall
  • Once all of the drywall is removed, you’ll be left with a bare room that’s ready for new fixtures and finishes

2. Replace/Install New Tub or Shower

One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what to replace your old tub or shower with.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you choose a new tub or shower for your bathroom remodel.

  • Consider your budget. Tubs and showers come in a wide range of prices, so it’s important to find one that fits your budget
  • Think about how you’ll use the space. If you have a small bathroom, you may want to opt for a shower instead of a tub. But if you have a larger bathroom, you may be able to accommodate both
  • Consider your style preferences. Tubs and showers come in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary
  • Take into account any special needs or considerations. If you have young children, for example, you might want to choose a bathtub with built-in seats or grab bars. If you have mobility issues, you’ll want to make sure that the tub or shower is accessible and easy to use
  • Measure the space where the tub or shower will go. This is especially important if you’re working with a limited space. You’ll need to make sure that the tub or shower will fit comfortably in the allotted space

Once you’ve considered all these factors, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect tub or shower for your bathroom remodel.

3. Prep Your Subfloor and Lay New Flooring

Flooring is one of the most important elements in any room, and the bathroom is no exception. When remodeling a bathroom, it is essential to prep the subfloor and lay new flooring that is both stylish and durable.

How To Prep Your Subfloor

  • Remove the old flooring material and any nails or staples that may be left behind. If you’re dealing with tile, use a chisel and hammer to break up the tile and then scrape away any remaining adhesive. If you’re dealing with linoleum, use a utility knife to score the surface and then peel away the linoleum
  • Once you’ve removed the old flooring, vacuum up any debris and then give the subfloor a good cleaning 
  • Inspect the subfloor for any damage or water damage. If necessary, repair or replace any damaged boards

How To Lay New Flooring

Once the subfloor is prepped, it’s time to choose new flooring. When selecting bathroom flooring, it is important to consider both style and function.

Tile is a popular choice for bathrooms because it is waterproof and easy to clean. However, wood floors can also add a touch of elegance to a bathroom. The installation process will depend on the type of new flooring you decide on.

However, no matter what flooring you use, you should always follow the steps below:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully to ensure a long-lasting, durable finish
  • Lay down your new flooring, starting at one corner of the room and working your way outwards

4. Add Drywall And Apply Fresh Paint

Under construction bathroom remodel wit drywall

One of the key aspects of any bathroom remodel is the finish work, which includes adding drywall and applying fresh paint.

How To Add Drywall

Before you start, it’s important to select the right type of drywall for your project. If you’re working in a damp area like a bathroom, you’ll need to use moisture-resistant drywall, also known as greenboard.

  • To install drywall, first measure and cut the panels to size
  • Then tack them into place using screws or nails
  • Once the panels are up, you will need to apply joint compound to the seams and corners, then sand smooth
  • Once the joint compound is dry, you’re ready to prime and paint

How To Apply Fresh Paint

Again, it’s important to select the right type of primer and paint for a bathroom environment. You’ll need to use a paint that can withstand high humidity levels and frequent cleaning.

  • Apply a primer first
  • Follow with two coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next

With these tips, you can successfully add drywall and apply fresh paint when remodeling your bathroom.

5. Install Your New Vanity And Cabinets

It’s important to plan ahead and choose the right vanity and cabinets for your space.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

How To Install Your New Vanity And Cabinets

  • Take measurements of your bathroom and create a layout that includes all of the necessary plumbing and electrical outlets
  • Determine how many cabinets you will need and where they will be positioned in the room. Be sure to leave enough space for doors and drawers to open properly
  • Once you have a plan, it’s time to start shopping for cabinets. Be sure to consider the style and finish of the cabinets, as well as their construction and durability
  • Install the sink and faucets in your new vanity. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself, hire a professional contractor who can handle the job from start to finish
  • Caulk around the edges of the vanity and cabinets to create a waterproof seal
  • Once everything is installed, turn on the water supply and test out your new sink and faucets to make sure they’re working properly

By following these simple steps, you can easily install your new vanity and cabinets when remodeling your bathroom.

6. Install Your Upgraded Lighting

Installing your upgraded lighting can seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and the right tools, it’s actually pretty straightforward. However, if you’re not confident in your electrical skills, consult an electrician first to ensure that your new light fixtures are properly installed and up to code.

*Remember to always disconnect the power before starting any electrical work!*

How To Install Your Upgraded Lighting

  • Turn off the power to the bathroom at the breaker box
  • Remove the old light fixture by unscrewing the mounting plate and disconnecting the wires. If there’s any damage to the drywall around the fixture, now is a good time to repair it
  • Install your new light fixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Once it’s in place, connect the wires and screw in the bulbs
  • Turn on the power and enjoy your new bathroom lighting

7. Set Up Plumbing And The Toilet

When you’re remodeling a bathroom, one of the most important considerations is the plumbing. You need to make sure that all of your plumbing is up to code.

This includes the drains, pipes, and fixtures. If you’re not sure whether your plumbing is up to code, it’s best to hire a professional to take a look. 

How To Set Up Plumbing And The Toilet

  • First, turn off the water supply to the bathroom. This can be done by shutting off the main water valve to the house or by turning off the individual valves to the bathroom fixtures
  • Install the actual fixtures themselves. This includes attaching the toilet to its base. It’s important to make sure that the flange is properly aligned with the sewer line before you glue it into place
  • Attach the sink to its pedestal, and install the bathtub or shower unit. Be careful not to damage any of the pipes while you are doing this
  • Turn on the main water valve or valves and test all of the fixtures to make sure they are working properly. This includes flushing the toilet and turning on the taps. If there are any leaks, you’ll need to turn off the water and fix them before continuing

Once everything is working properly, you can enjoy your new bathroom!

Functional Features To Consider When You Remodel a Bathroom

Now that you’ve completed the most difficult part of your bathroom remodeling project, it’s time to consider some functional features that can give your bathroom that extra “wow” factor.

Here are some key functional features to consider when you remodel your bathroom:

In-Drawer Outlets

Instead of having cords and wires tangled up and strewn across your bathroom, consider outlets within your drawers that you can hide away when not in use. Mitigate the clutter and add simple storage all at once.

Heated Flooring

Warm floors might sound like a luxury item found only at the fanciest hotels, but you can have them in your bathroom. Heated floors can be costly but are worth it to some people who are constantly cold and enjoy the comforting warmth.

Non-Slip Flooring

Slipping and falling on bathroom floors account for many injuries, especially for older residents who may lose their balance easily. You can avoid such incidents by incorporating non-slip floors into your new bathroom layout.

Shower Jets

You might be more familiar with bathtub jets or jets in jacuzzis and hot tubs. However, jets in the shower are becoming a more popular way to relax a tired and aching body after a long day. 

The Finishing Touches Of A Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom in luxury home showing finishing touches with double vanity, bathtub, mirror, sinks, shower, and hardwood floor

Now it’s time to truly make your bathroom remodel your own by adding personal finishing touches. Implement a décor in your favorite color scheme.

Do you want a beach-inspired oasis or a crisp white spa retreat theme? Now is the time to let your inner interior decorator out! Add beautiful artwork, rugs, and plants that fulfills your vision.

Just remember that any decorative elements you add you should be designed for the high-humidity environment of a bathroom.

Wise Choice Construction Can Help Bring Your Bathroom Remodel Vision To Life

A bathroom remodel is a great way to give your home a fresh look. By following the steps in this guide, you can make sure that your remodel goes smoothly and that your finished bathroom looks great.

If you have any questions about the process or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact Wise Choice Construction. Just fill out our contact form today. We would be happy to help!

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