While it’s thrilling to finally begin that bathroom renovation you’ve been looking forward to, there are things you’ll need to consider before your contractor hammers the first nail or lays the first tile. Here are five of them, according to Vancouver renovation companies like Magnum Construction.
Since you feel you’re ready for the bathroom remodel, you’ve no doubt already considered how much it’s going to cost. If you haven’t already, make sure you work with your contractor to break down the costs of materials, labour, permits and other items. Since you know that the job’s going to cost more than you think, add about 10 percent of the total to the total.
Most bathrooms are small spaces, so you would be forgiven if you think your remodel will only take a few hours. It may take a few hours, or it may take considerably longer than this. Also, if there’s only one bathroom in your home, you will need to find alternative ways to tend to personal hygiene while your bathroom is out of commission.
3. Known unknowns
When the contractor starts to work on your bathroom, they are going to find something wrong that you didn’t know about. This is one reason why companies that specialize in bathroom remodels in Vancouver recommend a full gut if you’re going to have major work done to your bathroom. A full gut means that everything is stripped away including the walls, the floors, the ceiling, fixtures, plumbing, etc. That way the contractor can see what’s wrong and fix it. It will cost more, but your new bathroom will last for years, and raise the resale value of your home if you wish to sell it.
4. The look of the bathroom
There are so many ways to style your new bathroom that it can get overwhelming. One way to make it less so is to pick out one element, and design the bathroom around it. It could be anything from a gold framed mirror to a footed, Victorian bathtub. Considering who the bathroom is for also helps in working out its final look.
5. Find a cleaner
People don’t often think of this, but when everything is done, your new bathroom will need to be cleaned from top to bottom. Even the new ductwork will need to be cleaned. You can do this yourself, but it’s best to hire a professional cleaning company.
Renovating a bathroom is both fun and challenging. If you need more tips on how best to do it, don’t hesitate to reach out to Magnum Construction, experts in bathroom renovations in Vancouver.