The Do’s & Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling, whether for a master or hall bath, can make a big difference. Although there are many simple things you can do to update your bathroom yourself, like new faucets, lighting and fresh paint, a total bathroom remodel can be tricky. We’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts to help you as you begin to plan your remodel.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling

The Do’s

We do understand that everyone has different tastes, however, there are some things that we recommend everyone does when it comes to a bathroom remodel. Here are our top three.

  1. Only plan to spend 80% of your budget. All too often during the demo, you’ll find unexpected problems. Most have to do with water damage. You may realize you need to replace some subfloor around the toilet or some backboard in the shower. When you have money left in your budget, you won’t have to sacrifice another feature you really want.
  2. Buy quality products. You’re investing in a new space and you want it to last. As you look at different elements of your remodel, break them down to a per-month cost. You’ll quickly realize that the $200 faucet with a 10-year warranty costs little more than the $120 one on a per-month basis.
  3. Ventilation is key. Is one of the reasons you need a new bathroom due to mold and mildew growth? Poor ventilation is likely the issue. Code requires a vent or window that opens in the bathroom, however, few people open the bathroom window in the winter or summer. You should have an exhaust vent in the space. If you object to the noise, there are whisper-quiet ones on the market.

The Don’ts

We’ve come in behind homeowners who have tried the DIY route and run into problems. So, one of our biggest don’ts if you’re planning a total bathroom remodel: don’t do it yourself. It’s one thing to repaint and replace your faucets, but it’s another to tear out the entire room and re-tile and replace a toilet. There are many homes throughout Manchester and other local communities that are older. Older homes often need upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems to meet code. Of course, you can call a plumber or electrician yourself, however, when you hire a bathroom remodeling company, they’ll handle everything from permitting to scheduling. 

Our next big don’t is don’t forget to plan. Whether you’re working with a remodeler or doing it yourself, planning is key. A good plan includes what you are doing, how long it will take (think about lead times for your vanity and how far in advance your countertop needs to be ordered), as well as a detailed budget. You don’t want to get your bathroom torn apart only to realize that the tile you want is backordered or that you didn’t get enough and now it’s discontinued. 

Let’s Talk About Your Dream Bathroom

G.M. Roth Design Remodeling has a clear six-step system. Our planning, communication and follow-through will ensure your new bathroom is finished on time and on budget. And, because we show you a 3D rendering of what your space will look like before we even start, you’ll love the finished product. Contact G.M. Roth Design Remodeling for a free consultation, either in-person or virtually, to learn more about our services and how we can help you. Call (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form.

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