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How to Remodel a Bathroom: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Imagine it: you’re relaxing in your spa tub in your brand-new bathroom. The shower is glowing with new tiles, and the sink is shining with new fixtures.

There’s nothing more satisfying than designing a custom bathroom with all of your favorite things.

There’s only one thing standing in between you and your home renovation: learning how to remodel a bathroom.

To get started with your custom bathroom renovation, keep reading.

Plan Each Step in the Home Renovation Process

Before you bring out the sledgehammer, you need to make sure that you understand what you’re doing. Proper planning is crucial to ensuring a smooth home renovation. 

If you’re going to do any part of the redesign yourself, planning is even more important. You need to get your materials together and plan your custom bathroom remodel specifically.

During this step, you’re going to gather materials, decide on the color scheme, and plan the layout of the new bathroom. You may want to start making choices about materials and textures as well.

The more you plan now, the less you need to think about later. With that in mind, you shouldn’t constrict yourself to your plan if you find out that you don’t like something you decided on previously.

The plan isn’t permanent until you drill the last nail. And, even then, you can change it later.

Demolish the Old Bathroom

Many remodeling contractors consider the demolition to be the most exciting part. However, you can’t just go swinging at everything in your bathroom.

You made that plan for a reason.

First, ensure that the room’s electricity and water supply are turned off. As you’re demolishing, you should be careful not to damage the piping behind the walls. 

Don’t go swinging mindlessly. Think about the things that you’re replacing and the things that you need to preserve.

Focus on the Plumping Redesign First

Once you’re done demolishing and cleaning up your bathroom, you can get started with the plumbing. Get all of the piping ready for any new fixtures that you may be adding to your bathroom.

If this is your first time doing a bathroom remodeling project, you should seriously consider hiring an expert to help you. 

Fix the Electrical Components 

Next is the electricity. Just like with the plumbing, you shouldn’t attempt to do this if you’ve never done it before.

Messing with electrical wiring can be extremely dangerous. Watching a few videos on the topic won’t make up for the years of experience that electricians have.

As you’re fixing the electrical (or hiring someone else to do it), you should consider where you want the outlets to be. You can rewire outlets and light switches to be where you want them to be.

Consider Safety Features

No matter how old you are, safety features never hurt.

You can add a bar by the bathtub or a step in the shower. These kinds of changes will increase the usability of your bathroom while protecting you and anyone else who uses it.

Plus, adding safety features like this will increase the value of your home. And, you may become eligible for home accessibility tax credits after making these changes.

Close Up the Walls

If you went as far as to break down the walls, this is the point at which you’d put them back up. All of the electrical and plumbing work is done.

During this time, you should consider what kind of walls you want when you’re redoing your bathroom. You can go for cement, wall tile, drywall, or anything in between.

Do some research on the right walls for bathrooms.

Bring Out the Paint

Now that the walls are up, you can paint them. Considering the heavy moisture present in bathrooms, you should invest in semi-gloss or satin interior paint.

We recommend getting this step done before installing tile, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, or anything else. If you get the painting out of the way now, you can reduce the amount of paint splatter and staining that may get on your new bathroom appliances.

Put Up the Bathroom Tiles

As you continue with your home renovation, you should choose the kind of tile you want and start putting it up. You could opt for a simple, white tile or a funky, multicolor tile.

Insert the Shower Door

Now that you’ve chosen your bathroom title, you can put up the shower door, rod and curtain, or other shower enclosure.

The shower door may not seem like it’s a big choice, but it can completely change the vibe of your bathroom. A clear door can make a bathroom chic, while a rod and curtain can make it homey.

Some homeowners choose to consult professional designers to make these kinds of choices for home renovations.

Install the Rest of Your Custom Bathroom

We’re down to the last step of your bathroom remodel. It’s time to get everything else in the bathroom:

  • Exhaust fans
  • Lights
  • Sinks
  • Toilet
  • Various fixtures

Some details are bigger than others. But, each one of these is important for determining the overall look of the bathroom.

Are you going to choose gold, black, or silver accents? Are you looking for clean appliances or funky statement pieces?

This is another step where a professional designer can come in handy. They can help you get the bathroom vibe you’re looking for.

Whether you want a chic look or a homey feel, you can get the accent pieces to make it happen.

How to Remodel a Bathroom With a Remodeling Contractor

Now that you know the steps for how to remodel a bathroom, you can do it all by yourself, right? 

Well, it’s not that easy.

Remember, you have to be able to run electrical wires, connect plumbing, and choose the right fixtures. If you don’t have the experience for that, you may end up hurting your bathroom before fixing it.

Don’t put all of that pressure on yourself when you can hire experts to design and build your custom bathroom for you. To get started, schedule your free estimate with Designs 4 You.

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