Bathroom Remodeling Don'ts - What Not To Do
by Frank Johnson
Bathroom remodeling takes time, careful planning, and precise execution.
The objective of a bathroom remodel is to upgrade the appearance
of your bathroom with the latest bathroom fixtures, designs, and
However, bathroom remodeling can be a bit overwhelming. Even if
you don't install your new fixtures and furnishings yourself, simply
selecting that perfect bathroom vanity, sink, and mirror can be
more complicate than you think, especially if you've never remodeled
a bathroom before.
Below are a few tips on what NOT to do when remodeling
your bathroom. Use these tips to avoid common mistakes and ensure
that the look you intend for your bathroom is actually what turns
Bathroom Remodeling Tip #1: Don't Wing It
Some people think that remodeling a bathroom is a piece of cake
and simply involves swapping out an old sink or vanity with a new
one; however, because the bathroom involves plumbing, you need to
carefully plan out your remodel.
You need to make sure the new fixtures you select fit the space
and the plumbing of your bathroom, or at least understand that rearranging
the layout of your bathroom may involve rerouting some pipes (which
is an arduous task).
So, before you even think about the new vanity or sink you want
to buy, establish the basic layout of your new bathroom. If the
layout is staying the same, take note of the plumbing layout and
keep that in mind when you're shopping for a new sink, toilet, or
vanity. If you're rearranging a few items, draw out how you want
your bathroom to look, measure everything to make sure your vision
is realistic, and then see if you need to reroute any plumbing.
In some cases, you won't know if your new bathroom layout will
call for new plumbing to be installed, so call a plumber and get
his/her professional opinion. After you've mapped everything out
and established the basic layout of your new bathroom design, then
you can start shopping for your new lavish bathroom furnishings.
Bathroom Remodeling Tip #2: Don't Buy the First Thing You See
The key to successfully remodeling your bathroom is to shop around.
You never want to buy the first thing you find. If you're not already
set on a specific vanity or sink design, go online and check out
the latest bathroom furnishings. This way, you'll get a better idea
of the number of different styles available without having to leave
Shopping around will also give you the opportunity to comparison
shop. Today, modern bathroom furnishings are more available and
affordable than ever before. Thanks to wholesalers who purchase
bathroom furnishings in bulk, you can get that elegant vessel sink
you've always wanted at a price that won't bust your remodeling
budget. Before you buy, you better shop around.
Bathroom Remodeling Tip #3: If Don't Know, Don't Install It Yourself
Getting a new toilet is a different experience from getting a new
bed. With a bed, you pay the extra $50 to get it delivered and put
in your home. However, with a toilet, getting it delivered and put
in your home is only the beginning.
Bathroom remodeling almost always involves plumbing work. Even
if you aren't rerouting pipes or drainage systems, installing new
bathroom fixtures (such as a toilet, sink, and faucet) takes a little
plumbing know-how. However, not all of us are as "handy" as we would
like to be. And when you're dealing with running water, it's important
to know how to properly uninstall and install bathroom fixtures.
So, if you're a novice at plumbing, call a professional.
Many bathroom remodeling shops offer installation with the purchase
of their products (for an added fee) or know of plumbers in your
area who can install your new bathroom fixtures for you. Either
way, if you've never installed a toilet, sink, or faucet, or had
a bad previous experience with plumbing, it's worth the money to
have your new bathroom furnishings installed right.
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, it's very important to plan
out your new layout, shop around, and install your new bathroom
furnishings properly. Failing to do so could cost you more money
in the long run and result in a less-than-perfect remodel.
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