Retreating to our bathroom should be like escaping to an oasis. It should provide relief and relaxation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often, the bathroom has become the chaotic room where we get ready in a rush, leave in a mess, and avoid as much as possible. Maybe standing in our bathroom means we're surrounded by outdated decor and a dysfunctional layout. Or worse... perhaps our bathroom is harboring bad plumbing, leaking tubs, and ever-growing mold. It's time for the experts.
Where to Begin in the Bathroom
As with most remodels, it often starts with demolition. What an ominous thought! You may hate your bathroom, but it still serves many of your needs. The thought of ripping it apart is a little unsettling. First, we don't have to rip it down to the studs. We can help you decide what stays and what goes. Perhaps you love your 50's-style tile. It's a timeless classic, right? Areas that are not damaged and serve your needs to your satisfaction can stay, saving time and money.
However, due to the nature of a bathroom, especially older ones, demolition often involves taking out quite a bit. We're often dealing with damaged drywall or subfloors due to water leakage. Mold is a common issue. And, almost inevitably, there is plumbing to remove due to a previous contractor's (or DIYer's) mistakes. Depending on how much you're re-doing, the demo process is when the toilet, sink, vanity, cabinets, tub, and shower come out as well.
Of course, a demo doesn't always mean stripping down to the studs. Every remodel is different. Perhaps you just want a new vanity. This would require very minimal demo. But, always keep in mind that plumbing problems or water damage may be discovered.
Bathroom Remodels - Budget and Buy!
Okay... so buying a new toilet may not be thrilling, but there are many fun decisions that go into the remodeling process. You'll want to make sure your budget is right and tight. Plan and prepare for every expense you can possible think of, right down to your new toilet paper holder, and then plan for 10-20% more in unexpected expenses. Don't forget about labor. We'll estimate this figure in the beginning, but it is subject to change if major, unforeseen work comes along in the project.
So you've got your ducks in a row when it comes to the money, right? Now, let's go shopping! This is your bathroom, so you probably have a vision of how you want it to look. I encourage you to communicate as much as possible us from the beginning. If you've picked out items, show us the exact items you have in mind (like vanities, sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, etc.). We'll have feedback, and we may identify some issues with your choices. Harris Renovations loves to go shopping with the client. We've found that this takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process. It's a service we offer, though it is not required.
From paint to tiles to flooring, you'll have many choices. You'll have major and minor decisions to make. It can get overwhelming. Harris Renovations is happy to research your options and help narrow down your choices. Whatever assistance you need in the process, we're here to help!
Your New Bathroom
What should you expect out of your new bathroom? Well, this does depend on how much you put into it. Was this a tiny half-bath remodel? Or did you gut the master bathroom? The end result may be a subtle change or a dramatic difference. Either way, your remodel should include some key elements.
One, your plumbing will be good to go. No, Harris Renovations does not re-plumb an entire house, but we do handle the basic plumbing to the hardware in your bathroom. We don't take shortcuts, and we follow all the proper procedures. We use the correct materials for the job, and we are dedicated to doing it right.
Two, water damage that was discovered will be repaired. Depending on how deep we went into your bathroom will determine how much water damage we discovered. Also, we will repair all water damage to the fullest extent that your budget allows. We take water damage seriously, so we will make this a priority.
Three, your new bathroom should be a happy place for you. Even on a small budget with minor changes, you can make a big difference. Changing the color of your bathroom alone can set an entirely different mood! Simply replacing that old vanity may make you feel like royalty. Tell Harris Renovations your vision, and we will knock ourselves out to make it happen.