A bathroom remodel is a challenging DIY job, but it is not impossible. What is needed are some good design ideas and the basic knowledge of how to install the major fixtures like toilets, tubs and sinks. A great way to ensure the perfect bathroom remodel is to combine the skills you have with the help of a professional contractor.
It can be a money-saver to do a bathroom installation job on your own, but be careful. If you can handle installing a toilet without help, that is great. The same may not be true when it comes time to install a new acrylic shower or tub inlay. First, figure out exactly what you want done.
Planning A New Bathroom
Decide on the layout of the new room. If you plan on replacing existing fixtures in the same positions as the previous ones, you should be able to handle the job perfectly on your own. However, if you want to reposition a shower or tub, it is better to hire the skilled hands of a professional. This part of the job also requires being mindful of installing drains and vents.
Choose The New Fixtures
This can be the hardest part of the job, especially if someone else will be choosing the new tub, shower, toilet and vanity with you. Try to compromise with styles and colors that make everyone happy.
Sometimes the easiest way to freshen up any bathroom is with a new coat of paint. It will not hurt to remove all the old fixtures before painting. Choose a color that will suit the mood of the room, but try to stay away from anything too trendy or you may find it necessary to repaint in a year. Bright, light colors are great for opening up the space in a tiny bathroom.
If you plan to tile the floors, you might also want to do hire professional contractors to help you. But, some flooring products are easy for DIY enthusiasts to install. Expect to commit about one full day to removing any existing wall covers or tiling. Also, take time that same day to be sure the bathroom you have in mind measures accurately with the space in the room.
Do not forget to measure everything before buying items. This is necessary especially when installing an entirely new bathroom as an addition.
When you feel you are capable of installing an existing shower stall with a pedestal tub, just be sure to keep any disruption to the plumbing to a minimum. It will be necessary to avoid disrupting any load bearing walls. A new bathroom also needs to have a wet wall installed. Ask your local plumbing professional for help with these steps if any doubts arise.
Finally, avoid costly problems by preparing the bathroom installation carefully. It is more expensive to try difficult installation work yourself and make a mistake that involves hiring a professional to repair those mistakes than to hire a professional in the first place.