A bathroom makeover is an easy way to spruce up your home. But before you start taking measurements for a brand-new Jacuzzi, you should take the time to plan out your bathroom remodel step-by-step so you know exactly what youai??i??re getting into.
Curious about how to remodel your bathroom? Take a look at our step-by-step guide below to figure out the best way to tackle your bathroom remodel.
Before you do any bathroom remodeling yourself, you should settle on a new design that fits your vision, as well as your skill set. There are so many different ways to approach a bathroom makeover, ranging from swapping out the vanity to gutting the space and starting over from scratch.
Here are a few design elements you absolutely need to nail down before you start renovating your bathroom:
Of course, the materials and tools youai??i??ll need will vary based on your renovation plans. But a few essential tools and supplies to have on hand for any bathroom remodel include:
A few optional tools we recommend:
Assuming youai??i??re partially or totally renovating your bathroom, this is where youai??i??ll start removing drywall and any fixtures youai??i??re replacing. Demolishing a bathroom yourself isnai??i??t all that hard, but there are a few steps you should follow to avoid any costly mistakes.
How to Demolish a Bathroom Before a Total Renovation:
Bathroom Remodeling Tip: Renting a dumpster for your demolition debris will allow you to dispose of everything at once without having to drive to the local dump, cutting hours off your project time.
After youai??i??ve demolished your bathroom, its time install your new fixtures. For a shower or tub replacement, youai??i??ll want to pick a pan or basin that fits your new decor, as well as the space where your current tub sits. In terms of shapes, you generally have three choices:
The base you choose will determine your layout, so make sure you take into account the other features of your bathroom beforehand, including the location of the door. You could also consider installing a combination shower and bath tub if you have the space.
If there are any signs of rotting wood or water damage to your subfloor, you should replace it before installing your new shower to prevent further damage.
With the shower out of the way, you can now install your new vanity and cabinets. If their dimensions are bigger or smaller than your current ones, youai??i??ll need to renovate your bathroom a little further by adjusting the wiring.
For the most part, that means moving the GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) and other power outlets so that they line up with your new vanity and cabinets. After all, you donai??i??t want to have to reach down next to the toilet in order to plug in your hair dryer. This is where we recommend calling an electrician, especially if you have never worked with home wiring before.
A DIY bathroom makeover is not complete without new floor tiles. After youai??i??ve adjusted your utility lines, itai??i??s time to lay down some fresh tile. But before you start grinding away with the grouting, use a masonai??i??s chalk line to mark reference lines perpendicular (90-degree angle) to the wall with the longest continuous line. This will allow you to keep your tiles in a straight line, avoiding the dreaded crooked tiling job.
Now your bathroom makeover is starting to take shape. The next step is to hang your new drywall. This can be a long process as you have to cut new drywall to fit around your vanity and any other features. But once you start nailing up the boards you should be able to move briskly. A few important do-it-yourself bathroom remodeling tips to keep in mind during this step:
After youai??i??ve put your walls back together you can start adding some color to your bathroom. It is best to use paint with a semi-gloss finish that is resistant to mold and mildew.
And while youai??i??re working on your walls, now is the time to start re-tiling your shower and tub area. Hereai??i??s a few handy tips to follow when tiling your bathroom shower.
After youai??i??ve taken care of the walls and finished installing any new lights, itai??i??s time to install the vanity, cabinets and anything else thatai??i??s on your bathroom remodel punch list.
The first thing you want to install is the vanity, including the sink and faucet. Once you have the drain hooked up to the faucet, you can move on to the other essentials such as the mirror, cabinets and the trim around the shower or tub.
Now your bathroom actually resembles a bathroom, except for one thing: the toilet. You could install or re-install your toilet earlier in the process but leaving it for last helps avoid chipping it while working on other areas of the bathroom. If you arenai??i??t quite sure how to install a toilet, Loweai??i??s has a great guide you can follow.
The absolute last finishing touch is installing the trim around the room and mirrors. The trim is the capstone for every bathroom remodel as it provides the last bit of detail your bathroom needs to feel complete. But of course, the real last step in any bathroom makeover is to draw a nice hot bath for yourself after all your hard work. You deserve it.
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