Bathroom renovations can be an exciting but an equally daunting task. Before you take the plunge into the project, it is important that you plan well so that the project goes as per your plan and turns out just the way you dreamt about it. Here is a simple and easy checklist that you can use to track your project and ensure that the bathroom renovations happen smoothly.
The 10-point checklist:
- Budget: Your budget is the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to the project. Setting a budget will help you decide what and what not to include. Your budget will give you a direction on your purchase of fixtures, tiles, etc.
- Time: You need to plan the bathroom renovations project depending on the time you have in hand. If you have only one bathroom then it is even more important because you will want to quickly wrap up the work.
- Design versus functionality: Choosing the apt design and colors can become very overwhelming and you must start with some research. Stitch together different elements like paint color, tiles, fixtures to form the final look of your bathroom. Design and functionality should go hand in hand, so you must look at ease of use and how the bathroom fits into the theme of the rest of the house.
- Sequence of work: If you pick up different jobs in a sequence you will be able to minimize errors and keep the cleaning work minimum. The ideal order is to remodel the ceiling first, then walls and lastly the floor. This helps prevent damage to the new installations.
- Contractor: Bathroom renovations are not DIY projects as it needs expertise to be able to handle works involving plumbing, tiling, etc. Hiring a good contractor will save you a lot of time and efforts.
- Eco-friendly renovations: If you feel strongly about going green with your bathroom renovation, then you can consider specific options like a low flow toilet that uses lesser water, vanities made from wood that is harvested in a sustainable manner, recycled glass, etc.
- Lighting: A bathroom loses its look and utility if the lighting is not proper. Adequate lighting is particularly important, and you must plan for maximum natural light. For artificial lights, it is good to have around 4 watts of lighting per square foot.
- Accessories: Accessories are quite insignificant when it comes to the overall project, but no remodeling project is complete without replacing the old accessories. Surprisingly, these small accessories like soap dispenser, mirrors, towel rack and bathmats add up significantly to the budget.
- Ventilation: Ventilation is extremely important when it comes to the bathroom. If the ventilation is not proper, the bathroom will become damp and moldy. A well-ventilated bathroom does not suffer from problems of decaying wood.
- The final clean-up: The final cleaning of your renovated bathroom is especially important both from the hygiene and aesthetics perspective. It is often overlooked in the planning phase, but you must keep this in your checklist. If your budget and timelines permit you can look at hiring a contractor for the cleaning services.
Some tips for the final days:
The last few days of bathroom renovations are crucial and might test your patience. If the project is running a day or two beyond the planned days, do not get frustrated, you will get through it as you would have already managed a big project. You must be reviewing the work done by contractor daily, but you must take a stock of all the work in the final days. If you find anything that is incomplete, the last few days are your opportunity to get it done.