The first step for a problem-free bathroom remodeling project is to find the right contractor for the job. When you choose wisely, you’ll enjoy smooth progress and avoid the nightmare of poor quality workmanship and the attendant regrets that a bad contractor choice brings. While price is important, finding a contractor who is qualified and capable of delivering a polished final project is essential. At Apples to Apples, our estimates do vary but are always based upon high attention to detail and quality customer service.
When considering which bathroom contractor’s estimate to choose, compare more than just the scope of work. Take time to check out a company’s Better Business Bureau report and see how they stack up against the competition. In construction, as in life, you get what you pay for.
Plan, Plan, And Then Plan Some More
Just like your old school teachers told you, planning for your project is vital. Even with a small bathroom remodeling project, there is lots of coordination to be done. While an experienced contractor will help you to wade through this process, you should also plan on reviewing action steps before beginning. When you are involved in the planning process, you become a much better educated consumer and will be able to make better decisions along the way.
Use Functional Work Triangles In Your Bathroom Design
Most people think that work triangles are exclusively used when remodeling a kitchen. However, they are also very useful in the bath. A work triangle simply takes into account the distances between functional units. In the bath, these units are the tub, sink(s), toilet, shower, as well as storage. When comfortable distances between these bathroom units are established, you’ll embue your new bathroom with a peaceful feeling of spaciousness.
Proper Waterproofing Techniques
Any contractor worth his salt will use proper waterproofing techniques on a bathroom remodel. To create a surface to set tile that will last for many years, concrete board must be properly waterproofed. All drywall that will be subsequently painted must be moisture resistant. Keep in mind that it isn’t enough to simply hang cement board. It must be finished as described below.
Cement board must be taped in a manner similar to drywall. Using an ASTM approved mortar, all joints and corners must be taped and finished. This critical step creates an additional level of waterproofing. It is, in essence, a second moisture barrier that works with the finished tile to keep your walls dry.
This additional layer of waterproofing is inexpensive and easy to do. When it is included in the price of the job, you will get additional decades of use. If a prospective contractor states that they plan to exclusively use the tile for waterproofing, that’s a clear sign that you need to move on and interview the next contractor.
In small spaces like the bathroom, lighting design really matters. The right choices improve not only the look of your bathroom, but actually make it more functional. To really do the job right, be sure to include a wide variety of lighting types such as flash mounted lighting, wall sconces, 6 inch or 4 inch can lights, under cabinet lighting, or vanity lighting. Judicious light placement increases esthetic appeal and delivers spaces that are just as elegant or as lively as you want.
Choose The Right Trim To Pull The Look Together
One of the final steps in bathroom design is the selection of trim which may include casings, baseboard, chair rail, mirror trim, crown molding, and wainscoting. By combining complementary trims, you have the opportunity to create a truly stunning bathroom. Don’t fall into the trap that you need to use the same type of trim that you used in other rooms of the house. Stay true to your bathroom design and select the trims that work best and you will create a new bathroom that is both elegant and comfortable.
Find Fluidity Through Your Hardware And Fixture Choices
Mismatched hardware and bathroom fixtures can destroy a bathroom remodeling project. Select the finish and stick with it. You have plenty of choices which include brass, chrome, a brass and chrome mixture, nickel and brushed nickel, plain stainless steel and brushed stainless steel, and a variety bronze finishes. If you mix these finishes up in your room, your bathroom will not be appealing because of the un-unified look.
Less Is More
Bathrooms are very small space is most of the time. If you try to put too much into one, not only will it be much less functional in the long run, but it will also be much less attractive. Create an uncluttered space using good design, excellent installation, and high quality products.