Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bathroom Planning Tips

If you are tired of your bathroom and are looking to give it a more modern look, a renovation just might be in order. 

Imagine how nice your bathroom will look with new counter tops and perhaps a tub or shower along with shiny new fixtures!

But, before you commit to such a daunting undertaking, there are a few things to consider, with proper planning and the right attitude, you can get the bathroom of your dreams.

The most important step is proper planning. If you fail to plan everything precisely, you could end up with a disaster. 

There can be several contractors involved, depending on the scope of your renovations. You could potentially need a plumber to route the piping and connect fixtures, an electrician to handle the wiring duties, a tile expert for your new tiles, a building expert to redo walls and the ceiling, and a painter. Unless you want to deal with all of these people on your own, you may want to use a general contractor to manage the project and schedule all the specialty contractors.

That's why it's very important to have the design detailed precisely and signed off by all parties involved. You don't want to leave room for any finger-pointing later if something goes wrong.

As you can see, depending on the scope and complexity of your renovation efforts, this is not going to be a trivial expense. Get written estimates from everyone involved, you need to make sure there are no misunderstandings later. 

There are things that you can control to help you keep costs in check. You are renovating for a reason, so take advantage of the opportunity to get the design and features that you want, but remember, it will always save money to keep as much of the basic layout as you can. By keeping electrical outlets in the same places, or very close, as well as the plumbing, you can minimize the amount of work to be done and help cut costs.

Once you have the layout designed, you can start to focus your attention of the items that make your bathroom look great. Your lighting, the counters, storage space, mirrors, and fixtures.  There are many online sources and, of course, the local home improvement  stores with many styles and materials that you can use to get your perfect look. Take some time and make sure that you are getting items that you really want to live with for years. Your budget will play a major role in the selection of these items. There are many fantastic choices in a wide range of prices. Take your time and you will surely find the fixtures you want that fit within your budget.

These tips should be enough to help you understand just how complex a renovation project can become. But with the right planning, the right design, and the right fixtures, your renovation project will be a success and your will be thrilled with your new bathroom.

Lakeside Interiors specializes in renovating existing bathrooms as well as kitchens and basements so, if you aren't looking for a "full contact" DIY experience, get together with us and we'll make your dream kitchen a reality for you!

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This article was published by:
Keith McGorlick,
Author, Blogger,
Home Improvement Expert &
President of, Lakeside Interiors
Windsor & Barrie Ontario
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