Home is where the heart is literally! But I didn’t think so much about my heart during my recent bathroom renovation. This process was nothing short of headaches, sweat and tears. I must say, a new bathroom project can be very exciting, but also very overwhelming. It requires careful consideration of all decisions.
If you’ve spoken with anyone who may have remodeled a bathroom, You may have heard something similar to, “Everything turned out great! However, I wish I had known _____ beforehand.” Every remodel comes with a specific set of potential headaches, but if you know what to expect ahead of time and which common mistakes homeowners make, you’ll be able to plan wisely and minimize stress. There is so much to consider Boy, did I learn some valuable lessons. Here are a few lessons I learned and hope they will help you during your next project.
I purchased my home in 2012, so it was well overdue for renovating this hideous bathroom. I mean, the tiles were cracking, drawers were broken off, the vanity, tub, shower and all were just outdated. I knew it was time to get it done. The bathroom is relatively small, I think was one of the main reasons I could see how horrible it looked.
The first lesson learned, was not doing proper research in getting enough quotes before making a final choice. Although the contractor I hired did a good job, honestly he was too busy to complete my job in a timely manner. He was not very reliable, tried cutting corners and was too all over the place. He left my space unfinished for long periods of time. I also made the mistake of going with the least expensive contractor— so I think I got what I paid for in terms of reliability. I can’t stress this enough. Research is key! I mean, finding a reputable contractor. If you are hiring out, check Houzz, Home Advisor, Thumbtack or ask friends for reputable contractors. And please read the reviews or even call the customer personally if you receive a referral.
Budgeting for a remodeling project can be a real test of self control. My eyes were certainly bigger than my pockets. Sure I could have created a spa retreat but my little guys would eat Ramen noodles for dinner for awhile. Plus, it would cancel all my other home remodeling plans. So I had to be realistic about what I could afford.
You should definitely budget for the unexpected. I added a 30-percent cushion to my budget, which was a tremendous help. I had no idea about things like copper pipes for plumbing, definitely those cost more than the plastic ones which are not good for bathrooms. So many things like this to consider when it comes to the budget.
Starting a bathroom remodel is scary, exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. And a well thought out (but, flexible) plan will keep things moving and ensure that you are always one step ahead of the game. Being so tired of my hideous bathroom was an understatement, but my failure to plan made me learn things the hard way. I knew what and how I wanted the bathroom to look. I did so much planning on my inspiration, decor ideas and Pinterest was BAE for a long time. However, I didn’t plan entirely through every facet of the process. Things like the time frame, making a list of ALL things to be done, taking into consideration special order items; coupled with the stress of being the designer, architect, DIYer and putting ALL things together.
I designed a larger walk-in shower and knew I needed a new glass shower door, but didn’t want to replace it with the same ugly design. I initially thought I could find a ready made shower door online or in store. Soon came to the realization the door had to be customized for my space. This took a few weeks’ to create and yet another setback. The bathroom was complete for the longest time but I couldn’t use the shower. I went with a glass company found online which is another story. I wanted a frameless door and wanted to match the other chrome fixtures. The glass door arrived chipped and the door handle was not size ordered. So it took even more time. I definitely had to pack a boatload of patience.
I came to realize it was just a bathroom and I couldn’t stress myself out too much. Easier said than DONE RIGHT! Seriously, there is no such thing as a perfect renovation. There will be mixups and timing issues along the way. A strict timeline and unrealistic expectations only cause anxiety.
Everything is going to be A-OK, I promise. In the end, if you plan your renovation well and keep a good attitude, the change is well worth it. And you’re going to have a brand spankin’ new bathroom to enjoy for years to come.