Is it time to give your bathroom a much needed renovation? If you want to do more than just update the paint color, it may be somewhat intimidating. Don’t let the process overwhelm you, though. Instead, use this article to help wrap your mind around many of the things you should consider and steps you should take.

Make a Budget

It’s always a good idea to budget for a home improvement project. While there can be some wiggle room here, it’s important that you spend only what you can, and don’t push your finances too far. Think about potential costs, what you can afford, and whether this project will add any equity to your home. After you’ve come up with your budget, you can truly determine the scope of your project.

Decide the Extent of Renovations

Do you want to rip everything out and start afresh, or do you just want to replace old tile? Carefully consider what’s important to you, keeping your budget in mind, and determine what needs to be done. As part of this process, look at home improvement stores to see what kinds of costs you might expect to help you decide whether certain aspects of the project are a good idea.

Determine the Layout

Once you know how much you want to spend and how extensive your renovations will be, it’s time to figure out whether your bathroom’s layout will change. Do you think it would make more sense if your toilet was on the other wall? Do you want a soaking tub separate from the shower? When plotting your space, make sure you take numbers into account. For example, look into the standard shower head height to verify your shower will fit perfectly into the location you choose.  Don’t forget to also check that the plumbing will work wherever you want your fixtures to be.

Make Purchases

Since you don’t want to be without a bathroom for too long, go ahead and buy any new material you need before beginning the remodel. This way, you can install everything immediately, instead of having to wait until for your goods to arrive. Figure out exactly what you want and buy it, taking care to keep shipping times in mind. Once you have all of your materials, you can begin the project!

Start Demolition and Installation

Often viewed as one of the most enjoyable aspects of any bathroom remodel is the demolition step. Grab your sledgehammer and have at it, as long as you’re safe and only destroy what’s being removed from the bathroom. If you’re not replacing tile, make sure you work carefully around the existing tile so as to not damage it.

The last, and often longest step is to actually build the bathroom. Install the toilet, sink, shower, or whatever new fixture you’ve purchased. Take care, since this will be the finished product!

There are many steps to remodeling your bathroom, but you should start with budgeting, determining how much you want to remodel, and deciding the new layout. Once you’ve made these decisions, it’s time to make purchases, demo, and build!

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