Wednesday, August 14, 2013

4 Essential Steps to Remodeling Your Bathroom

The beginning of any home remodel or home repair can be a daunting task. This article is to help you with all things necessary to start this process.

The very first thing is to determine how involved you want to be in the project. On a scale of 1-10, decide how much of the design aspect you want to be in charge of. I would say the majority of individuals want complete control over the entire project, but with technical plumbing and electrical configurations the truth is we can't do it all ourselves.

You shouldn't worry if you don't feel comfortable with demo, clean-up, construction and decorating; there are professionals that can help you with each step along the way. However, the purpose of this article is a basic overview for the DIYer rather than someone who wants to hire contractors and consultants.

Step 1. Plan: What do you want the space to become

If you're renovating, the space is probably already defined (ie. bedroom; bathroom; kitchen; etc.). Remember, bedrooms can become offices, nurseries, gyms, dens, or even a walk-in closet. Don't limit yourself with possibilities.

Step 2. Measure: Calculate the dimensions of your entire space


You need to know what you're working with. The most important measurement is the length of each wall. This will help you create a floor plan drawling. If you're renovating an exterior room, kitchen or wash room be sure to indicate where windows, doors, existing plumbing and gas lines are.

These are features that you either can't move (windows and doors) or are difficult to move without having proper training (plumbing and gas lines). Electrical lines can be relatively easy to alter and move if done properly. While it will take significant research and first hand experience to alter your homes plumbing or gas lines, the payoff is well worth it for the dedicated DIYer.

Step 3. Organize: Record major components on your floor plan


For the purpose of this article I've created a basic bathroom blueprint plan to provide you a visual. For bathrooms you need to determine the location of the toilet, sink, shower and closet. Other fixtures that you'll want to plan are the exhaust fan, overhead light and outlets.

IMPORTANT footnote on bathroom outlets: Outlets in the bathroom must but GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets as mandated by building code. GFCI's monitor the electricity used by the appliances plugged into them with an accuracy of a few milliamps (mA). A deviation from the norm of ~5 mA will trip the receptacle and turn off (it takes roughly 100 mA to stop the human heart). This is a safety feature that protects individuals from electrocution.
Check out this link for more information on GFCIs.

Step 4. Design: additional attributes you want the space to have.

In my case I want to add horizontal studs for where I'm going to place the towel bars and robe hooks. Adding a horizontal stud will allow the towel bar to be more stable and less likely to pull out of the wall. Towel bars tend to pull out of walls because people use them as grab bars and it pulls out of the drywall. An exhaust fan is important to design into bathrooms because they are mandatory if a window isn't present. Read more about this building code.

At this point you are well on your way to having a new bathroom! Just stick to these simple steps to remodeling and you'll be sure to have success before you even start demolishing your old, undesirable and probably drab looking bathroom. The great thing about being a DIYer is your ability to turn it into anything you want!

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  1. What an awesome bathroom! I wish I had that in my house! Oh wait... that is my house! lol. Thanks UrbaneJane for so many nice words and for all the nice comments I've read. If I posted this on my blog, which I don't have, I would be the only one commenting on it. Cheers!

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  4. Re-modelling your bathroom involves looking into a lot of technical aspects. If you want to get it done the right way, best is to hire a professional plumber to oversee your project. He will give you ideas on your plan and help you with the technicalities of pipe work.