Small Bathroom Remodeling

Oct 26, 2020 | General Contracting, Remodeling

Small Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeling a small bathroom can be a good endeavor for a family that needs a more efficient bathroom. It is possible to create an oasis at home even if the space is small. There are a few things to consider when remodeling a bathroom. First, there is the budget. It is also important to consider being hands on versus hiring the pros or perhaps finding a happy medium. Who will be using the bathroom? Planning a bathroom remodel may seem daunting at first, but it is doable.

Different Types of Bathrooms

When remodeling a small bathroom, it is important to keep in mind what kind of bathroom it is and who will be using it. A powder room typically only has a toilet and sink. This bathroom is usually used by guests and family members who do not need to use a full bathroom. Depending on how often guests come over or how often the family uses it determines how much wear and tear a powder room will experience. The limited amount of fixtures can make the remodeling process a quick one.

A full bathroom typically gets a lot of use as it has a toilet, sink shower, and/or bathtub. Due to the fact that this bathroom is used every day, it is good to remember that during the remodeling process it is important to use materials and fixtures that last.

A guest bathroom is another type of full bathroom. It is only for guests, though. This means it will not experience the same type of wear as the bathroom used by the family. People, therefore, may choose fixtures that are more economical in a remodel. This can save them money.

The master bathroom is another full bathroom used by the owner of the house. Most owners are willing to spend a significant amount of money on the master bathroom because they want an oasis at home. Due to the daily use of the bathroom, owners are also looking for materials and fixtures that are durable which typically cost more than the economic ones.

Time vs Money

A homeowner who enjoys doing DIY projects can save a lot of money by taking on the bathroom remodel themselves. However, an owner that may not have the time and/or skills to remodel themselves may consider hiring out. If an owner has the management skills to be their own general contractor, it can save them some money. Organizing schedules and finding plumbers, electricians, painters, and other workers may be too difficult for some. Hiring a general contractor may be a great way to help time deficient owners.

Use of the Space

When deciding to remodel a small bathroom, it is important to think about who will be using the space. A family with small children may want to invest in a bathtub as opposed to a shower. They may choose flooring that is waterproof for the big splashes that occur at bath time. If it is a family bathroom, having storage cabinets can be a convenient addition to the bathroom. Buying fixtures that can stand the test of time are also important. A guest bathroom may not need extra storage or fancy implements. If the bathrooms are used by multi-generational family members or the elderly and/or infirm, lower sinks and grips bars as well as walk-in tubs can be welcomed additions to a bathroom.

The Remodeling Process

Drawing plans and obtaining permits can be an essential part of the remodeling process. Signing contracts, coming up with a budget, and ordering materials are also a part of the planning process. A general contractor will typically take care of most of these things.

The demolition is the next part of the remodeling process. This involves removing the fixtures and materials that need to be replaced. It is also the time to remove any flooring that will be replaced. Most homeowners do this themselves to save money. The demolition process can be completed in a weekend. Renting a roll-off dumpster or hiring a waste removal company is an efficient way to get rid of the trash.

If the bathroom requires it, the next step is a rough-in of the framing. Some remodels don’t require framing. Others do require framing to install a new shower. To do the framing yourself, it is required to have moderate carpentry skills. An inspection may be necessary to make sure the work has been done correctly.

The next part of the remodeling process is a rough-in of the plumbing. It may be best to leave the plumbing to the pros as any mistake can be catastrophic. Plumbing is usually the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel because the plumber will need to make several visits during the installation process. Plumbing requires two inspections. There is one inspection for the rough-in, followed by one for the final installation.

The electrical rough-in should also be left to the pros. The electrician is going to run new circuits throughout the bathroom. The electrician will also install vent fans and lighting. Then, there will be an inspection. Once the inspection is completed, the walls and ceiling can be installed. Then, the electrician will install the fans, light fixtures, and outlets. This followed by a final inspection.

Most DIYers can do a drywall installation. However, the savings will not be much since paying someone to install the drywall is not expensive. Tile and flooring can also be an expensive part of the bathroom remodel. The work can be difficult for a DIYer. A lot of people leave the ceramic tile installation to the professionals. If homeowners can do it themselves, though, they can save a lot of money. They are also other flooring options that are for DIYers to install and friendlier to their wallets. It is also possible to buy materials online to save money.

Cabinetry is installed before the final plumbing fixtures and after the walls and ceilings. These involve vanities and wall cabinets. Most DIYers can do this work. Once this is done, the plumber and electrician can come back to install the final fixtures and make the connections. The final installation needs to be inspected.

Tips for an Efficient Small Bathroom

Consider buying a corner sink. Managing to fit a sink in a corner is a great way to save space. One good small bathroom remodel idea is to install a wall-mounted faucet because it gives the option for a smaller vanity. When picking a vanity, choose one with rounded corners to prevent injury when using the small bathroom. Consider open storage for the vanity because a lack of doors will prevent accidents and will not be a nuisance.

Installing a shower with a sliding door instead of one that pivots on hinges may also be the move. A glass shower gives the illusion of a bigger bathroom. Removing the shower door can also save room in the bathroom. However, it is important to have a good draining system in the bathroom. Installing a shelf in the bathroom gives a place for soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. A shower niche can save even more space.

Use small tiles on the walls and flooring to make the bathroom feel bigger. Tiles as small as one by four or two by six can give a bigger illusion. Smaller tiles also tend to be cheaper than bigger ones. Continuing the tile pattern into the shower will add more depth to the bathroom. Using light and bright colors opens up the bathroom more. A dark bathroom can also add depth because it feels like the vastness of the night sky. Go super dark and super glossy. High gloss paint can reflect light in the bathroom. Having a big mirror across the entire wall above the vanity allows more than one person to look at themselves and get ready.

Adding multiple mirrors can also help. It also gives the illusion of a bigger bathroom. Making the mirrors backlit in the bathroom can give the bathroom a more modern and chic feel. Mounting a towel rack behind the bathroom door or shower door can also help to save space. Consider installing a pocket door. This may give more space for storage. A trough sink offers more space for storage than a traditional sink.

The Wrap Up

Remodeling a bathroom requires a few things. One is figuring out what kind of bathroom is going to be renovated and who will use it. If a young family is using it, the bathroom needs fixtures that are going to last. It is also going to need storage. The next thing to consider is to decide who is going to oversee the renovation. Will it be overseen by a general contractor or the homeowners? Based on the skills of the homeowner, how much are they willing to take on themselves? Finally, the homeowners need to add features to their design that is going to make the bathroom feel bigger and more efficient. Doing all these things will make the bathroom renovation a success.

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