Tips For Tackling Your Own Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling your bathroom isn't likely to be a same-day project. There are a lot of things to consider, from the flooring and the drywall to the new countertops and shower. And, behind it all is the plumbing that ties everything together. Before you start any bathroom remodeling project, you'll want to make sure that you have a plan in place and a plumber that you can turn to for support. Here are some tips to help you tackle the remodel like a pro.

Removing the Existing Fixtures

Before you start pulling any fixtures out of place, make sure that you know what you're keeping and what's being replaced. If you're trying to do this on a tight budget, reuse as much as you can. For example, you may want to replace the sink and the shower, but you can keep the existing toilet and light fixtures.

Planning Your Deconstruction

Understanding how tubs are typically installed during construction will help you to plan your demolition stages. For example, the tub is usually installed right after the walls are framed, and then the drywall is installed after. To remove the tub, you may have to not only strip the drywall and interior decor, but you might also have to pull the jambs off to remove the shower doors. If you plan to preserve anything from the existing bathroom fixtures, tackle this process with care. Otherwise, you risk damaging something that you intended to reuse. Sometimes, consulting a plumber in advance can help you mark out the presence of the pipes and other sensitive components.

Moving Plumbing Lines

When you add new fixtures to any of your bathroom components, you may find that you have to move the fixtures and the pipes so that they fit. In addition, if any of the new pieces are larger than the original ones, you might have to move some of the existing items over to make space. Depending on the way they pipes are run, even a small change can be complex.

Before you try to move pipes or add a "T" to an existing pipe, talk with a plumbing contractor. Plumbers may be able to give you a more straightforward method for relocating the lines, such as running all new pipes instead. For example, if you need to move the toilet, the pipes aren't as big a concern as the hole in the floor beneath the toilet. Moving a toilet can be costly, but it is best done by a professional so that you don't damage the pipes.

Installing New Components

Once you've removed all of the old parts and restored the fixtures that you're keeping, it's time to address the new components of the bathroom. If you're trying to capitalize on limited space, consider replacing large cabinets and cumbersome drawers with a pedestal sink and elevated shelves. This can create some extra floor space, which gives the perception of a larger bathroom.

Sometimes, marble fixtures or glass-enclosed showers are where you plan to invest your money. Make sure that everything you choose is sealed with mildew-resistant sealant. If you're installing new flooring, consider talking with a plumber about adding radiant flooring in the bathroom with a closed water circulation system. This can help prevent cold feet in the winter months and keep the bathroom feeling comfortable all year long.

Remodeling the bathroom requires more than just installing new counter tops. As you can see, there are many other aspects of the bathroom that you'll need to consider. With so many pieces in the bathroom connected to water pipes, only tackle these jobs on your own if you're certain that you have the necessary skills. Otherwise, working with a local plumbing contractor may allow you to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.


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