Remodeling your bathroom can be the most fun you’ve had in a while or a truly miserable experience.
Choosing the proper bathroom remodeling contractor will ensure that you fall into the first category.
Many older bathrooms show the excessive wear from years of water and moisture damage. Often, floor joists are rotted and need replacing and plumbing under the floor has deteriorated to the point where repair is not an option. You must choose a licensed contractor who has worked with scores of similar problems over at least the last 15 years. This is the best way to ensure that he or she won’t be surprised when something unforseen arises. An inspection of your existing bathroom by a licensed contractor with a good track record and hundreds of completed projects will eliminate your worry.
The very first step your contractor should take is ensuring that your bathroom is structurally sound. This will mean making sure that the sub-floor has not been damaged by water and that the floor joists are not beginning to rot or warp badly. Next, an inspection of your plumbing will shed light on its condition. Older bathrooms may contain lead drain lines which must be replaced with PVC drain lines in order to update them to code requirements. Once this has been determined, you will be better able to judge how much you will have to spend on remodeling your bathroom.
If you want only to give your bathroom a facelift, you could keep it very simple by replacing only your vanity cabinet or pedestal sink, faucet and perhaps buying a new shower curtain, hand towels and a nicely-framed mirror. A handyman may be appropriate for this project if he works closely with a plumber.
If your home is over 25 years old, though, a complete bathroom remodel performed by a professional bathroom contractor is probably in order. Converting a soaking tub to a Jacuzzi or Whirlpool becomes an option in this scenario. Some homeowners find that they don’t really need a bathtub at all and would rather create a large walk-in shower with frameless glass doors and a marble sitting area. Ceramic tile designs aid in creating the bathroom of your dreams. Heated floors and double-vanity cabinets are just two of many options which are available when you decide to engage in a full-scale remodel of your existing bathroom.
A bathroom remodeling project can be time-consuming and somewhat inconvenient. A licensed bathroom remodeling contractor can help design your new bathroom, make sure your remodeling is up to code, and ensure that the job is done in a timely manner and right on-budget.