So to get the bad news out of the way first, with the one exception of the kitchen, the bathroom is in fact the most difficult, problematic and in some instances painful room of the home to go about remodelling. This is why it is almost always advisable to call in the professionals when and where there is anything to do that isn’t rather remedial, though there will always be plenty of plucky DIY types who love to get stuck in it with their own personal projects.
So for those who fit into the latter bracket and have every intention of getting busy with a bathroom remodelling project, here’s a quick look at a few basic and essential tips you need to know:
First of all, don’t even think about picking up a spanner until you have fully researched what it is you plan to do. The web can be your best friend with such things as there are so many video guides and instructional articles that will take you through every step of the process. And indeed you need to know every step of the process as it is really no good to be competent enough to get 75% of the way through only to then realise you are completely and totally stuck. Do your homework, and plenty of it at that.
Another of the most important basic tips of all is that of never under any circumstances going it alone. You’d be surprised just how quickly what appears to be a simple job can snowball into something quite spectacular, and not in a good way, so it is always a good idea to have at least one other person with you to lend a helping hand.
In terms of coming up with a plan of action, professionals almost always advise to start out by taking a look at your budget and working in accordance with the amount of money you have to spend. The last thing you want to do is risk running out of money at an inconvenient moment.
You might want to tackle the whole bathroom and completely refit it, but you should always ensure that you plan and set about things one step at a time. The moment you begin trying to rush things or overestimate your skills, this is usually the moment things come grinding to a halt.
Never forget that when and where possible it is often preferable to cover things up rather than replacing them. This applies to the walls, floors and surfaces in your bathroom which you may be considering replacing entirely but perhaps you can save yourself a lot of work simply by covering them up. You’d be surprised just how far a new paint for example will get you sometimes.
Last but not least, try to bear in mind that when you are looking to replace things like toilets or bathtubs, it is not just the logistics of getting the things in and out that you need to worry about. Quite to the contrary as there is all that complicated plumbing business which is a whole different kettle of fish in its own right – one that you shouldn’t go near unless you know exactly what you are doing.