Why Professionals Make a Bathroom Remodel Easy
If you have a 6 x 8 ft bathroom, you might want to expand it to make it more comfortable and spacious. Creating an elegant, smaller bathroom isn’t as difficult as you may think. You need a bathroom that is functional and simplified for the purpose of cleaning. Plus, who wants an outdated bathroom? Here are some tips to upgrade your small bathroom. Yet, they can be confusing. Read through and decide how much easier it would be working with professionals.
Don’t do it all by yourself
It may be fun to have a project, but if you can only work weekends, you may not have a finished bathroom for months. You will need expertise for electrical, tiling, drywalling, exterior siding and plumbing. Professionals can help your project stay on track. This is critical if your home only has one bathroom. You also need permits before starting a bathroom remodel. You need to speak with a building inspector to discuss the scope of the project and find out how much you are allowed to do. Once you get a permit, you can find out when you can call for inspections.
What are the costs?
You have to figure out your budget before making any purchases. You have to decide if you can afford top-shelf materials or something more cost-effective. Are you wanting something grand, or something stylish, but less expensive?
Work with your contractor to order everything you need in advance. It can take weeks to get special-order fixtures from tiles to glass block, fittings, tile and a shower pan. You want to make sure there are shutoffs for all the fixtures and a master shutoff for the whole bathroom. You can also purchase a ball valve shutoff to fit your pipes. Then, turn off the main water supply line where it comes into the home. You will have to cut the pipes feeding the bathroom and install the new shutoffs.
Setting it up
You need to remove any clips and disconnect the trap from the tub. You would use a sledgehammer to break apart your old tub. You also have to remove your sink and toilet–as needed. Then, you need to turn off the electricity at the main panel and take out light fixtures. After that, cap the wires and wire connectors. Next, it is about ripping out the wall finishes and surfaces, while cleaning down the studs and pulling out any insulation.
Remove the plumbing
Now it is time to take out the existing piping. You need to start by turning off the main water supply to the house. Cut out and remove all the existing water lines and fittings in the bathroom. Furthermore, cut out and remove the vent section leading to the sink and the main stack below the vent tee. Place rags into open drain lines to keep sewer gas out. Next, frame the walls that will contain the new plumbing. Space the studs in the center of the shower about 12 inches apart. The studs behind the toilet can be spaced 19 3/4-in. apart. The wall behind the toilet should be a minimum of 43 inches. If you want, you can make the wall go all the way to the ceiling. The wall at the opposite end of the shower can be any height.
Connecting the new shower vent
You want to position the new shower vent, and position the sink and center the drain behind it. The new shower drain should be vented separate from the main stack. Often, the main stack is placed directly behind the toilet. You need to ensure you install vent and drain lines of the proper size and slope. Use a 2-inch line to drain the shower and 1 1/2-inch to drain the sink. The toilet needs to be vented with 2-inch material. Also, the drain lines should drop 1/4-inch for every foot of travel toward the main stack.
On the other hand, you can hire professionals to do everything for you. If you want to put in some elbow grease, consider working on surface fixtures and painting.
You can cut costs, but a bathroom remodel can be a complex undertaking. If you want it done right, hire the professionals. You will have it completed on time and within your budget.