A bathroom is not an easy room to renovate. Navigating through all the lighting, plumbing and tiling is a lot to ask even if you have an adventurous DIY spirit. This is why it’s a good idea to come armed with a game-plan and the help with Prism Interiors before you begin overhauling your bathroom. Here are five things to keep in mind as you get ready to renovate your bathroom.
Create a budget
A bathroom renovation is not something you walk into without a structured plan in place. Figuring things out as you go along is a recipe for disaster, and will end up costing you a lot of money. The first step in your renovation plan should be deciding what your budget will be. A General Contractor needs to be able to work with you without blindfolds and advising him of your realistic budget is one of the first things to review. He can advise if your budget is workable or if there are modifications that will need to be done to downsize the scope of work to still suit your budget. The bottom line is, he is there to work with you and he needs to understand what your limitations are.
Plan your attack
During your initial meet and greet with the Contractor, discuss your ideas and listen to what he has to offer as well. Most Clients are looking at increasing the size of their existing shower, removing a tub that they never use, adding dual vanities or putting in a soaker tub that they would actually use, as some examples. In doing any of the above suggestions, there may be a few walls that need to be removed and the additional space required is most often taken from an existing bedroom or closet that can be made smaller to add more room to the new bathroom configuration. The general contractor can bounce ideas with you addressing your budget and your needs.
Get it on paper
In a new bathroom configuration with electrical, plumbing or walls being moved for example, you need elevation drawings. Having drawings will eliminate the guesswork on so many levels from knowing the exact square footage and placement, to accurate trade partner pricing for the scopes of work required. The General Contractor will use these drawings on site to ensure the work is done as per the signed off drawings, and this will also eliminate any potential trade partner errors that will otherwise often occur with those renovating without drawings. Prism Interiors has their own Designer who is also an Architect and they can offer their Clients better hourly rates than those of outside design or architect firms.
Make preliminary selections
Every General Contractor will have a Client supplier listing for the Client to review and visit the suppliers directly in order to make their selections. These selections range from countertops, tile, flooring, shower glass and plumbing fixtures for example. Considering each Client has differing tastes and budgets, having a list of preliminary selections for the General Contractor to price out from each supplier rep that you visit, is a good thing. Without these preliminary selections he would only be able to provide you will allowances in your estimate for services which would be subject to change until you actually made your selections.
Review the estimate
Once the drawings are priced from all the trade partners, the General Contractor is able to submit the complete pricing of the renovation to you for your review. Most often there are tweaks to be made to the estimate at this time based on Client additions or changes, but once that is done and you are comfortable with everything, you should be ready to go to contract with the General Contractor.
When you are ready to embark on your next bathroom home improvement project, call Prism Interiors. The bathroom of your dreams is only one phone call away!