Houzz editorial staff writer Mitchell Parker breaks down what to do when remodeling a bathroom. From executing a shared vision, picking a style, hiring the right people, and more, here are 11 steps to take during a bathroom remodeling projects.

  1. Ask yourself the question: What am I trying to achieve? Any remodeling project is no easy task and requires time and money. Find out what you, or your client’s, ideal bathroom is before you start anything. Then move towards what the functionality of the bathroom is for: downstairs? kid’s bathroom? master bathroom?
  2. Research and budget accordingly to the project. Always factor in at least a 10 to 20 percent cousin for unforseen costs. To keep the cost down, working with existing plumbing and wiring is best.
  3. Select a professional to help you think of things you may have not considered before. You can find professionals in your area through word-of-mouth and there home servicing sites.
  4. Refine your plan to match the reality of the project
  5. Approve the schematic design with preliminary sketches and floor plans that show you the layout of the bathroom. Once you know the measurements and sizes of what you need, the client and designer can then go and shop for prices and materials to remodel the bathroom
  6. Choose the finishes, coloring scheme, and materials that will be used throughout the bathroom. A quick list of things to consider: bathtub, color, countertops, faucets, flooring, lighting, mirrors, shower, sinks, storage, tile, toilet, and vanities
  7. Work on Design developments and construction documents from floor plan, elevations, tile and anything else associated with the project. "This stage will also encompass the permit process. If you’re working with a knowledgeable professional, he or she will take this up, as they are skilled at navigating the process and working with contacts they’ve made at the local planning office. If you’re doing a lot of the work yourself, you’ll need to brush up on what permits you’ll need, and where and how to submit drawings. "
  8. Get estimates from a contractor, but be careful with picking the lowest bid immediately. The lowest bid can end up biting you back if additional work needs to be done.
  9. Plan around the instillation process and get ready for demoing. “ Are you prepared for the project and disruption? What time will the workers be there, and will someone be on-site to answer questions and oversee the construction? Will it affect your work schedule or any trips? Where will you shower during construction? Who in your family will be available should something come up? Think about how long the crew will be there and if the materials will arrive in time. Any last-minute decisions need to take top priority to ensure a smooth-running project.”
  10. Make a Post-Completion Punch List by keeping all your receipts, contracts, warranties, and product information in case anything else needs to get done. You don’t want to be hunting around for the make and model of something in your bathroom during a leak.
  11. Decorate and make your bathroom your own, that displays your own personal style.
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