Just like renovations carried out in the basement or any other room, Calgary bathroom renovations may prove to be a daunting task. It is important to think over the plan carefully to avoid making costly mistakes. Here is a checklist that will guide the Calgary bathroom renovations process.
- Making a budget
The first step is determining what you can afford and what you dream bathroom will cost. One of the benefits of drawing a budget is that it shows the gap between reality and imagination. It also serves as a pointer to determining priorities.
Here is a simple tip on how to draw a budget: Use a simple spreadsheet with columns for the cost of materials, estimated budget and other cost associated with the remodeling project.
- Get ready for disturbance
How long will the project take? Do you have an alternative bathroom to use in the meantime? How comfortably can you handle the contractors in and out of your home?
Time taken will depend on factors such as the competence of the contractor and the scope of work. Simple redecoration tasks will take a shorter time compared to construction and demolition projects.
- Assess the current condition of the bathroom
Do you need to upgrade the plumbing or electrical elements? Will you need valves, PVC pipes, and connectors? What other aspects will you need during the upgrade?
Check the room for mildew and mould growth. Determine if there are any inbuilt features and furniture that needs to be removed. A quick inspection allows homeowners to anticipate potential problems. It also unearths issues that may be behind the existing walls, floor or ceiling problems.
- Focus on the function
Who will use the new bathroom? Will it be used by the family members or guests? Will it be used for any other purposes such as a dressing room or laundry room?
Appearance and beauty are important the function beats everything. A poorly designed bathroom may look good, but it lacks value.
- Measure and record
It is important to take the measurements of the space and keep a record of them. The dimensions of the room such as the height and width of the door and ceiling height will prove helpful when it comes to providing measurements for flooring, drywall, and framing.
It is also important to get measurements for the existing showers and tubs. The measurements will assist when it comes assessing the cost and choosing plumbing features and fixtures that will fit the work space.
- Research on products and ideas
The Internet is a minefield of information. There is plenty of information on the products and bathroom designs needed for the renovation. After identifying a particular design, research on the different manufacturers offering the product. Have a look at the various trends and styles they come in. While at it, focus on issues such as quality, price, availability and warranty before making the final decision.
- Building codes
Familiarize yourself with the building code in your locality. Most homeowners will discuss such issues with their contractors. However, it is important to have a rough idea of what is expected.