A Theme for Your New Bathroom
So it’s time to re-model your bathroom, Where do you even start? With so many options to consider how is it even possible not to drive yourself crazy. Well I believe that a good plan can help tremendously to bring order to what can be a complicated mess and more importantly not much fun, so let’s make it fun.
When we start a project such as the bathroom re-model we are usually enthusiastic about the possibilities, this gives us motivation to move to the next step.
I will write in the following article how I like to go about the process of the plan and perhaps some of these ideas can help you in your quest.
Personally my favorite part is the plan. This is where you get to dream of all the possibilities. Give yourself a week or so just to be aware of places you visit, pictures you see in magazines and on TV, movies etc. Once you have an idea of the styles, colors and utility that excites you, it is time to start.
Start with determining your budget, everyone needs a budget, whether it be $5,000 or $50,000 it is good to have a guideline. At this point you will be able to decide how extensive you can get with your re-model.
If you have a large budget you have more options and this also gives you more decisions to make, it also can make it easier in some ways. Some of the choices are built into the project, for instance the problem that brought you to this decision in the first place. You hate your cabinets, your shower has a leak or the tile is from the 1950’s, and so this project is built into plan automatically, which means the cost is built into the project as well. If you are only able to change a few items, price those items you must have and see what you have left over for other upgrades. Remember you will have to correlate colors and style with what will remain from the original design. If your budget is large enough you can start with an empty slate. If that’s the case, I would draw out a diagram of just the walls including no fixtures, an empty room. Your plumbing may be able to move within the area, this can be costly but also worth it depending on your budget. If utility wise, your existing lay out works well, then continue on to the next step. If not play with moving showers toilets and vanity around, you may find a perfect solution for your situation.
If you plan to replace everything I use these number to get an original idea of what to spend on what 50% Shower, 10% cabinet, 5% toilet, 5% cabinet top, 5% floor, 15% walls (repair and paint), 10% fixtures (lighting, sink, etc.). Take these percentages of the budget and see if it is reasonable for the items you have priced. If you plan to do some of the work yourself you will save on labor cost for those items and you can consider that as well.
Now that you have an idea of what fits into your budget you can put together a plan. I start with the design theme. Colors and textures of tile and fixtures. One of the first items I will look for is a tile deco, this will be the detail that will make or break the feel of the design. It can be quite small but never insignificant. I will consider shower shelves now as well, when we have a color correlation between deco an shelves I will take those pieces and match it with a tile. When you get those item colors singing together you have your foundation. You will now have those samples to match or correlate to your other colors. I will now choose Granite, quartz or plan to use the same tile for the countertops and then colors for cabinet, sinks, lighting, faucets and paint.
Now that you have an idea of the items you will use you will need to plan sizes and design of your tile, where you will place your deco features. If you have a detailed plan when you meet with contractors you will be comparing apples with apples. You can also look to find out about the theories that lead to quality tile work and questions to ask a contractor to insure he is up to the task.
So now you have your plan, prices from contractors and hopefully you are close to your budget. It is time to make your move, decide on your contractor, purchase all items to be used and have them on site. Remember your contractor may be able to get discounts on many of these items which may help to find some savings. The actual construction is where the stress can build so if you have everything you need to complete the job on site your chances for delay decrease dramatically. When this part goes smooth it will be apparent how the planning has made your project fun.
Contractors in California can ask for a 10% or $1,000 down payment and then draws at certain progress points agreed upon throughout the job. Check the laws in your state for accurate information on this. Never pay the total amount until the job is complete, a good contractor will not ask for final payment before they are done. This also will help ensure the less likelihood of delays.