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Home Remodeling For Bathrooms

Jan 15, 2008
The remodeling plans for the bathroom in a home will need to include marks for the placement of plumbing and drainage systems. Without these marks in place, a builder might lay tile where it should not be and additional expenses will be incurred when the tile must be removed to install plumbing hook-ups and associative drains. This is one of the obstacles that could occur when the bathroom is remodeled, and there are certain steps that can be taken to make sure things turn out right.

A homeowner should carefully consider all aspects of the home remodeling project to ensure that all changes meet State code requirements. Meeting this requirement will be extremely simple if the homeowner ploys the services of a licensed general contractor. This qualified building professional will possess a diversified list of sub-contractors who can complete any area of home remodeling for bathrooms and any other areas of the home that are remodeled at a later date.

Some homeowners will be able to reduce the cost of a remodeling project in the bathroom because the homeowner will perform most of the chores that require physical labor. After the interior walls of the bathroom have been gutted, the homeowner will make sure that every wall stud is exposed. The homeowner can save more money by employing the use of a waste disposal receptacle that can be used to haul the building debris off. Hiring others to perform this mundane task is one reason why home remodeling costs rise dramatically.

The general contractor should be tasked with ordering plywood, sheetrock and nails because some bathrooms are odd-shaped and the square footage can increase building costs if they are wrong. The general contractor will also order green wall for use in the new showers and tubs to ensure that all building materials used in the bathroom will comply with various building codes. Unlicensed contractors might attempt to use substandard building materials to make more money on the job but building inspectors will point out this discrepancy and demand that it be fixed.

When remodeling bathrooms, many homeowners will select antique furniture pieces in place of lavatories and double-sinks. Building codes differ from State to State and some sub-contractors will prefer to place the sinks directly on the unfinished floors and find out later that the State code requires them to be on top of tile and level. While remodeling a home bathroom, a general contractor will ensure that all bathroom flooring is level. The floor will then be prepped for the next stage of the building process, which might involve a plumbing sub-contractor.

A homeowner should consider size when selecting bathtub and shower stalls that are molded into one unit. The opening for the bathroom could be insufficient and the homeowner could be faced with tearing a hole in the outside wall of the home to be able to install the bathtub unit. A sales representative in the bathroom fixtures department might not bring this point up because they work on commission and do not want to lose a sale. If a licensed contractor went along with the homeowner though, the size differential would be mentioned and recommendations might lead to the homeowner selecting other tub styles that would be more beneficial.
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