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Is Bathroom Remodeling A Do It Yourself Project?

Jan 25, 2008
Bathroom remodeling has become very popular in the last few years. It is a project where you can involve the entire family and can range from simple painting to replacing floors, countertops and other amenities. Here are the most important things you should consider when deciding to remodel your bathroom:

a) Are you going to do it yourself, or have a professional do it for you?

b) What is your budget?

c) Are you planning to do this all at once or in stages?

d) What is the availability of the materials you are looking to use?

Regardless of whether you are planning on doing this yourself or hiring a professional you need to plan out all of the details. The bathroom is the most used room in the house. You will prevent some major inconveniences by looking at all of the work that needs to be done and establishing a realistic timeline. Prioritizing your changes is crucially important as some aspects to the remodeling project will take a great deal of time while others can be done very quickly.

The biggest challenge in bathroom remodeling is space. To effectively create a new space you need to think creatively about the use of square footage and storage. Getting the proper proportions to arrange everything and still create your dream look can be quite a challenge. Planning this out beforehand will save you hour and untold expense.

You need to create a workable design that you will be happy with for years to come. In some bathroom spaces this is easier said than done.

The next important consideraqtion is deciding how long you have to complete the remodeling project and whether it will be done as time and money permits or all at once. Do not take this step lightly. Having a bathroom is disarray is a major inconvenience to everyone in the family. Planning out these details will make your project much less stressful.

A good idea is always to check the basic standard building code requirements. For coimmediate mplete residential building code requirements in your area, check with your local Department of Building and Safety. Being awar eof these changes and doing the project correctly can add a great deal of value to your home.

Some of the factors you will need to investigate"

Toilet enclosures - what are the minimum dimensions of space required?
Toilets - How far should toilets be from the walls and piping?

Faucets - what are minimum and maximum dimensions for faucets? Are there any requirements for anti scalding devices?

Wall switch - How far must wall switches be from tub and showers? What other electrical hazards need to be evaluated?

Waste and drain lines - If you are planning on changing the sewage or drain lines it is crucial that you hire an engineer to make sure your drainage is adequate.

When investigating the building code requirements it is important to pay attention to minimum clearances required around fixtures.

Make sure you obtain the necessary building permits and acquire the pertinent inspections. Usually an inspection will occur before and after the job is completed.

Lastly we recommend that you create a list of all materials that will be required for the project along with their projected expenses. Many materials such as countertops can be seasonal in nature and you need to make sure they will be available for your project to not run into road blocks.

Once these intial steps are take you are ready to begin your bathroom remodeling project.
About the Author
Fernando Marino is a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor . He lives in Florida with his wife and daughter. http://www.fixedontime.com
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