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Your Bathroom Remodeling Questions Answered

Feb 5, 2008
There seems to be a recent surge in the amount of home improvement shows. There are shows featuring first time home buyers, curbside appeal and even those focusing on remodeling. There is little doubt that the bathroom is one of the most important features of a house.

A small, outdated bathroom can mean the difference between comfort and torture or even losing money if you decide to sell your house. Many homeowners are circumventing these problems by remodeling their bathrooms.

Bathroom remodeling may be frustrating at times but the right design plan can be done affordably and leave you with a bathroom to be proud of. If you are ready to begin your own bathroom remodeling, this article is for you.

Can I remodel it myself?

This question depends on how knowledgeable you are about laying tile, painting, carpentry and plumbing. Yes it is possible to remodel a bathroom by yourself if you know what you are doing. If you do not and attempt it without learning how to do some of the more important steps you could be setting yourself up for a dollar disaster down the road.

It is very expensive hiring someone to fix your mistakes rather than hiring knowledgeable professionals in the beginning. Plus you have to think about how much free time you actually have to devote to such a big project. If you are just painting the walls and switching out hardware you can do it yourself. Larger remodeling project need someone with experience.

Do I need any special permits from the city?

Special permits are generally required if you are doing structural work or adding onto your property. This only applies within city limits. The best advice is to check your city's building codes and contact someone with the city.

If you hire a general contractor, he or she can advise you on whether or not permits need to be obtained. If you know you need a permit do not try to circumvent it. Having your bathroom project shut down or not up to code can put you at risk for fines and even higher insurance premiums.

Should I leave the hardwood floors in my bathroom or should I replace them with something else?

This is purely up to your aesthetic preferences. Water is definitely harder on hardwood floors but with proper care and sealant the floors can stay looking beautiful. Tile is more commonly found in newer homes.

Home owners love the look and colors not to mention the durability. But there is something about a properly cared for hardwood floor that adds a bit of quaintness to a bathroom.

Does everything have to be purchased brand new?

No, of course you do not have to replace everything with new hardware, fixtures or even amenities. If you love your sunken bathtub and do not want to replace it with a newer one, keep it. It is your bathroom and ultimately your money.

You can also try finding sinks, toilets or even bathroom fixtures at flea markets or wholesale outlets. Another option is try a recycling group. Many online recycling groups have members offering up leftover building material or amenities.

Will an updated bathroom add value to my home?

An updated and modern bathroom adds immense appeal to any home's value. Most buyers look for a great bathroom as one of their main requirements. Think on it this way: the average person spends a great deal of their time in the bathroom for one reason or another. It makes sense for the space to be inviting and comfortable.
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