Even though it is one of the smallest rooms in your house, a full-scale bathroom remodel is a mammoth undertaking. There are several different factors that you need to consider; including how much it is going to cost, whether you should replace the plumbing, do you need any permits, and how much time will it take, among other things. You also have to select the right accessories, contractors, and the layout for the new design. Most importantly, you need to do this before you start emptying the medicine cabinets and picking up your bathtub.
The best way to ensure your bathroom renovation finishes on time is to plan it right from the beginning. Your active participation in the process will help to create the comfortable and stunning bathroom of your dreams. Make sure to consider the following tips to ensure your bathroom overhaul runs smoothly.
1. Get All Materials on Site
You are probably aware of the fact that you should make a list of all the materials you need for the bathroom renovation before the work begins. You can also ask the contractor to provide the list. Make sure to purchase all the pieces, fixtures, finishes, and miscellaneous items down to the last detail before the project begins.
But, most importantly, move all the required material to the site before the work begins. Keep it as close to the area as possible to avoid heavy foot traffic. Increased foot traffic often spreads dust and debris into rest of the house, resulting in hygiene and health-related issues.
Keeping all the materials handy and accounted for works to avoid potential delays. It will also speed up the renovation process. As the on-site crew spends less time relocating supplies, they can focus more on actual construction work.
In terms of creating storage space for the materials, you will need to take the weather, as well as foot traffic in your house into account. Keep it out of reach from children and pets in your household. Additionally, be sure there is a separate storage space to collect harmful waste such as pieces of metal, wood, and drywall.
2. Control the Dust
A full-scale master bathroom overhaul is going to produce a significant amount of dust and debris. Your master bedroom and other areas of the house will be filled with drywall dust and sawdust during the period of remodeling. The dust not only leads to potential health issues, but also adversely affects your furniture and electronics.
The first step towards controlling the harmful effects of dust is to isolate the workplace. Most contractors will use a dust barrier system to control the dust. If possible, ask the contractor to keep the bathroom door shut while working. However, if your bathroom is too small to accommodate the equipment and personnel, make sure the bedroom door stays closed during remodeling.
Before the work begins, remove furniture, clothing, decorations, and electronic items from your master bedroom. You can cover immovable furniture with plastic. Make sure to seal various ducts and crevices in the workplace to prevent clogging. After everyday cleanup is complete, open the windows to provide ventilation, as it will help to remove the dust. Make sure to ask the contractor the following questions before work begins:
- Is dust control your responsibility or I have to do it?
- How are you going to conduct daily cleanup?
- Which dust barrier or cleaning system will you use?
- Where will you set your work area?
- How will you isolate the work area?
- How will you protect the floor?
3. Create a Temporary Bathroom
A full-scale renovation means your master bathroom will remain out of order, at least for a couple of weeks. If you have more than one bathroom, you can simply move your morning routine to a different spot during the renovation. However, if the master is your only bathroom, it’s going to be an uphill task to manage your daily necessities.
First, you need to ask the contractor how much time it will take your renovated bathroom to start functioning. You can look for an alternative accordingly. One of the easiest ways to solve this problem is to ask your neighbor if you can use their bathroom for a few days. Almost everyone renovates their bathroom at some point. So, (hopefully) your neighbor understands your problem and agrees to help you out.
If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to bother the neighbors for your necessities, you’ll have to explore other options. The best way is to ask the contractor to set up a temporary bathroom. This typically involves pop-up fiberglass shower in your basement. The next issue is setting up a makeshift toilet. You can ask the contractor to install a loaner toilet for the duration of remodeling. It comes with a pump which can dump the waste into your existing drainage line. Of course, this will cost you some extra money, but it is worth every penny if you don’t want to bother your neighbors.
Alternatively, you can visit a nearby camping supply store where you can buy solar showers, sinks that work with foot pumps, and even portable toilets. A financially more reasonable option would be to rent a portable toilet. However, this toilet may be uncomfortable compared to a loaner toilet. Besides, it is not practical to use this toilet in poor weather (extremely hot or cold) or nighttime. The bottom line is you have to choose the most suitable option to avoid inconvenience. If all else fails, it might be best to get a hotel for the duration of the remodel.
4. Plan for Delays
Despite all the planning, you may still encounter unexpected delays during the renovation process. So, you must always consider and plan before the work begins. For example, the contractor might get sick or have a tool malfunction.
Another common reason is an unforeseen delay in procuring materials such as bathroom fixtures, tiles, and lighting items. However, if you have already stacked up all the required material, you don’t need to worry about this.
Permit delays can stall the project for days. It is a surprisingly common problem. Without a permit, you may not be able to start the renovation, even if you have all the resources and personnel. There are several reasons your permit may get delayed, ranging from staffing shortages to lengthy and complicated processes. Sometimes, pre-existing conditions, such as leakage issues, swelling baseboards, and termite damage may also result in delays.
Even an experienced contractor can’t avoid such issues. So, be patient during the renovation. In the end, your new bathroom will be worth the ordeal.
Your bathroom is so much more than just a functional room. It is your private sanctuary where you can relax and get yourself away from the hubbub of your life. That’s why you want it to be complete with all the essential comforts. However, a full-scale master bathroom renovation is a highly demanding and time-consuming process. Hopefully, the above tips will help you run your bathroom overhaul without major hiccups.
In our near-three decades of doing bathroom remodels at San Diego Kitchen Pros, we’ve handled situations of all kinds. If you have any questions on how to manage this long process, we will be more than happy to help you out.