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Things to Consider Before You Begin Bathroom Renovations

By Karin Mangan

Bathroom renovations are expensive and require a lot of planning. To ensure that you complete your bathroom renovations properly the first time around, consider the following before you start your project:

  • Determine dimensions of the new room, and figure out where you would like to position doors, windows, and skylights. This may help you decide on a new floor plan, as well as the position, shape and size of fixtures and fittings. If you have to add, reset, or resize doors, windows or skylights, make provisions for extra time and costs
  • Decide whether the bathroom should be attached to a larger room or space (bedrooms) or if it should be a self contained room
  • You should also decide if you want to make structural changes like altering the floor or ceiling, adding or removing walls, or even recessing fixtures into the walls
  • Calculate the number of power outlets your bathroom may require based on the function the outlet is meant to serve. You probably need fewer outlets in a powder room, but may want to increase the number of power sources in a full bathroom
  • Select the materials to be used in your bathroom renovations ahead of time
  • Determine if you need to change existing plumbing or wiring to accommodate the new design
  • Decide if existing fixtures, fittings, or accessories can be integrated into the new design - resurfacing existing fittings can help cut costs
  • Figure out how the time required for the bathroom renovations may affect your day-to-day life, and create a contingency plan for delays

By planning ahead of time, your bathroom renovations can be completed efficiently.

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