Renovations: Before you start renovating your bathroom check out these tips

Renovating your bathroom is a great way to add value to your home, both for the benefit of your family and for future home resale value.  Before you start any project, it is always best to check for problems that might lead to unexpected costs.  Here are some considerations that you should address before you start in on your bathroom project.

  1. Size and Design.  Does the new layout work with the space? Is the new layout convenient? Does it allow for storage? The new design should take in to account both existing and future needs so it may be a simple matter of replacing fixtures or it may be more complex and involve enlarging the current space to allow for a new layout.
  2. Which fixtures need to be replaced?  Are your current fixtures energy and water efficient?  Are they damaged or leaking?  Look at the toilet, do you often (or ever!) see condensation on it?  Remember that outdated fixtures aren’t often energy/water efficient and therefore  more expensive to use.  Make sure to replace anything that is damaged as plumbing leaks will cause future damage and most likely lead to mold growth.
  3. Are there any structural issues?  Does your new design require a wall to be taken down?  Do you see cracks in the current space that you have no explanation for?  If you’re taking down a wall make sure that it isn’t a load bearing wall and if you see cracks make sure to upgrade the existing structure as needed to take care of those issues.
  4. Do you have moisture issues?  Does the space have any finishes that are damaged by moisture?  Do you see any visible mold growth? Is the existing paint blistered or peeling?  Are any of the surfaces buckled, swollen or rotten?  Determine where the leaks are coming for and fix them!  Ignored leaks will  not go away on their own and will contribute to mold growth and indoor air quality issues.
  5. Plumbing and electrical considerations.  Do you have sufficient water pressure? Do your pipes make really loud noises?  How is the drainage?  What type of pipes do you have?  Is the electrical system safe and adequate with the proper amount of lighting?  You may need to install larger diameter water pipes to allow for greater flow and if your pipes are making those loud noises you may need to provide an air cushion to get rid of it.  You will definitely want to replace lead pipes or corroded pipes that you have.  You may also want to consider getting in an electrician to inspect the wiring and service.
  6. Heating and proper ventilation.  Is the space cold?  Does condensation form on the windows, mirrors and other surfaces?  Do you have a working exhaust fan?  You will run into future problems if your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems aren’t working properly, so plan to do it properly!


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