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Bathroom Remodeling: What to Consider Before You Start

Tired of using the same old bathroom vanity? Ready to replace your old shower stall? Before you go ahead with a bathroom remodeling project, you’re going to want to take a few steps to prepare.

Do Your Research

When it comes to bathrooms today, there are a lot of options available. Instead of settling on the first vanity or new shower stall you find, take the time to see what’s available and find the one you really want. For instance – if you live in an older house, you most likely have a 30-inch-tall vanity. Rather than looking for a new bathroom counter that’s the same height, look for a newer model, which is likely to be a more comfortable 36 inches. Same goes for the shower and bath – don’t just settle for a stall and showerhead that are like the old ones, when you could find ones that are much more to your taste.

Plan Your Budget Carefully

Remodeling your home, even just one room, can be an expensive project. On top of that, it’s quite possible you’ll find things you didn’t plan on that need fixing once you start tearing out old fixtures and preparing to install your new items. The last thing you want to happen during a remodel is to find you’ve run out of funds to spend before the project is complete. You can avoid that by doing an honest accounting of what you can afford, and creating an accurate checklist of what you want to change and how much it costs. If you can’t afford everything you want, focus on fixing the things that have to be done first, or look for ways to consolidate tasks and bring the cost down.

Figure Out the Order

When remodeling a bathroom, it’s important to do things in the correct order. Since almost everything in a bathroom is connected to the same set of plumbing, making changes to one often affects the others, as well. Don’t go into your remodeling project without a plan, and without knowing how making alterations to one portion of your home’s plumbing will affect the rest of it.

Consult the Professionals

A lot of homeowners are enthralled with the romantic prospect of DIY home renovation. But, before you start tearing out your counters and fiddling with the pipes, make sure you talk with renovation and plumbing professionals to get their opinion on how to proceed. If they tell you that it’s too big or too difficult a job to do by yourself, trust them. Not listening to professional advice could do real damage to your home, or exhausting your budget before you’ve managed to complete your renovations.

Once you’re ready to start remodeling your bathroom, be sure to shop with American Bath Enterprises, Inc. to find the best bath and shower enclosures, shower bases, including ADA-compliant accessories. Contact us today for more information at 888-228-4925.