Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies


Bathroom remodeling is an exciting process and it’s one of the most common home renovations for good reason. Unfortunately though, it’s also a massively complex, expensive and difficult undertaking and there’s a lot that can go wrong. If you’re going to dedicate this amount of time, money and work into your home then you need to be sure of what you’re doing.

Read on and we’ll take a look at the basic ‘bathroom remodeling 101’ to get you started. This is designed to help you answer the question of whether your new home needs an additional bathroom, whether your existing bathrooms need to be renovated and whether rooms are suitable or not for becoming bathrooms.

Starting out, you might be wondering about how many bathrooms you actually need. While you can’t have too many bathrooms, the general rule of thumb is that there should be one bath for the master bedroom and one bath for every two additional bedrooms. A half bath (a toilet and sink) should go near the relaxation area of your home – i.e. the living or dining room. This will allow you to go to the loo easily without heading upstairs. If you have fewer than that, you might want to look at adding one – thought it does come down largely to what’s working for you and your lifestyle.

When deciding whether or not a room is suitable for a bathroom you should ask yourself a few questions. For starters: is there an electrical outlet in the bathroom and if there is, is it a ground-fault interrupter? This is a special safety feature that acts as a second fuse and which will shut off power to the outlet in order to prevent an electrical shock in the event of a fault. You’ll be able to spot these because they have small rectangular reset buttons.

You should also check that the water pressure is adequate in your existing bathrooms. When you run the tap or the shower and flush the toilet is the amount of water flowing reduced? You then need to ask yourself whether you need a second sink.

Is there enough ventilation in your bathroom? Does the space fill with steam and stay damp after showers? If so you might want to consider adding a window or at least an extractor fan. You should also look at the tile around the bath and shower – is it tight? Is there any sign of deterioration? If you press on the tiles lightly do you notice any give? Springy tiles often suggest that the wall has become damp and thus deteriorated over time.

You should also check the porcelain bathroom fixtures. That means looking at the sink, the toilet and the bath. Are there any cracks or pitting in them? Are the fixtures old? Old isn’t a bad thing – it can add character but only as long as they’re still operating well. Some people even seek out chain toilets.

Look at the floor around the toilet too. If there are any dips or discolorations this can suggest a leak occurred around it.

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