Maybe you moved in ten years ago and have just never liked the upstairs bathroom. Maybe a pipe burst in the hallway half-bath last winter and it just hasn’t looked great since. Whatever the reason you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, we’re here to help you figure out whether it’s the right move for you at this time- and where to go once you figure that out. There are a million directions you could take your bathroom remodel, depending on how you want the final product to look and the vibe of the rest of your house. 

Does Your Bathroom Need a Remodel in the First Place?

The first step is to judge whether you need a remodel or if a little bit of sprucing up will do. Sometimes, when your bathroom starts looking dull or outdated, all it needs is a bit of a refresh, rather than a total remodel. Try to identify what about your bathroom looks outdated. Maybe your rug has become worn down, or your shower curtain is a bit outdated. These are easy fixes! Replacing an item or two in your bathroom can change the whole look of the place, as can adding some new decor. However, there are some issues that a new rug can’t solve. If you feel that your family has outgrown your bathroom, it’s time for a remodel (for example, if you have kids and they’re fighting over the bathroom every morning). Safety issues are another thing to consider, particularly with your bathtub or shower- if you or a family member are at risk for slipping in the bathtub, consider remodeling the bathroom to put in a walk-in shower. If the bathroom doesn’t match the general vibe of your house anymore, it may be time to update it. Of course, if there’s serious damage to your bathroom, such as flooring issues, a very old or outdated tub, sink, or toilet, or water damage, you’ll need to consider a remodel as well. 

Call a Pro or DIY?

Do-it-yourself projects, or DIY, are either a great idea or a really bad idea, and there’s rarely an in-between. So when you’re deciding whether to do a bathroom remodel by yourself or have a professional do it, take a careful look at what the project will require and be honest with yourself (and we mean honest, not optimistic) about whether or not it’s within your capabilities. At first glance, a DIY remodel might seem like no big deal. It probably has a smaller budget on paper, and who doesn’t secretly love the idea of demolishing the bathroom with a sledgehammer?! However, that budget could get a lot bigger if you hit a pipe you didn’t mean to hit, or if you don’t install a fixture correctly…and the list of potential problems certainly doesn’t end there. If you have a background in construction or remodeling and feel confident in your ability to get the job done, then go for it! If not, we suggest leaving it to a professional, such as the experts at Americon Restoration.

What Does a Bathroom Remodel Involve?

There are several steps involved in a bathroom remodel. First, there’s the demolition. All bathroom fixtures (toilet, shower, sink, etc) are drained and removed, along with cabinets and lights. The bathroom is usually stripped to its studs. Insulation may be removed from the walls. Next, the new tub or shower will go in, followed by other new plumbing fixtures (except the toilet, that’s usually left for last). The plumbing will be hooked back up to those fixtures at this time. After the fixtures are in, the floor will be laid. The drywall will go in next and be painted or wallpapered, and after that, cabinets and other wall fixtures will go back in. Installing the toilet is usually the last step. 

Need Help With a Bathroom Remodel?

Are you considering remodeling your bathroom? Contact Americon Restoration for help! Our expert team has been remodeling in the Cleveland area since 1912. We know you may have concerns about COVID-19 and we want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep our employees and our customers healthy and safe. Americon Restoration is taking all necessary precautions before entering our customers’ homes. We want you and your family to feel safe and stay healthy! Please contact us through our website or by phone at (216) 221-5200.