So sometime in the 60s the bathroom was put in our home with that signature blue tub and matching wall sink and a second bathroom was put upstairs with a shower. Since we moved in last year, I refuse to use the ‘well used’ tub, missing the plunger and needing lots of work. We agreed we should remodel the bathroom, and why not do both at the same time, in sync so we can still shower and pee (much coordination going on here).
I will post after pictures later this summer as this is going to take us a while, so check back!
Here are my tips for remodeling a bathroom and surviving:
- Have a toilet – This takes planning, coordination and is a must. If you are replacing the flooring, make sure you have everything you need in place to take out the toilet, put the flooring down (even if it’s just around the toilet) and put it back down. Super important if you have kids, unless you want to teach them how to rough it (not a good idea if you live in the city).
- Plan for problems – When working in a bathroom, it is wet. Plan on having to replace boards near the wet areas. So far we have found joists that need to be sistered (having a new same size board attached to it for support). We have found crumbly boards at the entrance of the room and pipes that were put in the easiest way, not necessarily the right way.
- Have extra money – with the unplanned problems, expect to have to spend more than you thought. I can’t give you a figure or formula, just plan for the worst case scenario (a total gut job) and have the money to fix.
- Expect a mess – Unless you plastic drape and quarantine off that section of your house, expect dust and dirt to go everywhere. Clean up as you go to minimize, but there still will be a mess.
- It will take longer – This is especially true if you are doing it yourself. You will forget parts, realize you need additional parts and have to run to the store a bazillion times, causing delays. If someone is doing the job for you, if they run into problems, problems = delays + extra money (unless they budgeted extra money).
- Leave while the water is off – there will be a day when the waterlines needs to be turned off, so the water lines can be updated. As long as you are not the one working on it, you will want to leave (if you were working on it, that would not work, you have to stay). Take the kids (if any) with you, so they are not tempted to flush the toilet and you are not tempted to do laundry or the dishes.