Steps to Planning Your Bathroom Remodel
Most homeowners spark their bathroom remodel ideas by flipping through magazines, curating boards on Pinterest, and watching reality TV shows about home remodels. But turning these design ideas into a reality takes more planning than merely pulling photos that match your desired aesthetic. The tough thing about recreating an inspiring design in your space is the constraint of your home's layout and your budget. Think about the scope of the project and the materials that will fit within your budget when you are looking for inspiration.
It can be tough to find average prices for bathroom remodels because your unique scope and materials selections will determine the budget. However, you can manage your expense and avoid unexpected costs by understanding the percent of your budget that should go into each item, the amount of labor needed, and how the grade of materials you choose will change the cost. But, even the most well-planned remodels can run into unexpected costs, so you should set aside a chunk of your budget for any unforeseen problems or upgrades you may want to make during the process.
3. Choosing a Remodeler
With so many contractors to choose from, it can be challenging to narrow down the list to trusted professionals. Many contractors will offer attractive quotes or make promises that are unrealistic to earn your business. But once the project starts, you can get hit with unexpected costs or a larger scope of work than you expected. Before signing a contract, you should always ensure that the contractor is licensed, check the Better Business Bureau website, and read previous customer reviews to ensure that they are reliable and trustworthy.
Getting a complete design and estimate in writing is an essential first step. It is rarely, if never, a good idea to accept anything handwritten or generic. A good proposal should be quite a number of pages covering each aspect of the project (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, cabinets, etc.) even if one particular area is not an issue. If no electrical work is to be done, the proposal should say so, and everyone should agree before you sign the agreement.
Most homeowners begin a bathroom remodel with great inspiration from a variety of sources. However, working with a professional designer can take these ideas and turn them into reality. With years of experience creating custom spaces, a designer can guide you through the materials selection process, helping you choose the best materials and finishes to suit your design ideas and your budget.
Timing can be estimated on the scope of work for your unique bathroom and the contractor's schedule. When you work with Brothers, your project will be overseen by a dedicated Field Quality Manager who ensures that every detail of your project is done correctly. The average bathroom remodel can take up to eight weeks with the contractor juggling other projects, but with Brothers, we average four weeks with a dedicated team working solely on your bathroom.