Bathroom Remodeling 101: 5 Tips

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Next to renovating your kitchen, a bathroom renovation can, in most cases, provide outstanding ROI for a homeowner.  Beyond ROI, a newly constructed bathroom can also provide a homeowner with years of leak-proof functionality and enjoyment.  If you’re considering renovating the one room in your house that can make you look pretty, here are some quick tips:

1. Porcelain is king!
Porcelain tile is easy to clean and practically indestructible.  Moreover, Porcelain tile is not porous so it’s a natural fit in a room filled with water and moisture. Personally, I would stay away from marble (it’s porous, chips easily, and tends to turn yellow with time), granite (needs to be sealed), and ceramic (chips and not as strong as porcelain) when deciding on tile choices for a bathroom renovation.

2. Light is important when you are trying to get clean.
I like to include lighting in or near the shower/tub area, wall mounted lighting above a mirror, and adequate overheard lighting.

3. Exhaust the room.
An average shower produces a ton of steam, so be sure to adequately vent your bathroom with a recessed bath fan.  Also, if you have a window in your bathroom, be sure to open it during your shower (and try not to scare the neighbors)!

4. Replace the pipes, sheet rock, and plywood!
I recommend doing a gut renovation when it comes to bathrooms.  A gut renovation will allow you to replace old and possibly faulty copper pipes, old concrete board and sheetrock (which may or may not have had water damage), and properly level and stabilize the floor and shower area with new plywood.

5. Expect the project to take longer than you imagined.
Renovating a bathroom includes tile work, electrical, sheet rock, concrete board, framing, plumbing, etc. and, in some ways, is a more complicated project than a kitchen renovation.
Are you looking for more information on bathroom renovations?  If so, check out the GardenWeb Bath forum (the message board has tons of enthusiastic members who will answer your questions, Garden Web also has an excellent forum on kitchen renovation).

BONUS TIP
Don’t purchase a rain shower shower head (they use tons of water and lack proper pressure), instead purchase this inexpensive shower head from Kohler (thousands of guests at the Holiday Inn can’t be wrong)!

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  1. I thought there was 101 tips. Anyway the 5 tips was really useful.

  2. This is a really interesting one i loved reading it. Thanks for this five tips..

  3. Porcelain is my choice also one of the best materials available.

  4. Sorry about the confusing title.
    Porcelain is an incredible choice for bathroom and kitchen flooring. Now some folks will want hardwood floors in their kitchen and marble tiles in their bathroom, but I think it’s the equivalent of changing your car’s motor oil on your new white carpet (it’s just the wrong floor covering for the space).

  5. i’m gonna try these tips. i’ve been seeking to change up my space and also lately thinking of taking “green” seriously with an eco-friendly bathroom cleaner

  6. Hi Andy, glad you can use the tips!
    vince

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  8. Fantastic tips. I am going to remodel my bathroom by following your tips.

  9. It is really helpful , thanks for the tips,i m really pleased..

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  16. I thought you prefer porcelain as the bathroom tile, but the image above uses hardwood floors. *Confuse*

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  19. porcelain is beutifyl by king is always good and luxury bathtub

  20. I was trying to remodel my bathroom about a year ago and boy was it a task but my cousin suggested I try Hagen Homes….they had my bath remodeled in no time and the finished product was amazinggggg.

  21. Thanks for sharing this article with us. Considering the number of people involved with home remodeling nowadays, I’m sure many people will find this information very helpful.

  22. Thanks for such a nice kitchen tips. Really needed as I am building a new kitchen so it will really going to help me.

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