If you are reading this post, then there is a good chance that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Or, perhaps it’s not as functional as it could or should be. If you have difficulty getting around it, or you just want to freshen up the space, it may do you well to consider a bathroom remodel. After all, next to the kitchen your bathrooms are often the most used rooms in your home, and the right remodeling job can give you a whole new space.
Of course, for a job of this caliber, you’ll want to work closely with a qualified and experienced plumber in Wake Forest, NC. After all, the right planning and preparation will make a huge difference in the results you’ll see after your bathroom remodel is complete. In fact, there might even be factors you haven’t considered at all, which we’ll dive into below.
First, Practicality. Then, Aesthetics
We get it—the main reason most homeowners plan a remodel or renovation of any kind is that they don’t like how the space currently looks. Remodeling gives you a great opportunity to change the aesthetics of any given space in your home. However, you shouldn’t let your desire to have a great looking bathroom overcome the obviously practical needs of the space.
After all, you’ll want to be able to use and easily access your shower, sink, toilet, etc. You’ll want adequate counter space for your toiletries. It is very important to plan for your daily needs before starting a remodel. This is the reason it’s so important to hire a professional for the job.
Square Footage is Only Half the Equation
An experienced and knowledgeable electrician, like any member of our team, can perform wonders when making effective use of your bathroom space. This allows you to fit various appliance and fixtures that you want, into a traditionally crowded space. But every space has its limits, and soon enough your bathroom will reach those limits.
Working with a qualified plumber will help you decide what’s realistic and what needs to be modified with your plans. We’ll help you prioritize a list of features you want in your bathroom so you can push for the things you really need, versus what would just be “nice to have.”
What Can Happen If You Forgo a Pro
When homeowners choose to attempt bathroom remodels on their own, there are a number of things that can, and often do, go wrong. We’re not saying this to scare you, but rather to speak from experience. Because when something does go wrong, you’ll need to call a professional in to repair the problem anyway. By consulting a pro before you even begin work, you can save yourself the hassle! Common mistakes that homeowners have made include:
- Not measuring the toilet area correctly. More specifically, homeowners often don’t measure the toilet rough-in. This is the measurement that determines the distance between the toilet’s bolt caps on the floor, to the finished wall. The standard within modern U.S. homes is 12 inches, however, this can vary depending on the age of your property.
- Not venting drains properly. Ventilation is essential. Your sink’s p-trap drain can get sucked dry, and as a result, will not function as a barrier between your bathrooms and sewer system. You can probably guess where we’re going with that one.
- Not sloping the shower floor right. If the masonry of your shower floor isn’t slanted at enough of an angle, your water won’t drain properly, and you’ll have perpetual standing water in your shower all the time. This leads to unhealthy mold and mildew growth.