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Questions to Ask When Remodeling Your Bathroom

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Before you get started...

When you finally decide to remodel your bathroom, it can be a time of excitement, ideas, and planning. But we encourage you to step back and consider all the elements of this project.

We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions and some you may not consider to help guide you through your remodel journey!

Do I need to do the whole bathroom?

No, you don’t. But that is ultimately a decision based on your vision. Some follow-up questions might be:

  • What is the budget?
  • Is this a needs-based or wants-based remodel? (Are things falling apart, or do you want to change things?)
  • Are you doing the work yourself?

If you’re working on a tight budget, you may be able to redo the shower or change out the tile. This is also a good plan if you’re unsure what you want as an overall theme but want to make some changes.

Just replacing one bathroom element can make a big difference. If you don't want to do a complete remodel, a new toilet, shower, vanity, or mirror can transform the space.

How can I make the most of this space?

Every bathroom is differently sized and shaped. Luckily, there are endless options of layouts, materials, and elements to make the most of whatever space you have.

For example, you’ll be able to fit a lot more in a master bathroom than a guest bathroom. Consider whether you can get away with a standing shower versus a shower/tub combo. Can you cut your medicine cabinet into the wall? You can also use mirrors to create an illusion of more space.

Take time to understand what you have available and how to make it work.

Is my budget tight or flexible?

Most people start by asking how much remodeling will cost. It’s a reasonable question that should definitely guide their decisions.

The most basic thing to decide is whether you have a strict budget or can be a bit more flexible. This will help you determine where budgeting needs to be in your planning priorities.

What about all the nuts, bolts, plumbing, and lighting?

This is probably the most critical question to consider. There’s no point in having a great-looking bathroom if the shower doesn’t turn on! If you’re doing a top-to-bottom remodel, you’ll need to consider what infrastructure needs to be changed or added to fit your vision.

This may mean adding additional outlets or switches, rerouting plumbing pipes, or covering up openings. Remember that the more complicated the changes, the more they will likely cost to renovate.

How much am I doing myself?

If you answer, “I don’t want anything to do with it,” feel free to move on, but even if you want to install a light bulb, listen up. If your budget is tight, this is where you can save some money. If your skills are limited, you could grab a paint bucket and finish that job. If you have more advanced experience, you could lay tile yourself or install new fixtures.

If it's a simple replacement, it may be a job worth DIYing. However, once lighting and plumbing are involved, there may be code compliance issues and safety considerations. Don’t put yourself at risk (legally or physically) by trying to do something that should be left to a professional.

Who can I trust?

As you embark on your bathroom renovation journey, consult with the professionals at Lloyds Plumbing. Our team has served California families since 1965 with professionalism and attention to detail. Call us today at (805) 495-8766 to discuss your bathroom project.