The Bathroom Design Process
Your bath will be more or less inaccessible while renovations are underway. If you have more than one full bath in your home, this should not be problematic. However, if you own a single bath home, you might understandably be a little concerned about how you will manage during construction. Either way, you will certainly have to endure some inconveniences, but you can take the sting out of the renovation process with a little forethought and planning.
- Have all supplies ready before you begin the tear out. Having all materials at hand when you begin will help you avoid any delays and keep the project duration to a minimum.
- Have a detailed plan. Determine exactly what will be done when, in what order, and by whom. This can help keep the installation process moving along and allow you to plan around the lack of availability of important fixtures.
- If you have no alternate bathroom facilities, prepare to rent a portable toilet for your family’s and installation crew’s use. Alternately, you might opt to tear out all other fixtures but leave a working toilet until it’s time to replace the flooring and the toilet itself. Some remodelers opt to have their installation crew remove the toilet each day while they work and replace it in the evening for the homeowner’s use.
- Depending on the plumbing work your bath renovation requires, leave your tub/shower facility in place until you are ready to begin replacement of the fixtures.
- You will need to make alternate arrangements for bathing until your tub/shower is restored and functional. You might opt for sponge bathing at home, or bathe at the homes of nearby relatives, friends or neighbors.
- Hang in there. Remember, the inconvenience is only temporary. The end result will be well worth the wait.