Tips for Remodeling your bathroom from Martha Stewart’s blog

TIPS FOR REMODELING YOUR BATHROOM By Madison Dahlstrom

With any remodeling project, it’s fun to think about the big-picture ideas and desires. But every successful project requires a bit of discipline. You’ll definitely want a solid list of must-haves, as well as a general idea of room features and fixtures that may influence the “guts” of the home like electricity, ventilation, and plumbing. Most important, you’ll want a very clear understanding of your budget. The average bathroom remodel in the U.S. ranges from about $16,700 to  $54,100, but how much you should spend will depend upon the overall value of your home, the age of your home, and perhaps how long you plan on living in your current home. You’ll also want to get an understanding of where your money will go. You can expect to spend about 20% of your bathroom remodeling budget on installation and about 16% on cabinetry and hardware. And the decisions you make regarding specific materials, like ceramic tile versus stone tile, could equate to a lower (or higher) installation cost.

 

When shopping for fixtures and materials, ask as many questions as possible, such as: Does the material in question require a specialist to install? What is the lead time? Are these fixtures coming from a local source or from overseas? Your budget will need to cover shipping costs, overage fees, restocking fees (if items are returned) and expedited shipping costs. Even if you use a design or build company that tracks all of this information for you, it’s a wise idea to keep track of your own costs and expenses and check in with the contractor on a regular basis. This will help keep you informed about last-minute issues that could affect your timeline and your budget.

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