What is a bath remodel? A bath remodel usually consists of a new bathtub with either a shower attachment or an independent shower fixture attached. This enables you to take a hot shower or a relaxing bath in the same room where the bathroom is located. There are generally five bathtub/shower combination options: One-pieces with fiberglass or acrylic bodies. Two-piece with acrylic or fiberglass bodies. Three-piece with fiberglass bodies, including shower pan.
What is the difference between a bath remodel and a complete bathroom remodeling project? Bathroom remodels include new flooring, new fixtures and finishes, and a new tub and shower or both. Bathroom-remodeling projects, on the other hand, include fixing the old tub into the new one, replacing the flooring, installing a new tub and/or shower, installing a brand new wall surround, painting the walls, installing new lighting and ceiling, upgrading electrical wiring and water and sewer lines, etc. Some of these projects require the services of licensed plumbers and/or electricians while others only need the assistance of do-it-yourself handymen. In order to make the most out of your bath remodel, you must follow some basic guidelines.
For instance, if you want to replace your bathtub’s old one-piece frame with the new Corian 1-piece bathtub, it would be best to choose a tub that comes with matching colors and/or styles. Most Corian tubs are available in tan, white and black colors. However, if you want a more unique and non-corian tub, you can choose from a variety of brown, blue, green and black materials. Furthermore, before you hire a contractor or a remodeling company, make sure that you get estimates for all the expenses involved in your planned project. Although, many contractors offer free estimates, do not base your decision on them as free estimates do not take into account the additional expenses that may be incurred during the construction process.
On the other hand, if you intend to do your bath remodel yourself, make sure that you prepare all the necessary materials before starting the job. If you are going to replace the tub, you will have to get the necessary plumbing tools such as an adjustable wrench, pliers, a hammer, cutting blade, tile cutter, etc. And, for replacement of tub walls, you will also need caulking, paint, wall paper, pipe and tiles, wall anchors and screws. In addition, for bath remodel, you will also need to get the necessary plumbing accessories such as an adjustable wrench, pliers, a hammer, cutting blade, tile cutter, etc. The list goes on.
In short, to remodel your bathroom by yourself is not impossible. However, as stated above, there are certain things you need to consider and you will certainly want to get professional help for your bath remodel. Although, it is possible to do a bath remodel by yourself, one of the major disadvantages of doing it by yourself is that it takes longer than replacing the tub with a new one or with a combination bathtub and shower combination.
On the other hand, if you decide to use a professional contractor to remodel your bathroom, the costs are bound to be less than what it would take you to do it yourself. In addition, there are a lot of advantages of using a contractor who uses high quality products for his work. If you opt to do your bath remodel yourself, you will have to face the possibility of inferior products and materials which will not last for long. Moreover, you will most likely regret the resulting damage to your bathtubs and shower pans because of the inadequate workmanship.