Summer Renovation Projects: Your Bathroom

Summer is a great time to get renovation projects out of the way. The warmer weather means that you do not have to be stuck in the house amid all the chaos that the renovation process often brings. It also means that removing demolition materials from the house and bringing new materials in will be a lot less messy because you are not tracking in mud and moisture. If you are considering remodeling your bathroom (or any other room, for that matter), planning is essential. Here are a few tips to help you plan so that the process is as smooth as possible


Your budget is probably one of the most important elements to consider when planning your renovation. Many of the other elements of your remodel will hinge on this one. The materials you use and the extent of the renovations will depend on how much you have to spend on the project. Estimate, first, what it will cost to do the things that are absolutely necessary. Once you have taken care of the essentials, then see what you have left. Not having enough in your budget may be an opportunity to be creative. You may not need a new vanity, but it sure would be nice. So, maybe you could breathe new life into the old vanity by painting it and installing new hardware instead.

Time Frame

When does your bathroom need to be finished? Tomorrow would be great, but realistically, how long can you live without that bathroom? Do you have another bathroom you can use in the meantime? Will you be staying with someone else? One woman wanted to be sure that her bathroom was finished before the impending arrival of her baby. You may have some other “do or die” deadline. If that is the case, it is important to make your plans as quickly as possible and make sure you know how long the remodel will take.

Finding Inspiration

This is the fun part. Watch HGTV. Pour over beautiful home magazines. Visit Pinterest. Hangout in home improvement stores. Give yourself plenty of time to do this. This will help you to decide what you want your bathroom to look like. Do you want a tub for soaking? Maybe you only have room for a shower. You might like granite for your vanity top. Do you prefer a shiny chrome for your fixtures or do you prefer a brushed copper? Tiles? Just remember that you do have a budget.

Special Order

You have a budget and you are on a deadline. Once you have decided what you want for your new bathroom, it is a good idea to make arrangements for special order items as soon as possible. They may take a while to come in and you don’t always know when something is going to be held up in shipping, or may need to be returned because the wrong item was sent. Taking care of special ordering right away will help you to stay on schedule and on budget. Hopefully, it will ensure that your contractor has the materials you want when he is ready to install them.

Find Contractors

For your bathroom you will need a plumber and an electrician. A general contractor is a good idea, too. A general contractor can act as foreman of your remodel project and help to keep things on schedule and on budget. Make sure the contractors you choose are good communicators and have a good reputation. Check references. Some home improvement stores carry lists of contractors you can hire. You can also ask friends and check out Angie’s List.

Any home renovation can be a chaotic time, even in the summer. Your bathroom is no exception. You rely heavily on it. Careful planning can help mitigate the stress and chaos. And when you are done, you will have a beautiful new bathroom to show for it.