If you have a basement with a bathroom in your home, chances are good that at some point you are going to want to remodel your basement bathroom. Remodeling a bathroom is perhaps one of the most challenging and expensive remodel projects because there are so many elements and it involves so many trades.
Of course, if you are the typical DIY’er, you can wear all these hats; carpenter, electrician, plumber, tile-setter, and of course, don’t forget, laborer.
The first thing you need to do is step back and form a game plan. Ask yourself some questions. Are you remodeling to bring the motif up to date or to add functionality? Do you have really deep pockets or are you operating on a shoestring budget?
Sketch out your expectations along with dimensions and make sure that you can either procure or build all the elements.
The next phase involves removing everything you do not intend to keep. If you are changing your bathtub/shower, take it out. Getting rid of that old pedestal sink to replace it with a vanity with built-in sink? Rip it out. If you are going to change out that cheesy old wallpaper, peel it off.
Assemble all your new materials on the site. This is the time to add any new plumbing or electrical lines and then redo the walls and floor. If you removed the old wallpaper you will likely need to skim the walls, even if the previous hanger had properly sized the walls.
While you do this it is a good opportunity to fix any holes in the wall left by the demolition. If you are installing any new electrical fixtures, this is a good time to take care of it.
Install New Plumbing Fixtures
If you are setting a new toilet, wait until the new floor is established but for a tub or shower enclosure, you can do this now. The new floor tile or vinyl will butt up to the tub but the toilet and baseboard will sit on it.
With all the plumbing (except for the toilet) done, now is the time to set wall and floor tiles. This part of the job will take two days because of the wait time for the mortar, mastic, and grout to set up.
Once all this is accomplished, install your cabinetry, sink, etc. You are now getting close to the finish and trim work. Take care of the walls and ceiling. This will likely involve wallpaper and paint.
Once that is all done, install the baseboard and door trim and any details that have not been done yet such as toilet paper dispenser, towel racks, etc.
The Finishing Touches…
This is the decorating phase. If you do not have the fashion gene, don’t worry about it – seek help. Bathrooms seem to need la-dee-da things like pictures, feathers in vases, seashell shaped soaps that will never see water or hand-rubbing, etc.
Once you have finished all this you can unveil the new bathroom.