Your home is your castle. Whether it is a small home or a castle (really, it is a castle) it is yours and you love it. Well, you love most of it. There is that one small bathroom off the kitchen or the small bathroom in the basement that you don’t love at all. In fact, you dislike it immensely. Every time you go by it you think, “I have to do something with that bathroom.” It is an eyesore to you. Most of the time, the door is closed and you rather not even think about it. But now you are thinking about it because this May your son is graduating from High School and your in-laws are coming into town for the event. Now is the time to deal with that bathroom. Now is the time to remodel that small space. Where do you begin?
Find a contractor that has an excellent aesthetic. Someone who can listen to your needs has great references and a great reputation in your local community. Small spaces can have a big impact if the right finishes are chosen and the right contractor can bring more to the table than just his ability to ‘do the work’. A contractor that can give you ideas or comes to the project with ways that will help you save money will be worth his weight in gold.
Having a budget will help guide the process when it comes to making choices about all the elements in the room. A small bathroom, even though it is small, needs to be as thoughtfully planned as a large kitchen or room addition. What do you want to splurge on? Tile for the floors and walls, wall papering one wall (wallpaper is making a comeback) a fantastic vanity, shelving, cabinets? Choosing one focal point will help ground the room and open your budget for the rest of the room.
Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page. If you have expectations that the work will be completed by a certain date- make sure you communicate that. Do you think the crew will be there every day to work on the project? Make sure you communicate that as well. What time do you want the crew there in the morning and what time would you like them to finish? That needs to be discussed as well. What is the payment schedule? Knowing when payments are due is important to everyone in the process.
Remodeling that small bathroom has been on your to-do list for a few years. Hiring a good remodeling contractor, determining a budget and communicating with your contractor and the crew will ensure the project goes smoothly.By Chad Pfeffer