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Three Essential Steps to a Successful Bath Remodel

Wheelhouse 2020 - Monday, June 8, 2020

Step 1: Build the Budget:

Whether you’re a pro contracted to do a project for a homeowner, or a homeowner hiring a contractor, setting a budget is the most important first step to your bathroom remodel. Setting a budget is much more than picking an affordable number and hoping for the best. You need to determine what you can afford, how long you plan to remain in the house, and how much of the value can I expect to retain. The average cost of a bathroom remodel can vary widely, depending on the age of the home and how much plumbing or electrical work is required. If you are on a tight budget and do not need structural improvements, changing fixtures and updating some of the aesthetic features such as mirror, hardware and shower doors are good places to start. You can expect to spend anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 on a bathroom remodel. The average is just under $18,000, according to a 2019 report from Remodeling Magazine. The good news is that you can expect to return about 66% of that cost back in the resale value of your home.

Step 2: Build the Team

Homeowners with basic carpentry skills can probably handle small changes and upgrades themselves, but an extensive bath remodel team is going to consist of a contractor, a material supply professional – that’s us! – and the homeowner. Moving walls or changing the electrical and plumbing will require a building permit and a licensed contractor. Most qualified contractors will either have an in-house design team or work closely with a designer from their material supplier. Our Wilson Lumber home experts work closely with contractors on product selection to fit any budget and layout. Our showroom of displays is open to contractors and homeowners to visit together to discuss the many options available and also get a look and feel for the products. It is important too to check contractor references very carefully; stop by previous projects and visit active job sites to see how the contractor performs their work.

Bathroom interior with shower and sink

Step 3: Select the Products

If you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel or trying to get the most bang for just a few bucks, a few simple updates can go a long way. For example, simply getting new bath hardware can make a big difference. Shop our showroom for top bath hardware brands like Delaney and Moen. Or add some glam to your vanity with a custom framed mirror from Precision Frameworks.

If your bathroom remodel is more like a bathroom episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and you’re completely redoing the whole room, our Showers Team can work with your existing contractor to upgrade your shower door and glass to a shower fit for a King … or Queen. Replacing a tub with a glass shower is a great way to make the bathroom look larger and give the appearance of more room. Wilson Lumber also offers shower door installation, including taking measurements, making product recommendations, managing your order and seeing your install through to completion.

With low interest rates now is the perfect time to start that new bathroom. With a good plan and the right team, you can expect great results and a secure return on your investment.

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