Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home renovations are a great way to increase property values without spending a lot of money. Experienced do-it-yourselfers are probably prepared for any job. However, if you are new to home maintenance projects, there are still many small projects you can tackle that yield great results.
The bathroom is a great place to start. These rooms are often small, and as long as you avoid plumbing changes, most projects are easy. The most basic bathroom makeover is merely the changeover of existing hardware. Putting up new, matching towel rods, toilet paper holders, and faucets is a great way to create a completely cohesive, modernized look.
The first step in any remodeling project is the budget. Before you decide on the extent of the project, you need to know how much you are going to spend. Sit down and work out the total budget before you get started. Start by pricing different fixtures online to get an idea of the total cost. There are a ton of websites devoted to helping you tackle home maintenance projects. Doityourself.com is a great resource for the up-and-coming handyman.
Hardware stores are another great resource. Home Depot, Lowes, Ace and many others offer a wide variety of products to make home remodeling easy. There are also many online resources that give you step-by-step instructions, and even video examples. Make sure you have all the tools you will need before you start buying products specifically for your bathroom renovation.
Choosing the Right Fixtures
The first challenge you face when planning a bathroom-remodeling project is deciding on the replacement fixtures. There are an almost endless number of options for colors, styles, and materials. Keeping things simple and classic is a great way to get an elegant look that works with any color scheme. Silver, gold, brass or copper all make great finishes for various bathroom appliances. Once you have selected the metal finish you like, start looking at different styles. It is important to combine all elements of the bathroom décor seamlessly. Combining the practical elements with the desired styling gives you a project that is simple and quick.
Installing New Hardware
Installing new towel and toilet paper holders is usually a breeze. There are two basic types of mounting. The first is the easiest, though it is not as secure. Simply use the recommended adhesive to glue the mounts in place. The only difficult part of this installation is ensuring that all permanently installed parts are perfectly level and spaced appropriately. A level and careful measuring allows you to mark the spots for glue. The more permanent installation method involves securing the mounts to the wall using anchors and screws. All you need is a drill, stud finder, appropriately sized screws, a level, and anchors. Any other equipment should be included in the kit when purchased. Decide on the placement using the stud finder and the level. Then, drill to make the holes for the anchors. Install the anchors and mount the hardware using the chosen screws.
Once these items are in place it is time to start on the faucets. Installing a new faucet is an easy task for even the most inexperienced maintenance person. Turn off the water to the bathroom and flush the plumbing by turning on the current faucets. If you forget this step, do not be surprised by the sudden flood and huge mess you will have to clean up. The existing faucets should unscrew from the piping. Follow the instructions for the new faucet installation. It is a good idea to have both plumber’s tape and pipe dope on hand to deal with any leaks.
After all the new hardware is in place, give everything 24-hours to cure. After that, your new bathroom is ready for use. Turn the water back on and enjoy a nice long soak to relax away the stress of your labors. These small changes make a big difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom.
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