Archive for February 2011
Remodeling your master bathroom can be a lengthy, complicated process. So, it is important to choose the right contractor for the job. There are many things to consider when selecting the contractor to undertake your bathroom remodel including:
You should always ask for references from your prospective contractor and check over them to ensure that the contractor has done quality work in the past. Make sure to spend time looking at work the contractor has done previously and talking to their customers to see if they were satisfied with the work done.
Find out if the contractor carries insurance. Once you accept a bid from a particular contractor, you will need to ask for a certificate of insurance.
It is necessary to determine if the contractor has any formal education in his trade. Make sure he stays up to date with building codes and current design trends.
Most bathroom contractors can provide you with a free quote for the project. This quote or estimate should include every possible financial and construction detail necessary for your bathroom remodel.
It’s important to ensure that your contractor can finish your remodeling projects in the time constraints you give. A bathroom remodel can be an annoyance when the bathroom is completely out of use for a long period of time. So, finding a contractor that can meet your deadline is key.
Choosing the right contractor for your bathroom remodel is essential in making sure the project goes smoothly. So, make sure to consider these five things to ensure that your remodeling project is completed to your full satisfaction.
How much are you willing to spend?
A simple bathroom remodel can be pretty inexpensive, while a more complicated one can cost much more. It is often difficult to estimate the cost of a master bathroom remodel because the quality of the materials used greatly influences the cost. Some things that can affect the cost are cabinets, mirrors, shelves and other accessories. If you should decide to hire a professional for the job, that will also raise the cost as will the expenses of jobs like electrical wiring and plumbing. However, there are always unforeseen costs that crop up, so leave some room in your budget for these as well.
What kind of remodel do you want to undertake?
At the simpler end of the scale, you can decide to do a surface alteration remodel. This type of remodel involves changing the overall look of the bathroom on the surface, which may entail laying new bathroom tile, installing a new shower, or getting new bathroom fixtures like faucets. A step up from this is changing the layout of your bathroom. Lastly, the most complicated remodel is a complete tear-out in which you completely remodel both the entire bathroom.
Do you want to remodel your bathroom yourself or hire a contractor?
A surface remodel can easily be undertaken without professional help, especially when you will not be changing any of the bathroom’s structure. However, if you are changing the layout of your bathroom, installing a new tiled shower, or something more complicated it is better to hire a contractor. It is also necessary to hire a contractor when doing a complete tear-out due the structural changes involved. If you do decide to hire a professional, make sure that the contractor is properly licensed.
Considering these three simple questions will go a long way in helping you get the bathroom remodeling job done properly (and on time).
Shower doors can come in two varieties: framed or frameless. Traditional shower doors are usually framed and come with an aluminum frame on all sides of the panel. Frameless doors, as their name suggests, do not have this aluminum framing. Instead, the door hinges are installed directly onto the glass. Recently, frameless shower door trend has become very popular. Below are some reasons you should consider frameless shower doors for your bathroom project
Because they do not have frames, frameless shower doors have a seamless appearance. Also, the thicker glass required for these doors lends itself to their elegant look.
Some people believe that because these doors do not have frames, that they are somehow less safe. This may be due to the fact that the glass appears fragile without a frame. However, this is not the case. The glass used for frameless shower doors is thicker than regular shower glass and is more difficult to break. The tempering process used on the glass for frameless doors also helps make the glass sturdier.
Easy to Clean
Since these shower doors lack a frame, there is nothing to impede cleaning. Also, there is no aluminum frame to get dirty or grimy.