Challenges in Bathroom Renovations
Several unwanted challenges arise when updating older type bathrooms
from the ancient plumbing leading into the shower cabin, bath or
sink to water damaged flooring. You never know what you will find
once you start dissecting the bathroom.
When you lift up that old ceramic or vinyl flooring, don t be surprised
as to what could be lurking beneath the surface. I recently completed
a home renovation tour with a local home contracting company, because
I would soon be tackling my own bathroom renovations and wanted
to ensure nothing was left to chance since I would be doing most
of the work myself.
Turning my focus to the bathroom renovation project, I was taken
back a few steps by what I saw and quickly realized, if initially
the job is not done correctly, you will actually spend more money
in the repair process. Since the ceramic tiling was not properly
laid, severe water damaged occurred over time and was in desperate
need of replacing, the mortar was not spread evenly across the floor
boards which gave way to rotted plywood and ultimately lead to having
to start from scratch. If you are not a professional and need advice
on proper installation techniques, local hardware stores often hold
weekend classes on a number of different home renovation projects.
From the installation of new showers enclosures, bath panels or
shower cubicles, everything you need to know for your bathroom renovation
project. Investing a few hours of your time to get it right the
first time will pay off in the long term or if you are looking to
hire an expert, before you do, thoroughly research past home contracting
projects and get references from various sources.
Hire a Bathroom Contractor to do your renovations
If you have friends or relatives that have had any work done using
a home contracting company, go out and have a look at the workmanship.
I had the opportunity of visiting an older home that was completely
renovated, where the home contracting company took on the huge undertaking
of ripping out and installing new bathroom furniture, a new bathroom
suite, and new ceramic flooring. The project was granted to Pano
Sofianos of Rombus.ca Home Contracting Ltd., located in Toronto,
Canada who has been in the home renovation business for several
decades and sets the precedent in superior craftsmanship.
A perfectionist and extremely meticulous when it comes to doing
the job right, Pano Sofianos never leaves anything to chance. The
picturesque bathroom looked like it belonged on the front cover
of Better Homes and Gardens, the well-finished bathroom included
a beautiful corner bath for space conservation, a traditional fixed
rain shower head, wall mounted bathroom storage cabinets, new bathroom
vanity and earthy colored ceramic floor tiling.
When the bathroom was completed it was a professional design that
provided a tranquil space that included subtle variations of wall
colors, woodwork and bathroom cabinets all of which visually enhanced
the look of the bathroom and gave the appearance of spaciousness.
It is highly recommended if you get the opportunity to see first-hand
the previous work of a home renovation firm as I did in the case
of Rombus.ca Contracting, this will help in the selection process
based on pricing and the quality of work.
Sign a contract with your bathroom design firm
Before signing off with your home contractor, scrutinize their
work under a magnifying glass, look for the slightest cracks and
furrows in the ceramic tiles, examine the grouting, caulking around
bathtub, showers, sinks and any cabinetry along with any imperfections
in the walls, remember once the home contractor disappears from
the worksite, it can be difficult to get them back to the home to
It is also vitally important to draft a binding contract between
the homeowner and the company you are contemplating hiring for your
bathroom renovation project and don t sign on any dotted line until
you are completely satisfied with their work ethics and policies.
Make sure the company you hire will return to the worksite to
make any necessary repairs should something go wrong with the bathroom
installation from the plumbing to the flooring, being consumer smart
will protect your investment.
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