How To Remodel A Bathroom
When remodeling a home you may want to learn how to remodel a bathroom. The remodeling of a bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to remodel and learning how to do it yourself could save you a lot of money. Remodeling the bathroom can often mean removing everything to expose the bare studs and floor joists. If doing a complete bathroom remodel this is the best way to ensure a sturdy beginning to your remodeling project.
To remodel a bathroom, you will need:
- Crow bar
- Reciprocating saw
- Shower base/ bathtub
- Green board
- Drywall tape
- Drywall mud
- Tape measure
- Drywall saw
- If tiling, you will also need: Tile, mortar, trowel, grout, sponge, bucket, cement backer board, fiberglass tape
- The tear down. The very first step is to turn off the water supply to the bathroom. When remodeling a bathroom the next thing that needs done is to tear down the old bathroom. Remove each part of the room section by section. It is best to tear down to the floor joists and studs. Cap off the drains so that debris does not block them.
- Preparation. With the dimensions of the bathroom in mind choose your bath tub, shower, toilet, vanity and sink. Use graph paper and draw the bathroom to scale using each square as one foot.
- Rebuild. Install the subfloor in the bathroom screwing it down every eight to ten inches. Start the walls by putting four or six millimeter plastic on the studs to create a vapor barrier. Cover the plastic with green board. Tape and mud the joints and screw holes of the green board. Finish the walls and floor in the covering of your choice. Install the toilet, vanity, sink and bathtub in the predetermined areas according to manufacturer directions.
- Finishing touches. Once the majority of the remodel is complete it is time to add the finishing touches and accessories. The faucet, towel bars, toilet paper holder, etc should be installed at this point.
- Clean up. During the clean up you will be removing all the stickers or tape that is in your new bathroom. You may find tape or stickers on the toilet, shower stall, bathtub, sink, etc. Sometimes these stickers pull right off and other times you will need to use something like goo gone or rubbing alcohol to remove all the adhesive. Wipe down all the surfaces and your new bathroom is ready to go.