The bathroom remodel is a popular one with homes owners. Remodeling can range from simply redecorating with new towels, pictures and paint to a full blown job of ripping out laminate flooring and replacing the old shower and toilet. Often times, it’s best to think about how you want to remodel the bathroom and think about any issues or pitfalls you may come across during the process. Thinking ahead can save you some stress.
There are many people and companies who have an immense amount of experience when it comes to the installation of a new bathroom. The overall procedure is not that complicated although negotiating pipes around corners and obstacles can be tricky if you do not have the experience. If your project gets to a point where you need to deal with pipes and electrical wiring, you may want to seek the help of a general contractor or home services company.
Example of an unexpected dilemma
What we found was an issue was installing a power shower when there had not been one previously installed. This is more common than you would think and even though you would not think it would be an issue, it can be depending on that layout of your house.
We have to say, make sure you take the following into consideration before you think exactly how you are going to revamp your bathroom as it can cause more work and stress, even upset than originally thought.
The issue being the power needed to run a power shower as if the correct cabling has not already been installed, a qualified electrician will be required to take a significant amount of cabling from your fuse or junction box in your home, up your walls, across the floorboards or ceiling and down into the bathroom.
Now this can be an extra job that’s not expected but even more of a pain as we found out if one of your rooms upstairs has, laminated flooring. For us, we would have needed to remove the laminated flooring to provide access for the cable to be laid across the floor in the direction of the bathroom.
Due to the laminated flooring, a workaround was thought of which was to go via the living room which involved cutting a hole into the ceiling to thread through the cabling. Luckily, this was thought of before the aertex ceiling was worked on as we had not begun work on the front room yet.
Are your outlets up to code?
Are you going to need to do any electrical work? Have you even thought about your outlets? If your outlets in your bathroom are the old two prong style you will need to replace them with the grounded three prong type. It is a good idea to replace all the outlets and switches in the house. Most municipal codes will require you to use a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) type outlet in the bathroom, kitchen and any other wet areas that are in close proximity to water.