Bathroom Remodeling, Greenville NC
Our clients often ask what the remodeling process will be like.
Though not as inexpensive as other smaller, less in-depth projects, Bathroom remodeling is rated among the best home improvement projects in terms of return on investment, as well as, personal enjoyment. Rely on Hancock Kitchen & Bath's team of professionals for a successful outcome. There are many ways to approach a project and each one is as unique as you are but these tips from our project advisers, will help you get the most out of your bathroom remodeling project and understand what to expect during the overall process. Contact us today and we can help you make smart choices and create a space you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Where to Start - Plan Your Project Timeline
Good companies are busy companies and we are no exception. It's important to meet with us and begin the design and material selection process well ahead of the time you'd like your project to be finished. To stay on time, it's also equally important that we have all your materials in hand before starting demolition so the sooner you've made the selections, the sooner your project can be scheduled.
1) Establish a budget
It's important to know how much to budget for a bathroom remodeling project. We will help you with material and design selections that will fit your specific needs. We do a thorough inspection of the space to ensure there won't be any surprise costs like damaged subfloor or drywall.
2) Narrow down your style and color palette
Find design ideas in home magazines, blogs and design sites. Our photo galleries are another great source of inspiration but our design team can really help you bring it all together. We can help you create lists for an easy way to keep your ideas organized.
3) Purchase products and materials
Waiting for a single item can derail your project timeline. We order all the items you'll need, like your bathtub, faucets, fixtures and tile about a month in advance, and allow extra time for made-to-order items.
4) Remove old fixtures and flooring
Some homeowners do their own demolition to save money, but it is messy, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous work. Novice DIYers can even cost themselves money by inadvertently damaging plumbing, electrical, flooring, or walls. If you have any doubts about your skills, it’s best to leave demo to our pros.
5) Replace or repair subfloor as needed
A solid, smooth surface is necessary for a perfectly finished floor. Imperfections in the subfloor can ruin the look and cause tiles to crack. We will ensure your space is sound and secure and ready for finishing.
6) Update electrical if needed and add or move receptacles
A bathroom remodel is a great opportunity to add or move light fixtures and outlets.
7) Install bathtub and shower pan or shower enclosure
Shower floors and bathtubs, with the exception of clawfoot-style tubs, are installed before the flooring in order to tie in properly and be an integral part of the bath system.
8) Install new drywall or patch as needed
During demolition and installations there will likely be areas of drywall and trim that need to be patched or replaced. We include those areas and make sure to use materials intended for wet or damp locations.
9) Prime and paint walls and ceiling
Satin finish paints are more durable than eggshell finishes and are a good choice for bathrooms. We have large peel-and-stick samples available to make it simple to choose the perfect color.
10) Install flooring and baseboards
Furniture-style vanities that are raised up on legs or feet would be installed after the baseboards. Cabinet-style vanities that sit directly on the floor would be installed before the baseboards.
11) Install shower walls and floor, fixtures, and shower doors
Tiled shower walls require special backer board designed for wet locations and needs to be installed correctly as a system. Our waterproofing system ensures a long life for your shower.
12) Install the vanity
Think of the vanity as a piece of furniture. We will help you consider cabinet finish, countertop and design details to match your decorating style. Vanities add storage space to the bathroom and some include specialty organizers and integrated power strips. We can help you find the one that's right for you.
13) Install the toilet, sinks, and faucets
High rise, ADA, elongated, urinals and bidets. Whatever your needs, we help you find styles that match your décor and offer features to make life easier.
14) Add lighting, mirrors and accessories
Bathroom lighting, mirrors, hardware, and accessories are available in a variety of design styles and finishes and can be daunting to wade through. We can help you select the ones that reflect your style.
Common Remodeling Mistakes (and how to avoid them)
- Bathrooms are wet areas and need to be treated as such. Proper materials and waterproofing techniques are a must. This is a project best left to our experienced pros
- To prevent cracking and other damage, wall tile, shower and tub tile and flooring must be installed on the correct surface. Before installing new materials, we make sure the sheetrock and subfloor are in good condition and are the right type for a wet bathroom environment.
- We save you time and money by knowing what type of plumbing you have and what type of valves you’ll need before ordering faucets and shower systems. ½-inch copper plumbing is standard, but your home may have a different size or material. The visible plumbing under the bathroom sink is a good indicator, but we will be able to advise you exactly which valves, connections, and fixtures are best for your project.
- Tearing out walls and moving plumbing can be a major expense. When planning your remodel, we consider the size and footprint of your existing bathroom and where the utilities are located. This helps us know where we can place bathroom fixtures and how much space you’ll need for each type and how flexible the space is before we start.