Home Improvement Podcast

3 Common Fears About a Bathroom Remodel

August 8, 2019

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I discuss the three common fears that homeowners face when deciding to tackle a bathroom remodel.

Are you considering a bathroom renovation? I am sure you have experienced at least one of these common fears!


Three Common Fears When Renovating Bathrooms

1. PERMITS:
  • A homeowner can pull permits
  • Licensed contractors can pull permits for projects like plumbing and electrical
  • If you are adding a bathroom, definitely get a permit so that your insurance will cover any problems that may arise down the road
  • Its really not as scary as it sounds – you pull permits at city hall and they cost around $150 per permit – if you have any questions, stop by city hall and they will help you
2. LAYOUT:
  • Refer to the link above that gives an example of bathroom dimensions that are to code
  • Measure the open space of the area you are renovating and plug it into a free program online and start designing your bathroom. Ikea has a great floor plan tool that you can use to create a bathroom layout.
3. CONTRACTORS:
  • Leverage the contacts you have already and ask for referrals
  • Utilize platforms like Thumbtack to find contractors to work on your bathroom

Our Bathroom Renovations

Guest Bathroom at Flip 3

We downsized our very large guest bathroom to make room for our master suite. The new guest bathroom is perfectly functional and perfect for guests and our kiddos.

Guest bathroom remodel
Master Bathroom at Flip 3

This was one of my favorite bathroom renovations. We completely reconfigured two bathrooms to create a large master suite with a walk in shower, spacious closet and private toilet room.

Master bathroom renovation
Basement Guest Suite at Flip 3

We took unused space from our basement storage room and turned it into a private guest bathroom in our basement. This bathroom was the perfect oasis for our au pair, Maria, to relax in after a long day with the kiddos.

New bathroom construction

Referenced in this episode:

  • Smallest size: Usually 36-40 square feet – or – 5×8 size for a full bathroom
  • Example of a website I reviewed when determining layout dimensions

Show Notes:

This Week…

Tips of the Week…
  • Chris: There are 3 types of interior doors you can choose from at a big box store – hollow, solid core and solid wood. We recommend the solid core or solid wood for bathrooms as they offer more noise control and a sturdier door for general wear and tear.
  • Lindsey: Tile stores like Floor and Decor and The Tile Shop are open to price matching the big box stores if the tiles are almost exact and their tile is more expensive – I used this tactic for the master and guest bathrooms at the Accent House. These stores generally have better quality tiles that can be more precise at times. It never hurts to ask!

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