May 22, 2017 Steve Shinn, CR

Bathroom Remodeling 101: Where to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling Journey


Do you dread walking into your existing bathroom? Is the space too small? Too crowded? Or has it just never been a space that you have loved? Many people in the Phoenix area purchase a home that isn’t quite perfect with the intention of remodeling it to perfection in time. That’s where we come in! We want to be your go-to builder for remodeling your bathroom.

First Step – Budget

Once you decide that it is time to remodel your bathroom, you will want to come up with a realistic budget. This amount should be what you can afford and that budget will allow you to get an idea of how expansive your remodel can be. A $5,000 remodeled bathroom won’t be as incredible as a $20,000 remodeled bathroom, but you can still do some pretty amazing stuff on a small budget.

Second Step – Make a List

As soon as you have your budget in mind, you will want to make a list of wants for your new bathroom. This list does not mean that every single item will be in your new bathroom. Instead, this list should be used as a guideline for when you are speaking with contractors about your remodel. After all, you want to have an idea of what you would like the space to look like before you meet with anyone.

You can mark specific things on the list that are must-haves. Must-have items always trump other items and we can help you get those must-have items while cutting the price in other areas.

Third Step – Talk with Contractors

We will be able to tell you how long the project will take and how much labor will cost according to your non-finalized plans. Once you have those figures, you will be able to determine how much money you have left to buy the materials that you will need. Do not be shocked if you end this meeting close to tears, because this whole remodel is going to cost a lot more than you thought that it would. This is why you had a list of wants instead of a list of yes, this is what my bathroom is going to have.

Fourth Step – Start the Planning Process

The next step in the process is planning out the entire project. You will want to take precise measurements of your bathroom and determine where everything will be located. To save money, you can use your existing plumbing and electrical and place your sink, toilet, tub, and shower accordingly.

It is important to know what materials you want to use and purchase them all before the project begins. This will save you time as you won’t have to wait for something that is on backorder because that one item can hold the rest of the project up for weeks.

Remember the Build Order

Make sure that you do the work inside your bathroom in order. There is no point in installing a new toilet if you need to pull it up to put in the new floor a couple of weeks later. The goal is to do everything in the correct sequence so that you are not backtracking and doing more work than necessary.

Enjoy Your New Bathroom

If you follow these steps, you should find that most of your bathroom remodeling journey will go smoothly. There are always bumps in the road when it comes to remodels, but if you are prepared for anything and everything, you will be able to manage these bumps calmly and efficiently. After all, the main goal is to have a beautiful bathroom that you love to use and you won’t have that until all the work is completed.

Call Tri-Lite Builders today at 480-895-3442 to discuss bathroom remodeling in the Phoenix area. We will help you choose the best materials and furnishings for your newly remodeled bathroom.