Irrespective of how straightforward the project seems to be, a bathroom renovation is not something you should attempt to do yourself. This is more so if you have never completed such a project before. Hiring a professional contractor will keep you from scratching your head trying to figure out the plan to implement and ensure high-quality work is done. But what exactly will your bathroom contractor do for you?
Bathroom Design versus Contractor
An important point you should understand is that there is a huge difference between the person who designs the bathroom’s layout and functionality, and the person that implements that design. Depending on how complex your bathroom renovation will be, it is wise to hire a bathroom designer. The designer will work with you to come up with a design that best captures your vision.
The good thing is you never have to hire a designer from one company and a contractor from another. Some bathroom renovation companies offer both. Hiring from such companies will save you time and ensure that everything is streamlined since you will have one point of contact. You should ask the company you plan on hiring a contractor from if they offer both design and installation services.
What bathroom designers do
As aforementioned, the work done by a designer is distinct from that done by a contractor. A bathroom designer is more of an interior designer. Their primary goal is the aesthetics of the bathroom renovation. Based on your budget and preferences, the designer will create a bathroom you will fall in love with both functionally and visually. Their design will include all the storage you need, the location and size of the shower, and a bathroom layout that works and looks perfect for you. Some companies will give you a 3D rendering of the design so that you have a better understanding of what the final product will look like. Only after you approve the design will the project be passed over to the contractor who will implement it.
Why hire a bathroom designer?
Hiring a designer is not a must. However, if you need something amazing or feel your vision is too complex, it will pay to work with a bathroom designer. Hiring a bathroom designer is important when you want to change the layout of the bathroom. The designer will make sure you are using the available space optimally. Failure to hire a bathroom designer can lead to poor use of floor space, and you may have to spend more money on renovations to correct the mistake. Simply put, working with a bathroom designer guarantees that you use the space properly and end up with a bathroom that is not only beautiful but also functional.
What bathroom contractors do
While some companies will offer design services to their clients, it is important to note that bathroom contractors should offer certain services. The key services your bathroom contractor should be able to offer include the following.
Demolition work often seems like something anybody can do. The real truth is this is something that should be left to the professionals. This is more so when you consider that there are so many pipes and wires buried below the flows and behind the walls in a bathroom. A professional can tell where the pipes and electric wires are and ensure they are removed safely. They will also not knock down major support pillars. Being a trained and experienced professional means there will be no risk of anything going wrong. If anything goes wrong, the contractor will have sufficient insurance, which means you will not be liable.
The pipes and electrical cables have to be installed in a specific way. The last thing you want is to do the work yourself and end up causing a mess. Having completed many bathroom renovation projects before, a bathroom contractor will successfully install basic plumbing and electrical elements. Once these elements are in place, the electrician or plumber will install the rest without tearing down the walls again.
If the company you are hiring from offers a full service, all the installation work can be done simultaneously. At the right time, the electrician will come in to install the cables before the contractors cover the walls up. The same goes for the plumbing work. This level of collaboration ensures the work is done perfectly.
The plumbing and electrical work will put a pause on the work of the contractor. However, once the electrical and plumbing are roughed in, it is the work of the bathroom contractor to close the flooring and walls up. Closing the walls and flooring paves the way for the tiling specialist who will install the selected tiles.
The bigger bathroom vanities need to be installed by a professional. Once the flooring and tiling work is done, the contractor will come in to help with the installation of furniture. They will also install the shower, bathtub, and toilet.
The finishing touches are very important in a bathroom renovation. The contractor will help with the installation of mirrors, lighting, and any other accessory that you want.
While it is tempting to try and save some money by doing things on your own during a bathroom renovation, this is not the best way to go. There are so many moving parts that have to be addressed. A renovation is also a lot of work. If you don’t have good help, you may cut corners, or the project may lag on for months. Spending a little money upfront by hiring a professional to complete your bathroom renovation will pay off. The key is to hire a contractor from a company that offers full-service bathroom renovation services. You also need to make sure that the company has a good reputation and an impressive track record.
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