What Are the Best Tips for DIY Bathroom Renovation?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Refurbishing fixtures like toilets, rather than replacing them, can help save money on a bathroom renovation.
Refurbishing fixtures like toilets, rather than replacing them, can help save money on a bathroom renovation.

Performing a DIY bathroom renovation is often one of the most rewarding DIY projects a homeowner can undertake, but it can also be one of the most difficult and costly. The best place to start the DIY bathroom renovation is with the budget: think carefully about how much is reasonable to spend on the project, and what needs to be renovated in priority order. This will help dictate what materials are chosen and which parts of the bathroom are renovated. Whenever possible, avoid moving any of the plumbing in order to cut costs and to ensure the bathroom is not torn up for weeks or even months.

One way to update a bathroom is to replace the faucets.
One way to update a bathroom is to replace the faucets.

If a small budget is a big concern during the DIY bathroom renovation, it is a good idea to consider refinishing, resurfacing, or refurbishing existing components rather than replacing them altogether. Sinks, toilets, and tubs may be eligible for refurbishing rather than replacement, cutting costs significantly. If components do need to be replaced, it is a good idea to buy new components that are made from rugged, durable, and attractive materials that will last a long time and will be in style for many years. This will cut down on maintenance and repair after the DIY bathroom renovation is complete.

In some cases, serious plumbing issues can be uncovered during a routine bathroom renovation.
In some cases, serious plumbing issues can be uncovered during a routine bathroom renovation.

Two of the most important concerns when performing a DIY bathroom renovation are lighting and ventilation. An inadequately ventilated bathroom space can lead to buildup of mold and mildew in the room, and any wood components in the walls or exposed in the room will be more susceptible to rot. Consider adding windows, overhead fans, or air exchanger systems to ensure moisture damage will not occur as a result of shower steam or leaks from faucets and pipes. The bathroom should be well lit, too, and the fixtures should be protected from moisture as well. A light over the shower or tub is important, as is bright lighting over a vanity sink and mirror.

It's best to hire a professional for more complex tasks.
It's best to hire a professional for more complex tasks.

Of course, it is very important to consider the builder's DIY skills before beginning the project. Some of the processes for performing a DIY bathroom renovation can be complex, especially if any of the plumbing will be moved or otherwise altered, and heading into the project without the right skill set can lead to a drawn out and frustrating construction project, not to mention potential damage to the bathroom or rooms below the bathroom. If complex tasks are to be done and the builder does not feel confident in performing them, it is best to hire a professional or take a course at a local community college first.

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    • Refurbishing fixtures like toilets, rather than replacing them, can help save money on a bathroom renovation.
      By: Jiri Hera
      Refurbishing fixtures like toilets, rather than replacing them, can help save money on a bathroom renovation.
    • One way to update a bathroom is to replace the faucets.
      By: Vladitto
      One way to update a bathroom is to replace the faucets.
    • In some cases, serious plumbing issues can be uncovered during a routine bathroom renovation.
      By: Nomad_Soul
      In some cases, serious plumbing issues can be uncovered during a routine bathroom renovation.
    • It's best to hire a professional for more complex tasks.
      By: sima
      It's best to hire a professional for more complex tasks.
    • Smaller DIY projects might include replacing the toilet roll holder and the towel racks with updated designs.
      By: mitev
      Smaller DIY projects might include replacing the toilet roll holder and the towel racks with updated designs.
    • Bathrooms should include ample storage for toilet paper.
      By: Ruggiero Scardigno
      Bathrooms should include ample storage for toilet paper.