Have you been thinking of remodeling your shower in your Berkeley home? There are a few things you need to consider before you do anything drastic. This is your checklist for preparing for your shower remodeling project.
The first thing to consider is the budget you have available for the project. You need to decide on how much you are willing to spend on contractor costs, building materials, and fixtures. Think realistically about how much you can spend and be honest and up front with your contractor.
Once you have decided on a budget, you will need to consult with your local government pertaining to building permits, plumbing permits, and electrical permits. You should not run into any issues but when it comes to the legal aspect, it is better to be safe than sorry. You may be required to obtain these permits depending on where you live. Also, depending on when the home was originally built, you may need to have it tested for lead-based paint or asbestos prior to completing any remodeling work to the home.
Now that the budget has been determined and all legal issues have been checked into or taken care of, you can begin to decide on the layout of your shower remodel. You should start with the floor plan and work from there. This needs to be done because the toilet or other fixtures may need to be repositioned depending on the shower you are planning on building in the bathroom. Measure the bathroom, the shower remodel, and all other aspects of the bathroom to make sure that everything fits well and that you will enjoy the result of the remodel. Once you have measured, remeasure just to make sure that you got the measurements correct. This will help you to discover which parts and sizes of shower units will fit in the space. Do not forget to think about light switches and other bathroom fixtures.
Once you have completed all of these things on your shower remodeling checklist, you are ready to consult a plumber and a contractor to get an official estimate and begin work on your shower remodeling project. Be sure to share your plans with the plumber and the contractor. Good luck with your planning and your shower remodeling project. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Time to remodel that old shower? Contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, we are your Berkeley shower remodeling experts! Call us today at 510-843-6904.