Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared both of my mom’s bathroom renovation reveals here on the blog…
Her guest bathroom.
And her main bathroom. Both spaces look incredible and she is so pleased with the end results. I mean, how could you not be?! These rooms have been transformed!
I know you guys always love hearing from the Janimal – her series about downsizing was a big hit around here – so I wanted her to write a post about this big home renovation experience. All throughout the project, I told her to think about the bathroom renovation lessons she was learning along the way so she could share them with all of you.
This was her first project of this magnitude and I’m not gonna lie, she was pretty freaked out by it all when we first started. The ordering was overwhelming. The planning was overwhelming. All of it felt like A LOT for her, which I’m sure she’ll share below. But she made it out the other side and I’m so happy that she can share her bathroom renovation lessons with all of you. Take it away, Jan.
Jan’s Bathroom Renovation Lessons
Yes, “overwhelming” is one word I could use to describe this remodeling experience, but I would also have to throw in the words “satisfying”, and “worth all the effort” and even “What took me so long?” I have to say that I am so happy I decided to do this project and I did learn lots of bathroom renovation lessons along the way.
As I look back over all of the places I’ve lived, I realize that I have never undertaken a big remodeling project. I have only had cosmetic work done, so this whole process was new to me. Having Casey guide me through the process was a godsend, but I realized that with some good planning and a realistic idea of what to expect of the process, anyone can do it. I hope these steps can help you get started on your own project.
Use a Highly Recommended Contractor
This is probably the most important thing that you want to remember. Find someone who has lots of experience doing the kind of work you want done and get references. Lucky for me, Casey and Finn have used Patrik for all the work in their house and I know how reliable and talented he is, so choosing him was a no-brainer.
I had Patrik come look at my two bathrooms before I did anything else. He took a look at what I wanted to be done and gave me an estimate for the price and the timing of the project. He came to look in February and told me that he didn’t have room in his schedule until May and that both projects would take a total of three weeks to finish. That gave me time to get everything planned and ordered. (Because it was only going to take three weeks, I decided to