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DIY Tips For Bathroom Remodeling

By on Oct 3, 2018
DIY Tips For Bathroom Remodeling

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It’s likely your bathroom can benefit from a few upgrades. If you have a few ideas in mind, you might be considering a DIY bathroom remodel. This can be beneficial of course, for your wallet and a lot of fun to complete yourself. Having a bathroom you can not only enjoy but be proud of is a great feeling.

But, there are a lot of questions you might have before starting this remodel. A bathroom remodel can significantly increase the value of your home, so you want to make sure everything is done correctly. In fact, there are some parts of a bathroom remodel you should always leave to the pros. Here are a few DIY bathroom remodeling tips to keep in mind as you get started.

A bathroom remodel is a big job and sometimes, it’s better to hire a pro. Contact a bathroom remodeling contractor today for quotes from pros in your area.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Whether it’s a few updates or a complete overhaul, DIY certainly has some benefits that you’ll love. You’ll have full control over the project and the ability to do it on your own time, among other benefits. The first step is to start with a plan and know your limits.

“Most of the time, a bathroom can look completely updated by changing minor selections instead of an entire remodel,” Carly Pupillo, kitchen and bath designer at LaMantia Design & Remodeling, said. “These types of changes can easily be done DIY, saving you money, while still feeling like you have a new bathroom. If you have to make some major changes, DIYing this type of remodel may not be the easiest for most people.”

Sit down and write out step-by-step what you’d like to do to the bathroom and when you’d like it to be done by. Write down any additional notes you’ll need to know like materials you’re looking for or if you will have to hire some outside help to complete that aspect of the bathroom remodel. Even though you think it might be a small project, Pupillo advises that it could be more labor-intensive.

“Full bath remodels have many more working parts and pieces that need to be ordered and coordinated than a kitchen remodel, even though they are on a small scale,” she said.

Here are a few tasks to consider planning for:

  • Permits & Codes
  • Plumbing
  • Demolition & Junk Removal
  • Bathroom Tile & Backsplash
  • Updating Bathroom Fixtures
  • Bathroom Painting

1. Permits & Codes

Before you begin any work on your remodel, you should check with your city to see what permits and codes are necessary. Avoiding this can result in fines and difficulty when you’re trying to sell. A simple paint job and faucet replacement might not require anything, but changing plumbing or demolishing walls could require a permit.

Bathroom Plumbing

2. Bathroom Plumbing

If your bathroom remodeling plans include moving any pipes or installing anything new, you should know upfront that plumbing is not a project you’ll want to DIY. A mistake can result in damage to the bathroom or even your home, with a leak in an unexpected place.

“Full plumbing changes, such as adding or subtracting fixtures in a shower or tub should really be done by a licensed professional in order to make sure things are sealed properly behind the walls,” Pupillo said. “It would be heartbreaking to have to tear out a new bathroom to find a leak.”

Hiring a plumber might be the best choice for your DIY bathroom remodel, to ensure no mistakes are made. The average cost to hire a plumber is $278, with most homeowners spending between $187 and $293.

Demolition  Junk Removal

3. Demolition & Junk Removal

If you’re expanding a small bathroom or replacing older materials with new, it will feel great to pull out all the items you’re ready to refresh. For bigger demolition projects, you’ll need to remove the waste from your home. Often, large materials and plumbing fixtures can’t go into your trash. You’ll need to determine the best way to handle it. A waste removal service will be able to help. The average cost of a waste removal is $242, with most homeowners spending between $168 and $257.

Bathroom Tile Backsplash

4. Bathroom Tile & Backsplash

An important part of any bathroom remodel is tile. From tiled showers to a backsplash, this is a unique feature that can be one-of-a-kind and really make your bathroom stand out. Do some research to see what’s trending in bathroom tile, but don’t forget about the timeless looks either. Black and white is a style that will last.

Our ceramic tile calculator can help you if you plan on completing the project yourself simply by inputting a few measurements. To get a better idea, the average cost to tile a bathroom is $5/sf, however, that cost can vary depending on your material choice and the area you plan to tile.

Of course, if you’ve never done tile work before, you may want to consult a professional before beginning. “Tile can be challenging for people who have not done it before. It really is a tedious craft, and truly an art form, so that can be challenging to DIY as well,” Pupillo said.

5. Update Bathroom Details

You’ll be surprised at what a simple change, like a new faucet or shower head can do for your bathroom. These are easy DIY projects that can be done in a few hours and are cost-effective. Here are a few DIY bathroom project tutorials you can use:

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6. Bathroom Painting

A new bathroom color can really freshen up your look! Paint with a mildew-resistant paint for the humidity in the bathroom and save yourself trouble in the future having to get smells and stains off the walls.

“It's hard to believe, but even minor changes can make a huge impact on the space,” Pupillo said. There are several minor things homeowners can tackle themselves to update their bathrooms. Painting the walls a different, more updated color immensely helps the space feel like new!”

Like any room, there are popular colors and finishes specifically for the bathroom. Read Selecting The Best Paint For Your Bathroom Walls to learn more.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

For homeowners still in the planning stages, budgeting is very important. While DIYing the remodel can help cut down on costs you should still expect to spend around $8,820, which is the average cost to remodel a bathroom. The cost will vary depending on the amount of work being done, if you will have to call in any pros and what materials you choose.


A bathroom remodel is no simple task but doing some or all of it yourself can help you save on costs as well as take pride in the bathroom you’ve designed. Use a few of these tips to help you prepare for your bathroom remodel.

Looking for more remodeling tips? Read 7 Costs Behind Bathroom Remodeling Projects.

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