Do Get Multiple Quotes
Get at least three estimates for your shower remodel and make sure all the contractors are licensed and insured. Most if not all states issue a contractor license which you can verify through the states division of consumer affairs website. Ask for a certificate of insurance that can be emailed or faxed to you by the insurance company. If problems such as leaks arise, you will at least have the basic information needed in case your contractor becomes non responsive.
Unless you have a leaky shower, don’t remodel only the shower if the rest of your bathroom is in bad shape. Even if you plan to remodel the rest of your bathroom at a later date, piecemeal work will often be noticeable. Wait a few months or even a year if need be and remodel the entire bathroom. Not sure if your bathroom needs a complete remodel? Then read our blog post: Four Signs Your Bathroom Needs a Remodel.
Don’t Hire the Cheapest
It’s tempting to hire the cheapest contractor, but the price of dissatisfaction will last much longer than the monetary one. Improperly built shower pans are a nightmare to deal with, and will end up costing you more than the most expensive estimate you received. You may not notice a leak right away, but by the time you do, there may be substantial damage to the subfloor and surrounding areas.
Do research the tile
Thoroughly research the tile and stone you want for the shower remodel. This will probably be the most difficult part of the entire process. Figure out the colors and patterns you want. Sometimes it’s helpful to take inspiration from an item such as a vanity. Choosing an item you like as starting point will help set the design in motion.
It’s always a good idea to get input from your contractor, but ultimately this is your choice to make. A contractor is great for structural input and what is and isn’t possible. Your budget may also be a factor in what is possible. Remember that extras cost more because they require more labor which is essentially what you’re paying for. If you have a flexible budget, consider hiring a designer for this task. They have the creativity to bring your vision and ideas into a cohesive plan that your contractor will bring to life.
A rushed design and materials selection can be a huge mistake that you may have to live with for as long as you own your home. It is likely that your shower remodeling contractor may not be able to begin construction for at least three to four weeks. Take advantage of this time to get samples and put your ideas together. Get input from friends or family who may have recently remodeled their shower or bathroom or browse the internet for ideas. In the age of social media, most people will have posted photos of their remodel.
Don’t overlook the niche
Skimping out on a niche or shelving in your shower is a horrible idea. A niche is basically a closet for your shower supplies. Without closets, you’ll have either makeshift closets or clothes all over the floor. The same thing will happen in your shower. You’ll either have to buy a shower caddy or have to put your shampoo on the floor.
If you need to cut costs, then I believe it’s best to do it on the tile. There are plenty of good quality and affordable types of ceramic and porcelain tile.
What if construction is beyond adding a niche? Luckily shower installation companies can offer wall or glass mounted shelves. A floating a glass shelf looks modern and sleek while serving the important storage function.