The vanity could very well be the largest piece of “furniture” in your bathroom. As such, you have a prime opportunity to show off your style with a vanity makeover! In a DIY bathroom remodel, you may not feel completely comfortable with replacing the vanity altogether…or you might. But if you don’t, there are still some great ways that you, yourself, can take your bathroom vanity from drab to fab.
For bathrooms, overhead lighting is very important.  As for ambient options, you can always consider the use of a sunken track lighting, frosted glass fixtures, or even rice paper. Likewise, perimeter lighting is also capable of creating both soft, ambient glow, as well as useful light. It’s also highly advisable to consider using pendant lighting. Something like this allows the scattering of light into the direction that it gives the illusion of a beautiful centerpiece ceiling.
Depending on the complexity of your kitchen countertop project, it might be best to contact a kitchen remodeling contractor for materials like granite or marble. However, laminate, wood or tile countertops are certainly projects that experienced DIYers can handle. While each have a different process, all will need power tools to complete for just the right countertop. Laminate countertops could take as little as a weekend to complete while countertop tiling could take up to a week or more, depending on the size of tiles and surface. The average cost to install countertops is $2,719, with most homeowners spending between $2,032 and $3,131.
Idea 1 – The ‘Flex Pan.’ – This acrylic pan differs from most since it IS NOT prebuilt with a tile flanges. The tile flanges are added after the fact. You may wonder, why is this good? Well, by adding the flanges after you can use ‘standard sized’ 48” x 36” base and it will work for a one-sided, two-sided (in a corner) or even 3-sided glass enclosure. Actually, the same standard ‘Flex Pan’ can be used in five different configurations (4 of which normally require a custom-made shower base).
Having  a floor heating system that can be laid under the tile in the shower is a nice add-on, not only is it more comfortable ambiant air temperature, but the feel of warmth on normally cold tile in the morning is a nice change that you will certainly enjoy.  It’s important to ensure that the heating system you’re going to get can be used inside the shower. For those who are interested in this type of bathroom, it is ideal to consult a professional who would help you plan the layout.
Having  a floor heating system that can be laid under the tile in the shower is a nice add-on, not only is it more comfortable ambiant air temperature, but the feel of warmth on normally cold tile in the morning is a nice change that you will certainly enjoy.  It’s important to ensure that the heating system you’re going to get can be used inside the shower. For those who are interested in this type of bathroom, it is ideal to consult a professional who would help you plan the layout.
Idea 2 – The ‘No Tile, Tile Shower’ Wall Panels – Since these shower panels come in modular sizes (which are clicked, locked and sealed together) you can use the same 6 panel 2’ x 8’ x 3/8” shower wall kit (which looks like tile, but blows up the nasty grout joint) and make either a standard 60” x 36” shower or a custom 63” x 35” shower, for example. Once again, a standard product works for a custom size without extra bucks from you.
Owner of Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team, an Interior Design and Home Remodeling Company based in Scottsdale, AZ. Specializing in Design/Build Services for Kitchens, Bathrooms, Room Additions, Whole House Renovations, and General Contracting in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler Arizona. View all posts by Scott
In a perfect world (and I’m sure you’re like me and know that ‘ain’t’ the world you live in!), you’d have cash on hand to get the entire project done right now. However, in your ‘real-world’ you’ve got diapers for your 2-year-old, expensive prom dresses for your daughter and aging parents. Unexpected expenses get in the way of your (almost) perfectly planned life (and shower remodeling project).

And as long as you don’t mind the work, most homeowners can DIY the flooring installation for these options (linoleum is especially straightforward) in order to save even more. Depending on the flooring you choose, this can be one of the most involved parts of a DIY kitchen remodel. If you’re not sure where to begin, some flooring manufacturers offer workshops for DIYers where you can talk to an expert about how to tackle your project. 

In a perfect world (and I’m sure you’re like me and know that ‘ain’t’ the world you live in!), you’d have cash on hand to get the entire project done right now. However, in your ‘real-world’ you’ve got diapers for your 2-year-old, expensive prom dresses for your daughter and aging parents. Unexpected expenses get in the way of your (almost) perfectly planned life (and shower remodeling project).
The mobile home we purchased for remodel as a cabin that came with the property has no insulation we are going to take off the ugly paneling and wall boards to install new drywall. The home has good bones subfloor etc. electrical and plumbing we will be replacing the floors with engineered hardwood for kitchen laundry and bathrooms (we have done the research for best options). All that to ask should we lay flooring carpeting or do drywall first we will have this professional done. Love all your tips
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