Design a do-it-yourself bathroom

Before you get started on your DIY bathroom renovation, there are a few practical matters you need to take into careful consideration. First, there are strict building codes which apply to bathrooms that you must adhere to, for safety as well as legal reasons. Second, there are several important principles that you should draw on to guide your do-it-yourself bathroom renovation. Observing these principles will save you time and money, and help you create a more beautiful and practical space.

DIY Bathrooms: Know Your Regulations

Most municipalities have strict standards in regards to two types of installations which are commonly seen in bathrooms:

  • Electrical. When it comes to electricity in bathrooms, there are two potential sources of hazards: water and metal piping. Both conduct electricity, so you have to make sure you locate electrical outlets in safe places.
  • Wastewater. If your renovation requires you to forge a new connection to your home's main drain or soil stack, there may be regulations in place which limit your options.

If you have any questions about local laws, contact municipal officials before you begin.

General Considerations for DIY Bathrooms

Beyond those two practical matters, there are some other general considerations you should bear in mind during the planning phase of your DIY bathroom:

  • If you want to install a cast-iron bathtub, you need to make sure your existing floor is strong enough; if it isn't, you'll need to reinforce it beforehand
  • Wall-mounted fixtures require careful mounting, so if you have stud walls, they may also need to be strengthened
  • Add an exhaust fan if you don't already have one; it will help you keep humidity levels in check
  • Carefully check the dimensions of all new fixtures to make sure they'll fit before you install them; don't rely on eyeing them up
  • Adding a new floor can alter your existing pipe configuration; you may need to add connector pipes

Once you've accounted for these considerations, proceed to forming a plan for your bathroom, including a layout and selection of accessories and décor. Finally, remember that in a bathroom, lighting is key. Be sure to allow for plenty of task lighting, especially in places where grooming tasks are carried out.