Television networks such as HGTV have become very popular over the course of the last few years and with good reason. Not only do they do a very good job providing programming for those interested in doing work to their home, they also have shows showcasing the pitfalls of any project, namely that of bathroom remodeling.
While it can sometimes be a little entertaining to watch someone's bathroom remodeling plans fall apart based on poor planning or maybe just an immature dislike of someone's personality, it is important to glean some amount of caution when it comes to your own project. Bathroom remodeling is no joke, and it pays to really have a good reason to decide to go through with the plan.
But for all of the good information that comes from HGTV, it shouldn't be the one place from which you & your family take pointers. You need to do some research and really dig into the planning of your perspective project.
For example, much of the information you'll find on HGTV's programming tends to start with the “vision”. Hosts want couples & families to think big-picture first so as to know what things would be on a homeowner's dream wishlist. That sounds great, but it tends to cause a bit of a downer when bringing in reality soon afterward. It may be best to think in terms of what you need in your bathroom remodeling project rather than what you want. It allows for you to really think about what your new bathroom will offer rather than how it will dazzle.
One particular item that also pops up in the shows on this network is the idea that the bathroom remodel being undertaken will be a lasting part of the homeowner's legacy. While this is a true statement in some way, it certainly becomes true when said homeowner may want to sell their home in the future. As you begin your own bathroom remodeling project, you need to think about what the future may hold in terms of stylistic treatment & marketability. In other words, if you choose to sell your home down the line, will the changes you make today still have an audience later? Many realtors often cite that families whom find dream homes will move on to other properties simply because they didn't like the color of paint in a room or the way a remodeling project changed a room's flow. Your remodeling choices now may leave a legacy but one of a home listing taking a while to sell.
Finally, one of the ways HGTV tends to be different from real life is that from start to finish, clients usually have one contractor with whom they work on their bathroom remodeling. Certain parts of the work get given to local companies to complete, but there is one contractor on hand to answer questions. At times, you can see genuine concern on the homeowner's face, but in the end, things get resolved. In reality, you always have the option to stop working with a contractor, especially when you know that you're getting a raw deal. Far too often, people are afraid to say, “This isn't working out.”
Bathroom remodeling is a big job, and one not be entered into lightly. If you are inspired by a television network's portrayal of a grand vision made real, then use that inspiration to begin planning out your own project. Don't necessarily bank on that TV vision to be your only guiding light.