A recent trend in construction that seems to be making its way into the market is the use of modular bathrooms. These bathrooms are manufactured off-site and then transported to the designated building site, and then slotted into place.
Although it may seem like something only large-scale construction would use – in places like apartments or hotels – residential homes have begun to make use of modular bathrooms, or at least sections of modular bathroom furniture on a regular basis.
Why Modular Bathrooms?
Though modular rooms may seem like the ultimate let-down for the traditional do-it-yourselfer, the benefits really come down to time and cost savings, depending on how elaborate you want your renovated bathroom to be. Slotting a modular bathroom into a new or gutted bathroom structure can save up to four months construction time, depending on how drastic you want the changes to be.
The biggest problems homeowners run into when gutting their bathrooms and trying to find a modular unit is the pre-plumbing that’s already in place. Often, a buyer will have to directly contact the manufacturer, have measurements taken, and then have the prefabricated unit put together so that it will fit. Whether this is more or less hassle to the home renovator really comes down to individual preference.
Are There Alternatives?
In fact, there are alternatives for the home renovator who is fairly certain a complete modular bathroom is out of grasp – and interest. For example, pre-fabricated bathtub and shower units make a great alternative to a complete bathroom. These modular bathtubs tend to come with the bathtub and ceramic or PVC surrounding for the whole unit, which can be slotted into place on the wall and sealed – no extra tiling needed.
In addition, modular cabinets make bathroom renovations just that much easier, while still allowing that ‘do-it-yourself’ touch that many people enjoy. These pre-fabricated cabinets are easily installed anywhere in the bathroom, without the hassle of putting together the cabinets from scratch.
To get you started and inspired for putting together your new bathroom out of modular furniture, here’s a step-by-step guide to installing modular cabinets.
Modular Bathroom Cabinet Installation
1) Set up the cabinets as best you can, gauging where you’d like them to be set in place. Make sure the pieces fit – an important consideration, since the cabinets are pre-made.
2) Using a hand drill, attach the cabinets to the walls. Before putting the handles on, figure out where the best place for the handles will be. Also, double check that the doors can swing open easily from where the cabinets are placed.
3) Take measurements from the bottom of each cabinet, and use a piece of scrap wood longer than the measurements to use as a template – this will ensure that the handles will all go on level. With some scrap trim, attach them on either side of the bottom of the wood to be used as stops.
4) Transfer your measurements, since you now have the stops to be used as guides. Drill holes into the handle spots which you spaced along the templates.
5) Place the stop against the door bottom, holding it flush and in place with a clamp. Drill through the pre-located holes in your template, which will provide an exact measurement. Continue this for the rest of the doors on which you want handles.