The bathroom may be small but it’s a complex room to renovate.
Various skilled tradespeople must co-ordinate efficiently to get the job done, and mistakes and oversights can be costly. Planning correctly is crucial to keep you on budget.
Here we highlight what you need to consider before you renovate.
Here’s some common questions to ask yourself before you get started:
Determine how much cavity space there is to work with in the walls, ceiling, and under-floor area. This may affect the type, configuration and positioning of pipes, wires and fittings. You can’t easily add cavity spaces to solid brick walls without a lot of work. But if your walls are plasterboard it becomes a little simpler.
It’s an extra cost when you start thinking about moving your bathroom basics. Moving plumbing requires a qualifies plumber, on their hourly rate. Do you really need to move the toilet/wash basin or could you make do with a revamped version of what you already have?
Assess whether existing fixtures, fittings or finishes (floor or wall tiles, toilet suite, screens, mirrors) can be incorporated into the new design. Resurfacing or refitting existing fixtures and fittings can help cut costs (which means you can afford that fancy shower head after all).
Determine how the ‘time out’ required for renovations will affect your day-to-day life and organise how to best plan around the ongoing work. For example, hire a portaloo or shower at your local gym or neighbour’s house. This is particularly important if your home has only one bathroom.
Here are some of the professionals who can help with your renovation, depending on your requirements and budget:
Check that all the bathroom renovation professionals you engage are industry qualified, licensed and insured. Be clear on what you’re expecting each tradesperson to do before finalising contracts, handing over cash or beginning work.
Not planning ahead. Make sure you’ve planned ahead and consulted professional bathroom designers/tradespeople where appropriate.
Not organising tradespeople correctly. Make sure you organise your tradespeople in the correct order.
Top tip: Having tradies on site when you’re not ready for them can be costly, or can even result in skipped stages of the renovations – which can lead to extra work in the long run.
Not considering the basics. Make sure you’ve taken note of your existing bathroom and layout before your plan your new one. Unless you’re building from scratch, you may not have the blank canvas you dream of. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream bathroom, you may just need to be a little more open minded.
Take note of existing cavity space, concrete walls/floors/ceilings, existing plumbing and circuitry etc.
Poor shopping choices. Be careful with your shopping and make sure you buy fittings that will work in your bathroom. If you’re looking at custom fittings, consult your plumber or electrician to make sure your supplies cater. For example, do you have the water pressure for that rain shower?
Remember – most people only buy fixtures and fittings once or twice in their lifetime, so it could be worth splashing out an extra $100 to get the right sink or toilet. You’ll be living with it for a while.
We’re certainly not saying you can’t, but be realistic about your skills and what you can do. Even the most basic bathroom renovations tend to be complex and tricky, with many components that require skilled professionals, and they must be done in the correct order.
Easier jobs you may want to attempt yourself include choosing the colour scheme and style, sourcing fixtures and fittings, removing and installing simple existing fittings such as hooks, towel rails and painting.
But in particular, avoid DIYing the plumbing, electricals, rebuilding or complex tiling/installations and maybe waterproofing.
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