Whether your choices involve style or functionality, many of the decisions you make when renovating a bathroom can not only be costly to change, but have a knock-on effect. Here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge.
1. Set a budget
Costs can spiral in this room and you need to be clear and firm about just how much you can spend on one space. Working within a budget helps to make decisions, not only about fixtures and fittings, but the many and varied labour costs involved, from tiling and plumbing to waterproofing and specialty trades. Be sure to add in a little extra for unexpected problems.
2. Don’t overcapitalise
Consider the value of your property before you extend your budget beyond it’s worth, particularly if you are planning to sell the property in the foreseeable future. Ensure your outlay can be recouped down the line.
3. Moving fixtures adds to your costs
If the layout works well and you’re just after a cosmetic upgrade, you can make significant savings by simply replacing fixtures such as your bath, sink, toilet and shower in their existing position. A frameless shower glass or a double vanity goes a long way to upping the visual appeal and functionality without a complete refit.
4. Plan for the future
If you have a family, remember the requirements for the bathroom will change over time. Evenings may revolve around bath time at first, so floor space might be your major consideration, but down the track adequate vanity storage and power points will come into their own.
5. Organise project timing
Perhaps more than any other room in the house, renovating a bathroom requires a specific sequence of works to be performed and managed around one another. Start from the ceiling down with the build, choose experienced tradespeople and share details of the works timeline across all parties.
6. Create a moodboard
Bring all of your ideas together onto one moodboard to stay organised and ensure everything works well aesthetically. Refer often to it and update with new items as you confirm choices.
7. Measure, measure and measure again
In a bathroom everything is fixed in place. Measure every item within the space and mark out fixtures on the floor or in another location to ensure fixture fit as they should and the layout works. Remember to allow for plumbing, whether in cavities, on walls or freestanding.
8. Shop around
Once you’ve decided on a range of fixtures and tapware, shop around to get the best price. Bathroom stores and plumbing suppliers will often offer a discount if all items are purchased in the one place.
9. See for yourself
When browsing showrooms don’t be afraid to collect your fixtures and finishes together to see how they look in real life. Lay the tile pattern with samples, take your taps to the tile shop or take samples home to see them in the light they’ll be placed in.
10. Lighting and power
Carefully plan your lighting and power with a qualified electrician to ensure you have safe, adequate lighting personal care, proper ventilation and plenty of power points and/or wiring for heated towel rails.
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