What To Know BEFORE Renovating Your Bathroom


Renovating your bathroom is an exciting task with fresh colors, updated materials, cooler aesthetic designs and new products which can give you the feeling of a completely renovated house. But even the most experienced reformer will tell you that there is much to think about when dealing with the renewal of the bathroom. Whether you are doing a complete renovation, or just want to give your bathroom a minor update, there are some things to consider before you even start.

Proper planning of renovating your bathroom

Careful planning is the key to any renovation of your bathroom. Be honest about the extent of renovation and realistic about your budget from the beginning in order to keep the project going. Understanding how much or little you have to spend dictates your choices about which products to install, which also must be planned before you start.

Those who are working on a strict budget should compile a list of ‘essentials’ and a list of ‘fads’. Essentials like having a decent storage area and proper ventilation are things that should be in the budget, while you may need to reconsider things like heated towel rails when the final costs are completed.

Renew or create new design

Did you know that moving the toilet is the most expensive plumbing work in the house (along with moving the kitchen sink)?  Retrofitting can be a great option for the budget conscious renovator. This means that you will most likely have to use existing plumbing points, which can affect everything – from the size of the bath you choose to whether your shower has to be a walk-in or corner one.

If you are working with a bigger budget, a complete renovation of your bathroom can be a better option because you will have more flexibility in bathroom design and choosing the products you want to install.

What is the sequence?

When selecting products, start with the largest elements first as they may dictate other options. For example, selecting a certain type of vanity dictates whether your sink must be embedded or placed over the counter, which in turn influence what type of faucet you can choose. Similarly, the type of bath and its placement directly affect the kind of taps that can be used.

Depending on the extent of the renewal, understand the task order will help you manage your budget and your expectations of time. The usual sequence of events is: demolition, debris removal, plumbing, waterproofing, placing floor tiles, and installing new fixtures and fittings. However, the order may differ depending on your renovation project.

Make cleaning a part of the image

There are many ways to ensure that your bathroom is low maintenance. Opt for a ‘wet’ bathroom style, where bathroom and shower are open and can be strategically placed in a corner or behind a wall, eliminating the need for glass screens. If you prefer traditional showers, go for an unframed option and avoid the production of aluminum, which is a magnet for dirt. The installation of a hand shower can also make cleaning more agile.

No plumbers no warranty

The plumbing is not a DIY job and it should always be left to the experts. A non-plumber can quickly turn a simple job into a DIY disaster if they themselves address the renovation. Hiring professional bathroom renovators can ensure that the products are correctly installed and function properly so you can enjoy all the benefits for as long as possible.

The renovation of a bathroom is a concept that encompasses a wide range of detail. Some projects require more planning, design and other work. Planning ahead, while armed with some basic knowledge, can make the whole process run at least a little more smoothly.

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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.

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