The bathroom is a high traffic area and people often need the bathroom at the same time, which can hinder your daily routine if not planned out properly. The key to a hassle free renovation is good planning, but what constitutes good planning may not be clear. Where do you start, what order to do things in and when do you talk to whom about what? This can be an overwhelming experience for the first-time renovator. So, here are a few tips to take you through the planning process.
Get to know your bathroom
Spend a few days really getting to know your bathroom. Are there areas you don’t use? Consider the floor space, whether fixtures are positioned in easy reach, the depth of the bath, even the height of the mirror and then write it all down. What do you and don’t you like about your existing bathroom? The space you have will determine what will fit, where things should go and what’s likely to be practical. Draw a sketch with measurements of the current layout to give you a reference point when you go to the store and when designing the new layout. A good layout and bathroom selection can transform a confined space into an oasis.
Set a budget and make sure you update and refer to it regularly throughout the renovation process. Once you’ve figured out what you can spend and subtracted the amount allocated to labour, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you can spend on tiles and fixtures. Always include a contingency plan to be prepared for the unexpected.
Remodelling a small bathroom will not only take a few days. Depending on how many items you are changing in the bathroom you will still have to go through the same steps as a larger bathroom renovation. Planning the time includes not only determining the duration of the renovation works but also intermediate steps such as ordering and purchasing items to make sure they are available when you need them. If there’s only one bathroom in the house you may have to make other arrangements for showering and consider hiring a toilet during this period.
Choose your style
Consider the rest of your home and the individual characters of your household. Think of colours, styles and what type of atmosphere you’re trying to create. Look online to get ideas then go in store to collect a few sample tiles and colour swatches to see how colours and textures work together. Designing works hand in hand with functionality for any room. Consider the resale of the house to make sure your choices are adding value to the home.
Now you’ve had time to create your dream bathroom layout, it’s time to look at the details. Consider where your current bathroom plumbing and power points are positioned in the room. The less you need to reposition these, the less you will need to spend. This is the time to call a licensed plumber to see if your ideas will translate into reality and how it will impact your budget.
Decide on what’s most important. How do you use your bathroom? Does it need to be a sturdy and solid to cope with high traffic chaos and bath battleship wars or a cosy haven for peace and relaxation? Write down your top three priorities, and then use these as your guide when making every decision throughout the renovation process.
Finally, you get to go shopping! As well as style and price, it’s a good idea to consider product warranty. Start with your must-have signature piece (if you have one), then move on to tiles, followed by the vanity unit, tapware, toilet, bath, shower, and finally accessories. Consider where you position everything to be within easy reach. Also don’t forget you can never have enough storage.
So head to our website to find out more about how we can help you plan your next bathroom renovation.