BATHROOM RENOVATIONS: 9 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Renovating a bathroom can be a daunting undertaking without careful consideration and certainly one that can lead to many pitfalls if you don’t plan and prepare appropriately.
Your new bathroom should be a positive experience that leaves a lasting impression, not a headache that provokes bitter regret. Fortunately, we have thought out the process for ensuring all the significant aspects are covered to reduce the bathroom renovation stress factor. From being mindful of your budget to ensuring colour and style consistency and securing a proper build, here are nine things you need to know to complete the bathroom remodel of your dreams.
1. KNOW YOUR BUDGET RANGE
Knowing your budget limitations before you start your bathroom remodel is imperative to prevent any unforeseen cost upsets and to maintain a consistent mindset. Most small bathroom renovations begin at the $6,500 mark, with the average for a medium-sized bathroom around $12,000.
Please also note that if you choose to renew your flooring, your budget will increase as this is one of the most expensive aspects to replace.
2. DECIDE WHETHER A BATHROOM RENOVATION IS REQUIRED OR SIMPLY A ‘COSMETIC REFRESH’
Your budget will also determine if a bathroom renovation is required or whether simply a cosmetic refresh will suffice. However, a renovation could also increase your property value by up to 10% over a duration of time.
Don’t make the mistake of pulling out a perfectly good bathroom when the structure is fine. Perhaps you would be better off simply replacing the tapware, bathroom vanity, shower, bath or other bathroom fixtures and fittings to achieve the refreshed look you require.
3. WILL THIS BE A NEW ‘BATHROOM’ OR WILL A SHOWER ROOM SUFFICE?
Sometimes it’s simply a matter of looking at what space you have that can determine the option to include a freestanding bath or whether a solitary shower would be more appropriate. Of course, personal preferences are also a deciding factor. If you’re more of a shower person and anticipate that a bath would be more or less neglected, it would make more sense to choose the former and free up some space too. If you love your bath therapy and can accommodate the space for a freestanding bath then your options are open to that too.
There are many benefits when choosing either a shower, bath or both to define your new bathroom space. This decision should certainly be a primary concern before deciding to undertake your bathroom renovation.
4. SELECT A STYLE THAT LASTS
Initially, you need to select a new bathroom style that is consistent with your home and fits in with the rest of your design and doesn’t look out of place. There are distinct advantages in choosing a more minimalist bathroom interior design for your renovation, particularly where smaller spaces are concerned.
Choosing to be ‘on-trend’ may initially be appealing. However, trends do change over time, and the last thing you want is to have a bathroom that doesn’t last long from a stylistic standpoint.
5. KEEP YOUR COLOURS CONSISTENT ACROSS THE SPACE
Colour consistency in the bathroom should be one of the primary aesthetic concerns for any bathroom renovation. Generally, you can’t go wrong with traditional white for your basin sinks, shower and bath fittings. However, you can choose to be more experimental in terms of the colours for your fixtures and fittings while keeping them consistent throughout your space.
We offer a range of bathroom tapware and other accessories in appealing finishes like brushed brass, brushed copper, brushed nickel, brushed gunmetal, in addition to more conventional colours that include white, chrome and matte black. They will easily enhance your new bathroom and provide a lavish, sophisticated look that will modernise your area.
6. STORAGE SHOULD BE A CONSIDERATION
The last thing you want is a newly renovated bathroom that doesn’t contain all the necessary storage requirements for your bits and bobs. Easily accessible storage should be seamlessly integrated into your bathroom space to avoid cluttering your area, which would be of particular concern for small bathrooms.
7. GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO COMPLETE THE JOB
It’s important to select specialised professionals to undertake your bathroom makeover. If you opt for tradespeople, ensure that they are licensed, insured and have the required experience in renovating bathrooms. You could also choose to go through a company that specialises in renovations to take on all the job delegation and manage all the heavy lifting. Also, consider whether you need a designer too. We offer a free design consultation to accommodate your dream bathroom renovation.
You should also never be tempted to ‘do it yourself’ from a practical perspective. It could be illegal to perform plumbing yourself and potentially dangerous too. It may also cost you more money down the track to repair any mistakes that are made. There’s peace of mind when you have a registered company or licensed tradesman complete your bathroom renovation due to the insurances involved, as they have a good understanding of the plumbing laws. So, if something does go wrong, parts can be replaced or reworked at no additional cost. You also have the option to go to Fair Trading if an upset does occur.
8. KNOW THE WATERPROOFING REQUIREMENT IN YOUR STATE
When a bathroom is built, one of the initial steps that should always take place is waterproofing. You must ensure your bathroom is properly waterproofed with a waterproof barrier surrounding both the walls and the floor. This protects the structure of your house from moisture.
Each state in Australia has different regulations in terms of waterproofing that should be abided by; therefore, knowing which applies to where you live is a fundamental requirement. Rules concerning who can undertake waterproofing do differ. For example, in both Queensland and NSW, a current waterproofer’s licence is required. In other states, waterproofers must provide a statement of compliance once the job’s done. This document should indicate that the work they have undertaken complies with Australian Standard (AS 3740 – Waterproofing of domestic wet areas).
9. GET SOME ADVICE WITH YOU BATHROOM RENOVATION
To help complete the bathroom makeover of your dreams, even with a small budget, it’s always a good idea to consult a team of experts. Our friendly team are always on hand to help and can be contacted here. They will help you pick the perfect freestanding baths, showers, bathroom vanities, mirror cabinets, bathroom tapware, shower tapware and other bathroom accessories to complete your bathroom renovation. You can also book a free design consultation directly here.
Additionally, if you have a limited budget, do check out our blog on Why a Budget Shouldn’t be a Barrier when Renovating your Bathroom, which explores some budget-friendly ideas on how you can make your new bathroom space shine.