Bathroom renovations are generally money well spent when adding value to your property when it comes to investing in your home or office space for that matter.
So it’s crucial to know what you’re in for and what you need to plan for in order to keep the bathroom renovation costs reasonable and within budget. When renovating your bathroom there are lots of things to consider and we’ll run you through some basic steps of the renovation process from planning and preparation to execution and ensuring you hire the right bathroom renovation contractor for the job. It goes without saying the Plumbers are generally very specialized in the plumbing side but additions and alterations specialists, as well as general builders have the teams to knock these projects out on time and within budget with the right project teams.
Planning your bathroom renovation is critical and highlights some key elements that need to be considered that ultimately effect the cost and timeframe of the proposed renovation. Some key elements of a bathroom that you need to factor into the renovation include:
This is to ensure that the bathroom doesn’t leak and no mold will grow and ruin the money you’re about to spend on floor and wall tiles or surface coverings that you decide on.
to what extent are you renovating this bathroom, are you planning on gutting the entire thing or just replacing some tiles and a few fittings. There might be bigger renovation plans to completely move existing plumbing like toilets and showers, or vanities which will increase costs and extend the timeframe to completion.
FITTINGS & PLUMBING
As noted above, if you’re just replacing old with new fittings i the bathroom this minor cosmetic renovation will be less expensive and a quick renovating experience. On the other hand if you plan to shift the shower or bath tub to opposite ends of the bathroom, you need to factor in additional plumbing costs and ensure all plumbing is done to building code regulations to ensure you don’t end up redoing the work down the line. Another point to note is the type of toilet, be sure to account for an in-wall cistern type of toilet which is a more contemporary choice as opposed to a traditional free standing toilet, there will be costs to bare here when going with the former option.
Again are you adding or simply updating the look and feel of your bathroom with a few tiles and maybe a frameless glass shower enclosure, in this instance the biggest cost here will be some new loght fittings most likley, unless you decide to do a bigger structural renovation and in this case you’ll have to account for moving of electrical points for lighting and electrical swithces.
WALL & FLOOR COVERINGS
If you plan to renovate jut some of the surfaces, there are plenty options to choose from here, and costs will vary based on the surface and even the style or type of tile choice. Cement screed floors and epoxy flooring specialists could help make some bold statements as used in more contemporary bathroom renovations these days. If your’e going with traditional tiling, make sure the tiler is experienced and allows for things like slope to drain in the shower and run-off for excess water, just in case. After all it is a bathroom and water will be present.
This step by step guide on bathroom renovating will help you manage costs and give you a solid idea of what to expect when you’re thinking of renovation your bathroom next. This way you can plan accordingly and understand the type of budget you’ll need here for the full bathroom renovation.
STEP 1: DESIGNING YOUR NEW BATHROOM
Goes without saying you need to start here first, the design should account for all the elements you need, bath, shower, toilet, basins, and vanities for storage. remember if you plan to move these elements form the current positions its gonna add cost and time to your bathroom renovation project.
STEP 2: REMOVE & STRIP EXISTING BATHROOM
Your plumbing contractor or builder will have to remove all existing wall and floor tiles or stirp the current surface to ensure that everything is prepped to be waterproofed and the new tiles or wall and floor surface covering s can be applied and will last. A noisy and messy affair, so be prepared.
STEP 3: PLUMBING & BATHROOM LAYOUT
If you made changes to the existing layout in step 1, the designing stage, this is where the plumber or builder will need to relocate these the services to their new position in the bathroom. Remember, the more you change from original layout, the more it will add to cost and budget on your renovation.
STEP 4: WALL & FLOOR SCREEDING
Once the existing surfaces have been removed and any services been repositioned, the plumber or builder will now screed the floor and waterproof, then plaster the walls and waterproof in preparation for tiling or surface coverings you’ve selected in the designing stage.
STEP 5: WALL & FLOOR TILING
The tiler will ensure waterproofing is completed and ready to tile over. Tiles are laid using a special tiling adhesive and then once the laid will use spacers to ensure an even gap between tiles for a symmetrical and professional look. Once the tiling is laid, the tiler will grout, this is applying a cementitious type of plaster that fills in-between the tiles and prevents moisture from seeping behind the tiles.
STEP 6: BATHROOM FIT OUT
Now your design is starting to come to life and is taking shape, the last piece of the puzzle is to install the toilet, basins, vanities, tapware, shower screens or doors and other fittings you might have included in the designing stage, like heated towel rails and light fittings or switches.
And there you have it, a basic tep by step guide on a bathroom renovation.
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