Is It Time for a Bathroom Makeover?
If you have decided it is time for a bathroom makeover, take inspiration from this bathroom renovation and how you can do this in your own bathroom.
So, you have finally decided that it is time to give that dated bathroom a makeover. You have scraped together the funds needed to do some basic alterations such as removing ugly tiles and replacing dated, pink sanitary ware and add a more modern touch to your bathroom. Even if you haven't yet managed to accumulate the full amount, there's no reason why you cannot start with some of the basics, right? That way, you can take your time doing the bathroom renovation and only need to spend funds when you have them.
There is just no denying that this bathroom desperately needs a makeover. With the house unoccupied for a long time, the new homeowners had no choice but to dig in and get done!
This sad, ugly bathroom (above) was in desperate need of some TLC. The wall and floor tiles were ugly, the grout was stained, the sanitary ware an ugly shade of pink and the bathroom vanity falling apart. When you consider the bathroom makeover as a single project, it may be overwhelming, but when you break it down into individual - smaller - projects, it becomes more doable and not as daunting. So, what can be done and how do you go about it?
After removing sanitary ware and fixtures from the bathroom, the next step is to rip out and replace floor and wall tiles.
Make Your Choices
The first thing you need to do when wanting to tackle a bathroom makeover of this magnitude is to sit down and discuss what needs to be done. Calculate how much you have to spend to start the renovation and that will determine the finishes you can afford.
Go online to shop around at various tile suppliers to see what is on offer and what you can afford. Measure the wall and floor area if you are removing and replacing tiles and calculate the number of tiles you will need to complete the project. If you are not sure how to do this, use a tape measure to determine the width and height of every wall that you want to tile and take this along with you to the tile supplier. They will then be able to let you know how many square metres are required. Many tile suppliers also have a calculator on their website that you can use to make your own calculations and cost estimates.
Discussing everything beforehand, either just yourself or your partner will provide a solid base on which to build. Choose a style that suits you best and one that fits in with the style of the house. Select materials that you like and that would work well in the room and finally, check out what sanitary ware and fittings you need to finish the project.
Where To Start First
It is necessary to determine your starting point for the bathroom renovation, so that everything else falls into place. In this bathroom, the first step is to remove all the sanitary ware and fittings in order to rip out and replace the tiled walls and floor. If you don't take out the fixtures, you won't be able to remove the tiles, so think carefully about what you need to do in the room for your own renovation.
List The Projects Step-By-Step
Buy the materials you need to start the project. If this involves tiling floor and walls, you are going to need tiles, obviously, adhesive and grout, tiling tools and tools to remove the tiles. Depending on the size of the bathroom being renovated, you may also need to hire a dumpster for the day so that all the rubble can be removed immediately. This is important if you don't want to end up with piles of rubble all over the place.
Remove and replace tiles. This is a messy and heavy job and one that you might not want to do yourself, so be sure to allow extra funds if you want someone to do it for you. There are plenty of semi-skilled labourers out there looking for employment or piece-jobs that will willingly do the job for you.
Purchase the sanitary ware for the bathroom. This is where you get to choose water-efficient fixtures that look good and bring about cost savings over the long term. Things like a dual-flush toilet, a rain shower head, and so on. At this step in the process, you can also select any new light fittings that are to be incorporated and other fittings such as towel rails, etc.
Arrange for an electrician and/or plumber to come out to connect the new sanitary ware or light fittings, unless you plan on doing this yourself. If you are tackling this as a DIY project, make sure you know what you are doing, or it could result in expensive repairs.
Bathroom furniture can now be added, whether you are making this yourself or buying readymade. Things like a bathroom vanity orf bathroom cabinet. These are cosmetic finishing touches that will complete the bathroom renovation process and give it its final dressing, as does the addition of mirrors and a few decor accessories. If you have decided on a stone or composite material for the bathroom vanity countertop, make sure to allow for this in your budget and arrange for a contractor to come out and do the fitting.