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Tips For A Bathroom Renovation

It's the one room in the home that everyone visits at least once a day and it's also where you want to spend time relaxing in the shower or tub, but renovating a bathroom can be a nightmare if not planned properly





Deciding to renovate a bathroom is a serious one and not just for the fact that the bathroom is going to be out of commission for a week or two or for however long it takes to get the renovation done. There are also so many other things to take into consideration for the project to happen and be a successful one. In this article, we take a look at what you can expect along the way and how to plan for this accordingly.









Taking The Plunge

When you decide it's time to do a bathroom renovation chances are you are doing it for a specific reason - or two. It could be that the bathroom is too small for a growing family, or perhaps it is old fashioned or outdated, or it could even be because you want to up the value of your home and keep up with current trends. Whatever the reason for your bathroom renovation you want to make sure to do it right and cover all your wants and needs.

Do your research beforehand on how much everything will cost. It is easy to go online to work out estimated costs for sanitary ware, tiles, fittings, etc., and this will help with planning a budget. You could also have bathroom renovation companies come in to do quotes for you to give you an idea of estimated total cost.

The first step with any renovation project is to sit down and work out how much you have to spend on the project. There's no point in starting a bathroom renovation only to run out of funds and have an uncompleted bathroom. A set budget will tell you how much you can spend on what, give you an idea of luxury items you can afford and make sure you don't overspend. Having said that, no project ever goes according to plan and it's always wise to make allowance for boo-boos or mistakes - because we all know they can and will happen.







DIY Or Hire A Contractor?

Whether you decide to do the bathroom renovation yourself or hire a contractor there is a lot to think about. With either option, you need to make decisions regarding your wants and needs and how you see the bathroom looking once it is finished. There are so many variables that need to be considered such as, are you tiling the bathroom floor-to-ceiling, do you want a cement-based finish, if going with tiles - what material, style and size,


This dated bathroom with its over-large corner bathtub and ugly shower cubicle is in definite need of modernising.



Prepare Yourself For Mess

A typical bathroom renovation will involve stripping the bathroom of all sanitary ware, fittings and fixtures. It will also involve removing wall and floor tiles and perhaps even cutting channels in walls and floor for new water supply and drainage. A full-on bathroom renovation can even include replacing existing windows and adding or removing walls. All-in-all it is a messy process and you should prepare yourself for this. The bathroom will be out of action for the amount of time it takes to complete the renovation.



The guest bathroom renovation shown in the images above and below was undertaken by Janelia Mould to transform her old and dated bathroom into a modern bathroom. The over-large bathtub and old fashioned shower cubicle were removed as well as other sanitary ware.








Doing a bathroom renovation lets you choose new sanitary ware, install modern fixtures and fittings and also give you the freedom to design your dream bathroom. If you know your budget isn't sufficient for now, take the time to save up what you need or arrange financing so that you can fulfill your wants and needs.



In her new modern bathroom, Janelia has Cemrete walls and floor as an alternative to tiles. While this bathroom is done in greys, there are other colour options to choose from. The old bathroom window was replaced with one that slides open to let in a cool breeze during the summer months and keeps the room ventilated.



Bottom Line

A full-on bathroom renovation is not a quick and easy project but it offers a great reward and a return on your investment. Bathrooms and kitchens are top of the list when it comes to what's important in a home or property. If you have the opportunity to update your home both of these rooms should be a priority. If you follow the necessary steps and plan everything carefully you can design and have the bathroom of your dreams.





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