Bathroom renovation tips

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After a pretty busy 2011, which included many bathroom renovations of varying degrees of trickiness, I’ve decided to share my hot tips to make sure your bathroom renovation is a success. I’ve skipped the obvious stuff about doing your research, getting a functional as well as beautiful design and setting a realistic budget. Instead, below are some of the quirks and technicalities of actually doing a bathroom renovation.


1) The hidden trades


Bathroom renovations are often more complicated than they initially look and in turn can get quite expensive simply because of the vast array of trades required. There can be many things that you, or whoever you contract out the job to, don’t initially notice that can have a significant impact on the budget. For example, re-plastering and re-painting, as well as post renovation cleaning, are items commonly overlooked in a budget but that can significantly change the overall cost of a project.


2) Relocating bathrooms usually means additional expense


If you want to move a bathroom from an existing location to a completely new location it will usually mean additional trade expenses. Just to start, there will be additional trade costs for the plumber and electrician who have to do a heap more work channeling out plumbing and wiring to the new location. Getting an experienced bathroom designer on board is a good idea as they will have a range of quirky design solutions which may save you money and the hassle of a more extensive renovation.


3) Get a great tiler


I can’t emphasis how important a good tiler is. Good tilers not only are good at laying tiles, but are also good at problem solving and finding work arounds in spaces that are often not level or square. If a tiler says they can’t do what you want done, get another to quote, just in case.


4) Technical specifications and positioning of sanitary ware, tapware and electrical items


When the plumber and electrician come to do their first fit they will need to know the technical information and positioning of the products you have chosen, for example, whether your toilet is a p trap or s trap. Make sure you or your contractor has this information, including detailed drawings.


5) Practical finishes


A high use bathroom will take a lot of traffic and require frequent cleaning. Small mosaic tiles are good as a feature but if used on the floor will be difficult to clean. A wood veneer vanity may not last the distance in a kid’s bathroom as it is a natural product and will mark and wear over time.


6) Plan for dust and dirt


Renovating is dirty and dusty work. Cover all furnishings and pack away personal items before the demolition company is due to arrive. Also, make sure you talk to your contractor about protecting your floors.


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