Bathroom Renvations Plans
A new bathroom is a sure way of adding value to your house. Be it a small bathroom renovation or a big bathroom renovation an updated vanity here and a change of tiles there will bring life into your once dull bathroom.
There are several things to focus on when you are planning your bathroom renovation. Ask yourself these 4 questions:
- Where do I start? You need to research about the renovation. Find out what it entails, what you will need for the job, which company you will use. Today there is a lot of information online. You can get your design inspiration from there.
- What is my budget? Remember that different fixtures and fittings have different prices. Do you want to go cheap, medium range or high end? In addition, think about everything that you would like to update, replace and/or add in your bathroom and use these estimates to get an idea of how much your renovation project may cost you.
- What does the whole renovation process entail? A bathroom renovation may require you to plan ahead because you may have to move out of your house for a while as the renovation is going on or change some day to day routines so as to accommodate the workers.
- What are the requirements of the renovation? For example do I need a building license? What issues do I need to look at before the renovation begins?
BATHROOM RENOVATION PLANNING STAGES
1. PLANNING & DESIGNING
I feel the most important tip I can offer any client is to plan, do more planning and go over your plan a third time. You need to make sure everything is going to work and there are no conflicts with fixtures. If time is of the essence and you don’t want delays, then get all fixtures and fittings at the job site. Be sure to check the fixtures and that they are perfect and there’s no concealed damage. Also make sure the fittings are at the site on time before the project begins. I remember going to renovate a job and the client said that they would buy the required materials. Problem is they did not have time to go buy the materials and so they ended up delaying the whole project and wasteing time for the workers. Always make sure that you are organized otherwise a 2 week job may extend to a month.
2. PRE- CONSTRUCTION
In the pre-construction stage you need to find out which renovation company you will hire and the timeline that the whole project will take. Keep in mind that you need to ensure that if you are sourcing for materials they are readily available because you want to avoid starting the renovation then stop as the project is going on because a certain materials are not on site.
In addition ask yourself these questions when looking for contractors and materials:
- Who will I need for each job?
- Where can I find the contractors and the materials?
- How long will this job take?
- Who does what and when?
3. THE RENOVATION
When you get to the actual renovation part, know which areas to start with. Know if you need to paint before or after fixtures. In certain instances when I am doing a renovation I decide to paint the walls and ceiling first before I do the finished floor. It all depends on the job. The last thing you want is to spill paint on a finished floor- and, believe me, accidents can and do happen.
The main work in a bathroom renovation includes:
- Installing toilet, vanity, shower, taps and mixers
- Plumbing and electrical
After the bathroom renovation is completed you want to make sure the job has been done properly. I have seen cases of bathroom renovations which went awry after the workers had left. You need to make sure that there will be no leaking and plumbing problems.
OTHER ISSUES TO LOOK AT BEFORE PLANNING A BATHROOM RENOVATION
Before starting a bathroom renovation project, always look for signs of mold. These include black spots on walls just above baseboards or near the ceiling or patches of dry wall that appear wet even when the bathroom hasn’t been used in several hours. If the original contractor for your home didn’t properly install the plumbing then you have a problem.
Indicators of poor plumbing behind the walls may include a knocking sound whenever the shower runs, most likely caused by improperly secured pipes rattling as water passes through them. Also look for faucets or spouts that leak even when the water is turned off or taps that deliver inconsistent water pressure. You may need to run entirely new plumbing. Bad plumbing can be your worst nightmare!
Lastly, you can also decide to DIY and make changes to your bathroom by yourself. Replacing a vanity cabinet and sink/faucet can make a radical transformation in your bathroom, even if no other features are changed. Today’s vanities may come with granite or synthetic stone (quartz) countertops and integrated sinks, and they can be surprisingly very affordable. Many styles are available in showrooms both in contemporary and classic traditional styles and colors.