If, like me, you’re busy renovating or updating your home it can be difficult knowing where to begin with a project. Today, I’m going to look at a room in the home that can be expensive to renovate, but one we can’t do without: The bathroom.
When renovating a bathroom, it’s easy to go over budget and not get the finish you’d like. If you want to stick to a budget and get that dream bathroom, it’s important to plan properly.
Here’s a few things to consider when renovating your bathroom.
What is your budget?
Before you start picking out the tiles and the new suite, you’ll need to decide how much money you want to spend. Don’t forget, your budget will need to include materials and labour. If you’re planning to renovate the bathroom yourself, you’ll still need to budget for tools and perhaps a little contingency money in case of unforeseen problems.
Now you can start thinking about your bathroom fixtures. Ask yourself a few questions. How much room do you have? Can you fit in a bath and separate shower, or will you be better fitting your shower over the bath? What type of shower will work best? For example, if you’re prone to low water pressure, a power shower may be an advantage. But remember, you’ll need to include the power shower installation cost in your budget, as it may require the work of an electrician as well as a plumber.
You’ll also need to consider what type of sink will work for you. You could go for a traditional sink on a pedestal, or you could incorporate a vanity unit and make the most of the extra storage it provides.
Don’t forget the toilet. There are a few things worth considering here too. A smaller cistern size and dual flush is useful if you’re on a water meter. However, if achieving a luxury bathroom style is your main goal, then a toilet with a hidden cistern may be worth investing in.
Finally, you’ll almost certainly want to include some form of tiling in your bathroom renovation costs. When planning the tiling, there are a few important things to think about. The area you’re covering and the type of tile you opt for will be the biggest cost factors. But also think about time. If you choose small tiles, or an intricate tiling pattern, then the job may take longer to finish. This will also affect your budget.
Hopefully, these bathroom planning tips will help you get started with your renovation.