The bathroom is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to accomplish the perfect renovation, at least without encountering at least one or two problems. Friends and family probably don’t renovate their bathroom regularly either, so you’ll probably find they’re not full of bathroom renovation tips! This room is sometimes inherently difficult without renovation stress, because like the kitchen, it incorporates the use of a water supply and electrical items. Mix these two elements in a confined space and add a few busy people rushing about their day to day lives and you would expect a disaster. It helps to be prepared if you want to avoid any disasters. When it comes to renovating the bathroom there are a few aspects that you need to consider before beginning.
Budget is the number one problem people come across when going through a renovation. It is usually because they haven’t given themselves enough leeway and have simply taken the quoted sum as the final cost. What is often forgotten is that many things can (and often do!) change between the beginning and completion of the project. It can be something as simple as encountering mould or mildew behind your old tiles and having to get rid of it, to your plumber accidentally dropping your shiny new ceramic loo down the stairs (it has happened, trust us!). Remember, when setting a budget for your renovation, you’d be better off with contingency costs factored in than having to borrow extra money that hasn't been factored in.
When renovating the bathroom, time can prove to be a tricky thing to manage. If your home has just the one toilet, and you’re planning on replacing it, you’ll want to plan the new one going in as soon as possible. One common mistake is hiring a plumber or fitter before having all of the items in your home, ready to be fitted. We recommend waiting until all items are present and checked until booking in a date with the plumber, this means if a rare delay does occur, you won’t be out of pocket for a days worth of labour.
Making sure you utilize the space in your bathroom of utmost importance, we can’t stress enough that you check all measurements are correct. We recommend making use of online room planners which should give you an accurate idea of spacing and layout.
Plumbers or DIY
This is a question that we get quite a lot at Victorian Plumbing. The truth is it often depends on how big the job is and what it entails, but, generally if you are going through a complete renovation you will need an experienced plumber. You may think that to DIY will save you money but in the long run, a properly fitted bathroom will far outlast a poorly constructed one. Make sure when hiring a plumber/fitter that you do your research and get recommendations. Family and friends are best for this as you can check out his/her previous work. Online recommendations are more popular than ever, with sites full of tradespeople with real reviews and ratings.
Style or Function
Getting behind every decision and purchase can be a little daunting. Trying to find the balance between style and function can be a little difficult at times. We recommend buying quality, simple-yet-stylish ceramics and fixtures which can be accessorised with different wall and floor decor. Remember the avocado suite that still looks great? No, we don't either. Quality white ceramics should feel relevant in years to come, and if you get a little fed up of your new bathroom, a quick toilet seat or tap change in a couple of years will make it feel brand new again.
Good luck with your project, let us know how your renovation goes. We love to see customer bathrooms! You can tweet them to us, @VictorianPlumb or send them in via Facebook.