A bathroom that looks great and works well can add considerable value to your home and quality of life. Whether you’re creating a functional family bathroom or a relaxing retreat, apart from plumbing and electrical work carried out by qualified tradespeople, renovating a bathroom is within the scope of the average handyperson. This six-step guide will have you soaking up the daily rewards of your dream bathroom in no time.
1. Identify your needs
Decide on what you’d like to change about your existing bathroom and be clear about your immediate needs, while thinking about any possible lifestyle changes in the future. List your must-haves and “lust”-haves. You can even compile a scrapbook.
2. Plan your space
Measure everything: walls, windows, doors, spaces, ceiling heights, doorway widths, plumbing, storage spaces and toilets. Plot the outline of your bathroom on graph paper (a scale of 10cm to 1m works well) including all windows, doors and outlets. Cut out shapes representing things you’ll be adding to see how they fit, and play with different layouts.
3. Set your budget
Once you’ve worked out your plan, you need to decide on a budget. With full renovations, the trick is to select a theme to match your spend. Alternatively, you can go for a partial makeover by freshening up less expensive items.
4. Choose your look
Bunnings has a range of fully co-ordinated looks to help you decide on a style that best suits your home, aims and budget. Take note of all product details, including dimensions and installation requirements, so you can advise your installer.
5. Consult a professional
At certain stages during your project, you’ll need to call in professional help such as a licensed plumber, carpenter, electrician, tiler or flooring specialist. If you go to a building or renovation firm, they’ll have a team of contractors. Otherwise, you might find a multi-skilled contractor who can do the lot.
6. Select the finishing touches
It’s important to keep a keen eye on your project’s progress to ensure you’re happy with the quality of work. It’s also a good time to think about finishing touches you might add to create extra colour, texture and warmth.
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Originally from Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly magazine, Volume 22 Issue 1