The basics of bathroom renovation

The basics of bathroom renovation
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Want to splash out on the dream bathroom you’ve always wanted but don’t know where to start? Read on, because we’ve got everything you need to know about bathroom renovations covered.

Bathroom Renovations

Is your bathroom too small and cramped for comfort? Perhaps your once-stylish space now looks outdated and is a nightmare to clean? Or maybe it’s time for a change? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it sounds like it’s time to renovate or install a new bathroom in your home. So where do you go from here?

Before you jump straight into your bathroom renovation with gusto, it’s important to remember that while you may become a little flustered and stressed along the way, your bathroom makeover project is supposed to be an exciting time for you and your family. If you do your homework and take the time to find the perfect bathroom designer and builder for the job, your renovation will be a breeze and you’ll be enjoying a long, blissful bath in your indoor oasis before you know it.

Getting started:
There’s so much to think about once you’ve made the decision to renovate your bathroom. From builders to budgets, fittings to finishes, the list is endless. Here, we take a look at a few bathroom renovation essentials to help you get started.

Old vs new:
One of the first, and most important, things you should do once you’ve decided to renovate is think about what you want in your new bathroom and how you will use it. Does your bathroom need to be more family-friendly or is an extra splash of style all that’s required? Is it destined to be a high traffic area or does it only need to be good for two? What bathroom products are on your wish list? These are all important considerations that will affect the design of your new bathroom.

Weighing up the pros and cons of your existing bathroom is also important as it will give your designer an idea of how your new bathroom can be laid out to better suit your needs, lifestyle and tastes.

Be inspired:
Henri Van Roden from All Bathroom Gear has this advice for those at the start of their bathroom renovation experience: “Visit showrooms, purchase magazines such as Kitchens & Bathroom Quarterly and search the internet to get an idea of different styles and products that are available. This way, when you choose a designer you can let them know exactly what you have in mind for your new bathroom.”

Money, money, money:
From fittings and fixtures to labour and design costs, there are so many variables that will affect the final cost of your dream bathroom, including:

Trust the experts:

Working with bathroom professionals will take the worries out of your renovation experience. Here, we talk to the experts to find out why.

As John Spiteri from Brindabella Bathrooms explains:

Elizabeth Luke, from Luke Interiors, adds this:

 

Top trends:
Now that the business end of your bathroom renovation is out of the way, it’s time to have some fun and choose everything from tiles to taps. Here, we take a look at some of the latest trends in bathroom products and design that will add a splash of style to your new bathroom and make it oh-so-easy to use.

Bathroom design:
Sleek, slimline and stylish, minimalist bathrooms are more popular now than ever before. Why? As John Perini from Perini Bathrooms explains, the minimalist look is a top trend as bathrooms in this style are visually stunning, feature clean lines and a crisp colour palette and cut out clutter.

Here are a few features that would look right at home in a minimalist-style bathroom:

Terrific tiles:
Want to know what’s hot in tile design? Read on, because we’ve got tips on the latest tile trends from the experts.

According to Anthony Scalise, the managing director of Hynes Tiles, tiles are the being used more and more to create visual harmony and enhance a room’s spaciousness. This is achieved by using floor tiles on walls and tiling directly into shower bases rather than using a poly base. “Mosaics are great for highlighting niches, bath hobs and around mirrors,” he adds.

“Textured surfaces with lightly embossed patterning are also on the increase, permitting the sense of touch to be introduced to the tile experience,” says Peter Maniscalco, the managing director of Artistic Stone.

While neutral tones and soothing blues and greens are as popular as ever, Tina Workman, an interior designer from Gasparre Tiles, says that metallics are starting to be seen in the bathroom. “Gold, silver and bronze highlights are becoming popular as people start to treat their bathrooms more like an extension of their living space,” she says. “These colours look great with the current trends of chandeliers and decorative mirrors that have found their way into bathing spaces.”

Dressed to impress:
As the director of Sydney’s leading supplier of designer bathroom products and accessories, Ross Cass is certainly in the know about the latest trends in all things bathroom-related.

Here are his top picks:

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