Bartlett Builders
Jun 20 2015

How to Plan a Bathroom Renovation

Planning Brisbane Bathroom Renovations

A bathroom, aside from the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. So if yours is not working or looking tired, then it’s time for an upgrade! Bathroom renovations are a huge undertaking and it is essential that you plan it properly to ensure that you will end up with a bathroom you love for years to come.
Here’s you need to do first before you even begin your bathroom renovations.

Set Your Budget
The first thing that you need to do when planning a bathroom renovation is to set your budget, as your budget will dictate what you can and can’t do. Make sure you include everything – the cost of removing existing fittings, the cost of hiring tradespeople, and the cost of all of your new fittings and fixtures as well as other materials such as paint, tiles, and so on. It is worth your while to do some research here. Have a look at the rough costs for everything so that you can create an average figure to include in your budget. Don’t forget to also include a buffer for any emergencies.

Decide What Needs to be Done
Planning your bathroom renovation is all about figuring out what needs to be done. To this end, the first thing that you need to do is to stand in your current bathroom and have a look at what works and what doesn’t. In many cases, you’ll want to strip everything out and start from scratch, and that’s fine. However, you may also find that there are things that you want to keep. For example, your bath may still be in great condition, or there might be a tile feature that you love. Also, the more that you can keep in your existing bathroom, the cheaper the renovation will be.
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What Do You Want Out of the Bathroom?
Something else that you need to consider is what you want from your newly renovated bathroom. Do you want a bath for relaxing in or to bath the kids at night? Will his and hers sinks make it faster to get ready in the morning? How much storage space are you likely to need? More is usually better! Will the bathroom be for the whole family to use or is it going to be more of a retreat, where you can relax at the end of the day? What colours and materials do you want to use? Answering these questions will go a long way in how the finished bathroom will look, and give you a huge head start on your planning.
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Allow Enough Time for the Renovation
A bathroom renovation can be quite a complex process and thus it can take quite a lot of time to do. This is no problem if you have another bathroom in the house that you can use but if you don’t, you will have to ensure that you have access to another bathroom for the entire duration of the renovation. This could be using a friend or family member’s bathroom, or you may prefer to hire a portable bathroom for the duration (which will need to be included in your budget).