Bathroom Renovation - Bathroom Redesign
Renovating the bathroom is a huge project and you have to get it right the first time because Bathroom Renovation, on a square-foot basis, is also the most expensive. So here are a few tips to make your renovation project easier and cheaper.
Avoiding unnecessary costs:
You may not like where the bath is, or wish the shower was in the other corner, and you naturally consider moving things around.
Now, take a deep breath and....... ignore any plans to move anything that has plumbing attached to it! unless the current layout is absolutely and completely un-livable. Why? because re-plumbing your bathroom is a very, very expensive option.
The second way to keep those renovation costs down is to 'KISS' (Keep It Simple, Stupid!). For example, you can buy new tiles and hire a tiller (expensive) to replace those 'old' tiles or choose a product to paint over the tiles to give them a fresh look.
Never cut back on preparation when it comes to renovations, yes it's the most most tedious and thankless part of the process, but a necessary evil.
Unless you are an exemplary cleaner, the bathroom will need a really good clean to remove the build-up of grime from soaps and other dirt from those hard-to-reach places. It is essential to get rid of this build-up from any surfaces which are going to be revamped.
Start by sugar soaping the walls and ceilings, bleaching any mould spots that have accumulated and sanding all surfaces that will be repainted. You should also consider covering any taps, pipes and cornices you don't want paint splashed over with easy-to-remove masking tape. Also remove any items to be replaced, such as cabinets, mirrors, etc.
Bathroom Renovation: Some things to think about:
For most family homes, mornings in the bathroom resemble a battleground -- with everyone trying to get done in there allotted time. Whether a couple or the whole family share the bathroom, a few functional tactics will help keep the peace!
matter how good looking you are
lights just don't give you a fighting chance.
Light fittings fixed at the
side of the mirror, illuminate your
entire face more evenly and prevent you from
leaving the house looking
forgot to do your makeup!
Storage: Vanity units with drawers provide more accessible storage
than those with doors where items are hard to
reach on deep shelves.
Mirrors: So many
wrongly think they need double sinks
when it's actually mirror space they're fighting
over. Go for separate
"his" and "her"
- Prepare: Pack
everything that is not needed into boxes before work
begins, that way your possessions won't get
broken or dirty.
- Move out? Ensure
you know exactly what bits of your bathroom
won't be working and when.
It may be easier to stay with friends, relatives or even in a hotel
rather than face 48hrs without the loo!
- Where did I put...
Keep your everyday
bathroom items within reach in another room.
- Safety: Remember that with most bathroom renovations health and safety issues apply. Be careful not to touch anything you do not fully understand or are qualified to deal with (i.e. electrical wiring) and ensure children and pets are kept out of the work area.
Well designed bathroom renovations provide a fast return on investment in the value it adds to your home. Few other home improvement projects equal bathroom renovations for dramatically increasing your equity.