Bathroom Renovation – A Guide to What’s Involved

Renovating a bathroom can be an exciting home improvement project. it is important that you get it right because expense wise it is second only to the kitchen. Bathrooms can be complicated so make sure that all the stages are followed.

Stages of a bathroom renovation:

1) Set a realistic budget: if you do not, you can easily overspend.

2) Design: At Renovate For You we work with our customers providing suggestions and advice, while respecting the customers ideas and how they use their space. In the design anything is possible but keep in mind that structural changes like moving walls, changing windows etc. or adding toilets, reconfiguring plumbing layouts, can add considerable costs.

This is when you decide on the type of fixtures & fittings you want:
• bath, inset or freestanding,
• vanity, size & type, drawers vs cupboards
• basins, surface or inset
• benchtop, laminate or stone
• taps, wall or bench mount, style and type
• lighting, fans, heaters etc.
• tiles, floor to ceiling or not. On average, floor to ceiling tiles add $3,000 to budget.

3) Get council approval if needed, this could include structural engineering reports if moving walls.

4) Order skip bin ready for demolition, book in trades, order fixtures & fittings.

5) Demolition day, generally a very noisy and messy, dust filled day:
• Isolation of all plumbing and electrical services, both are licensed trades.
• Demolition and disposal of the shower, toilet, vanity, bath, wall and floor tiling.
• If having floor to ceiling tiles, then the removal of all plaster and cornice

6) Repair walls where required from damage with the removal of walls tiles. Electrical and plumbing pre-works, including any modifications to drainage system for new layout in floor slab

7) Repair termite protection where the ground has been disturbed. Once the floor slab has been cut through then the termite barrier to your home has been broken. This step is often missed.

8) Build any plinths, hobs, and niches. Plumbing and electrical first fit.

9) Install screed coat on the floor with falls to all floor waste pipes. This is a crucial step to get right otherwise you could have all manner of problems in your finished bathroom. Must be dry before waterproofing.

10) Waterproof the bathroom floor and shower recess walls. The extent of the waterproofing is dependent on many factors. Requires 2 days drying time.

11) Install bath. The timing of this may alter depending on type of bath.

12) Install floor and wall tiles, it is a better-looking finish if all external angle joints are mitred. Install floor grates in shower and bathroom floor

13) Install new plaster cornice and patch ceiling as needed.

14) Install vanity, make a template for bench top. Can take up 2 weeks to be manufactured. Timing of this installation is dependent on site conditions.

15) Install bench top and basin.

16) Install taps & shower heads.

17) Installation of power points, lights, fans or heaters.

18) Silicone tile joints within shower as required, do not disturb for 24hrs

19) Install shower screens and or bath panels, do not disturb for 24hrs.

20) Install all other fittings such as cabinet handles, towel rails, mirror, or shaving cabinet.

A smaller bathroom does not necessarily mean cheaper, as you still have all the same fixtures & fittings to replace. The bathroom of your dreams may have a significant cost, but you can still have an amazing bathroom on a reduced budget.

At Renovate For You we work to all the relevant Australian Standards and good practices, install quality products, used licensed trades, provide compliance certificates and warranties. We understand a bathroom renovation is a large investment, and this is why we deliver you the bathroom of your dreams, completed on time and on budget, that will last another 30 years. For more information contact either Mandy or Martin.

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