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.

Mold The Insidious Toxin

Mold is a non-scientific term for many types of unwanted fungi found both indoors and outdoors.

Black mold is often invisible and can grow inside homes, schools, or the workplace undetected for years. Indoor mold growth requires moisture to grow and can damage the integrity of some building materials or structures, which could lead to expensive repair or replacement costs.

Molds can release toxins that can be irritating or harmful, especially for people who have pre-existing conditions. These toxins called mycotoxins, can affect the upper respiratory system giving you symptoms like those of a cold or flu. They are particularly harmful to someone with allergies or asthma. Healthy people are unlikely to be harmed through short-term exposure to mycotoxins, it generally takes time and consistent exposure to mold for symptoms to develop.

Indoor mold can be unsightly and smelly, it may appear as mildew on a shower curtain; yet some of the most dangerous types of mold are invisible. They are airborne and go undetected, thereby lengthening exposure time and causing the most harmful health problems associated with mold. Common symptoms of mold reactions in a healthy individual:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • nose stuffiness
  • itchy or red eyes
  • itchy skin

In people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD, asthma, and respiratory allergies, inhaling mold toxins may worsen existing symptoms, or cause other serious symptoms, such as:

  • headaches
  • feeling exhausted
  • frequent coughing, especially at night
  • sinusitis
  • allergic reactions
  • chest colds
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing

Most molds can be scrubbed off hard surfaces such as tiles using soapy water. The physical action of scrubbing is the most important factor, all the mold must be physically removed to prevent regrowth. Make sure you scrub up to 50cm from the edge of the visible mold as there may be new growth that is not yet visible to the naked eye.

When removing mold, make sure you wear personal protective equipment (rubber gloves, face mask and safety goggles) and that the room is well ventilated.

Prevent mold growth by:

  • Regularly cleaning any areas where mold is likely to grow, such as bathrooms, showers, and damp rooms.
  • Using a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, particularly in areas where damp is a problem.
  • Keeping all walls and surfaces dry.
  • Keeping rooms warm and well-ventilated during cold or wet weather.
  • Fitting and using exhaust fans in damp areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Checking pipes, gutters, and air conditioners regularly to avoid potential leaks and water damage.

If the mold has taken hold of your ceiling it will most likely be spreading across the other side of the ceiling into other rooms. If this is the case the ceiling needs to be replaced rather than cleaned. That’s the time when you call us at Renovate For You.