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Our top tips for a quality bathroom renovation
Plan the layout
Start your bathroom renovation by thinking about what doesn’t work well in your current bathroom, and your needs both now and in the future. Decide how many wet walls (walls containing plumbing pipes) you’ll have. A one wall layout, with the vanity, toilet and shower in a row, is the most cost effective but limits your design options. Two or three wall layouts give you design flexibility but will cost more.
Map out your bathroom making sure to include the windows, doors and power outlets. Experiment with different layouts to see how they maximise the usable space, allow room to move around and eliminate difficult to clean areas. Make sure there’s enough room to pass by when the door is open or someone is standing at the sink.
Set a budget
Start by deciding what’s a must-have and what’s on the wish list. It’s easy to burn through your budget by making extensive changes to your existing plumbing. However, if you design within your current bathroom space it’ll keep the plumbing and consent costs down. When renovating a wet area like a bathroom, we often find issues likewater damage or old pipes, so make sure to have a contingency fund.
Don’t run out of hot water
A bathroom renovation is the ideal time to consider replacing an older hot water system. If you regularly run out of hot water, or you’re adding a large bath or multi-head shower, you’ll need a hot water system that can cope.
"Thankfully James is easygoing and very patient especially considering my last minute changes to plans. He communicates well and I highly recommend him. My tenant loves her new bathroom. " - Kristy
Ventilation and heating
A good ventilation system removes steam and helps eliminate mould and mildew from the ceiling, window sills and walls. Keep your new bathroom warm and dry by installing thermostat controlled heating. Underfloor heating will warm tile floors in winter and gently heat the room. Most heated towel rails keep your towels toasty and also provide enough heat for a small to medium sized bathroom.
Bathrooms are busiest in the early morning and at night, so make sure to plan for really good lighting. Use overhead lights above the bath, shower and toilet for general light. You’ll need wall mounted lights at the vanity and either side of mirror for detailed tasks like shaving and putting on make up. If you enjoy soaking in the bath, consider a soft mood light to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Just like everywhere else in the house, a bathroom can never have too much storage! Allow enough space for towels, toilet paper, make up, toiletries, cleaning products and dirty laundry. Include a recessed niche in the shower for your shampoo, conditioner and shower gel – make sure it’s big enough to accommodate the heights of the bottles you use.