When renovating your bathroom, there are some fundamental considerations which are key to creating an amazing bathroom, no matter what the size, or style you choose.
The best place to start is to make a list and ensure you have everything organised before you start any demolition - nobody wants to be without a bathroom for any longer than necessary!
Considerations for your reno "To Do List"...
Understand your bathroom’s function; family high use, relaxed sanctuary (yeah, we all wish), sexy ensuite, impress the guests powder room. This will affect style, budget & fittings.
Look at lots of gorgeous pictures on-line and in magazines and get an idea of what you would like, the look, colours, finishes, fittings etc. Create a moodboard - more about that later!
Set the budget, always set it 20% higher than what you want to spend. This allows for unseen work or a last minute upgrade and it just might keep you spending less.
Have a wish list; a big gorgeous freestanding bath, no bath but a huge black framed shower or a shower-over-bath option to serve two purposes. Perhaps a double basin vanity or even a bidet. Then understand what you actually CAN DO, which will be equally economical, simple and functional. (A concept from a Bathroom designer might help you get a combination of both, sharing the tricks on how to more “Bang for your Buck”). List what you need & want, do it online first to save time.
Now it’s time to put all your ideas together with your chosen fittings inside those four walls. Be brave and be daring... show your individual style and flare. Try to best utilise your space - but don’t overcrowd it. Ensure you have enough clearance for doors, draws and toilets. Make sure towel rails can be easily reached when you are wet. Always be aware of proportions. See the Article; Design Like a Professional- Bathrooms, for more in-depth help.
6. SCOPE OF WORKS
Create a detailed list of all the work that needs to be done from demolition to the final clean. Assign a time frame to each activity and who will be responsible for it. You’ll then have a usable day-to-day schedule of what will be happening in your renovation. Set a date for it to start and check that it works with the sub-trades you might need and the delivery of any product.
Determine what tradesmen you need, the following trades are pretty much essential to a great bathroom renovation.
- Cabinet Maker (if having custom cabinetry)
- Builder #
- Plumber **#
- Electrician **#
- Waterproofer **#(often the tiler)
- Underfloor heating # (if not by electrician)
- Glass Installer #(if custom made shower)
** required to install product for associated warranty
# required to produce documentation for a council Building Consent.
8. GET STARTED!
NOTE: If you are doing your renovation with council consent then allow extra dollars & time for a draftsman & council fees. It is recommended to have the consent in your hands before scheduling your project. (The council approval timeframe for processing can inevitably take longer then originally specified!)