Posted by 4 Pumps on December 15, 2016
It's been said more than once that the heart of a modern house renovation is the bathroom. Just about everyone loves a long, hot winter bath; a bathroom remodelling is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home; and it's the perfect opportunity to make that space burst with your style, add the features you've only dreamed of, and make your house more functional, modern, energy efficient and beautiful than ever before.
But as those who have done a complete bathroom renovation know all too well, it's not the work of a moment. And it not only takes time, it costs a significant amount of money and there are so many hidden avenues and dark allies that you are sure to find at just the wrong moment throughout the planning and execution stages.
In fact, when people start to think about their bathroom renovations ideas, the thing they often focus on is how it will look in the end. But that long, winter bath in a modern, beautiful bathroom that just bursts with your personal style is actually just the prize at the end of a long process.
Before you get there, you need to think about:
So to help you along that long and winding road to the perfect bathroom, we are proud to present you with this absolutely comprehensive guide to bathroom remodelling - with plenty of insights, ideas, tips and tricks along the way.
Bathroom Overhaul: What To Expect
First, it's important to acknowledge that 'renovation' really is a catch-all phrase that isn't overly helpful when it comes to planning your new bathroom. In fact, there are several separate stages to consider as entities of their own.
Your Old Bathroom
The first hurdle is putting your old bathroom into the annals of history - finally! Walls may need to be torn down, pipes may need to be removed and replaced, and tradesman may be required for the ripping off of tired old tiles and the installation of fresh, new ones.
When you're seeking your bathroom remodelling contractors or bathroom renovation company, focus on experience, qualifications and recommendations rather than price alone.
But even before we start ripping at those tired old walls, a meticulous plan is necessary. That's because even a 20-year-old bathroom could have even the most experienced and skilful tradesman struggling with those old tiles. The simple task of 'Removing those tiles' could hit a screeching halt in the form of glue that just won't come unstuck.
And that's not all you need to know about tiles. For example, while you may be an expert at putting tiles down on your terrace, the tiling in your bathroom is done vastly differently - and the tiles themselves are bathroom-specific. So don't get caught out after you've been through the checkout!
As for laying those tiles down, you'll need a clean and dry surface, but you'll also need to know the difference between floor and wall tiles. They key, of course, is homework and research.
When it comes to that all-important plumbing, it really is crucial that it is done expertly well.
It goes without saying that, without the right skills - normally guaranteed by years of experience in bathroom renovations Brisbane clients and beyond really love - your bathroom could come almost literally apart at the seams due to poor plumbing. Things you might easily forget about, like checking for leaks and correct water pressure, can become an awfully big problem once the rest of the renovation is done on top.
Plan For Mistakes
Because small bathroom renovations Perth clients sink their teeth into every day hide a world of complexity, you need to be ready for something to go wrong. Like an Ironman Triathlon, it's impossible to get from the starter's gun to the finish line with everything running like clockwork. So if it's possible for you to remain in your home throughout the remodelling process, so you can always keep an eye on what's going on and leap on those little glitches as they arise, you'll stay in control, prevent issues from spiralling out of control, and keep a lid on the complete bathroom renovations cost.
When you're doing some initial research and ringing around, ask if contractors will give you a free bathroom renovation quote. Including using an under sink wastewater lifting station if there isn't enough fall in the pipes. If you're surfing the web, are there websites and services that offer a bathroom renovation cost estimator?
But that doesn't mean you should interfere. Take the philosophy that if you pick them well, tradies are great at what they do.
How to make a bathroom renovation plan ... that works!
When you sit down to draw up that bathroom remodelling plan, two main headings will be helpful:
You may be tempted to add a third heading - time - but it's actually better to plan for the renovation to take as long as it takes in order to meet all of your objectives whilst staying on budget. Long renovations may be inconvenient and frustrating, but a finished product you are proud of, that really works, and that ticks every box you set out to tick is worth waiting for.
It sounds simple, but you need to clearly define the space you have available to work within. On the outside borders are your doors and windows, so you need to think about how they function, open and close, as this could significantly impact how the rest of the space is used for your design.
Your bathroom's plans for plumbing and electrics will also have an impact on how the space is used, as all of those bathtabs, cabinets and other fittings will work around them and need to use the space comfortably and functionally.
And there's another reason why 'space' is the first heading on your plan: because it helps you to be realistic about those choice of fittings. What you choose needs to work within the space, because trying to adapt a space for your dream (but much too enormous bathtub, for example) is a very bad idea!
Of course, there's nothing stopping you moving those fixtures around your bathroom - you might want the shower on the other side or the bathroom oriented differently, for example. But also bear in mind that doing so will almost certainly mean significant plumbing changes as well, so factor in the time, cost and labour of doing so. If this is what you want to do, however, it's the initial stage of planning in which you'll want to make these kinds of major decisions.
How long is a piece of string? A similar question is 'How much does a bathroom renovation cost?'
The sky is always a lovely limit, but in the real world, you will be looking at about $13,000 to about double that amount for your bathroom renovation.
On the upper end of that scale, you'll be looking at roughly:
But this is just a rough guide: the depth of your pockets and the scale of your renovation will be the actual determining factors. Bathroom renovations Melbourne householders take on could be done on the cheap, but if you're starting from scratch, bear in mind that all of the above bullet-points will need to be addressed.
However, as the annoying ads always say: 'Wait, there's more!'
The word bathroom itself is simple, but a top-to-bottom bathroom remodelling is anything but. It's not just the tiles and pluming you need to think about, but:
But for everything on that bathroom renovation checklist and more, make sure your overall bathroom renovation 'big picture' is always at the front of your mind. Because 'beautiful' isn't something you buy off the shelf: it's the product of many parts that are meticulously and lovingly planned and put together, culminating in bathroom renovations Sunshine Coast dwellers will enjoy for years.
Bathroom Renovation Design Ideas
Until now, this Big Guide to bathroom remodelling has been mainly the nitty-gritty of getting those fundamentals right. But a renovation is something you can really sink your teeth into in terms of letting your creative juices flow.
As we teased earlier: imagine what you could achieve if the sky was the limit when it came to your bathroom renovation DIY budget. But there are two things that are not limited by the depth of your pockets:
If your space is limited, that will have a big impact on your design - but it doesn't have to fetter your imagination. It may simply be necessary to proportionally scale down the fixtures and features you are dreaming of - because there's no point having all of those fixtures meeting your wildest dreams if you can barely turn around in your new bathroom.
So if you have limited space, let's take a moment to explore some of the best ways to achieve your bathroom renovation dreams anyway. Because people who remodel small bathroom spaces don't really need to skimp in any area:
If you are lucky enough to have a bathroom with lots of natural light, for example thanks to a big window opening, then there are lots of things you can do to make the most of it. Similarly, while you're in the design phase of your bathroom makeovers, is it possible to think about adding a skylight? It will not only brighten and broaden that space, it makes use of that free and sustainable source of power - the sun.
If Your Bathroom Space Has Lots Of Natural Light:
If Your Bathroom Space Is Natural Light-Limited:
Whether you have a lot of natural light to play with or you're forced to focus more within a closed environment, the most important thing is that all the elements of your brilliant new bathroom all work together as a unit.
How To Create The Perfect Bathroom Layout
Of course, the ultimate aim of your bathroom renovation is a perfect, beautiful and colour-bursting finished product. But don't lose sight on what the bathroom actually exists for - its function. As we said earlier, there's actually no point having all your dream fittings and accessories in place if you can't even stretch out your arms to comfortably wrap a towel around yourself.
The great thing about a bathroom renovation from scratch, however, is that you have the opportunity to tailor your space. For instance, if you're going to tear out every last tile and every last fitting, you might as well tear down a wall as well!
So if you are prepared and are able to tear out every last tile and even a wall, the various components of your dream bathroom can be tweaked and tailored so that your layout achieves even the goals you never thought were imaginable.
As we said earlier, the bathtub and/or the shower are undoubtedly the biggest elements of your bathroom. So the placement and orientation of these components can really make a big difference, setting a nice bathroom apart from those award winning bathrooms!
Placing your tub at the very end of the room, particularly if your bathroom shape is elongated, will have the effect of merely changing the shape of the space. For more square-shaped spaces, placement along the left or right wall is the wisest choice.
Another thing to consider is forgoing the bath altogether - particularly if you have limited space. You must, of course, have a shower, but even this shouldn't take up more than a third of the overall floor space of your bathroom.
For a limited space, the toilet is a great opportunity to do a bit of a hiding trick. Unlike a majestic bathtub or a super-modern basin, a toilet is of course functional but it's rarely a bathroom centrepiece. So this could be an opportunity to tuck the toilet behind a door, where it's barely noticed. Or squeezing that toilet between the vanity and the bathtub is another option, although it's important not to create a cluttered look. You can also use a water tank and pump with a water switch to use rainwater to flush the toilets to save water.
By vanity, we're talking about the sink, cupboard and mirror. Often, it's one of the very first things you spot when you walk into an unfamiliar bathroom, so a central and symmetrical location is ideal. Because it is so conspicuously, it's also worth prioritising the vanity in your budget: because if you cut a cash corner with a centrepiece, you can cheapen the entire look of your dream bathroom.
Match the size of your vanity to your bathroom mirror.
On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to have a big bathroom space to play with, you can consider two separate sinks. It can add luxury but also greatly increased functionality to a household - particularly a growing one!
5. Towel Hangers
Sometimes, it's the minor details that make a major difference - and not just for purely aesthetic reasons. A bathroom renovation is the perfect chance to rid yourself of all the frustrations of your old layout - like having to walk 5 steps across the room from the shower or the bath to grab a towel from the rack. When it comes to that bathroom renovation before and after, you really want to ensure the 'after' is much more convenient than the 'before'!
In all of these ways, it is easy to see how important a thoughtful and well devised layout is to the overall functionality and look of your renovated bathroom project.
How To Choose The Perfect Bathroom Tiles
Although the bathtub or shower remodel are arguably the centrepiece of any bathroom renovation, it's impossible to overstate the importance of the tiles. Like the solid foundation of a building, the tiles are the very basis of the entire overall concept of your dream bathroom, so taking the time to get it right is much more than time worth spent.
First, you'll need to consider the different types of tiles:
But there are more luxurious options on the market.
Once you've made your selection when it comes to the type, you're ready to start thinking about the colours of your tiles and how exactly to use them for your bathroom renovation.
Here Are The Things To Consider - And Some Key Tips:
As discussed earlier in this guide, the emphasis you place on the lightness or darkness of your tiles for your bathroom renovations Canberra DIY'ers revel in can depend not only on personal preference, but also the availability of space and natural light.
For those bathroom remodel ideas, consider spending a weekend afternoon attending some open inspections or display homes. Or check online for a bathroom remodel photo gallery or two, because one or two bathroom remodel pictures are worth a thousand words!
2. Tiles ... Everywhere!
Some people are tempted to use the same tiles for both the floor and the walls, but we'd strongly advise against it. Break up your interior design with clever and subtle tile differences. In fact, we'd even recommend you not tiling the entire bathroom - consider simply leaving those walls 'naked'.
If you do want to use the same tiles for the floor and the walls, consider incorporating your floor tile pick into a single, central strip on the wall.
3. Be Creative
Tiling the whole bathroom from top to toe is amazingly common, but remarkably uncreative. So instead of tiling the walls completely, just tile up to a certain height and simply paint the rest. You can also use different designs for the floor, wall and shower stall.
4. Be Prepared
At all costs, avoid heading to the tiling shop without having a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve, and how you plan to go about it. You don't have to have a tiling plan that is 100% clear, but staring at hundreds of different options without having even decided which parts of the bathroom will be tiled just leaves you susceptible to becoming overwhelmed and making a fundamental mistake.
Remember, those tiles will be the basis of the rest of the bathroom, but don't get caught out with the perfect tile selections only to realise later that they badly clash with your all-important fixtures and accessories.
The Big Guide: Congrats, you've reached the end!
We hope we've managed to convince you just how important bathroom remodelling really is. It's a hub of the house, a luxurious haven, an all-important functional room and also a long-term financial investment, so grasping it with both hands and getting that overhaul right from the outset is something bathroom renovators can't afford to fudge.
So steel yourself for the process, dot those i's, cross those t's and get those creative juices flowing, because you're now ready to tackle that bathroom renovation with pride, style and vigour! And when you're done, pour yourself a glass of champagne for that maiden hot bath, knowing your dream bathroom was really worth the effort.