Taking on a renovation is a massive project and it is incredibly easy to get caught up in the idea of creating a dream bathroom. From simply changing the sink and the bathtub to changing the layout of the bathroom, the flooring, and even the lighting, bathroom renovations in Adelaide can quickly spiral out of control and far out of your budget’s reach, if not planned correctly.
Because of this, it is incredibly important for you to remember some of the dos and don’ts about renovating bathrooms. If you can remember these tips, you can rest assured knowing that your bathroom renovation will go smoothly and you won’t have to worry about anything going wrong. Before you know it, your bathroom will be everything you wanted it to be and you will still have money to spare by the time it’s over.
- Do Remember to Hire Bathroom Renovation Experts
Many people think that the plumber should be the one to manage a bathroom renovation project. After all, the bathroom has a number of pipes and connections to water. While this is true, and while the plumber does play a large role in making sure the renovation succeeds, you will want to hire an experienced bathroom renovation specialist as the one to manage your bathroom renovation. These specialists have experienced knowledge in construction, demolition, and everything in between. They know the best order to get the project done to minimise problems and to maximise production.
- Don’t Import Materials
One thing to keep in mind is that some plumbers (and potentially electricians) may not be able to legally install parts of your bathroom that are not up to Australian standards. When you purchase imported goods for your bathroom, even if those goods meet their own country’s standards, they may not meet the Australian standards. Unless you know for a fact that an imported part for your bathroom complies with the Australian standards, you will always want to purchase your materials from specialist bathroom stores that do comply.
- Do Remember to DIY Where Possible
If you are tight on your budget, you are going to want to save as much of the money as you can for the most expensive and technically difficult portions of the project that you won’t be able to handle yourself. You will want to think about what you can DIY to create your perfect bathroom and what you will ultimately need a professional to handle. Being able to do a lot of the small work yourself will save you a considerable amount of money, allowing you to afford the best to handle the heavy work.
- Don’t Ignore Old Pipes
Some people may think that when a plumber tries to tell you to upgrade pipes that are half a century old, he or she is just trying to get every last penny out of you. However, pipes that are particularly old pose a threat to your dream bathroom. Older pipes will have a lot more sediment build-up in them, which will reduce the overall water pressure from those pipes. If your plumber is recommending that you replace those old pipes for a better bathroom experience, you may want to consider doing it so that you can get the most out of your bathroom renovation.
- Do Try to Keep the Same Layout
While it may be tempting to completely overhaul your bathroom into something brand new, you shouldn’t do this unless you absolutely cannot stand where things in your current bathroom are. By keeping the same layout, you can reduce the amount of work your plumber needs to do to install new parts. When the plumber doesn’t need to do as much work as before, then you won’t have to worry as much about the budget and you can focus on other areas that are more important to you. Pipes that are left alone can easily save you enough money to replace the flooring, some décor for the room, and so on.
- Don’t Overspend
This should seem obvious, but when it comes to renovations, especially someone’s first renovation, it is very easy to get caught up in wanting to upgrade every single aspect of the bathroom. While this can certainly increase the value of the bathroom if you plan on selling the house, it will cost a lot of money to get the job done and it can leave your wallet hurting. You should plan your budget for your bathroom well in advance to decide what you want so that this doesn’t happen.
- Do Ask Questions
If you are planning to do anything fancy to your bathroom, such as having a recessed cistern, you will want to talk to your bathroom renovation specialist about any and all of the pros and cons of doing so. This will help you get a good grasp of what you want, how much it will cost to do, and how much extra time it may take. When you stay informed about what you are working with, you won’t have to worry about making a mistake and costing yourself hundreds or thousands.
- Don’t Forget Measurements
One of the worst things that could happen is finishing up a complete renovation only to find out that nothing is the height that you want it to be. Whether the seats are too low or the shower is too high, you will need to end up paying for changes to be made, which can be expensive. By taking the time to measure out exactly how you want things done, you can save everyone time and money.
Bathroom renovations are a massive undertaking and you will need to be prepared to handle everything as best as you can. This includes being informed on what you should and shouldn’t be doing when it comes to the different aspects of bathroom renovation. Keep these tips in mind and start creating your dream bathroom today!