Read more about Bathrooms:
- Before you renovate
- The cost
- Bathroom lighting
- What materials to use
- Bathroom size
- Plumbing & Electrical
- Professionals vs DIY
Before you renovate
Renovating your bathroom can be expensive, but together with a
renovated kitchen can add substantially to your home's value.
A good bathroom contractor should be able to work with you to
create the design that will both fit your desires and needs
and that fits your budget. Buy a few recent magazines and see
what the latest trends are, and get an idea of what you would
like your bathroom to look like.
How much are you willing to spend? Always the first question to
ask yourself. Level with your contractor as to how much you are
willing to spend. This way he/she has a clear idea as to where
they can go with the project. They will have a good idea of the
limits when selecting materials and fittings.
Lighting is important in all rooms, those bathrooms in the
glossy magazines look so amazing, because the lighting has
been designed to compliment the bathroom's features. If this
means removing your ceiling and start from scratch, then
consider it, if it falls in your budget.
What materials to use
Long gone are the days of plain ceramic tiles, surface
coverings now come in an array of sizes, textures, colours.
All adding to a particular feel to your bathroom. Ensure
that all the elements in your bathroom work together, a
professional designer will be of assistance here. Go out to
a hardware supplier and feel the difference between the
materials like stone, granite, marble, glass, wood. Do you
want it on the floor or against the wall.
Never make your bathroom smaller, unless it is bigger than
your living room. A small bathroom will detract future
potential buyers and reduce the quality of living in your
Plumbing & Electrical
Always use a professional. To minimize expense, don't move
around the bath, toilet, basin in your bathroom. This means
a substantial amount of work.
Professionals vs DIY
Professional Renovator vs D.I.Y Many people are put-off by
the price involved in bathroom renovation. The simple answer
to this is that your bathroom project is usually labour
intensive. Old tiles, baths, basins, fittings etc has to be
removed, then the surfaces prepared. The tiler has to deal
with many corners and angles. New fittings are usually one
of the most expensive items on the list. Consider this
before embarking the DIY route.