The bathroom may be a small place but it is a complex place to renovate. Several skilled tradespeople must co-ordinate efficiently to accomplish the job, oversights and mistakes can be pricey. Thus you should have a correct plan so as to keep your budget in check.
First determine the room’s dimensions and the positions of the doors, skylights and windows. These will have an impact on your new floor plan and the positioning, size and shape of fixtures and fittings. If you are altering the layout, adding doorways, skylights and windows make your budget flexible by allowing for extra cost, time and tradespeople.
Ask yourself these questions before getting to work;
- Will your bathroom be an en suite? Or will you make it be a self-contained space?
- Will be reconstructing the space? For instance, altering the ceiling or the ceiling or removing or adding internal walls, installing a sunken spa or bath or fixing fixture into the wall, floor or ceiling cavities? If this is the case, be aware that it means more labor, ticker finishes and will generally mean more time, costs and people.
- Will you need laundry facilities? If you require laundry facilities, you may need additional power and plumbing channels.
Then assess the materials that were utilized in the existing bathroom including; wood, concrete, tiles or plasterboard.
Determine how much cavity space there is in the walls, under the floor area and the ceiling so as to know what you are working with. This affects the type of configuration and the positioning of pipes, fittings and wires. It is impossible to simply add cavity space to solid brick walls, for this you need a lot of work. However this is easier if your walls are plastered.
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You finally reach the plumbing part, it will definitely cost you more if you need to move your bathroom basics. This requires a qualified plumber and they are paid on hourly rates. So do you need to shift the toilet or wash basin or do you prefer making do with a revamped version of what you already own?
Assess whether the fixtures, finishes and fittings that are in your existing bathroom can be incorporated in to your new design. These fixture could include; floor or wall tiles, screen, mirrors and toilet suites. Refitting or resurfacing the existing fittings and fixtures can help minimize costs meaning your dream of affording a fancy shower head has finally come true.
When renovating a bathroom, moving out may be an option for some time if you do not have another bathroom. For the gung-ho renovators, a port-a-loo and shower at the gym or in the office could work but for the rest of us moving in with friends or family for a few weeks is not debatable. You will need to include in your budget when planning your renovation and be cautious of any unexpected costs such as Laundromat and take away food costs.
Numerous shower systems are now available in the market. So do some research before buying. Several options include, showers on rail, fixed showers, hand showers or overhead rain showers. Do not forget to block all doorways to adjacent room with plastic. This prevents dust from sneaking to the other areas.