Bathroom renovations or remodels should be a fun and enjoyable experience. At times, though, the experience can be anything but that, and do-it-yourself renovators tend to find themselves in a world of remorse as the effort and expense proves to be greater than anticipated.
Our team have taken into account every important aspect of the renovation or remodelling process to develop an article that tackles some of the most common omissions and frequently asked questions reducing anxiety caused by the unknown.
These bathroom remodelling and restoration guidelines will assist you in establishing a budget and creating a consistent look and feel throughout your home.
1. BE AWARE OF YOUR FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS
You should think about your budget and any financial constraints before starting your bathroom renovation. In most circumstances, the typical cost of remodelling a medium-sized bathroom is around $15,000. The average price of a smaller bathroom might range between $5,000 and $8,000.
Whether you make the choice to undergo a bathroom makeover or undertake a complete rebuild will have a major impact on your budget.
2. TO START FROM SCRATCH? OR A UNDERTAKE SIMPLE MAKEOVER?
Depending on your budget, you can decide which is going to be the best course of action to take. Having a clear end goal is key to ensuring you allocate your budget correctly. Questions such as; Is this your forever home and are looking to place your own stamp on it with sufficient budget to support your inspiration? Or are you simply tired of looking at dated fittings, but have a workable layout and structure? Are you looking to add value to an older home that you intend on selling to make a profit?
Yes, a new bathroom can add a significant resell value to your home (as much as 10% to the sale price), but we always suggest you take the approach 'don't fix what ain't broke'.
A solid foundation and well thought out floor plan is half the battle. Updating existing fixtures may be all that is needed to achieve a more modern look. A simple swap of dated tapware, vanities, and accessories, can change the entire aesthetic of the space for a fraction of the price.
3. TO INSTALL A BATH OR WILL A SHOWER SUFFICE?
Reconfiguring an entire bathroom is a significant undertaking. What features to add? And what to remove? We always suggest you consider what space will permit. Do not suffocate small areas with large fixtures such as freestanding bathtubs just to tick a box. Consider your personal preference, if you are someone who likes showers and anticipates that their bath will be unused, it would be better to opt for functional shower to free up space. If you are someone who can't wait for a long soak in the tub after a long day and you have the space, a freestanding bathtub can add a sense of luxury to a large open bathroom.
Whichever way you decide to go, a shower, bath, or both the primary concern should always be space and functionality.
4. TIMELESS STYLE
It is important to choose a bathroom style that is consistent with your home, and that will fit with your homes interior style.
Being 'on-trend may seem appealing at first. However, It is important to note that trends can change over time, so you do not want to have a bathroom that no longer reflects your tastes.
We suggest you make style decisions that ensure you have constant styling throughout your home.
Look at the home as a whole (just as a buyer would who is purchasing your home). If you are renovating the entire house, and applying a new aesthetic throughout, then ensure the style integrates into your bathroom. If you are tackling the bathroom as a stand-alone project, select fitting colours that align and compliment your existing style to give a lift, rather than a detached style from the rest of your home.
5. CONSISTENCY IS KEY TO SEAMLESS AESTHETICS
When renovating a bathroom, consistency in colour should be one of the primary aesthetic concerns. Traditional white is a good choice for sinks, showers, and bath fittings. You can, however, be more experimental with the colours of your fixtures and fittings as long as they remain consistent throughout your household.
Traditional colours like white, chrome, and matte black, brushed nickel and gunmetal are all within a neutral colour palette and can be adapted when trends change.
Colours such as brushed brass, brushed gold, brushed copper, and primary colours most definitely add personality to a space, but can leave a time stamp on your property. Considering the investment size of a bathroom remodel we suggest also select neutral fittings and reserve colour for easily and inexpensively interchangeable decor.
6. MORE STORAGE, LESS CLUTTER
In a newly renovated bathroom, storage is an important consideration, you don't want it to lack all the necessary storage space to accomodate all your bathroom supplies and toiletries. Easy-to-access storage should be seamlessly integrated into your bathroom to prevent clutter, which is especially a concern in a smaller bathroom.
Our vanities cover a variety of sizes and configurations to ensure your space is highly functional with minimal clutter.
7. DO IT RIGHT, DO IT ONCE
If you are considering a bathroom renovation, it's essential to hire a specialist. Make sure the tradespeople you employ have the necessary experience in renovating bathrooms, as well as licensing and insurances. Alternatively, if you'd prefer not to project manage the project yourself, we consider partnering with a company specialising in renovations. This will ensure that trades are coordinated by a designated project manager to avoid unnecessary downtime and delays.
We do not advise tackling a renovation from a 'do it yourself' standpoint. Attempting to install your own plumbing can result in expensive faults and malfunctions and unnecessary danger. Inexperience will likely result in costly mistakes down the road that may not be covered by warranty or home insurance. It is always best to employ a registered company or licensed tradesperson to complete your bathroom renovation. Always ensure they possess the necessary insurances, understand the plumbing regulations and can provide a cert of completion. Therefore, if there is a quality dispute, or fault down the track, action can be taken quickly.
8. KNOW WHAT THE WATERPROOFING DOES AND DON'T - THIS CAN VARY FOR YOUR LOCATION
In any bathroom construction, waterproofing is one of the first steps. Make sure the walls and floor of your bathroom are properly waterproofed. By doing so, your house is protected against moisture damage.
There are different waterproofing regulations in each state of Australia, so it is imperative to know which one applies to where you live. Each state has its own rules concerning who is permitted to undertake waterproofing. Currently, Queensland and New South Wales require waterproofers to hold a licence. Other states require waterproofers to provide a compliance statement when they complete a project. Documents such as this should indicate that the work has been undertaken in compliance with Australian Standard (AS 3740 - Waterproofing of domestic wet areas).
9. PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
Even on a small budget, it's wise to consult with an expert team when remodelling your bathroom. If you need any assistance, our friendly team is here to assist you in choosing the perfect freestanding baths, showers, vanities, bathroom taps, shower taps, and other bathroom accessories for completing your bathroom renovation.