Bathroom renovations can be a difficult job, although there are ways to make it less expensive as well as saving time. Regardless of the reason for doing this job, it is a job worth doing well and can add a good deal of character to the home – to say nothing of pushing up the price if the house is put onto the market.
At the planning stage of the bathroom renovation, you need to consider who the work is being carried out for. Does the family prefer a bath or a shower under the modern shower system, do they spend a lot of time in the bathroom, are there any disabilities to consider and are you likely to want this to be a one off change or will you be upgrading on a regular basis?
The amount of light that comes in needs to be considered as often make-up is applied in a bathroom and it is the normal place to shave. In the same way that an outstanding bathroom can add to the value of a house, an unusual bathroom may limit the offers made if the house is ever put up for sale.
Beginning the Bathroom Renovation
First of all, make checks about the way the house was built. You don’t want to pull half of the bathroom out and then find that there is asbestos in place. If this does happen it will mean specialist have to be called in as they will be able to remove it and dispose of it in a safe and secure manner.
Regardless of asbestos, think about injuries that can be sustained and make sure the correct safety equipment is purchased. This will normally mean overall, goggles, dust masks and thick gloves in case you are going to be cutting pipes or wood.
Often local authorities will have rules and regulations regarding what can and cannot be done when undertaking bathroom renovations, so make sure the work is cleared with them and any conditions are adhered to. They have the authority to have the work stopped and the building returned to its original condition.
And So The Work Begins.
To get the basics in place, any electrical work or plumbing should be carried out first. It would be pointless to carry out tiling or put down an amazing wooden floor and then find that it needed to be removed to carry out work behind the tiles or under the floor. One of the big issues with renovating bathrooms is getting the basics right.
Making sure that the bathroom is waterproof is very important and the areas to concentrate on are the floor around the bath and the shower. Don’t try to save money by only waterproofing a small amount as it is estimated that the waterproofing should reach 10cms up the wall.
The same distance should be covered above the shower outlet and when it comes to the bath, 10cm above the lip. Doing this is not difficult but can save disaster later on.
When replacing tiles it is important to make sure that the floor is completely flat. Any cement that is damaged when the old ones are taken up should be corrected right away. Don’t try and rush things by putting the tiles down right away, but make sure that the cement has fully set.
One of the jobs that can be left to the end of the bathroom renovation is fitting the taps and any other small bits and pieces such as toothbrush holders and racks that can be placed inside the shower cubicle to hold gels and sponges. Taps will be vital, but the other holders can be missed out altogether if the budget has gone – it would not take a great deal of time to add them at a later date.
Some people will leave items such as painting the ceiling until the end, and there are good and bad points for this. As with the gel holders it is a job that can be left for a later date, but there is also the risk that the paint may be spilled or drip onto the new floor covering or bath and shower cubicle.
Once the bathroom renovation has been completed, it should be a long time before you have to spend money and carry out further improvements and changes.