Planning your Bathroom Renovation
A bathroom renovation needn’t be expensive thanks to value-for-money modern bathroom fittings and it can add value to your property.
How can I plan my bathroom renovation?
When planning a bathroom renovation it is useful to start on paper: measure out the room and the fixtures that you would like. Browsing brochures is a good way to get inspiration about what features you want to include. Getting the measurements and positions of each bathroom feature is crucial for a successful bathroom renovation so take care at the designing stage. Price different fixtures and work out your budget based on whether or not you will be employing a professional; also remember to factor in the cost of piping, tiles, flooring and decorating.
Think about functionality and space when designing the layout of your new bathroom: Will the shower door open fully? Which way is the toilet facing? What storage would you like in your bathroom? These are all things to consider at the designing stage to make sure that you get the most out of your space. You could also think about smaller-than-normal or corner sinks and toilets that might be suited to a bathroom in which space is limited.
Can I fit my new bathroom myself?
The cost of employing tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians is often what mounts up when considering a bathroom renovation. Whether or not you are able to fit the bathroom yourself largely depends on your skills, if you are DIY beginner then a bathroom may be an unwise start, any mistakes could be more costly in the long run.
How can I keep the cost of my bathroom renovation down?
Think carefully about what needs replacing and what could be improved with a smaller change, for example new taps could rejuvenate an old bath and give you a change without the costs associated with a renovation. If possible re-use old materials: old tiles could be made to look new by cleaning the grout or using a specialist tile paint to give a completely new look to the walls.
Even if you plan to replace a suite and hire a professional the cost of the bathroom will be dramatically decreased if you move as little as possible and use the existing piping: of course you want to get the best out of the space but think carefully about the piping that will need to be installed. Replacing a suite is cheaper and easier than relocating. Don’t interfere with plumbing arrangements unless absolutely necessary. In particular keep in mind the soil pipe location – the soil pipe is large in diameter and much more difficult to relocate.
You can also keep the cost of your bathroom renovation down by making sure that you shop around; look at a variety of stores and outlets and compare prices online, which can offer you deals not found on the high street. Work done badly will cost you more in the long run so check the credentials of your builder or plumber before you hire them to fit your suite.
How can I increase the value of my home with a bathroom renovation?
A good bathroom is definitely a selling feature of a home so putting in the time and effort to make your bathroom better will not only improve the time you spend in it, but also increase its value. If you are looking to increase the value of your property by renovating your bathroom then you should consider a neutral colour scheme such as white as these are the easiest to sell on later. Making the most of a bathroom renovation really begins at the designing stages, think carefully and realistically about what you can achieve within your budget and within the given space.