Do’s and Don’ts With Bathroom Renovations

YNM Real Estate
17 December 2021

There can be a lot of hidden cost in renovating a bathroom, so it is wise to research thoroughly and create a detailed plan of what is required. From there you can work out your budget. This should be done before you start any work.

When considering what changes to make, think about the fact that your average bathroom is a relatively small space. In order to open up the space and make it feel airy and light, consider using skylights and mirrors to maximise available light, combined with higher ceilings where possible, to open up a small space.

From a more practical perspective – don’t forget to comply with waterproofing regulations. Shower walls & floors must be waterproofed to a height of 1800mm, and waterproofing requirements outside the shower will depend on the floor type. Check the regulations out before you start.

Building & plumbing are the biggest cost items when renovating a bathroom. If you want to limit costs, try to avoid having to relocate showers, sinks, toilets. Having said that, if your current layout is really poor – you may have to do some of this in order to improve the usability of the room. Consider carefully what limitations exist with the current layout – maybe your toilet or window is badly situated from a privacy perspective. If this is the case, consider what options that you may have which will cause the least disruption to existing plumbing.

Don’t forget to consider that replacing the fittings & fixtures may result in plumbing changes (if your new tap or mixer has a differently sized connector, of will affect the water pressure experienced).

Check regulations and don’t attempt jobs that are mandated to be done by a licenced professional – generally most plumbing and electrical work must be done by a professional.

Don’t plan to use your bathroom while the work is being done. If you are lucky enough to have more than one bathroom – problem solved, but if not – make alternative arrangements for toilet and shower facilities as you can expect to be without these facilities for 2 to 3 days.

This article is not designed to put you off moving forward with your planned bathroom renovation – although a bathroom renovation may seem to be a bit of a nightmare, taking a considered and planned approach will ensure that the end result will be worth the effort.

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