You want to be proud of your bathroom. You might have been turned off before about a place just because the bathroom looked bad. And you don’t want that yours have the same effect on your family or guests.
If you feel that yours isn’t quite right, a bathroom refurbishment is a solution. But there are many things you should be concerned about before starting a makeover or remodel. Let’s go through them below.
Inspect the need of repair before your bathroom refurb
The first thing you want to do is inspect the need for repairs before starting your bathroom refurb. The goal is to avoid covering underlying issues, such a subfloor of poor quality, during your makeover. Or that you discover that you need to spend more money than you thought.
Call your bathroom specialist and ask him or her to check if pipes, tiles, floor, and others, are good to go. A professional is better suited than you to draw a reliable conclusion. Then you can take from there, after dismissing or fixing issues.
Plan your bathroom refurb
Think in advance what you want to change in your bathroom and why. Do you want to make it look nicer by choosing new colours or textures? Do you want to improve durability by replacing materials with versions of better quality? Or do you want to add appliances, such as a hot tub or a massage chair?
Of course, you can say yes to more than one question above. The point here is making sure you understand that different objectives require different projects (and different professionals in charge). And you want to have everything written down in advance, so you don’t have to restart the job just because you realised you wish a new sink.
Consider the cost of bathroom refurbishment
Once you know what you want, it will be much easier to find out the cost of a bathroom refurbishment. With your ideas on the paper, ask the professional you hired to give you an estimate. This is step number one, but it will offer you a fair idea of how far you can dream – then you can decide if you can dream a little further or need to cut things down.
The second step will be choosing new materials and appliances, so they match your style. An interior designer can help you with it. But when in a tight budget, be ready to go through several catalogues to find the best tiles or wood floor, for instance. Just remember to follow the guidelines of your bathroom specialist to avoid buying something that won’t fit in the project.
What about a complete bathroom makeover?
If you have the budget for it and fancy a bathroom out of a magazine, you can allow yourself to have a complete bathroom makeover. Meaning that you will ask a professional to knock everything down and start from scratch, changing from floor to ceiling.
The only thing here is that you should be prepared for the mess. Renovating an entire bathroom from zero is a long task, and it involves a lot of dust, waste, noise, and time without being able to use the facility. You will probably prefer moving out during the work, dropping by from time to time to check the progress.
Be aware of the limitations
Sometimes, it’s just not possible to have what you want. Maybe the area is too small for the bathtub you want. Or maybe there isn’t a way to adapt the pipelines and install a multiple shower-head system. You should also consider the volume of water that a rain shower consumes.
Discuss your ideas with the professional you hired and make he or she feels comfortable enough to tell you that some of them aren’t realistic. Don’t impose your way, or you might end up without enough space for your legs in front of the toilet.
Let your imagination run free
Once you are aware of the limitations, let your imagination run free during your bathroom refurb. It’s your home, and one of the most intimate areas of it. And if you are renovating your own en-suite bathroom, you certainly can bend the rules even more.
Nowadays, you will find bathrooms turned into home spas, and there is nothing wrong with it. Many will have a TV, sound system, and other equipment to make your time in there more enjoyable. Again, consult your bathroom specialist to decide where to install them and which models better suits a wet environment.
Keep one eye on your bathroom refurbishment costs
It isn’t uncommon you will need to spend more money than the initial estimate of your bathroom refurbishment’s cost. Especially if you didn’t do a thorough inspection beforehand, it’s always possible that you might find out later that you forgot something. Or you might get excited and decide to include something extra.
Still, it should be your decision not a consequence of poor service. Keep one eye on the job that is being done and make sure that your tiler or painter is following the project. Most of the time you will be fine, as contractors are much more professional nowadays. But avoid unpleasant surprises by supervising the renovation work on a daily basis.
Remember the insurance and waste removal
As a final note, remember to check that all tradespeople you hire to take care of your bathroom makeover are fully insured. It will give you peace of mind. It also sends a note that they are experienced professionals. And make sure that you ask them for a quote that includes protecting the area and removing waste afterwards.