A bathroom renovation isn’t something you want to get wrong. Rarely do they come cheap, and as one of the highest traffic areas of the home which is also continually exposed to water, a substandard renovation simply isn’t going to stand the test of time.
If you’re a believer of the mindset that if you do it right, you’ll only have to do it once, here are some simple strategies to help you ensure you get your bathroom renovation right from the get-go so you can avoid having to fix costly mistakes further down the track.
Take your time during the planning phase
Like any type of home renovation project, planning is key. While every home renovator wants to get stuck into the job and start using their new bathroom as soon as possible, poor planning is often to blame for a range of issues.
While it’s easy to get carried away choosing your vanity, tub, taps and tiles, before you can do any of that, it’s important to find out what’s going to be realistically possible.
When renovating a bathroom, it’s important to remember that anything that requires major changes to pipes and plumbing is going to cost significantly more.
If the existing layout of the space is relatively functional, it can be financially beneficial to try to adopt that same layout.
Alternatively, it’s worth speaking to a plumber before choosing your fittings and fixtures to find out whether your preferred layout is even possible within your budget.
Opt for premium quality products
Bathrooms not only need to be stylish and functional, but they also need to be durable and hard-wearing—and that largely comes down to the quality of the products you use.
While there are plenty of affordable bathroom reno products available on the market, you really do get what you pay for. Pay close attention to material descriptions and do a little research about the manufacturer before purchasing.
While it may cost a little more to purchase a stone vanity countertop or premium Australian made tiles, the superior quality of the products means they’ll still look as good in ten years as the day they were installed.
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Use quality tradespeople
In the same way that you get what you pay for when choosing your products, the same principle applies to your choice of tradespeople.
Whether you’re looking for a plumber, electrician, handyman or tiler, you should always do your due diligence and get several quotes before choosing someone—but always remember to look beyond the quote price alone, as the most affordable quote may not represent the best ‘value’ for money.
As a minimum, you need to make sure your tradespeople are appropriately qualified, insured and experienced to do the job to a good standard. While you can never guarantee that a contractor will do a good job, it’s worth checking if your local housing industry association provides any tools or resources that can help you find accredited tradespeople in your area that will offer you greater confidence that you’re using a reliable contractor.
Future-proof with ‘smart’ features
If you can, it’s also a good idea to future proof your bathroom by incorporating some smart home automation features.
As a society, we’re continually becoming more aware of the impact our homes and lifestyles are having on the environment and any home renovation project should be viewed as an opportunity to set up your home to support a ‘greener’ way of life.
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Features such as eco-friendly hot water systems, heating and cooling energy management strategies and intelligent lighting control are becoming increasing desirable additions to our homes.
While they may add to the initial cost of your renovation, it may help to view them as an investment that will pay for itself in terms of energy consumption and environmental impact.
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