Renovating Your Bathroom? Here’s What No One Tells You
A full-blown bathroom renovation is a big job. It’s costly, time-consuming, and so much easier said than done. There are so many things to consider before creating a dream bathroom make-over, many people are unsure where to start. To help you work out everything that needs to be done, here’s what no one tells you about bathroom renovations.
It can get expensive
You’d think renovating the littlest room in the house would be the cheapest room to do, but hoo boy would you be wrong! Even the smallest bathroom reno can end up costing an arm, a leg, and more body parts. Bathroom remodels can be expensive and time-consuming, as they often involve replacing plumbing, wiring, flooring, and a substantial amount of the walls. And all that isn’t cheap!
You shouldn’t diy
There are so many DIY projects you can do around the house, but a full bathroom reno isn’t one of them. Sure you can cut some of the cost by removing tiling or scraping paint, but the majority of the work either must be done by fully qualified, licenced, and professional trades. Or at least it should be if you want it to look any good when it’s all done.
Lighting is everything
If you want your new bathroom to look stylishly exquisite, don’t just assume you can install a new lighting fixture and call it a day. You need to carefully consider lighting that will best suit your new bathroom. Showers for example are much more enjoyable when they're properly lit, whereas incorrect lighting for the mirror can make you look like Shrek. Choosing the perfect location and type of lighting fixtures will ensure you don’t ruin the look of your new washroom.
It takes a lot of time
While full bathroom renos are popular on TV shows at the moment, there’s no such thing as instant before and after in real life. There’s so much work involved which all takes time, from the installation of the plumbing so it doesn’t leak to proper placement of ceramic fittings. Most bathroom renovations take at least a few weeks, but it can take well over a month or more before the entire project is completed.
Your plumbing may need upgrading
In some cases, you may have no choice but to update your plumbing. Especially if it’s an older home. While that might be a costly endeavour, your new pipes will be durable and much less likely to corrode. This also means less chance of worrying about blocked toilets and other problems. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of more design flexibility when it comes to the placement of the sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub.
Planning is important
Before you start renovating your bathroom, it’s extremely important that you plan ahead for all aspects of the job. That means preventing any unnecessary delays by ensuring all your preferred tiles, taps, and other fixtures are all available before starting to. And if you want a custom vanity, they can often take a month or more to be made and delivered. By creating a well-organised and correctly planned timeline, you can be sure that everything will transition smoothly.
Electricity and water don’t mix
When you’re planning everything out, don’t forget to consider your electrical needs when it comes to the placement of outlets. While having an outlet where water can easily splash is a bad idea, reaching halfway across the bathroom to plug in a razor or hair dryer will get annoying fast. And you don’t want to finish your bathroom reno just to realise it looks great, but it’s barely functional.
Don’t forget about ventilation
Ventilation is often more of an afterthought for many bathroom renos. And that if it’s even remembered at all. But ventilation is actually one of the most important aspects because otherwise, humidity and moisture can very easily become trapped. While exhaust fans may help here, nothing beats air flowing naturally out of a well-placed bathroom window. Plus it adds natural light which can help make your bathroom look so much fresher, brighter, and cleaner.
As long as you think strategically, plan ahead, and stick to whatever you’ve decided as a budget, you can ensure your bathroom reno ends up exactly as you dreamed.