Read more about Bathrooms:
- Before you renovate
- The cost
- Bathroom lighting
- What materials to use
- Bathroom size
- Plumbing & Electrical
- Professionals vs DIY
Before you renovate
Renovating your bathroom can be expensive, but together with a
renovated kitchen can add substantially to your home's value. A
good bathroom contractor should be able to work with you to create
the design that will both fit your desires and needs and that fits
your budget. Buy a few recent magazines and see what the latest trends
are, and get an idea of what you would like your bathroom to look like.
How much are you willing to spend? Always the first question to ask yourself.
Level with your contractor as to how much you are willing to spend. This way
he/she has a clear idea as to where they can go with the project. They will
have a good idea of the limits when selecting materials and fittings.
Lighting is important in all rooms, those bathrooms in the glossy magazines
look so amazing, because the lighting has been designed to compliment the
bathroom's features. If this means removing your ceiling and start from
scratch, then consider it, if it falls in your budget.
What materials to use
Long gone are the days of plain ceramic tiles, surface coverings now
come in an array of sizes, textures, colours. All adding to a particular feel
to your bathroom. Ensure that all the elements in your bathroom work together,
a professional designer will be of assistance here. Go out to a hardware
supplier and feel the difference between the materials like stone, granite,
marble, glass, wood. Do you want it on the floor or against the wall.
Never make your bathroom smaller, unless it is bigger than your living room.
A small bathroom will detract future potential buyers and reduce the quality
of living in your home.
Plumbing & Electrical
Always use a professional. To minimize expense, don't move around the bath,
toilet, basin in your bathroom. This means a substantial amount of work.
Professionals vs DIY
Professional Renovator vs D.I.Y Many people are put-off by the price involved
in bathroom renovation. The simple answer to this is that your bathroom project
is usually labour intensive. Old tiles, baths, basins, fittings etc has to be
removed, then the surfaces prepared. The tiler has to deal with many corners and
angles. New fittings are usually one of the most expensive items on the list.
Consider this before embarking the DIY route.