Planning any building project is tricky, but you could say that bathrooms are one of the most technical and complex. Think about it – in one small room, you have plumbing, electrical, tiling, carpentry, plastering and more. It’s no wonder so many people wonder how to get it done right!
The secret to getting through a bathroom renovation successfully is to plan carefully and leave enough of a time and money buffer to cover unexpected problems. These are the basic phases of a bathroom renovation, and what you can expect to do in each one.
Before you start any work on your bathroom renovation, you will need to plan everything carefully.
Talk to the local council and your strata if you have one, to find out what permits you need. Make alternative living arrangements if you only have one bathroom and speak to a bathroom designer to develop your plans.
Purchasing and Hiring
Once you’ve planned your bathroom renovation, you need to start sourcing materials and hiring tradespeople.
You can use your bathroom design plan to calculate how much tile, grout, tile cement and other materials you need. You’ll also need to take measurements of your fixtures, so that when you buy new ones, they will fit in the available space.
Speak to several plumbers, electricians, tilers, water proofers, plasterers, painters and carpenters. Find out what experience they have, and make sure that they have the necessary licenses and certifications to work in your area. You can also give each a set of plans so that they can quote on the work.
Before you can create your new bathroom, you need to get rid of the old one. That means breaking up old tile, removing old fixtures and, if you are moving plumbing or electrical, chasing and digging new channels and trenches for plumbing. Make sure you use a reputable waste management company to get rid of your rubble too. You can get into a lot of trouble if you don’t dispose of this properly!
Once demolition is done, it’s time to start building. Make sure that you co-ordinate your tradespeople so that they are there at the right time. You will need to work in the right sequence to make sure things are done in the right order. If you’re not sure how to plan this, ask your trades what usually comes before and after their work. Also make sure that once you have a plan, all the materials needed are ready and waiting.
Consider Hiring a Professional
It’s completely possible to plan and execute your own bathroom renovation with the right tradespeople. But it is quite time consuming, and there’s a lot that you need to stay on top of every single day.
If you don’t have the time or knowledge to get your bathroom renovation done on your own, consider hiring professional Adelaide bathroom renovation specialists. Instead of managing every tiny element of the job yourself, you can work with one team that already has all the contacts and experience, and simply make decisions and get updates about the progress of the job.