Where Do You Start When Renovating A Bathroom?
Plan A Bathroom Layout And Stick To It
When it comes to bathroom renovations you’ll want to avoid making unnecessary changes to your existing layout — the fewer alterations you make, the lower your plumbing costs will be. If you do need to move some key elements, then at least keep the toilet close enough to connect to the existing soil pipe. Once the bathroom design is finalised do not change it, but before signing it off show it to the electrician, tiler and other related trades to make sure they can’t see any issues that will interfere with their part of the project.
Hire Electrician Early On
You will need to find an electrician for any rewiring and lighting schemes. Consult with one before any building or plumbing work starts so they can plan their jobs into your bathroom refurbishment schedule. Make sure you choose a registered electrician as you will get additional protection should something go wrong. The approved schemes and regulations around electrical installations are subject to code. Anything not up to code may effect your homeowner insurance
Choose Your Fixtures Before Plastering and/or Tiling
To ensure the hot and cold pipes and waste are in the correct positions, you need to choose all fixtures before plastering or tiling. Specify everything before first-fix stage, as leaving key decisions until the sales are on can mean expensive alterations with your bathroom renovation contractor.
Re-use Some of Your Quality Bathroom Fixtures
Bathroom renovations provide a good opportunity to reuse any good-quality fixtures. For a cost-effective way to update existing fittings, you can always re-enamel or add a new surround to a bath. This is not only cost-effective, but a great way to maintain character.
Mix And Match To Make Savings On A Bathroom Renovation
When you remodel a bathroom, stick with white, and mix fixture items from different suppliers, in order to offset affordable buys against luxuries such as a quality bath. However, avoid cheap fixes such as plastic baths or shower trays that are so thin they are flexible and, therefore difficult to seal and make watertight.