In recent years the bathroom has gone from being a purely functional space to a retreat to relax, unwind and pamper yourself.
A good renovation can take a bathroom from a dark, damp space and transform it into a beautiful, functional space.
Due to the number of different trades it is one of the bigger home renovations to undertake and it is very easy to find yourself facing several hidden costs which is why it is so important to have a qualified knowledgeable team of tradies to undertake the project.
Here are a few of our tips to make sure your bathroom renovation runs smoothly:
- Hire a builder, not a plumber, to manage the project.Plumbers only run the pipework and install the fixtures, It is so crucial you have a builder who can oversee the project from demolition to completion and manage the correct sequence of trades. Attempting to Project-manage the job yourself, with no experience will be stressful and potentially more costly if you make mistakes a builder would’ve known to avoid.
- Forget about DIY.Waterproofing is a perfect example of a job that should be done by a licensed tradesman. Just because you can buy waterproofing gear at your local Bunnings does not mean you should be doing it yourself. The costs for fixing a leak later down the line will be more substantial than the cost of investing in a qualified and experienced waterproofer. Same rules apply for DIY plumbing, Doing it yourself voids your house insurance, there are significant fines – and it can be disasterous if an appliance hasn’t been installed properly.
- Purchase products that comply with Australian standards.In other words, forget about the imported Italian showerhead you have been drooling over. All products installed in a bathroom need to be covered by an Australian Standards WaterMark, if it doesn’t, your plumber isn’t legally allowed to install it.” Buying from specialist bathroom stores and choosing reputable brands will also mean less headaches later on if you need a spare part.
- Fix antiquated pipework.You may not want to hear it when your plumber tells you to upgrade your pipes, but it’s crucial to do it – particularly if you have old water pipes in the floors and walls (used on houses in the 1960s), You’ll notice the water pressure is greatly reduced due to sediment formed in the pipes. We recommend replacing all water pipes and connections with copper or reputable plastic pipe.