9 Things to Consider Before Renovating your Bathroom

The humble family bathroom is now seen as a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. A beautiful bathroom, if done right, can also add value to your home, whether you are thinking of selling it now or in the future.

At M.E.T Projects we understand that renovating a bathroom is a major decision and it is imperative that the whole process runs smoothly. For this to happen, preparation is paramount and in order to be well prepared, it is important to be both organised and informed. Below we have listed our top nine things to consider before renovating your bathroom.

  1. 1. Be Planned and Prepared
  2. A well planned and well designed bathroom will be a pleasure to use, look incredible and function perfectly, whether it be a private ensuite or a high-traffic family bathroom. Careful planning helps to ensure that you avoid some common pitfalls and mistakes, and lays the foundations for a smooth bathroom renovation. Planning includes many things, but one of the first tasks is to have an understanding of timing and scheduling. The average bathroom takes approximately six (6) weeks to remodel. You may be surprised at this due to the bathroom being a relatively small space. However, there are lots of trades involved as well as “down times“ required for the drying of screed or the manufacture of custom-measured glass, for example. Of course, a bathroom renovation can take longer than six weeks if the various trades aren’t properly co-ordinated one after the other! This is why using the skills of an experienced bathroom renovation team is invaluable.

2. Set your Budget
An important consideration early on is working out what the budget is for your bathroom. It’s important to be realistic – about what you can afford but also about the costs of a bathroom renovation. A renovation often costs more than people envisage and there might have to be compromises. There are a number of factors that contribute to the overall costs of a bathroom renovation over and above the trades including design services, cabinetry/joinery, vanity tops, shower screens and mirrors, tiles, fixtures, possible underfloor heating, extractors and fittings.

3. Know your Style
There are no rules when it comes to choosing a style of bathroom for your home. You can opt to tie in the theme of your house by coordinating the features and colours of the bathroom to the rest of the home; or alternatively you can put a modern bathroom in a period home, provided the design flows from one to the other, using colour and decorative touches. It’s a great idea to subscribe to websites such as Pinterest and Houzz to start a collection of images that show the bathrooms you are attracted to. You will soon see a particular style emerge that most appeals to you.

4. Fittings and Fixtures
Fixtures are a key component of designing the layout of your new bathroom, as the space needs to be planned and built around your choices. Fixtures are the big ticket items of your bathroom that are installed and permanently fixed in place, such as your tiles, bath, shower, toilet and vanity basins.

5. Layout
The layout of your bathroom is such a crucial decision, as it will impact on your everyday ease of use of the space. There may be more than one possible layout for bathroom so you may want to consider using the services of our professional bathroom designer to get the most out of your space.

6. Storage
Many people underestimate the importance of storage. An abundance of toiletries, make-up, hairdryers/stylers, spare loo paper and general bathroom paraphernalia can turn your bathroom into an unattractive and hard-to-use space if you don’t have clever storage solutions drawn into your plans.

7. Cabinetry
To create your dream bathroom you have to select the right cabinetry material to make it both functional and beautiful. Your choice of cabinetry will be partly dictated by the style of bathroom you choose, as certain finishes lend themselves to particular styles. There is loads to choose from so start researching the pros, cons and considerations for Melamine, Vinyl Wrap, Acrylic, Paint / 2 Pac, Timber Veneer, Solid Timber and Man-Made Veneers.

8. Lighting
What’s important to you for lighting? Natural light helps reduce mould, through windows, skylights and cleverly-positioned mirrors that will reflect it. Good artificial lighting can also make a massive difference to a bathroom’s ambience and usability

9. Approvals
Depending on the extent of your renovation, you may need to have plans drawn up or gain local council approval. Most councils allow for minor changes that don’t alter the structure or services such as plumbing, drainage and electrical, however it is always advisable to check with your local council. At M.E.T Projects we take care of all council and strata approvals.