WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BATHROOM RENOVATIONS
Are you tired of getting into that same rusty, old-fashioned bathtub? Bored of battling with that bathroom mould creeping into the cracks of your tiles? Sick of fighting against the leaking tap every morning before work? Or maybe you’re just ready to treat yourself to something special. To create a space where you can close the door, be at peace and escape the madness of the world outside!
Whatever your reasons for considering giving your bathroom a complete makeover, there’s one thing that’s clear: deciding to take the plunge and totally renovate your bathroom is both an exciting and nerve-racking time. It’s one thing to have your new bathroom ideas down to a T in your head, but knowing how to turn that vision into a reality can often be overwhelming.
So where should you begin with total bathroom renovations?
Here’s a sneak peek at our tried and tested process that works like a treat for every full bathroom renovation project we work on. Follow these steps and prepare to unleash your dreams onto the walls and floors of your bathroom:
STEP ONE: TAKE IT TO THE DRAWING BOARD
Run through what you have in mind with an expert. Talking things over with someone who listens to your vision is key. A specialist will fit all the pieces of the puzzle together and advise you on what’s best. That way, you won’t miss a step, exceed your initial budget or make the wrong choices at the beginning. You need to know how to find the perfect balance between what’s beautiful and what’s practical, what’s fashionable now and what can stand the test of time. Your bathroom should be a place to unwind, a place to relax and de-stress, to awaken the senses at the start of your day or to cleanse away your troubles as you draw each day to a close. So making sure your decisions are right from the get-go, will save you time, money and a bunch of headaches along the way!
You may have been inspired by a beautiful bathroom you spotted on Pinterest, but do you have the budget to match it? Is it as practical as it is serene? Is it in keeping with the rest of your house? Will it meet government regulations? Speaking to a design and technical expert will help you narrow down your ideas and bring exactly what you were hoping for to the drawing board. At the end of the day, total bathroom renovations shouldn’t be daunting or stressful. It’s a chance to unleash your inner creativity and build a space that you and your family can relax in for years to come. Which is why it’s so important to plan things out well from the very start.
STEP TWO: SETTING AND STICKING TO A REALISTIC BUDGET
Knowing what you want is key to setting your budget. Before you draw up an estimation you can keep to, ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of fixtures and finishes are you looking for?
- Where will you be sourcing your materials from?
- How big is your bathroom?
- What kind of changes will you be making to the layout?
- How many amenities will you be including?
- Who will be involved in the renovation project?
All complete bathroom renovations vary in cost. How much you need to budget for will depend greatly on the specific requirements and ideas you have. Drafting up an estimated price mark is an exciting part of the initial planning stages, bringing you one step closer towards your bathroom dreams. Remember to be realistic and research well so you know when and where it’s okay to cut costs, as well as when and where it’s worth spending a few extra pennies!
If you choose to go with a bathroom design and renovation company, you’ll be presented with an estimation first. You’ll then work with a team of experts who will help you select, source and install all the items you need. Together you’ll find the style you’re looking for at the budget you set together. If you’re hoping to free-style and go solo, make sure you consider the costs of the tradesmen and suppliers you’ll be hiring. You should also try to give yourself a buffer zone of about 10% to counter any hiccups along the way.
STEP THREE: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TEAM!
You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You can’t wait to see the finished product, to submerge yourself in the serenity of your new and sparkling bathroom. But choose the wrong team and the process will be far from tranquil! Make sure you select plumbers, electricians, builders and painters you can trust. For those of you who don’t have the luxury of friendly neighbours or a second bathroom, giving your little boys and girls room a complete makeover can often mean having to stay in another location in the interim. The last thing you want is for deadlines to be pushed back and unforeseen events to unfold.
A good company will have experience working with trustworthy and efficient tradesman that get the job done on time and within budget. They should also allocate a project manager who will oversee all the work, provide regular updates and be there to step in and overcome any roadblocks that may arise.
STEP FOUR: ACTION TIME
So with the planning well underway, the design set in stone and the supplies on the way, it’s time to put your dream team into action! Here are the different steps we take to transform our clients’ bathrooms. Follow the ten stages below and start bringing your bathroom vision to life.
Working with the right team makes a world of difference. You need to be able to trust the tradies you work with, and ensure you meet regulations, while always keeping your vision in site. If you’re in need of some inspiration, take a look at some of the latest trends from 2019 and make sure you choose the right colours, tiles and fixtures to stay in keeping with the ambience you are aiming to create.
And there you have it! All you need to know about total bathroom renovations in four simple steps. Already dreaming of sitting back and relaxing with your bath suds and champers to celebrate your new and sparkling centre of tranquility? Doing it yourself is not always worth the headache. Leaving the work to a professional company like Origin Bathrooms means your experienced project manager and talented, reliable tradies will make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for, on time, within budget and without pulling any hair out in the process! So if you’re ready to turn those visions into reality, talk to one of our specialists today. We’d be happy to help guide you on your journey to bringing your dream bathroom to life.