Bathrooms don’t have to be damp, dated boxes. Done right, bathrooms can transform into beautiful and function spaces that deliver that WOW factor. However delivering these WOW rooms takes a lot of know-how and lots of different trades, meaning that renovating bathrooms can be one of the trickiest and costly projects.
Ellie Bradley, CEO & Creative Director of Atelier Lane has completed many bathroom renovations and here she gives you the do’s and don’ts of renovating your bathroom and doing it right.
Creating a realistic budget will help guide you make decisions throughout the renovating process. Knowing from the start of the project what you have to spend on labour, will give you a clearer idea of how much you have to spend on the fixtures and fittings that will give your bathroom personality.
Renovating a bathroom takes time. It doesn't’ really matter how large the room is, there are certain things you can not rush when renovating. Depending on how many things you are changing will greatly impact the time it takes to complete. Planning is key, not only for larger bathrooms but for smaller ones as well. Also don’t just assume time is with labour, it can also be for the fixtures as well. Those tiles you just have to have might be custom made, or the bathroom taps might have to be imported. Knowing when things have be on site is critical as you don’t want to hold up the build.
Hire the right people
I have come across a lot of bathroom renovations halfway through because the homeowner was trying to save costs. When you hire the right people from the start, it may cost more, but you will save in the end. Engage an Interior Designer who will not only design the look of your bathroom but ensure it is also functional. The Interior designer will also oversee the building stage, project managing the trades and making sure all those small details are done correctly. For example, waterproofing should be done by someone who holds the correct licence. If this is done incorrectly, leaks can form and costs to repair this damage can be expensive. This also applies to plumbing. Done incorrectly, it can void your home insurance.
Don’t move pipework if you can help it
Keeping the same layout as the current bathroom can that you will save money. Moving pipes and drainage can mean more work, and unforeseen issues, which can turn into expensive fixes and more time.
If you want to change the complete look of your bathroom, consider doing a ‘full gut’. This means you rip out the whole thing and start from scratch. Doing a full renovation means that you are able to see any hidden issues that you might not have caught otherwise, leading to a bathroom that is not only beautiful but will also function for many years to come.
Before you even put a hammer to the wall, you will need to know what design style you would like for your bathroom. Do you want modern, traditional, luxurious, or high-tech? There are many factors to consider depending on the style such as colour, pattern, fixtures such as taps, shower heads and baths, toilets, tile choice; the list goes on. The functionality of the bathroom is also important. Take note of who will be using the bathroom and ensure you meet the needs of everyone.
Illuminating your bathroom is very important. Too dark it can be dangerous. It’s necessary to ensure you have effective lighting to carry out the daily activities that take place such as applying makeup, brushing teeth, shaving. You need to incorporate a mixture of overhead and task lighting at a minimum. Additional lighting options include atmosphere lighting such as under-counter lighting that turns on automatically at night when someone enters the bathroom. The most important however is to ensure all lighting is installed by a qualified electrician.
For more information on bathroom renovating, contact Atelier Lane to discuss your project.