Renovating the bathroom is a daunting task, and there are plenty of things to take into consideration, from working out a budget to choosing the right style of fixtures and fittings, and whether or not to keep the layout the same. You’ll also need to decide how much of the renovation work you want to tackle on your own and what’s best to leave to the professionals. So, there’s certainly a lot to think about.
To ensure your project is kept on track and running as smoothly as possible, we have created this handy bathroom renovation checklist. A successful bathroom renovation all comes down to planning and timing, so make sure to follow this six month countdown…
Before starting any renovation work or choosing any products, it’s essential that you decide on how you would like your bathroom to look and feel; do you have modern or traditional tastes? Have a look through magazines and sites such as Pinterest to get inspired. You could even create a scrapbook or mood board with all the images that you find inspirational, and make notes on what you like about each image.
Six months before may be a bit too early to talk to a professional bathroom fitter, but there’s no reason why you can’t ask around for recommendations. It’s a good idea to make a list that you can refer to when you’re ready to hire someone.
Now is a good time to decide if you want to keep the layout the same or change it. Think about what works and what doesn’t work with the layout you have at the moment, as well as your storage requirements too. Is it possible to move the bath tub, basin and toilet to a new location, do you want to increase the size of the bathroom, or do you just want to bring the room up-to-date?
When you’ve decided on the layout and the look that you want to achieve, you can finalize the budget. Once this has been figured out put a set amount towards labor costs, which allows you to see exactly what you can spend on tiles, fixtures and fittings.
Next, hire a professional and ask them to take a look through your ideas and plans to check that everything is possible. It’s also a good idea to check over quotes and references. You should ask the professional bathroom fitter to commit to a start day, run through a timescale and when he needs materials, as well as an estimation of when the renovation work should be completed by.
Don’t forget to find out how long you will be without a shower so you can make alternative plans, which is vital if you only have one bathroom.
At this point you can buy tiles, fixtures and fittings, but allow plenty of time for deliveries to ensure your project is kept on track.
One month before prepare for the bathroom fitter, make sure to clear out cabinets and storage units and create a space where you can get ready while the renovation work is being carried out. You can even shop for towels and bathroom accessories as this point too.
Remember to keep communicating with whoever is carrying out the work so you know exactly where the project is up to.
Don’t panic if the bathroom renovation work runs over the estimated finishing date by a few days. Inspect the work that has been carried out and address any issues before the job is completed, then you can add the finishing touches such as towels and accessories, then sit back and relax!
Author: Liz Robinson