5 Simple Steps to a New Bathroom!
I had a query early this week from a customer who remarked that there are hundreds of one-stop shops if you want a new kitchen, but next to nothing if you want a new bathroom. Having never needed a one-stop bathroom shop myself I hadn’t really noticed this, but after doing some research, I found she is right. There is definitely a shortage in Ballarat of one-stop bathroom shops.
Despite this, renovating your bathroom needn’t be a hassle if you follow these 5 simple steps to get you started.
Step 1: Decide on a Budget
An average bathroom renovation is going to set you back between $10-$20K, and even more if you want to include the latest and greatest designer fixtures. Before you start planning the design it’s really important that you have a budget in mind as your budget will guide the design. I suggest that you have an ‘ideal’ budget and also a ‘maximum’ that you can afford to spend. If your ideal and maximum budget are one and the same thing, I would save a little longer before getting started. It’s always good to have some contingency money when renovating an existing bathroom – it’s not unusual to find some water damage or quirky plumbing when the original bathroom is stripped out.
Step 2: Work out a Design
You might not think this is a simple step, but with the right help it can be. If you are unsure of the design of your new bathroom layout or simply wondering if there is a better option than just putting everything back into the same spot it came out of, your best bet is to talk to a designer. You can find a designer by searching online and checking with KBDI (Kitchen and Bathroom Design Institute), or your local plumbing supply store will probably be able to refer you to someone.
Before speaking to a designer, or drawing up your own design, put together a list of the 5 things that you dislike most about your current bathroom and the 5 things that you really want to achieve / include in your new bathroom. This will ensure that you don’t forget to mention anything important in your design consultation. It’s also a good idea if you are planning on removing any walls as part of the renovation to have a builder come by and confirm that the wall is not load bearing before you plan the design.
Step 3: Find a Builder
Whilst there aren’t many ‘one-stop’ bathroom shops around, there are plenty of builders who will project manage your bathroom renovation for you. You can simply hand over your bathroom design and the builder will give you a quote to co-ordinate everything that needs to happen from gutting the existing bathroom to plumbing, tiling and painting. There is quite a lot of work involved in project managing the renovation so it is really important that you choose a builder you trust, to ensure that the job is completed on time and to a high standard. Don’t rely purely on referrals, make sure that you ask the builder for examples of their recent work and contact details of previous clients who are willing to provide testimony. There are a lot of cowboys out there!
Step 4: Finalize Selections
This is the fun part! Your builder will need you to have all of your fittings ordered and ready to go so that there are no delays once the job gets started. Make sure that you have selected and ordered all of the components for your bathroom including the little things like toilet roll holders and towel rails, and chosen everything right down to the colour of the walls. You don’t want to be deciding anything under pressure whilst the builder waits on the other end of the phone line. Bear in mind that some things like decorative cornice or architraves may need to be special ordered and could take several weeks to arrive. If you are worried about organising all of your selections speak to your designer from Step 2 – they will be able to assist.
Step 5: Let’s Go!!
You’ve now got everything you need to get started. Simply hand over the plans and specifications to your builder and let it all happen!!
If you would like help with your bathroom design please contact Rebecca at The Interior Difference.