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The Ultimate Guide on How to Renovate a Bathroom

by | May 27, 2021 | Blog | 0 comments

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A bathroom renovation is not an easy task, but it could certainly be an exciting undertaking. There are plenty of important things to consider when planning a bathroom makeover. It would require detailed plans and designs. On the other hand, you could also have fun coming up with ways to fully customise the bathroom to your taste.

From walls, floors to lighting, taking exact measurements, everything has to be done perfectly. A seasoned DIYer would have minimal problems following the steps outlined in this article. But if you’re more of a hobbyist, we would recommend you hire the services of a professional, to ensure that you get the bathroom makeover of your dreams.

The Planning Stage

Every home improvement project needs to start with a detailed plan. Laying out all you would need before getting started will help you save on time and money, since you could easily find a way to work around your budget.  This is where Tile Importers can play a vital role. Our girls in the showroom have product knowledge and design skills to make your renovation special.

Utilities

What is the electrical wiring and plumbing situation in your bathroom? It is important to locate these as they would greatly affect how you plan the design and layout of your new bathroom.

New Fixtures

Are you planning on replacing your toilet or vanity? Or are you looking to install a new bathtub? If so, how many fixtures do you plan on replacing? Fixture replacement and installation is one of the most important factors to consider when you’re going to renovate your bathroom.

Colour Scheme

Do you want a relaxing or an energizing ambience? Choosing a soothing colour like a soft shade of blue, for example, offers a refreshing vibe and creates a calm, spa-like atmosphere. Also, know that it is better to choose wall colours that complement and blend with your flooring.

Storage Space and Layout

Once you’ve considered all the essentials, it’s time to consider the type of storage you would need in your bathroom. Bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in the house so consider the layout of your space when you’re creating your floor plan.  Make sure to consider space saver solutions in your bathroom as well.

Essential Tools Neededtools

It is important to remember that this task requires safety gear and proper tools. Make sure you have these essential tools and supplies before undertaking a bathroom renovation task.

  • Safety gear: goggles, gloves, mask
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Handsaw
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Hardware; nails, screws
  • Tape: duct tape, electrical tape, painter’s tape, plumber’s tape
  • Electric drill
  • Silicone sealant
  • Chisel
  • Bucket
  • Stud finder
  • Chalk line
  • Extension cord

Steps to Take in a Bathroom Renovation

Once the plan is in place, it is time for the renovation to begin.

1. Initial cleaning and demolition

First is disconnection and demolition. As we previously mentioned, at this stage, you would need some experience in plumbing. Otherwise, make sure you have a professional plumber onboard to ensure that you won’t accidentally damage any pipes. Make sure, too, that your main water valve is turned off for this step.

For a full renovation, begin with draining and removing the toilet to ensure that you don’t create any unnecessary spills. Follow this up by removing bath or shower tiles before removing the tub. Finally, remove all the fixtures including the sink, shower, shower screen, tiles, cabinets, vanities and mirrors.

Pro tip: Have all your tools, tiles and replacements fixtures nearby so they’re easily accessible to you.

2. Install new fixtures

We highly recommend having an electrician on standby for this step, regardless of your level of expertise. Some fixtures that you wish to install may need to have their wiring adjusted and it’s best to have a professional do this.

At this point, you can begin installing your new shower, sink or bathtub. If you’re not doing a full renovation, make sure you cover up any fixtures you didn’t remove so you don’t damage them.

Pro tip: Replacing your toilet? Save that for last!

3. Install floor and wall finishes

Wall and floor finishes should be installed accordingly. First, install plasterboard or cement sheet followed by waterproofing, tiling, grouting and painting.

For flooring, laminate and tile are the options, but among these, tiles are the best material known in the industry for bathroom renovations. Use chalk to create reference lines so you’re sure that your floor installation is straight and even.

After setting up the wall, you can start adding some colour to your bathroom by painting it. It is one of the easiest ways you can give your bathroom a whole new look.

Pro tip: Unsure what kind of paint to use? Try a semi-gloss finish because it repels moisture.

4. Install new cabinets and vanities

You’re almost done. Now it’s time to put in all aesthetic parts of the bathroom. Install your vanity first, followed by the sink and tapware. Please check the items before you install them as it may void the warranty if not installed by a licensed tradesperson. From there, you can install mirrors, cabinets and other features you would like to use in the bathroom.

Pro tip: If you would like to make your vanity more aesthetically pleasing, try adding a trim around the edges.

5. Install toilet and re-install plumbing

Now that you’ve installed most of the fixtures and added elements that would make the bathroom more of a sanctuary, it’s time to re-install your plumbing and put in the new toilet. You should save this step for last to avoid potential problems like water spillages or plumbing line issues. Again check as most plumbing items warranty will be voided if not installed by a licensed plumber.

Pro tip: Make sure the installation is successful by testing the toilet and checking if all plumbing is working properly.

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Final Clean Up

For the finishing touch, add in design elements that will make your bathroom uniquely yours. Hang up your favourite paintings or place potted plants. If your bathroom has a window, curtains can instantly add aesthetic appeal and give you more privacy.

Your Partner in Bathroom Renovations

Are you ready to take your bathroom to the next level? Tile Importer has a wide selection of bathroom products to give you a visually appealing and modern bathroom. For inquiries, call us at (03) 9562 7181 or fill out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I renovate my bathroom myself?

The choice of whether you can do it yourself or hire professionals will depend on your assessment of your own skills, budget and time.

If you have advanced DIY skills then there’s no reason to hire a professional for all but the legally required jobs. This can save you money, of course, and you can ensure that your bathroom is renovated to your exact specifications. On the other hand, this is the most time-consuming method.

For fewer headaches and the best outcome, hiring professionals will be your best bet. Take note that bathroom renovation is all about electrical, tile work, plumbing and all other highly skilled trades.

How much will it cost to remodel a bathroom?

The size of the room, number of fixtures, vanities, toilets, material quality, floor plan and other bathroom products all affect the total cost of a bathroom remodel.

In general, however, the average homeowner can expect a bathroom renovation to cost anywhere between $6,000 to $25,000. Renovating the bathroom on your own, of course, can save you thousands of dollars but be ready to accept responsibility should things go wrong.

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