For many house owners, having an artistically crafted bathroom is the status symbol of luxurious living, and a great way to incorporate a personal touch into their home. Whilst undertaking a huge bathroom renovation can be an exhilarating process, it also can be a vastly daunting investment, especially if you aren’t fully prepared for it.
The Ultimate Checklist for Your Bathroom Renovation
Here’s a guide on how to pull off a successful bathroom renovation, and what areas you’ll need to specifically take note of. And here are even more bathroom design ideas that you can try to spruce up your bathroom.
Crafting A Budget
Having a well-thought-out budget is imperative before beginning your bathroom renovations. It may not be an altogether pleasant task, but it’s important to have a sense of your financial capabilities and its limitations –– you don’t want to blow your money on unnecessary aspects of renovation!
One of our surefire tips on saving money is to obtain quotes from different bathroom contractors before settling on one to hire and to section off some parts of the renovation to do it yourself. Plus, we recommend checking out your local hardware shops for suitable materials before deciding to opt for the expensive options.
Finding Your Inspiration
Before starting your renovation, begin with a design inspiration in mind –– what kind of colours, tiles, showers, faucets, and vanities do you want to have for your bathroom?
You can begin by choosing a particular item that you want the design to revolve around, or piece together different elements that you like to form the eventual design. Bear in mind that this design should complement the functionality of the bathroom, so remember to choose a practical layout!
Plan Your Time
The most frustrating mistake is to underestimate the amount of time your renovations will take. The size of your bathroom is not a direct correlation to the time taken for renovation but is dependent on the things you are changing instead.
Take note of the items and envision how complicated their renovation would be, then draw out a rough timeline of how long the entire process would take. Do remember to factor in time for the gathering of materials too –– such as ordering and purchasing, delivery time, equipment-checking, fixtures, and acquiring custom-built items.
Knowing Your Measurements
You’ll need to know these three important measurements: the overall length and width of your bathroom, the standard dimensions of the different bathroom fixtures, and the pinpoint location of the existing piping and plumbing networks.
Make sure that these measurements are accurate before purchasing materials or hiring a professional –– it’s way more troublesome to change items that don’t fit.
Sequencing of Work
We advise having a systematic work arrangement when it comes to bathroom renovations. Regardless if you’re doing minor repaint work, or demolishing certain equipment, it’s good practice to start from the top of the room and work down.
If not, arrange your renovation in a way that results in minimal damage or adjustments, and does not require extra clean-up time. For example, choosing to remodel your ceiling first, followed by the walls, then working on the floor.
Estimate Your Abilities
If you’re not a do-it-yourself kind of person, don’t push yourself to do the bathroom renovation manually. It’s better to hire a professional and ensure that the important parts (plumbing, tiling, electricity) are in safe hands. You’ll thank me later!
Fix Whatever’s Broken
This is the time for you to repair or remodel any faulty or sub-par bathroom equipment, such as the bathtub, shower, sink, faucet, showerhead, bidet, and toilet bowl. Even changing the simplest things, such as the bathroom mirror or door handles, can make a whole lot of difference!
Many homeowners and renovators tend to ignore the importance of waterproofing and addressing water leakage problems, which can be especially detrimental if the house is aged.
Take note of all the risk points where there is a high probability of water leakage –– such as water and floor tile joints, pipe joints, drainage line openings, concealed water lines, corroded plumbing, non-waterproof tiles, and the connection points of a washbasin, etc. Keep these areas clean and dry before hiring a professional or applying a good-quality DIY waterproof kit.
Deciding Your Flooring and Walls
Choosing the right material for your flooring and walls can be an extremely difficult task, especially when you’re presented with too many options.
You can surface the walls and floors with virtually any material possible –– ceramic, granite, and marble make for a classic and durable surface, vinyl and cement are less expensive and can look classy as well.
However, it’s always better to choose the material that provides you with better durability, slip-resistance, and waterproofing.
Storage, Cabinets, and Shelving
When deciding on what storage and shelf design to pick, remember to consider these four factors: functionality, convenience, design, and size. What is the most stylish may be too irregular shaped for it to be usable, and what is practical may not look good in your bathroom. It’s about prioritization, give-and-take, and finding the right balance between these four elements.
Correcting Your Ventilation
Your bathroom is the wettest, most humid, steamiest place in your house. Unfortunately, with moisture comes the risk of mould, odour, bacterial, peeling wallpaper, and chipped paint.
Having a healthy bathroom requires proper ventilation and planning –– such as choosing the right vent fan, placing it in the right spot, cleaning it regularly, and letting it run long enough. Ensuring continual airflow is crucial to protect not just your bathroom, but your health as well.
Having a well-lit bathroom is important to ensure its functionality, safety, and its overall design aesthetic. Once you’ve chosen your bathroom lighting, that’s it –– you won’t be able to change it after, as the wiring and light points have been fixed.
We advise you to first maximize your natural light, then complement it with additional lighting fixtures. Some fixture placements to consider are: besides your mirror to minimize shadows, above your mirror to reflect light evenly, or on the mirror to give it a minimalistic look.
Opting for Eco-Friendly Equipment
We strongly recommend choosing eco-friendly bathroom equipment such as low-VOC or no-VOC paints, vanities made from sustainably harvested materials, recycled glass tile surfaces, and a low-flow toilet. It may not make a significant difference to you, but it does to the environment!
No remodel is complete without adding the final touches! Stock up on small essentials, such as soap dishes, towel racks, bath mats, and new towels, to give your bathroom the final furnishings.
Before you call it a day, remember to conduct a final clean of the walls, floors, cabinets, light fixtures, cabinetry, and windows. If you don’t want to do it yourself, consider hiring a cleaning service to finish up your bathroom.
There’s nothing better than completing a successful bathroom renovation. The feeling of having your personally crafted bathroom is the first accomplishment many new homeowners look forward to. However, it’s imperative to conduct your due research and planning beforehand, as you don’t want to waste your money!