Bathroom renovations are one of the most popular home improvement projects. A renovated bathroom can greatly enhance your lifestyle and the value of your property. But on the flipside, bathrooms are one of the most costly rooms to renovate with many potential pitfalls. By taking your time when planning your bathroom renovation, you can get the best value for your available budget.
Decision one: Should you change the layout when planning your bathroom renovation?
One of the most commonly given pieces of advice is to avoid moving plumbing fixtures to save costs. And yes, it’s true that moving plumbing can add to your renovation costs. But, the costs may not be excessive, especially when traded off against the potential increase in property value from a more functional layout. Not to mention your own comfort once the renovation is completed.
If you have good under-property access, moving plumbing may not increase your costs by that much. In addition, if your property is quite old and the plumbing fixtures need replacing regardless, it can be worth spending a fraction more to get the result you want without compromise. Getting advice from a bathroom designer or plumber can help you to weigh up your options so that you can get the best final outcome.
Decision two: Buy new or reuse fittings
Now that you’ve got the planning elements finalised, it’s time to go shopping for your fittings. At Jahli Plumbing, we’re happy to advise you on your fittings so that you can get the best products for your budget that will give you years of service. We recommend buying your fittings from plumbing supply stores like Reece, Highgrove Bathrooms and so forth. If budget is tight, it’s better to wait for sales on quality products than to buy inferior fittings from discount chain stores.
If some of your existing fittings are in good condition, it can be possible to revamp them for a new lease on life. For example, if your tiles, bath or sink are fundamentally in good condition, these can be resprayed to change the colour. If you decide for all new fittings, it can be worth looking into if you can sell some of your existing fittings on the second-hand market to help recoup some costs of your renovation.
Decision three: To DIY or not to DIY?
A popular way to save money on a bathroom renovation is to do the demolition and removal of the existing bathroom yourself. Before you do this, it’s vital to get an electrician to disconnect all power and a plumber to disconnect all water. It’s also a good idea – especially if your home was built prior to 1984 – to get guidance about whether asbestos has been used in your bathroom. If there is asbestos, don’t risk DIY and get a professional to remove the asbestos safely. Painting is another popular element to DIY.
You should always get a professional to do all work related to the fitting and installation of electrical and plumbing work. At Jahli Plumbing, we also strongly advise using a professional for waterproofing and tiling work. Paying the cost upfront for work to be done properly can save you from expensive remediation down the track!
Decision four: One-stop shop or individual trades
Choosing a single company to project manage your bathroom renovation can save you a lot of time, effort and running around. At Jahli Plumbing, we can coordinate all relevant trades and know how long each element of the project will take. This means you can have your new bathroom finished and functional in less time, with minimal downtime between trades.
Over to you
What other questions do you have about planning your bathroom renovation? If you’ve renovated a bathroom, what do you wish you’d known before starting?