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February 13th, 2017 in

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Bathroom Finishes: Documenting Your Selection’s Process

A key part of the planning stage is deciding on what bathroom finishes you want in your redesigned space. The selections process is one of the most important parts of any renovation or remodelling project and will require a big effort and focus on your part to get it 100% completed.

At first, it might seem like a lot of fun picking out taps and tiles, but after awhile it can become quite overwhelming. However, it really doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

By using a tried and tested selection process you’ll be able to take control of the situation and save yourself a lot of money and headaches as well.

Bathroom Finishes: What is the Selections Process?

It’s the system I use for selecting all of the products, materials, and various items that will be used in putting together a renovation project (bathroom, kitchen, extension etc.)

In my opinion, this is one of the most important steps in getting organised and setting yourself up for success.

The list of bathroom finishes you’ll need will be driven by the scale and size of your bathroom renovation. However, there are some fairly basic finishes every bathroom should have (give or take a few).


types of bathroom finishes


Types of Finishes for a Bathroom Renovation Project

Below I have outlined some examples of the items you may need to select or at least have some input when dealing with building professionals.

  • Flooring – ceramic; tile; stone; wood; carpet
  • Countertops – granite/marble; solid surface; laminate; tile; wood
  • Cabinets – decide on how much storage you need upfront before choosing
  • Bath Fixtures – toilet; sink; shower (head/screen); bathtub; taps
  • Splashbacks – sink; shower; bathtub areas
  • Waterproofing – walls; floors; ceiling
  • Lighting – vanity cabinet; ceiling; electrical sockets; energy efficient
  • Doors/Windows – skirtings; architraves; door handles & fittings
  • Speciality Features – heated flooring; bidet


You can also refer to Getting Organised Before You Begin Work With a Renovation Project Plan for more information on how to keep on top of all your research.

4 Key Things You Should Do


1. Visit showrooms

As you choose your fixtures and materials, visit speciality design showrooms for plumbing, lighting, flooring, cabinets, etc.

You’ll get a real feel for what’s available on the market, and you can talk to the professionals who work there about your ideas and what products will achieve your goals.

The best way to do this is to block out a weekend where you can visit showrooms and decide on all your choices.

Rule number 1 – if you have kids either organize a babysitter or bring a lot of chocolate and an iPad to keep them entertained. But if your kids are anything like mine you have been warned ☺
bathroom finishes selections process


2. Make all your selections BEFORE the work commences

I always advise anyone tackling a renovation project to ensure that all the selections are done upfront before starting on site.


3. Have all materials on site before the construction starts

This helps to cut down on potential delays in the construction schedule – which ends up hurting your wallet.


4. Focus on one segment at a time

Now you may need more than one weekend but I suggest you focus on one segment at a time and then move onto the next i.e. plumbing fittings, then electrical fittings, then tiles, paint etc.


If you are still finding it all a bit overwhelming you can always hire an interior designer to help you select all the bathroom finishes for you. For more info on this, check out our blog post at:

So we’ve completed the third part of Stage 2: Planning – bathroom finishes and the selections process. Before we move on to Stage 3: Pre Construction Stage I’m going to briefly touch on costs/budgeting.


To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process




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Hi Guys, Im a 40 something year old builder who loves to help people, if you have come to this site to find out tips and tricks on how to renovate you are in the right place! When im not adding content to this site im usually hanging out with my beautiful wife Alison and two daughters Alana and Eden. We have recently moved from the hustle and bustle of Sydney to the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Queensland. My two passions are my family and building, so that is probably why our homes are always under constant renovation!

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