Bathroom joinery (or cabinetry as it’s sometimes known), can be classed as things such as vanities, shaving cabinets, and benchtops to name a few.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when choosing these items.
Bathroom Joinery: Cheap vs Custom Made
Depending on the design of your bathroom, you can opt for custom made bathroom joinery or off the shelf, pre made, or flat packed cabinetry.
Generally speaking something custom made will cost you slightly more than purchasing something already manufactured. But it really comes down to design and budget when choosing between the two.
1. Budget Makeover = Pre Made, Off the Shelf
Are you going for a budget makeover or just a freshen up of your bathroom? Then a standard pre made or flat pack vanity and mirrored cabinets will get you out of trouble.
Often times a budget of between $200-$300 will suffice for this.
Here are some examples of the type of vanities I am referring to.
If you go for a pre made bathroom joinery unit, this will generally be something that your carpenter or plumber can install. But I suggest you nominate it on someone’s scope of works so that you don’t get the carpenter saying it’s the plumbers job, and the plumber saying it’s the carpenters!
2. Designer Look = Custom Made
On the other hand, are you going for more of a designer look and require something custom made? Then you could be looking at anywhere between $1000 – $3000, depending on the style and finishes.
Here are a some examples of custom made joinery in bathrooms.
Lead Times: Make Sure You Factor These Into Your Project Timeline
With any custom made joinery, you need to factor in lead times for manufacturing.
Most companies will have between a 4-6 week lead time from deposit to installation. Some more, some less depending on your finish.
The lead time is something you need to factor in when you’re in your early preliminary stages of the renovation project.
Check Measure: After the Tiling Stage
Another consideration with custom made joinery is that there is usually a check measure that will be required. This comes after the tiling stages and before they start with their manufacturing.
So if this is what you plan on doing with your bathroom there may be a long manufacturing time. Make sure you also factor this into your planning schedule.
You’ll get a gauge of this from the contractors when in the initial quotation stages, but it’s worth keeping in mind.
Generally speaking the installation of the joinery is one of the final items to take place. So there may still be some fit off of services needed around part of the joinery. But either way its towards the end of the project.
Last of all, when everything is installed and completed its time to give everything a good clean down. That way you’ll be ready for those beautiful before and after photo’s that you can share with your family and friends (and don’t forget to share them with us!)
We’ve come to the final part of Stage 4: Construction. Now we move on to the last step in the renovation process, Stage 5: Project Completion.
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,
CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process