Now it’s time to look at installing the right bathroom services based on your renovation design plans.
Tips For Installing New Bathroom Services
This is the stage of your project when the plumber and electrician will come in to either install new services, or modify the existing services to suit your new bathroom design.
1. Have All Fittings Onsite Before Work Starts
The biggest tip here when it comes to bathroom services is to make sure you have all plumbing and electrical fittings onsite before starting any of the work.
We touched on this during our planning stage so I won’t harp on it too much, but I recommend having all your fittings in a spare room or the garage for when your contractors arrive.
2. Keep Technical Data Close At Hand
Another tip is to have all technical data for the items available to contractors.
Normally they will be in the box’s supplied with the fittings, but in some cases you may need to download this information from the suppliers website, so be prepared for that.
3. Put Unused Parts Back in Their Boxes
When the contractors arrive they will generally pull the boxes open to get to any parts the may need at the initial rough in stages of the project.
I recommend making sure that when they are finished all parts (including instructions) that were not used should be placed back into the box. That way the contractors will be able to find everything when they return at a later stage for the fit off.
I have had a few bad experiences myself over the years with missing parts or instructions – so try and be diligent with keeping everything together.
If you are working with a larger company and not an owner operator, sometimes one tradesman may come out to perform the rough in, and when it comes time to the fit off they may send someone else. In that scenario if the box with the part is missing along with any parts or instructions…. Well you get the idea.
4. Avoid Scheduling Clashes With Contractors
Another tip is to avoid having multiple contractors working in your bathroom at same time. We discussed this in Stage 3: Pre Construction when drafting our Construction Schedule for the project. But it’s still good to keep this in mind.
Book the plumber one day and the electrician the next.
5. Good Time To Think of Upgrading
With the installation of new bathroom services this could also be a perfect time to look at upgrading that old hot water heater or electrical meter board.
It’s worth getting advice from your contractors back in your preliminary planning stages when they are quoting your project. That way you can factor it into your budget.
If you are opting for upgrades to your services, the contractors would either be working on the upgrades at this stage of installation or at the end when they come back to perform the plumbing and electrical fit off.
6. Laminate Your Plans
It’s also a good idea to have a full set of plans laminated and left on site. That way if any of the contractors forget theirs they have something to work off.
It’s critical that all your bathroom services are installed exactly where you want them, so don’t be afraid to check the contractors work or ask questions if something doesn’t seem right.
7. Take Lots of Photos
Lastly, I recommend that you take lots of photos of all the bathroom services in the wall before they are covered up! Then if there are any issues down the track, you’ll know where to look, or where to avoid if installing new fixings.
Ok once all services are roughed in, it’s time to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Wall Linings.
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