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Choosing the Right Plumbing Fixtures for a Bathroom Renovation

The right set of plumbing fixtures can add that shiny finishing touch to your bathroom. Whether you are updating old, rusty fixtures or embarking on a full bathroom remodel, taps, sinks, showers and toilets are a major functional and cosmetic feature.

When choosing plumbing fixtures for your bathroom renovation, consider style, material, functionality, price and compatibility, as well as any tools, additional parts or speciality know-how required. Knowing how to choose the right fixtures and finding the perfect combination can be a challenge, but it is time well spent.

 

4 Things to Keep in Mind with Plumbing Fixtures

 

1. Aesthetics

Decide what styles, materials and colours work within your home and be consistent. There are two broad types to consider; modern or traditional.

Modern homes are generally well suited to smooth curves or defined angles with shiny, metallic finishes. Sleek stainless steel taps can add a touch of luxury and elegance to a contemporary city apartment. Conversely, the same stylish taps may look completely out of place compared to ornate bronze or copper fixtures more commonly associated with old-fashioned country homesteads.

 

Need some help finding design inspiration for your plumbing fixtures? Check out our blog post on bathroom design ideas and inspiration

 

2. Practicality

What kind of lifestyle do you have? This is an important question to ask yourself so that you choose fixtures that will suit your purpose. If you have young children, choose faucets that are easy to turn and are within easy reach. A single tap may be preferable over the separate hot and cold taps of times past, or it may be time to install sensors and go touch free.

For showers, one family member may enjoy a powerful massaging jet, while another may prefer a gentle rain. In this case, dual fixtures may provide the rare solution which pleases everyone.

Be aware that water efficiency of fixtures especially that of faucets and shower heads will vary considerably. It also pays to check pressure and temperature ratings, as particular fixtures or materials may be designed for a specific function.

 

plumbing fittings

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3. Price

Price can be the final deciding factor for many. Different types of fixtures are available at a wide range of prices, depending on the material, style, brand and warranty. Figure out your budget first then stick to it by shopping around to find the best price. Pay special attention to wholesalers, outlet stores, warehouses, or if your product is available online.

For those on a budget, there are often cheaper versions of expensive fixtures and materials. Materials such as brass are often available across a wide price range. However, cheap fixtures may not last and may be difficult to find replacement parts for. Investing in well-known brands made of high-quality materials for a little extra can save you money in the long run.

Find out more about what the finishes selections process in the bathroom finishes slection process.

 

4. Compatibility with Pre-existing Fixtures, Fittings and Plumbing

Rearranging the layout of plumbing fixtures is more expensive and time-consuming than simply swapping out taps of the same size and material. Choosing fixtures that are compatible with the size, materials, placement, and existing plumbing system (or the one that you are planning) will make your life a lot simpler.

For those in need of a quick refresher, pipe fittings are the pieces that connect different pipes, components, and associated fixtures. They can be used to allow water flow between tubes of different sizes, shapes, and pressures or even divide flow so you can achieve your dream bathroom renovation.

The above content is written as guest post by Plumbing Plus.

 

Once you have chosen your fixtures, get them installed by a reputable, qualified plumber, who will be aware of standard plumbing, building, and health codes.

Professional plumbers will also be able to provide personalised advice on how to alter your existing plumbing systems to fit your chosen fixtures, predict any problems you may encounter, offer suggestions for saving money and most importantly, help you avoid re-enacting the great flood.

If you are 

  • a plumber 
  • planning on getting a plumber’s license 
  • building contractor
  • an owner-builder

here are some additional tips for you to make the fix plumbing fixtures with ease. 

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.

You’ll need to have all your fittings on site ready to go. These include:

  • Toilets
  • Taps
  • Baths
  • Basins
  • Light fittings
  • Exhaust fans
  • Heated towel rails
  • And all other items for the plumber/electrician

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.

Bathroom Services Fittings

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.

Installing Bathroom Services

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.

 

 

plumbing & electrical fit off tips

6. AVOID SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH CONTRACTORS

 

Like I previously mentioned, its best to avoid having your contractors working over the top of each other.

What I tend to do is book in the electrician one day and the plumber the next day to avoid the chaos of too many people in one small room at a time.

 

7. USE DROP SHEETS ON TILES

Ask the tradesman to use drop sheets or protection over your freshly tiled floor.

Most decent contractors wouldn’t need to be reminded of this – but preventing scratches on the tiles is far better than finding a cure!

 

 

plumbing & electrical fit off stage

8. WARRANTY CARDS & TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Once the tradesmen have completed their installations, check all the boxes that your fixtures came with to make sure that any warranty cards or technical info are still there.

It’s a good idea to kept these – preferably saved into your job filing system so that you can call upon the information at a later date if any warranty issues occur.

Now that we’ve completed the plumbing & electrical fit off, it’s time to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Painting.

 

9. 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.

 

10. 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.

 

Signing off

Plumbing work is something that needs complete attention and perfection. Else the fittings might end up leaking or start wearing out with time. So do not touch plumbing work if you are not a licensed professional. 

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason


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How to Renovate a Bathroom? 5 Stage Process

 

The 5 Stage Renovation Process focusing specifically on how to renovate a bathroom and project manage the entire job.

Each stage will be broken down into bite-size chunks for easy digestion. It will also be full of practical tips and builder’s hacks to get you on the right path with your renovation.

This step-by-step approach will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to better manage your DIY bathroom renovation or at least know how to work with someone who is going to do it for you.

Whether it’s your architect or your builder. Heck it could even be your Uncle Frank. No matter which way you go you’ll be on top of things right from the start.

 

How to Renovate a Bathroom?

Created by an Experienced, Licensed Builder

This process has been something I’ve refined over the past two decades during my days running a building company in Sydney, Australia.

What I’ll be showing you is exactly the process that I have used day in, day out on all my home builds and renovations. So you’ll be getting first-hand experience in how to do and how not to do a bathroom renovation.

 

Planning-a-bathroom-renovation

 

As with all home improvement projects, there is a rhythm and a flow to them. Certain things need to start before other jobs can progress. If you miss any of the essential steps then it could create a domino effect.

However, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, like unseasonal weather conditions, late supplier deliveries or even financing issues. When getting to grips with how to renovate a bathroom, this is one of the key things to get your head around.

But as with everything in life, the better you plan for contingencies, the better you’ll be able to quickly deal with any set backs.

I find that keeping calm (and having a few beers!) always helps to even things out when the SHTF. So find your calm zone and make sure you use it during the renovation process.

 

So What Exactly is the 5 Stage Renovation Process?

The 5 stages can essentially be grouped into 3 core elements: Research, Planning, and Construction.

5-Step-Renovation-Process-How-to-renovate-a-bathroom

Below is a brief outline of each one.

 

Stage 1: Research

As the name suggests, this is when you start gathering all your ideas together and working out what you’d like your bathroom to look like. It’s probably the most fun part of the entire renovation process – although completing the job does run a very close second.

It’s never been easier to source great designs, find inspiration, and learn how to renovate a bathroom. The previously exclusive world of interior design has now been cracked open for everyone to peek inside. And with no end of online websites catering for the home improvement addict, you can literally track down exactly what you’re after in an afternoon.

Websites like PinterestHouzz and HiPages are a great start!

For more in-depth information check out, Where to Find Bathroom Design Ideas, Inspiration and organize them

how-to-renovate-a-bathroom-houzz-research

 

Stage 2: Planning

Once you have a good idea of what you’d like your bathroom to look like, the next stage is putting everything in place and making sure you calculate your costs.

Things to consider now would be:

Plans & sketches

 

Job file structure

  • How will you get prepared & organized before the work begins?

 

Finishes schedule

 

Budget Cost Calculator

 

Stage 3: Pre Construction

Now we get to the hiring people and project timeline stage.

Finding contractors

 

Planning out your project timeline

contractor-renovating-a-bathroom

Stage 4: Construction

Here we go! This is the meat and potatoes of the entire bathroom renovation. It’s where everyone gets to work.

But before getting started you need to have a site establishment checklist on hand.

Read more: Use a Site Establishment Checklist Before Starting Construction

Some of the key areas that will be covered in this stage include:

 

Stage 5: Project Completion

This is when you breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

But before you do, there are always a few final last minute things to tidy up before you can enjoy your new bathroom.

Read more: Complete Bathroom Renovation

 

So that’s it in a nutshell. As you can see the 5 Stage Renovation Process flows in a logical way and will help guide you through your home improvement project.

Once you work through the process you’ll certainly know how to renovate a bathroom like an expert.

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason


 

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Bathroom design ideas: How to organize and convert into a plan?

Lemme start with a disclaimer saying this is not the page filled with amazing bathroom designs. It is the process of finding the best bathroom design ideas, organizing them and putting all of it together to make your dream bathroom on paper. Don’t worry, we won’t bore you. I will keep it precise and to the point.

Simply swiping through pages with loads of images? It is easy to forget and difficult to explain to others. So, sticking to an organized process when you have a bathroom renovation upcoming is necessary.

Don’t worry this is not from an OCD organizer. Just simple steps to get the bathroom design ideas you see over time into a proper plan.

 

Where to Find Bathroom Design Ideas & Inspiration?

When it comes to finding bathroom design ideas there are literally millions of places you could look for inspiration – both online & offline. And with such a huge range of options, it can get overwhelming when it comes to making decisions about which look and feel to go with.

If you’re unsure of where to start or are feeling stuck then this article will help point you in the right direction.

Pinterest

Most people should have heard about Pinterest (well almost everyone!).

It’s a free social media network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.

Home improvement is only one of the topics you can find on Pinterest – there are loads more catering for all interests.

 

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-Pinterest

Places you have been to

Your friends and relatives’ homes are a great source of bathroom renovation ideas. But do not deliberately barge into their bathrooms. When you happen to go or remember someone with an impressive bathroom just click a photo.

Magazines

Great for making ‘mood boards’ the old-fashioned way (i.e. cut-outs).

Also, check out their website & social media for ideas. Or simply click a picture so that it is easy to organize.

Online forums: Houzz, Hipages

Not just limited to Houzz.com or Hipages.com.au there is a lot to explore. You will find thousands of inspirational photos to get your creative juices going.

Follow hashtags on Instagram

The simple yet modern way to keep up with the trends. Follow any hashtag like #bathroomrenovation or #Smallbathroommakeover on Instagram and you will be automatically shown the best ones.

Renovation and bathroom tv-shows

Another great place to see finished bathrooms, as well as the fittings.

Home décor retail outlets

Great place to see complete room makeovers – IKEA does this really well.

Fairs and events

Great for finding the latest trends, ‘must-haves’, and up-and-coming designers

Interior designer profiles

For those with deep pockets, you could hire an interior designer to do all the legwork for you. Others, find the best interior designers on social media or go to their personal website and look for the portfolio.

 

That’s a lot of sources to have bathroom design ideas. But how do you keep track of them all?

Press save, bookmark, Wishlist, screenshot and click photo anything and everything you like, even if it is just a shower knob.

 

Word of Warning – Beware of Overwhelm

Be careful of falling into the ‘analysis paralysis’ zone. You know the place where you see so many things you like but are too scared of making a decision in case you choose the wrong one.

One way to overcome this is to make a list of things you absolutely have to have in your new bathroom. This could be a shower and bath combo, lots of storage etc. By narrowing down the field you can focus your attention on what’s really important to you and ditch the stuff that’s not.

If you do fall into the overwhelm trap – try taking a step back, stop looking and go for a walk/leave it for a while.

Sometimes the break can help clear your mind so it has time to mill over the choices in the background (subconsciously). A beer always helps too ☺

 

How to organize your bathroom renovation ideas?

If you’ve ever done (or at least dreamed of doing) a home improvement project, you’ll know that the first step is research. Scouring the Internet and beyond for great bathroom makeover ideas is a load of fun but all that info needs to be organised in a way that you can easily find it later.

Bathroom renovation ideas organized

Folder/Filing Structure

Before you start gathering all those great bathroom makeover ideas, work out a system to file the info – much like the folders in your filing cabinet. Believe me – it will save you a heap of time in the long run if you do this upfront.

Below is a list of categories to get the ball rolling but feel free to add more if you like.

  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Sink
  • Fixtures/Taps
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Walls
  • Tiles
  • Storage
  • Décor
  • Furniture/Cupboards
  • Colour scheme

Choose a method that works best for you – it could be the list above, alphabetical, colour coding etc. Everyone has their own way of doing things – so there’s no right or wrong way!

 

Offline & Online Tools & Apps

There are also some great offline & online tools/apps you can use to collate all your info in one place.

OFFLINE

Word or Excel

A lot of computers nowadays will come bundled with Microsoft Office (both PC and Mac) when purchased. The product suite consists of Word (text editor), Excel (spreadsheet), Powerpoint (presentations) and a number of other useful applications. You can find out more by heading over to the Microsoft site.

But if you want to do it on the cheap then there’s a free alternative called OpenOffice.

Text Editor / Notes

A text editor is like Word but without all the formatting options. Much like Microsoft Office, most computers come with a basic Text Editor. Also many mobile phones now also come with Notes (iPhone) or similar so you can even gather info on the go.

ONLINE

Evernote

Evernote is a great option to organise your bathroom makeover ideas in one central place. As it’s an online software service, you can access your account from any device with Internet connection. They also offer a free account as well as paid for plans.

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-Evernote

Google Docs

Google has its own online version of Word called Google Docs, and Excel called Google Sheets. If you have a Gmail account then you’ll be able to access these for free. You can learn more here.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking and personal information management (PIM) application for collecting, organising and sharing digital information. It’s basically Microsoft’s online version of Evernote.

 

It’s also the only Microsoft Office suite app you can download and use for free without a license to the suite or 365 subscriptions.

 

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So, that’s how you organize your favourite bathroom renovation ideas into a place and show it to your builder or interior designer.

There is no wrong in tacking multiple references from various sources, just make sure to save it in a retrievable location so that it is available when finalizing on the bathroom design.

Another thing to keep in mind is the budget. You will find a lot of fitting and bathroom design impressive, but make sure to keep an eye on the budget too. See options within your budget to avoid disappointment.

So, what next? Putting it up together.

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How to plan your project timeline with a Construction Schedule Template? (with download link)

Using a construction schedule template to plan out your project timeline is a great way to save time.

There’s no doubt about it, lining up all your key contractors and resources is one of the most important things you can do on a renovation project. It might seem daunting if you’re not a seasoned professional, but with a little guidance, you’ll be on top of things in no time.

The construction schedule template will help you to get down the scheduling basics. Then you can adjust the details according to discussions with each one of your chosen building contractors.

 

Construction Schedule Template: 3 Reasons To Use One

Having a construction schedule template is:

  1. Another way to help project manage your renovation and plan out all the critical tasks one by one without clashes or overlap. Great for helping you think about each stage and what you’ll need to have organised when your tradies arrive on site.
  2. Great for helping you think about each stage and what you’ll need to have organised when your tradies arrive on site.
  3. Will show you the order in which most bathroom renovations will be sequenced, and this is how I would suggest going through and finding your building contractors one by one as you work down your list.

 

Below is an example of what a construction schedule template looks like (note: if you’ve enrolled in the How To Renovate A Bathroom course, all these templates are included).

 

Construction Schedule

 

And here’s a video that demonstrates how to use one.

 

 

Some of the considerations when filling out your schedule for each stage of the project are as follows.

 

1. Site Establishment

This is the stage where you should get the project set up BEFORE any contractors arrive on site.

Your role as a builder or owner-builder include:

  • installing floor protection over carpets and timber floors
  • setting up skip bins for rubbish removal
  • setting up a first aid kit
  • any signage that may be needed to direct contractors
  • setting up all safety equipment on site (gloves, dust masks, glasses, etc)
  • setting up any temporary toilets if the bathroom will be out of action

 

During site establishment, I also book in my plumber and electrician. This is to make the work area safe. It’s also to perform disconnections for things such as water, gas and power so that the area is ready for demolition.

 

2. Discuss Timeframes With The Contractors

For all other items in your construction schedule template, I recommend discussing the timeframe to complete the works with the contractors.

When you engage them in the process, that way you are working within timeframes that they advise they can complete them in. So there’s no unrealistic expectations from either party.

 

Construction schedule template contractor

 

3. Avoid Scheduling Clashes

One of the main considerations is trying to avoid a clash in your schedule where two or more contractors need to work in the bathroom at the same time.

Bathrooms are generally confined spaces, and having guys working over the top of each other can be a recipe for disaster.

Depending on the scale and size of your project, you could have a plumber come in the morning and electrician after lunch. But generally speaking, I like to book them on separate days to avoid any headaches.

 

4. Keep your Schedule Up-to-Date

Another consideration is to keep your schedule current. If there are any changes such as delays or over runs with a particular section of your renovation, make sure you revise your schedule to reflect this.

Once amended make sure you contact your preceding trades and advise them of any delay well in advance so they can reschedule to fit you in at a later date. Calling a contractor one or two days before they were due to start won’t cut it!

Most good contractors will have a few months’ worth of work in front of them so it may take some shuffling on their part to fit you back in.

Finally, when you’re happy with your construction schedule, give every contractor plenty of notice on their start dates. Then book it all in and get ready to watch the magic happen!

 

That’s about it for now. I hope you can see the benefit of using this type of template to schedule in your construction work.

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

 


 

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Use a Site Establishment Checklist Before Starting Construction

Before starting any construction work, it’s vitally important that you have a site establishment checklist on hand.

Checklist can come in handy to keep track of all the things to be done in any situation. And it is ideal to have a checklist right before the most important stage of renovation or construction – the on-site work.

It’s there to help you prepare the building site so the renovation process can begin.

What is a Site Establishment Checklist?

Site establishment checklist will make sure you have done all the required safety measures and preparation for the upcoming site work to proceed without any hiccups.

Site establishment includes things like:

  • Protection to floors and existing surfaces.
  • Safety signs and first aid equipment.
  • Designated areas for material deliveries and rubbish etc.

 

It’s during this stage (or day on site) that you will also need to locate all of your mains services like water supply, gas and electricity.

  • Know where they’re located in case of an emergency.
  • Don’t scramble around trying to find a buried water meter at the last minute.

 

Below is an example of a checklist that I use for site establishment (note: if you’ve enrolled in the How To Renovate A Bathroom video course, all these templates are included).

 

Site Establishment Checklist example

Below is the demonstration on how to use the site establishment checklist.

Keep The Neighbours Informed!

This is also the time you’ll want to let your neighbours know when you intend to start with your renovation.

  • A letter dropped into the mailbox of your surrounding neighbours is all you need.
  • Let them know to expect a little noise and dust for a few weeks.
  • Give them a heads up if parking will be an issue due to tradesmen trucks and deliveries.

 

Here’s an example of a standard template letter that you could use.

 

Site Establishment checklist letter for neighbours

 

You can download the Neighbours letter template here.

By doing this upfront you can save yourself a lot of headache by not surprising your neighbours with it. And remember that you have to live with these guys longer than the duration of your renovation project, so be mindful.

 

How to Perform Site Establishment

Site establishment can be anywhere from a couple of hours to take care of a few basics, through to a couple of days for larger projects.

Below are some of the typical site establishment checklist items for a bathroom renovation.

 

Site Establishment Checklist

 

1) Neighbour notification letters

Inform your neighbours of intended start date and site contact numbers.
Do this at least 2 weeks prior to starting on site.

 

2) First Aid equipment

To be stored on site in a prominent location.
Include for any site inductions with new contractors on site.

 

3) Site amenities

Including toilets, running water, site sheds, tool lock ups, lunchrooms, etc.

 

4) Permits

May need to be obtained from local authorities for project specific items i.e. skip bins, work zones or traffic control items.

 

5) Traffic control

Needs to be considered for organizing deliveries and managing pedestrians.

 

6) Plumbing and electrical services

Need to be disconnected to work zones prior to construction.
Temporary utilities may need to be installed for the duration of the build.

 

7) Signage

Builders contact details.
Private certifiers (if you have one) contact details.
Relevant warning signs.
Location of site office signs or any safety and induction signs to be erected on the site fence or in a prominent location.

 

8) Dial before you dig services

Is required before arriving on site.
This ensures that any authorities services or mains will not be damaged during construction.

 

9) Insurances

To cover the type of work being undertaken during construction.
Homeowners household insurances may need to be varied or amended during the course of the building works.
Includes insurances like:

  • Public liability.
  • Workers compensation.
  • Construction all risk.
  • Homeowners warranty.

 

10) Check approved development application

Ensure your DA is installed or considered at the time of the site establishment being carried out.

 

As I mentioned before, every bathroom renovation project is different so you’ll need to do some research well in advance to see what requirements need to be in place. By using a site establishment checklist you’ll ensure that all bases are covered.

The one thing I can’t stress enough though is to plan ahead and have everything ready for day one.

You don’t want be putting these measures in place during the project as it could be unsafe for anyone on site. You could also potentially risk heavy fines from authorities is you’re found not to be compliant with the requirements in your DA.

 

How to get site establishment checklist?

The site establishment checklist I use is available free for download with the Bathroom renovation course that will help both builders and owners to take up bathroom refresh.

Check out the bathroom renovation course for a complete guide on managing renovation projects.

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

 


 

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How to do a Bathroom Demolition Properly?

When it comes to the bathroom demolition stage, it’s a good idea to have a plan of action before you get started!

How to do a Bathroom Demolition Properly

 

1. Turn Off Your Water & Electricity

Always have your services capped off and made safe prior to any demolition by your plumber and electrician.

If you don’t feel confident in removing any items such as basins, baths, taps, toilets, light fittings and power points – then you can ask the professionals to remove them while they are making the area safe for demolition.

Familiarize yourself where all your service meters are located for your electrical meter, water meter and gas. Even after your contractors have been out to make the area safe before demolition there can still be a pipe buried in the wall that may get damaged during the bathroom demolition.

The last thing you want is to have water flooding your house and you cannot locate a water meter that might be buried in a garden!

bathroom demolition work

2. Check What’s Behind The Wall

Another consideration is what is behind your tiles, if you have a hollow wall (timber frame with wall sheeting), there could be a possibility that asbestos sheeting may have been used.

Depending on the age of your house, if this is a concern then an occupational hygienist can be engaged to test the materials and let you know before you start work.

Here is an example of a company here is Sydney that can perform such an inspection – https://www.airsafe.net.au/. You can always find similar professionals in your home town and country.

 

3. Inspect What Lies Below The Surface

With all renovation / demolition projects it can be hard to determine what lies below the surface, and sometimes the full extent of any damage or repairs needed may not be known until things are ripped apart.

For example in some old bathrooms waterproofing is non-existent and water damage over many years may result in a rotten timber floor below your tiles that may need replacing. Termites also come and go, and pulling linings off walls can often expose paper thin timber framed structural walls.

 

4. Have a Cash Contingency Plan

In most cases I would recommend having a 10-15% variation contingency up your sleeve for costs that might be unknown.

A few extra grand on a 20K bathroom might be all you need to be safe, but its recommended to have a little buffer for those hidden surprises.

bathroom demolition tools

5. Bathroom Demolition Tools

If you plan on tackling the demolition yourself, here is a list of tools and equipment you may need.

 

Now with the above recommended tools listed out, you need to ask yourself if I already own many of these tools? If not, what would it cost me to purchase or hire them for a few days or a week?

If the costs start adding up it may actually be cheaper to hire a demolition contractor or carpenter to come in and do your demolition and strip out of the bathroom for you.

Demolition can be a rewarding task when you get to pull out that ugly bath that you’ve had to put up with for years! But it can also be dangerous, so make sure you have fun but play it safe!

 

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

 


 

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Bathroom Renovation Carpentry Guide for owners and builders

Here I outline some handy carpentry tips and advice to cover both structural elements and final fit offs.

Carpentry Guide for a Bathroom Renovation

 

The carpentry stage in a bathroom renovation will usually come before the installation of services. For example, if a partition wall is required to be built that will have new services running through it.

Some bathrooms may be a simple strip out and re-installation of services, so your carpentry tasks will probably only be minor. While other bathrooms can be more complex and require the skills of a carpenter in more stages throughout your renovation.

 

1. What Jobs Will a Carpenter Do?

Some of the tasks that a carpenter can undertake on a bathroom renovation are as follows, but not limited to:

  • The actual demolition of your existing bathroom.
  • Installation of partition walls or new wall framing.
  • Relocation of doorways and window.
  • Subfloor replacement of concrete or new fibros cement sheeting.
  • Replacement of rotten or damaged timbers.
  • New structural elements (if required).
  • New window and door installations.
  • Blocking out (framing) for toilet roll holders and other wall fixtures.
  • Installation of new cabinetry.
  • Fittings such as towel rails, mirrors etc.

 

So you can see from the above that a carpenter can play a pretty big part in your bathroom renovation.

carpentry tips bathroom wall

2. Where Will Your Fixtures Go?

One major tip to consider if you have timber framed walls when renovating your bathroom, is the location of any fixtures that need to be mounted i.e. towel rails, toilet roll holders ect.

If you can mark the locations of these on plan then a carpenter can install timber blocking between the studs so that solid fixing can be achieved. We have all seen the results of poor fixings into a hollow wall.

Once your carpenter has done his part in the early stages they’ll usually be back at the fit off stage.

3. Discuss Plans With Your Carpenter

Its important to run through the plans and put a scope together with your carpenter at the initial quoting stages. That way you can make sure that everything you would like them to do is covered in there quote.

 

Carpentry Fit Off

This is the stage of the project where your carpenter will come back and fit off items such as:

  • Towel rails.
  • Toilet roll holders.
  • Vanity cabinets.
  • Install doors.
  • Door locks and door furniture.
  • Window locks.
  • Robe hooks.
  • Mirrors shaving cabinets.
  • And much more depending on your scope.

 

If you are handy on a hammer drill you may be able to save yourself a few dollars by installing some of your own fittings.

Just be aware that it can be quite easy to scratch or chip a tile if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Here are a few videos covering some more carpentry tips that may help if you want to have a crack yourself.

1. How to Drill Through Ceramic Tiles Without Scratching Them

 

2. How to Install a Hotwire Heated Towel Rack

 

Now if you have a door that needs replacing and you are feeling adventurous you may also want to try and install one yourself. But I will advise that this is one of the trickiest things to master as a carpenter, and you’ll require a few specialist tools for the job.

That said if you would like to try your hand at it here is another full tutorial on how to go about it.

3. How To Install An Internal Door (Plus Lock) – Complete Beginners Guide

 

So that about covers it for my carpentry tips. Now it’s time to bring in your plumber and electrician for Stage 4: Construction – the installation of New Bathroom Services.

 

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
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Bathroom Waterproofing Tips from the expert

Bathroom waterproofing is one of the most critical things you absolutely need to do properly when renovating.

The majority of warranty issues and call backs that occur in most bathrooms are due to waterproofing failure. Below are some of my top tips to help you avoid this.

 

Bathroom Waterproofing: What You Need to Know

 

1. Watch Your Angles & Upturns

A big consideration when it comes to bathroom waterproofing needs to be around the placement of angles or upturns in shower bases and also at doorways.

 

2. Hiring a Bathroom Waterproofing Professional

There are a lot of waterproofing products on the market, but generally they will be polyurethane or acrylic based materials.

It’s important that the right product is used for each individual bathroom. This is where hiring a professional waterproofing contractor really comes in handy. So if in doubt, get someone in who knows what they’re doing!

In many cases the tiler will install the waterproofing membrane. This is ok if they have been trained to do so and can install it according to the relevant codes.

If the tiler is competent with the installation then you don’t need to get two separate trades involved. And as an added bonus, they can also select the correct tile glues to match the waterproofing product that is used.

bathroom waterproofing professional

3. Choose The Right Installation Method

One important thing to note with bathroom waterproofing is that sometimes there are different installation methods depending on how your existing space is constructed.

For example sometimes the waterproofing membrane will go directly on the floor sub straight (concrete slab or cement sheeting) and have the sand and cement tile bed laid over the top.

Some methods may also include a membrane over the sand and cement bed as well for that extra protection.

Either way its critical its done correctly. So I advise you to be over cautious at this stage. And if it means paying more for extra precaution when installing the bathroom waterproofing then it’s worth it.

bathroom waterproofing membrane

4. Make Sure Your Floor is Level

A major tip when it comes to the waterproofing on your floor is to ensure that the substrate of your floor is level. Also check that all plumbing puddle flanges (technical term, sorry you may have to google it) are recessed into the floor so they sit flush.

This way if any water gets through your sand and cement floor screed (we will discuss this in the tiling stage), it will make its way to the membrane and then into your floor wastes with no obstructions.

If you have an existing bathroom floor that is majorly out of level, then I would advise to have a membrane installed over the sand and cement screed bed as well. Then no water will get trapped under the bed in the uneven areas of your floor.

 

Again it’s pretty hard to explain every little detail when it comes to bathroom waterproofing. But I strongly suggest hiring a professional that comes with good references as this is a very critical part of any bathroom renovation.

It may be hard for a waterproofer to quote on your renovation until they have seen the state of your floor after the demolition has been carried out. So you may have to factor in getting them to inspect immediately after your demolition is completed to avoid any delays down the track.

 

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

 


 

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Best In-depth Bathroom Tiling Tips no one tells you

There’s a lot to cover when it comes to bathroom tiling. But if you’re new to renovating some of the technical terms may go over your head.

However, I am not gonna bore you with the regular procedure of laying the tiles. You can check out other articles on Bathroom tiling for it. This is the in-depth insight from a 25+ year experienced builder.

Bathroom Tiling: 7 Great Tips

So lets try and cover some of the things you need to know when doing bathroom tiling.

1. The Bedding (or Screed)

What is a sand and cement bed?

You will often hear this term when it comes to bathroom tiling, and it refers to the material that is placed under the floor tiles.

  • It’s usually a mixture of 4 parts sand to 1 part cement
  • It’s mixed up and placed over a bathroom floor in a bedding layer of approx. 30-50mm thick.

The bedding (also known as a screed) will have a fall or gradient from the door way and edges of the bathroom walls, back into the floor wastes to direct any water back into the drainage system.

bathroom tiling floor

2. The Floor Gradient

Without this gradient there is no place for the water to go.

This is often the reason there is sometimes a large step up (20-40mm) into a bathroom. It’s because the bathroom floor and the floor of the main house have been installed at the same level.

If this is the case, it’s the 30-40mm tile bed and a 5-8mm tile on top that is causing the step.

The only way to avoid this is to drop the floor down the thickness of the bed and tile in the bathroom area.

New Homes: Easy to Factor in During the Planning Stage

If you are building a new home you can factor it into the plan and have your “wet areas” lowered by 50mm.

Existing Homes: Can’t Always be Achieved Without Great Expense
If you have an existing concrete slab there is no way to get a level transition between your bathroom floor and house without having the concrete slab approx. 50mm lower.

In most cases the existing concrete slab would have to be jackhammered out.

This could be a consideration if you concrete was old and substandard, or needed to be removed for new drainage. If that was the case then this would be the perfect opportunity to lower the finished level of the concrete by 50mm.

Timber Floors

The above also applies to timber floors.

The carpenters would have to put in extra time and cost to lower a timber floor.

But again, if the floor was being repaired or replaced you could also take the opportunity to lower the finished level (i.e. top of sheeting) by 50mm.

 

3. Under Tile Heating

Another consideration is under tile heating.

Each manufacturer of under tile heating may have different installation methods. For example, some companies may install the wire element “under” the screed bed, while others may want the product installed over the screed bed under glued under the tile.

Here is an video of the product we installed over the screed bed on one of our bathrooms.

 

4. Setting Out Your Tiles

Next thing to consider with your bathroom tiling is the set out.

It’s rare that you will ever get full tiles to work from corner to corner of a bathroom. There will usually be a cut tile on one wall or the other.

It’s critical at the set out stage with you tiler to discuss where these cuts will go and what will look the best. This is especially important when you have a tile with a pattern on it.

 

5. Finishing Tiles at the Edges

Another consideration is how your tiles will be finished at external corners of walls, window recesses or doorways.

One option is to install a mitred edge i.e. 45% cuts so that they meet on a point. Although not all tiles can be mitred due to the size of the tile, make of material and a few other varying factors.

Another option is tile trims. These come in various sizes, colours and materials. A tile trim gives a nice edge for the tile to finish up to and allows for the return tile around a corner to butt up neatly to the same edge.

tiling a bathroom

6. Grouting

Once wall and floor tiles are installed then grouting is next on the list.

I like to use coloured grouts as they look a little nicer than a standard sand and cement grout mix on the floor. But I use white for the walls. Mid-grey goes pretty well with most coloured tiles too.

And you can’t go wrong with a good quality mould resistant grout. It will make the tiles look fresh and clean for longer!

There are also different grout products for the walls and floors.

Generally the floors are more of a course sanded mixture. Whilst the walls are a much finer composition. You can also use additives to help prevent mould, but I recommend using the manufactures suggested product if you go this route.

Here is a good video tutorial around grout from Jeff at Home Repair Tutor.

 

7. Silicone Installation

One other finishing detail to factor in is silicone installation to all corner junctions of the walls, floor, windows and doors.

It’s important to note that the tiler should leave these junctions free from grout so that silicone can be installed as expansion joints. This will prevent unsightly cracking if grout was installed in these areas.

Here is a video demonstrating how to install silicone to these areas.

 

Once the bathroom tiling has been done you’re then ready to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Plumbing & Electrical fit off.

 

 

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

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

 


 

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How much does bathroom renovation cost in 2020? (I did it for $20,750)

 

For many people, the question of cost is one of the first things that comes to mind when they are thinking of renovating the bathroom. It certainly helps to know how much the project will cost upfront so you don’t go over budget. This allows you to plan accordingly and make sure you won’t get any nasty shocks with your bathroom upgrade when you are knee-deep in the process.

So, here’s my take on bathroom renovation cost along with a case study of how much it took me to renovate my own bathroom.

 

Bathroom Remodel Cost Calculator online

 

How much does bathroom renovation cost in 2020?

If you don’t know me yet, I own a building company in Australia. I have been into a lot of construction projects including bathroom renovation for more than 25 years now.

Cost of bathroom renovation can vary for various reasons mainly because of location. The cost of labour and goods are few other things to be worried about. Also, it is the type of bathroom improvement you are looking for – Aesthetic changes only, basic remodel or complete remodel with demolition.

From my experience, the total bathroom renovation cost ranges around $30,000 for respectable outcome.

Bathroom renovation cost based on country

Country
Budget bathroom renovation (Aesthetic changes and
DIY)
Complete bathroom renovation
Luxury bathroom renovation
Australia (AUD)

$5,000 to $15,000

$15,000 to $25,000

$30,000+

USA

$2,500 to $6,000

$6,000 to $15,000

$15,000 to $25,000

UK
£1,500 to £4,000

£4,000 to £7,000

£7,000 to £12,000

If you are looking for a more precise estimation check bathroom renovation calculators for Australia, USA.

 

The bathroom renovation budgeting

There are two ways to approach budgeting. Either you start with a budget in mind and allocate resources accordingly or you have a bathroom renovation idea in mind for which you need to find the cost.

Spotting the areas of expense in the remodel project will help make the best out of your budget. When you have the list in hand you can make the choices depending on your needs and taste.

Here is the list of choices you need to make for bathroom renovation,

  • Plumbing – moving pipes or installing new elements
  • Finishes – floor and wall tiles, paint
  • Shower screen – frameless, semi-frameless or standard shower screen
  • Bath & Shower – integrated or freestanding. Bath, shower or both.
  • Toilet – standard or in-wall cistern
  • Vanity – standard or wall mounted
  • Lighting – task, general or mood
  • Waterproofing – to make sure your bathroom doesn’t spring a leak

 

Note: Since the prices of both the labour and material is going to change with city and country, we have not listed any of the rates.

Find the individual prices of all the choices you have made which added to the labour cost should give you a rough idea on the expense.

Construction plans tend to have loop holes, or you might be hit by some unforeseen expenses. So have some room for such expenses – 10% of the total budget is sufficient.

 

Major expenses throughout stages of renovation:

With my years of experience as a builder, the following are the important money aspects of bathroom renovation that you are required to check for proper planning and a cleaner outcome.

1. Planning

Some of the big costs you’ll have to deal with early on include building, electrical, plumbing, water & asbestos testing and various other minor testing requirements.

These tend to be the cause of major setbacks for many home renovation projects and can take a while to fix, so be sure to factor these into your schedule timing

Get in specialised tradespeople who are there to handle things like getting the relevant permits and ensuring your bathroom remodel is compliant with all government regulations.

 

2. Preparation

You’ll also need to consider the possibility of demolition if it’s necessary to remove anything dangerous.

  1. If this is the case, you’ll most likely need contractor bags, a dumpster or skip bin, as well as disposal fees.
  2. Besides lead and asbestos, you might need to take on things like wood rot and mould if found.

 

The old electricians may have done a poor job with the wiring, too. This is often the case in older buildings so:

  1. Keep an eye out for things that don’t look right or have damaged parts.
  2. Consider things like the overall structure of the room
  3. Check energy efficiency, windows, doors and framing.

 

Preparation is a big part of any renovation process and means you should get the right contractors in place early on. For example, dumpsters may be required to get rid of old debris.

Finally, take into account the cost of things like poor wiring, outdated plumbing, and even pest infestations. These kinds of problems are relatively common and usually require you to correct them as soon as possible in order for the bathroom remodel to proceed.

 

3. Operation

Another key element of a bathroom renovation is undertaking the actual work itself.

Hire professional tradespeople who are skilled enough to do the job, and have plenty of experience and references that can be checked. For example:

  1. Plumbing and electrical work – need fully licensed contractors to complete them.
  2. Pay that little bit extra to ensure the work gets done right and within government regulatory requirements.
  3. It’s easy to forget to include these kinds of things and get caught out down the track when the budget blows out.

So make sure you take into account the cost of labour and the amount of time it will take to complete the bathroom project.

 

4. Creation

You have to factor in the big item costs of the overall project too, such as plumbing and electrics. As two of the main jobs in a typical bathroom refit, you’ll need to be prepared to go back and forth with contractors and suppliers to get the job done.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t just work off the flat cost of the job – you also need to include materials and labour costs.
  2. Plumbers and electricians don’t come cheap – so be prepared upfront for any additional costs related to their services.
  3. You’ll also have to pay someone to do the fittings: lighting, fixtures like sinks and vanities, storage space, faucets, shower and bath, and potentially a toilet.
  4. You should consider hiring an architect to create your bathroom floor plans.

 

5. Finishing

Another major element of a bathroom remodel is the finishing touches. This is the part of the project that many renovators love the most as they can start to see their creation come to life. It’s also the final stage and includes everything from decorating, grouting, and painting the walls.

There’s a lot of little jobs you might think will only take minutes to do, but they can actually take hours, even days to complete. For this reason, it’s best to work with various tradespeople to get a better idea of what each job entails, how much time they’ll take and the cost.

For in-depth information on the 5 stages get my free bathroom renovation course e-book.

 

How much did I spend on renovating my own bathroom?

We renovated this bathroom back in 2011 when we first purchased our property and combined these works as part of our initial freshen up of the existing dwelling before we actually moved in after the purchase. This renovation was done before we started our major renovation back in 2014 on the “Small Space Big Build Project”.

I know it is a decade old, which is why all of the costs – labour and material are matched to the same/similar product costs that are in the market now.

Below is a photo of the bathroom before we started work.

Bathroom renovation -before

 

 

Bathroom Renovation Costs: A detailed Case study

  • Demolition – Rubbish removal cost – Skip Bin (note – no labour costs as we did this ourselves) $650.
  • Plumbing – Run new services including relocating drainage and sewer in the concrete slab, cost also includes the fit off of all new fittings upon completion. $3177.
  • Electrical – New wiring to services such as heat lamp, exhaust fan, heated towel rail, floor heating and LED strip lights. Cost also includes fitting all of the above items upon completion $1460.
  • Carpentry – Build wall frames for concealed plumbing, fit toilet roll holders, robe hooks, hang door and fit new lock $1,120
  • Plasterer – Sheet new wall frame and patch the existing ceiling $720
  • Waterproofing – New membrane to floor and walls (2 coats) $600
  • Tiling – Full height wall (3.1 meters) and floor tiling in subway tiles (brick pattern) $2,200.
  • Painting – Ceiling, window and door Inc frame $940
  • Cabinetry – Custom made mirrored shaving cabinet, Inc installation $1,850.
  • Shower screen – Frameless glass unit, Inc installation $1,400.

Materials supplied for the project

  • Plumbing fittings – Wall hung toilet, taps, basin, 2* shower roses, heated towel rail, underfloor heating $3,488
  • Tile supply – Wall and floor $1,575 (my wife has expensive taste…)
  • Light fittings – IXL heat lamp/fan and LED strip lighting $650
  • Door and handle – $240
  • Miscellaneous building materials – Bagged concrete, timber framing, tile angles, cornice, nails bolts and screws etc $680

 

A few weeks of work and spending $20,750 later, this is how the bathroom was transformed.

Bathroom renovation progress

 

So, how do you like it?

Bathroom Shower Screens frameless

Now if we were to factor in what you would pay a builder or bathroom renovation company to take care of this for you, you need to factor in their profit margin.

Most builders will apply a margin of between 20% – 30% on top of their contractors and material cost totals to cover their overheads of running the project and their profit. So, with the above example 30% on $20,750 = $6,225 Therefore the total would be closer to $26,975.

With all of the above costs laid out, you need to factor in that I am a builder myself and I have good relationships with my trades and suppliers which mean I also get good pricing as well as being very hands-on.

In my professional opinion, most people would be looking at closer to $30,000 to get the same result as what we have above.

 

So with the above said do you need a builder to help manage your bathroom renovation? No, you don’t, but it will come down to how much time and effort you are willing to put into managing the entire process from start to finish including time on-site to troubleshoot and problem solve if needed.

 

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Bathroom Renovations: What Tradies Do I Need?

Bathroom renovations can take a lot of time and commitment to finish and do properly. For this reason, going for a simple bathroom renovation might be more suitable, and in the long run easy, for you to plan.

You will find that the typical cost of complete bathroom renovations will vary widely depending on how involved your plan is. However, you can do it for far less – a couple of thousand at most – with the caveat that you’ll be mostly making cosmetic changes.

bathroom renovations

If you intend on getting any more detailed then you will have to be prepared to shell out. It’s just a fact with any home renovation project. The more high-end you go, the more it will cost you. This includes making any major structural changes, moving the plumbing, adding or replacing walls and floor tiles.

Like any other element of your home improvement project, complete bathroom renovations require a lot of planning. You’ll be doing everything from improving structural quality to adding new features and this means that the cost and time of even a simple bathroom remodelling can be tricky to work out.

Why do you need tradies?

Typically, a bathroom renovation could take as long as eight weeks for planning and three to four weeks of actual building time. This takes into account everything from the selection and purchasing of materials, dealing with any unforeseen issues, and of course finding a good design.

It’s highly likely that you’ll need to engage the services of quite a few tradesmen and contractors if you can’t do the job yourself.

From builders, architects, electricians, painters, plumbers, tilers and waterproofers – they are all required at some stage of the process to complete the bathroom renovations.

Trying to manage a bathroom build without all of these experts is a hard thing to do. Many of them, such as electricians, are necessary, as you need an accredited professional to sign off on the work in order for local government approval. Even simple bathroom renovations will require you use some of the contractors mentioned above.

One major piece of advice – ALWAYS ensure that anyone you do decide to hire is licensed, insured, experienced and trustworthy. Look for references and examples of their work, and if they can’t produce these then don’t hire them at all.

What other options do you have?

If you wish to take the DIY route, sure you are gonna save some bucks but keep in mind the effort, work hours you need to put in to learn to do that stuff. Even light work like wall painting has a learning curve and be prepared for less than perfect outcomes if you are a first-timer.

Failing to engage a certified professional could mean that in the event of a problem or accident you may not be fully covered by insurance. And this could prove to be a very costly mistake!

Typically, you’ll need to think about the practicality of the job as much as anything else. If you intend on doing even some basic fitting work or changing the layout of the bathroom, you should definitely work out who you’ll need to help.

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What Contractors and Tradies do I need for Bathroom Renovation?

  • Builder – a builder will help you do everything from start to finish but they tend to be on the expensive side as they literally manage the whole process. Alternatively, you can save money if you don’t mind running around and doing some of the work yourself. More on that later. Hiring a builder is your best bet when you have the cash to burn.
  • Architect– to help you design the plans and layout for your bathroom, and to make sure everything fits into the space you have.
  • Carpenter– helps build the cabinets and storage space in the bathroom, making it look as professional as possible.
  • Electrician– for handling everything from the lighting and power to heating and ventilation.
  • Painters– to help you get the place looking wonderful when you are finished with the building and design work.
  • Plumbers– handle anything that involves water, making sure that bathroom fixtures, bath, shower and toilet are all working and flowing smoothly.
  • Tilers– a vital part of the process. They help you make sure that everything from drain management to overall quality of design is just right.
  • Waterproofer– to make sure that the place stays nice and dry after you go for a shower, for example.

 

How to find the best tradies?

Finding and hiring a tradie is one of the crucial parts of bathroom renovation planning. If you get this right you are very close to getting the work done without much hassle.

A tradie or a contractor can be easily evaluated with the reviews from their past work. If you are looking for tradies on an online platform like Hipages.com.au, you have got all the information in one place.

Word of mouth is also a good way to know about the tradies. However you pick your tradies, make sure they have all the necessary license and insurances to carry out the work you are looking for.

Contracting and on-boarding the tradesman into the project is the next step of getting things ready. Once you have narrowed down on the contractors, try to set-up a visit to your home for proper inspection and quote. There is nothing close to getting a direct visit.

Next in the line is signing the contract. You need to be sure about the dates and other particulars. Scheduling is another crucial part of pre-construction planning which when done properly can avoid tradesman having two schedules. Ordering the tradesman and co-ordination can also save time and money.

plumber bathroom renovation

How to save money and efficiently manage tradesman for a bathroom renovation?

As you already know, you will require multiple contractors and sub-contractors for work at various stages of bathroom renovation. Following are some ways you can save money spent on tradies.

Pay for the work to be managed. This means having to get the right order of tradesman and jobs will have to be done to avoid overlapping. You can either do this yourself or hire someone like a builder to do it for you.

Organize the materials and the products to be ordered, delivered and fitted. It’s crucial to make sure you order all the materials in advance of the bathroom renovation. You will save yourself a lot of time and money that way.

Work with a builder or planner to make sure you have a workable plan that everyone agrees to. This is a must if you want to make sure your bathroom renovations go off without a hitch.

DIY: Doing things by yourself feels satisfactory and saves money. The whole slack of the budget that goes to tradesman is saved. But keep in mind you can only replace certain tradies. Plumbing, which is an important part of the bathroom should not be carried out by you. Licensed plumbers are required to take care of anything under the ground or inside the wall. And do not forget to take into account the risks and learning costs for DIY tasks.

The most common area where DIY works best is painting, tiling and carpeting. Apart from that simple relocation or rearrangement can be done by ourselves that involves aesthetic changes only.

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Confused between hiring a tradie and DIY?

As you can see, there’s a whole lot to be done with regards to bringing together a successful bathroom renovation project.

If you are trying to manage the process for even a small renovation you still should consider tradies. Even if you are capable of doing the work yourself, you still need some tradesmen to sign off on things like plumbing and electrics.

Simple bathroom renovations can take huge amounts of planning and preparation to get it to where you want it to be. But with the right amount of time, commitment, and planning, you’ll get there!

If you’re unsure of how to best plan out your bathroom renovations, then it’s a good idea to bite the bullet and pay for experts to help you. And remember to put aside plenty of planning time!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

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