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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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How to Renovate a Bathroom: 5 Stage Process

Over the coming weeks I’ll be looking at 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.

 

Created by an Experienced, Licensed Builder: How to Renovate a Bathroom

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 about Stage 1: Research check out:

1. Where to Find Bathroom Design Ideas & Inspiration

2. How to Organise Your Bathroom Makeover Ideas

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

 

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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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 time 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.

 

Sourcing Bathroom Design Ideas: This Stage is Very Addictive!

The research stage is by far the most fun part of the renovation process (besides the demolition stage of course!). It’s the time when you can literally go crazy and create your ultimate wishlist of design ideas without touching the bank account.

There are a couple of sites that I suggest you start looking to get bathroom design ideas and inspiration – here are my three top picks:

1. Houzz

They in multiple countries worldwide including:

 

In case you haven’t heard of Houzz before, here’s some info:

  • It’s a platform for home renovation and design.
  • Brings together the homeowner and home professionals in a uniquely visual community.
  • Browse and save beautiful home photos.
  • Find the right design and construction professionals.
  • Connect with others who have been there too.
  • Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 40 million.

 

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-Houzz

2. Pinterest

• Main website – www.pinterest.com
• Most people 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.
• If you’re a newbie to Pinterest check out the help section – All About Pinterest Guide

 

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-Pinterest

 

3. HiPages

 

  • Known as Home Improvement Pages.
  • Australia’s most visited building and renovation website.
  • Platform for taking your building or renovation project from concept to completion.
  • Connecting Australians with local trade professionals and home services for over 13 years.
  • Has thousands of inspirational photos to get your creative juices going.

 

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-HiPages

Other Places to Look for Ideas & Inspiration

Below is a list of some more places you can look.

Online

  • Use Google/Bing for keyword searches

 

Magazines

  • Great for making ‘mood boards’ the old fashioned way (i.e. cutouts).
  • Also check out their website & social media for ideas.

 

Home décor retail outlets

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

 

Specialist bathroom showrooms

  • Another great place to see finished bathrooms as well as touch/feel the fittings etc.

 

Fairs/Events open to the public

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

 

Interior designer

  • For those with deep pockets, you could hire an interior designer to do all the legwork for you.

 

Keeping On Top of All Your Information

The next step is to start making a list of all the websites/places you’ve visited for ideas so that you don’t forget where you found something that you liked.

Here are a few options on how to collate/organise everything:

1. Create a simple word document that lists all your finds in one area.

2. You can use online note taking software that allows you to save all your links into it.

A good one is Evernote – https://evernote.com. There are hundreds of other note taking apps on the market, but Evernote is good because you can use it on various platforms like your PC, mobile phone and tablet, and they all sync to each other so you can see your notes anywhere.

 

Bathroom-Design-Ideas-Evernote
I’ll be doing a follow-up article on the best ways to collate and organise your bathroom design ideas which will cover more options.

 

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 ☺

 

So that covers the first part of Stage 1: Research – finding bathroom design ideas. In the second part, I’ll go through how to create a filing structure and some online/offline apps and tools to make your life easier when collating the info.

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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How to Organise Your Bathroom Makeover 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.

Collating Your Bathroom Makeover Ideas

Here are a few ways you can get on top of things.

 

1. 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 coded etc. Everyone has their own way of doing things – so there’s no right or wrong way!

bathroom-makeover-ideas-organization

 

2. 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.

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 subscription.

 

These are just a few suggestions – there are a lot of alternatives out there on the market. I have simply picked the ones I prefer to use but go ahead and choose whatever suits you.

So that covers the second part of Stage 1: Research – organising your bathroom makeover ideas. To read part one go to – Where to Find Bathroom Design Ideas & Inspiration 

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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3 Ways to Get Your Bathroom Floor Plans Done

Once you’re done with sourcing ideas and getting inspiration for your renovation project, you’ll now need to draw up your bathroom floor plans.

This is the start of Stage 2: Planning and it’s the process where you literally sift through your wishlist and work out where everything will appear in your new bathroom – to the centimetre!

Rule number 1- you always need a plan to work off so that you can be organized for success. Here are 3 ways that you can go about organizing your plans or sketches.

How To Do Your Bathroom Floor Plans

Below I’ve outlined three options ranging from hiring someone, using online software, and even simple hand drawings.

 

Option 1: Pay to have your plans drawn by a draftsman, architect or interior designer

Paying a professional to design your plans and sketches can be one of the best ways to kick off your bathroom renovation. But it will also be the most expensive option.

If you are time poor and don’t have the confidence to draw something yourself (which are some of the other options below), then this would be the most stress free route.

The level to which you engage someone to help you out is entirely up to you. On the higher end you may pay someone to draw your plans and make all your selections (i.e tiles, plumbing fittings, joinery paint etc). Or on the lower end, it may just be a simple sketch of the room and the rest is up to you.

If you decide to go for option 1 there are a number of sites where you can find a professional depending on what part of the world you are from.

Below are some examples of a few links that may help.

 

Bathroom Floor Plans draftsman

 

Option 2: Draw your own bathroom floor plans with an online software package

There are certainly a tonne of different software packages out there that you could use. Some of them are great – but others are, well… crap! Here are my top picks.

Edraw

 

Smart Draw

 

Sketch Up

  • A very powerful 3D modelling program.
  • Can come in handy to draw details if 3D visualisation is needed.
  • Note: This program has a big learning curve and will take a lot of study to go through the video tutorials and learn. Certainly not recommended for the beginner.
  • There are free and paid versions. Check out: sketchup.com

 

Bathroom Floor Plans Edrawsoft

 

Option 3 – Draw your own plans by sketching out a scale diagram on paper, and then scanning and saving

This option is the most ‘hands-on’! Depending on how you’re going to use it, you can be as precise or as rough as need be.

If you’re going to be doing most of the work yourself then you’ll want to be as bang on with measurements as possible. On the other hand, if you’ll be using a project manager/builder to do it for you – then a rough sketch is ok.

Its important to be accurate with all your measurements, so your bathroom floor plans match what you plan on building on site. For example, lengths and heights of walls, where vanities and basins will be positioned, taps, cabinets, light fittings, towel rails, toilets etc all need to be carefully positioned and marked down on plan.

Keep in mind, the reason you’re scanning and saving your bathroom floor plans is so they can be emailed and reprinted. Don’t just make one copy!

 

Important tips to remember when drafting your plans with any of the above 3 options

If you decide to go with Option 2 or 3 then you’ll need to make sure you include the following in your bathroom floor plans:

  • Plumbing layout for all services to be shown including heights of taps, mixers and spouts.
  • Electrical layout to be shown for all light points including LED strip lighting, downlights, pendant fittings, exhaust fans, light switching points, power points, heated towel racks and under floor heating including thermostat locations.
  • Tiling layout to be considered, will there be a step down in the shower, if so mark it on the plan. Will there be any feature walls? If so mark them on the plan as well. Is there a particular pattern you would like the tiles laid, i.e. brick pattern, diagonal? Where should cut tiles be placed, at the doorway, bath or other location? Thinking about the set out of tiles is important.

 

The above are just a few things to consider when drafting bathroom floor plans. Once you’re happy with the proposed plans it’s time to move onto the next part of Stage 2: Planning – the renovation project plan and creating a “Job Folder” Filing system.

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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Getting Organized With a Renovation Project Plan

As with any home improvement job, you really should have a renovation project plan before you get started. It’s a bit like a recipe – you can’t bake a cake without knowing the ingredients!
 

Renovation Project Plan: Gather & File

 
This stage of the project might seem boring, but creating a good filing system where you can keep all your information stored is critical to staying organized.

This really is a simple two-step process.
 

Step 1: Gather the Information

 
So the first thing to do is look at the different types of information you’ll need to gather to undertake all the bathroom renovation jobs.

This information will come from a variety of places and include for example:

  • Research – ideas, products, suppliers, contractors etc.
  • Bathroom renovation plans
  • Local council/State regulator regulations & approvals
  • Contractor agreements & contact details
  • Budget
  • Construction schedule
  • Supplies – types of products you’ll need to finish the renovation

 
This list is by no means complete but it gives you some idea of how broad the info gathering process is and why you need a renovation project plan.
 
renovation project plan contracts

 

Step 2: Organize the Information

 
Pretty soon you’ll start to see all the info piling up so you’ll need to organise it so you can find it later on. Going back to the good old-fashioned ‘filing cabinet’ approach, start by setting up some key folders – electronic or paper (I suggest both).

Try setting this up before you start gathering the info. That way you won’t have to backtrack and waste time re-filing or tracking down loose bits.
 

What is a Job Filing System?

 
A Job Filing system is simply a series of folders for all the items you may use in your renovation that can be accessed with the click of a button. An example of this is below, let’s call it “Bathroom Renovation 101”.

Create a folder on your computer that is easy to access and name it what you want (i.e. Bathroom Renovation 101), then you will need to create all the subfolders inside of the project folder like the ones below:
 
Renovation project plan filing system

 

Here is a download link to populate these folders on your computer and save some typing – Bathroom Renovation Job File Structure Folders

Now you may not need all these subcategories for your renovation, but it’s a pretty good example of all the things you may need to cover when doing a full blown bathroom renovation.

The idea of having all these folders is so that you can save all your information in relation to your project into these folders as you go, and be able to have that info at your fingertips in an organized manner when you need to re visit it.

Some of the folders I will go on to discuss in more detail when we cover those topics (i.e. Construction Schedule & Finishes Schedule), but most are self-explanatory.
 

Stay organized and stay in control

 
So this stage is pretty simple, but do it right and get organized upfront before starting. It’ll help you to stay on track and on top of things.

You’d be surprised at the number of stressed out people renovating – so don’t become one yourself!

That’s it for the second part of Stage 2: Planning  – renovation project plan & the Job Filing System. Let’s move onto our Selections / Finishes Stage.

 

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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How Do I Find The Best Building Contractors?

There are many ways to find good quality building contractors such as by word of mouth referrals (i.e. family, friends, workmates etc.), local papers, Googling online, and much more.

But the way I suggest you do it (especially if you’re new to it all) is to use a trusted online service such as the ones listed below.

 

Keeping Track of Building Contractors Details

Before you do that, the first step is to create or use a template to capture all of the contractors contact details in one location. Having everyone’s information in one place will make it easier to find when you need to call or email them.

I’ve created a free Master Contractors template for you (the same one I’ve used in my building business) which you can download here.

Now onto the big question of how to find a contractor, I recommend you try these services below:

 

Here is a video demonstrating how to use these online services as well as running you through the Master Contractors template.

 

 

Signing Contracts: What’s The Process?

So when do you need to be talking with building contractors and obtaining quotations?

I’d suggest a minimum of two months before you plan on starting, or more if you can manage it.

Most good contractors will have at least a few months’ worth of work in front of them, and it will generally take a few weeks before they come back to you with a quotation.

 

TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

1. Try and obtain 3 quotes so that you can compare your contractors on price but also on responsiveness.

2. During the quotation stages if they are hard to contact, don’t return calls and take a lot of chasing up for the quote – then I would be wary of using them as it’s probably how they will conduct themselves during your renovation.

3. Don’t be afraid to chase them up during the quoting stage. Sometimes a few extra reminders that you’re waiting on their price will keep you at the forefront of their mind.

4. Remember – most building contractors are generally on the tools during the day and do their quoting either at nights or on the weekends. The old phrase, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”, so don’t be afraid to follow up with them – but two reminders in my books is enough! After that, look elsewhere as they are probably not interested enough in the project.

 

Building Contractors quotations

 

GETTING IT DOWN ON PAPER

Once you have decided on a contractor and are happy with their price it’s time get an agreement down on paper.

Depending on what state or country you live in every governing authority will have different rules and regulations about what type of work licensed building contractors can carry out, and the dollar value associated with it.

Below I go through the process exactly the way I would given that I live in the state of NSW in Australia.

Over $5,000 AUD

Any work conducted over the value of $5,000 should have a small works contract in place.

These basically show the agreed price of the work, the building contractors details such as licences and insurances, the owner’s details and a place where both parties can sign off on the document.

Under $5,000 AUD

If the works are under the value of $5,000 I still advise to have some sort of agreement in writing.

This should include: the price, building contractors details, anticipated start and completion dates, and any other terms and conditions you might like included such as building contractor is responsible for cleaning up their own rubbish, who will be supplying materials, will there be any damages occurred if the project is not completed in time (i.e. $100 off their price every day they are over the agreed finish date) etc, etc.

You’re welcome to download the Work Order Document that I use for yourself. Please Note: this document is not classed as legal advice, and I suggest you seek your own before entering into any agreements you may be unsure of.

 

Building Contractors tilers

 

Top 8 Building Contractors to Hire For Bathroom Renovations

Below is a quick list of which contractors (aka ‘tradies’ if you live in Australia J) you’ll need for each part of the bathroom renovation process.

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. If you don’t mind running around and doing some of the work yourself then you can quickly save a fair chunk of money.

But if you’d rather not get your hands dirty and have the cash to burn, then hiring a builder is your best bet, as they’ll manage everything for you.

ARCHITECT

Helps 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

Handles everything from the lighting and power to heating and ventilation.

PAINTERS

Helps you get the place looking wonderful when you are finished with the building and design work.

PLUMBERS

Handles 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

Makes sure that the place stays nice and dry after you go for a shower, for example.

 

Ok so we’ve covered how to find building contractors, the quotations process, signing contracts, and also the type of contractors you’ll need to hire for your bathroom renovation. The next part of Stage 3: Pre Construction Stage is where we discuss setting up a construction schedule template (or project planner).

 

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,

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Planning a Project Timeline With a Construction Schedule Template

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. It covers things such as:

  • 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 been following along and completing all the steps and advice along the way you are now ready to jump into Stage 4: Construction Stage of your project!

 

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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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.

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

What is a Site Establishment Checklist?

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Once you have established the site you are ready to jump into the demolition process of Stage 4: Construction!

 

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.

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Bathroom Demolition Tips

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!

 

Now lets move on to Stage 4: Construction – Carpentry.

 

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,

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Bathroom Carpentry Tips

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

Carpentry Tips 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,

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Tips For Installing Bathroom Services

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.

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.

 

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,

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Bathroom Waterproofing Tips

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.

 

Once your room has been waterproofed you’re ready to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Tiling.

 

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.

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Bathroom Tiling Tips

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 promise to make it as easy as possible to understand!

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.

 

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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March 3rd, 2020 in

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Bathroom Joinery Tips

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!

Bathroom Joinery tips

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.

Bathroom Joinery finished

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,

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

 


 

LEARN HOW TO RENOVATE YOUR BATHROOM LIKE A BUILDER & SAVE $$$

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The super-simple, step-by-step process I use in my business to renovate bathrooms fast and on budget.

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