Good bathroom renovations can add value to your home and make the bathroom the place where everyone wants to be, but a bad one can cost you money and leave you at best disappointed. If you want to do your bathroom renovation right, take a look at these bathroom renovation do’s and don’ts:
Do…call a builder to do the job. Many homeowners assume that, when they’re dealing with a bathroom renovation, they need a plumber, but plumbers only deal with things like installing taps and showers and sorting out the pipework. If you’re remodeling your whole bathroom, you need a builder to organize and oversee the project.
Don’t…do it yourself. It can be tempting to save a few pounds by taking on your own bathroom renovation, but jobs like plumbing, waterproofing and installing electrics all require a professional if you don’t want to electrocute yourself or come home to a leak a few weeks down the line. If you want to save money check out affordable bathrooms online and buy as much of the stuff you need for your bathroom cheaply, rather than scrimping on tradesmen.
Do…buy safety checked products. If you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your shower is safe and your plumbing is legal, only ever buy BEAB approved products. These are products that have been tested and deemed safe for use within Europe. If you don’t know whether a product is safe to use, ask the manufacturer for advice or buy from a well-known brand.
Don’t…leave old pipework alone. If, when you uncover your bathroom pipework, you find that it’s extremely old and pat its best, please do something about it. It might be an extra expense, but you’ll probably benefit from increased water pressure and avoid leaks and other plumbing disasters in the future.
Do…reign in your spending. When you’re renovating the bathroom, it is so easy to overspend on the most expensive taps, tiles, and toilet seats, but do you really need them? By all means, buy fixtures and fittings that are attractive to you, but don’t be suckered by all the shiny things and think about each and every purchase carefully before you make it.
Don’t…move the pipes. It’s a lot of work, and it’ll cost you a lot of money. Changing the layout of your bathroom might seem appealing, but will you still feel that way when there are workmen traipsing in and out every five minutes, and you have to go days without a hot shower?
Do…take the time to design your bathroom. Get involved in the design process. Work out what you want and take steps to get it. Sure, you’ll probably need to call in a professional to make sure that there are no problems with your desired bathroom renovation, but now is your chance to really put your stamp on the room, so take it.
Don’t…forget the height requirements. If you don’t tell your builder how high you want your shower, towel rails, shelves and benches to be, they will probably just install them at the standard height, which might not be ideal if you are very tall or exceedingly short. Let them know what you want before work starts to avoid any possible issues.