How to renovate a bathroom? We know it can be overwhelming, time-consuming and sometimes costly. These seven helpful tips will allow you to set a clear scope for your project, start smart planning and consider all the important bits.
1. Inspiration – Collect some great ideas
It has never been so easy to gather inspiration online. Here are a few hints and tips for your first research:
- Pinterest. Have a look at bathroom ideas and create your own pinboard with your favorite pics.
- Blogs. There are a lot of blogs specializing in bathroom inspiration and trends. Have a search and pick out your favorite, or visit this one from ArchitectureArtDesign.com to get inspired about everything from stylish sinks or DIY storage solutions to Asian inspired bathroom design. There is lots to explore.
- Instagram. The mobile picture and video sharing platform enables users to share their pictures and videos within the social network. Simply use the search function within the app and look for “bathroom” to find lots of cool bathroom renovation ideas from around the world.
- Issuu. Want to check out magazines related to bathrooms? Issuu is another great channel for inspiration. While some magazines might be more commercial than others, it can give you a first overview of some relevant suppliers and their latest solutions.
This should give you some decent inspirational input on different bathroom designs, material options for walls and floors, bathroom furniture and DIY ideas.
2. Budget – Plan 50/50 for labor & material
It is easy to get side-tracked with so many great inspirational ideas. But once you have decided on your overall budget, it is easier to calculate how much of the budget will be spent on labor and how much can go into the material. Labor costs always differ from country to country. However, if you allow 50% of your budget for labor (electrician, plumber, general contractor etc.) you can be sure of being on the safe side. Want to do some of the jobs yourself? Great, this should be considered in your budget. And if there is some money left at the end you might want to spend it on towels and bathroom accessories to finish off the look of your brand new bathroom!
3. Time – Allow roughly around 17 days from start to finish
Do you already have a rough idea of how long it will take to renovate your bathroom? This overview is only an estimate (obviously this might differ depending on the project scope), but it should give you a rough estimate of how long you should allow for your renovation project:
|Project||Time Estimate||Why it may differ|
|Demolition||2 Days||Depends on factors such as bathroom location (ground floor or second floor); how easy or hard is it to remove materials; how many materials need to be removed|
|Ground/Wall preparation||2 Days||Note: this depends on the condition of your underlying structure. If it is in good shape, this step might not be necessary|
|Plumbing||2 Days||Depends on what needs to be moved (toilet, sink, bathtub, shower etc.)|
|Electricity||1 Days||If you are planning on some extra light features, this might take longer|
|Insulation||0.5 Days||This is normally quite an easy job|
|Drywall||1-2 Days||In case you are using drywalls, allow 1-2 days to install them (you can start right after insulation) and for the finishing (applying joint compound, drying time, sanding, repeating). Newer products on the market from Sika need less dry time and will speed up this process.|
|Tiling||3 Days||Depends on the amount of tile work and the chosen tiles and bathroom shape|
|Flooring||2 Days||Depends on the type of flooring you chose (ceramic tile, engineered wood, vinyl floor etc.). Important: consider durability and slip resistance|
|Installation||1 Day||Hanging toilets, sinks|
|Miscellaneous||1.5 Days||It is always good to allow some extra|
4. Waterproofing – Buy the right products & materials to keep water and moisture out
Waterproofing is a main topic for bath- and wet rooms, so make sure to consider the right products and materials from the beginning. Waterproofing in bathrooms plays a role for flooring and walls – some materials are already waterproof while others need an improved finish to keep that water and moisture out. The best way is to get a kit for both the bathroom waterproofing and the tile adhesive. Even if there are no regulations for waterproofing in your country, we highly recommend waterproofing your bathroom before fixing any tiles – this is the only way to make sure you build it to last. With the right system, waterproofing is cheap and easy to do – most of the time all you need is a paint roller and brush.
5. Ventilation – Air flow leads to healthy conditions in wet rooms
All your efforts might become useless (and even create a health risk due to moisture and mold) if you do not consider the right ventilation and airflow in your bathroom. Put some planning and expert advice into choosing the right fan (if there is no window) and where to position it. This will guarantee healthy conditions and prevent moisture and deterioration of your chosen materials.
6. Sustainability – Save the environment and some pocket money
There are many ways to add an environmentally friendly touch to your bathroom: water-saving toilets, showers and taps; low-VOC or no-VOC paints and sealants; recycled tile surface countertops etc are just a few of them. Some research has shown it can save you up to 173,448 liters of water per year, and you are in line with latest developments – and have done something great for the environment and your pocket money. Also check out this sustainable bathroom guide published by ReeceAustralia, the number one country with water saving issues.
7. Hidden problems – Where to find them and how to fix it?
Often water damage is one of the biggest hidden problems when renovating your bathroom. This can be caused by wrong or old corroded plumbing, non-waterproof shower and tub tiles etc. While there are some parts of the project that you might easily be able to fix yourself, in some cases we would recommend consulting a professional with clear expertise. It can add more value to your home than what you would have initially saved by doing it yourself. In case you have any problems or open questions, feel free to contact us!
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