Where to Start on Bathroom Refurbishment
If you’re like many homeowners, then renovating the bathroom is next on your to-do list. This small room is an ideal place to start from scratch and create a design that you truly enjoy. No matter what you intend to accomplish or your budget, you’ll find that a bathroom refurbishment is a great way to boost the value of your home.
Start with a design plan
Grab some graph paper and sketch out an accurate room layout. Make sure your drawing includes everything, from doors and windows to plumbing and electrical outlets. Once you have your bathroom on paper, you’ll be able to begin creating a new design.
Where does your current bathroom design fail? Try moving around a few elements to see if you can create a layout that will better suit your family. For example, if you share the room with others, you may want to add dual sinks. If you have an ensuite, a luxurious standalone shower will create a great place to relax.
Decide how far you want to go
It’s easy to get carried away by a bathroom design. Before you begin any demolishing, decide if you want to remodel or update. Your budget may determine the answer for you.
Remodelling a bathroom includes moving everything around to create a bigger, more open space. If you feel restricted in your current room, you may want to move around the sanitary ware. Wall hung basins and toilets take up less space, which will make your bathroom seem larger without having to move any walls.
During a full remodelling project, you can also move around the plumbing. If you want to add a bath, now is the time. You can also install more outlets to accommodate new electrical fixtures.
On the other hand, if money is tight, you can still change the look of your bathroom with an update. An update will save you money because you’ll keep the current configuration of the room. Since you won’t have to move anything around, the layout is already done.
When you update a bathroom, you’ll need to decide how to improve the function of the room based on the current layout. You may want to install cupboards on the walls or below the basin to create more storage. If you decide to redo the floor, now is also the time to consider underfloor heating. A warming towel rack is also a nice touch.
Don’t forget about the cost
Every change you make will cost you money. You need to get an estimate from every tradesperson to make sure you don’t spend beyond your budget. On average, a new bathroom will cost around £3,000. Of course, if you want luxury fixtures, the cost will increase. And if you want to save more, you can consider DIY.
If you decide to replace your bathroom basin, shower, bath, or toilet, you’ll need to hire a plumber. Refitting a bathroom runs around £1,000. You should also plan the project to take about 2-3 days, so don’t schedule any other projects until the plumber is complete.
Tiling will also take a few days to finish. Hiring a professional tiler costs between £350 and £800 for a small to average-sized bathroom. Make sure you shop around to find the best traders to handle each aspect of your bathroom renovation.