Your decision for a bathroom renovation is because the bathroom needs some repair or you wanted to change its style or you have some new requirements now. Whatever is the case, the bathroom re-designing task is quite stressful because it can be a time-consuming (more irritating if you have only one bathroom) and costly affair.
Since it is an overwhelming activity, there is an obvious need for planning. This will help in understanding your actual need for renovation, the possible minimum expenditure and if itcould finish in the expected time frame. The following checklist might give you a way of thinking and planning, for your next bathroom redesigning plan.
1. Set aside a budget
The market is filled with luxurious bathroom accessories. While redesigning, you might get tempted and may end up buying stuff that doesn’t even suit your needs. This has high implications on your expenses because now you may not have enough for other important tasks like having an experienced labor. Hence, setting up a budget is the foremost thing you must do. It does not have to be accurate, but you should take approximate idea about how much is it going to cost and how much does your pocket allow.
2. Time Management
A bathroom is usually a smaller place of the house. But that does not mean its remodelling will take a lesser time as compared to other places of the house. It may happen that you have to wait for 2 days, ideal, for replacing the old bathroom tiles. If you know all the process beforehand and estimate how much it is going to take, you could better manage your time. For example, you can work-out what tasks you can ask the contractor to initiate while you were waiting for 2 days during your tiles replacement work.
3. Build a work sequence
Time management can also help in sequencing the work at your own end. You will not end up disturbing a neatly finished floor because of repainting the walls, just because you did not work on your sequence plan. This will not only save time but will also ease out your post-renovation cleaning task.
4. Think of hidden problems
Certain home may have some hidden problemswhich get surfaced during a renovation process. For instance, you may encounter a water damage due to structural deficiencies in the floor framing, not properly vented plumbing, old corroded plumbing, non-waterproof tile shower/tub surrounds, etc. If you could identify them in advance, you can save a lot of time and effort for the redesigning team.
5. Functionality before style
We cannot say that you should only focus on functionality while putting your thoughts into bathroom redesigning since it is not fair to do. Your bathroom should also portray your style and personality through your choice of the colour of the wall, type of vanities, showers, tubs, faucets, etc. The only care that is to be taken is, in the case of a choice between functional and style aspect, functionality should be kept before style. And if possible, you can go for the options that have both. For example, walk-in showers (Click here to know more). They are the perfect combination of style and usability by serving convenient bath options for disabled and providing a cosy look to your bathroom.
There is nothing more frustrating than ending up purchasing stuff that doesn’t fit in your bathroom. To avoid this frustration and delay in the renovation work, do not skip measuring your bathroom. You would need to measure the floor dimensions for new bath installation, bathroom fixtures, dimensions of the location of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring. Read this to find out standard bathroom measurement for bathrooms in the United Kingdom.
7. Contracting versus DIY
This step totally depends upon the degree of redesigning. If the redesigning involves replacing bathroom fixates and lighting to give a more elegant look, you can take this on your own. But if your redesigning plan involves the task of varying degree like changing almost everything, then hiring a contractor is a wise decision. He/she will assist you properly for different complex operations like electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc.
8. Plumbing fixtures and features
Changing plumbing fixtures and features is a must-do for a proper renovation. The change in faucets, door knobs, shower heads, drawer pulls, etc. can make a huge style difference than you think.
9. Cabinets, storage, and shelving
The most confusing task is to plan for cabinets, shelving and storing solutions. Make a note of your need by accessing the stuff you regularly have in the bathroom and you wanted to accommodate behind the cabinet doors. This will give you an idea of what type of storage solutions you need. Check out a few options.
10. Lighting & Ventilation
To have a bathroom free from foul-smell and disease-causing micro-organisms, see if it is possible to have natural light coming into it. If not, put at least 4 watts of incandescent lighting per square foot to provide sufficient visibility. Similarly, check for ventilation source, as it is necessary to prevent mould and decay of the wooden bathroom fixtures and accessories.
11.Final cleaning services
While planning for this renovation, do not forget to ask your contractor if the final cleaning services including cabinetry, inside and out, ductwork, walls, floor, windows, and light fixtures, etc. falls under their responsibility or you would need to hire a specialized contracting services.
Plan ahead to avoid any delays and disappointments.