Everyone here adores their private bathrooms. We are all in need of a space that is not only practical but also wonderful at pleasing our senses, and this is especially true considering the kind of hectic lifestyle we lead.
When it comes to providing total seclusion, there is no place like a bathroom. This is a fact that cannot be disputed. However, here's the thing: a significant portion of that experience can be contributed by the aesthetic of the location and how easy it is on the eyes.
Now, I have no doubt that when you constructed your bathroom, you adhered to all of the appropriate guidelines and the most recent fashions. You most likely spent money texturizing the walls, hired design consultants who charged you a bomb, went berserk on fixtures, and did everything in your power to make this room the style statement of your home... but nothing seems to be working!In a place with a lot of moisture, this is very simple to achieve. What may begin as a relatively minor makeover has the potential to very quickly become a money pit.
However, that was a long time ago, and as the world and its circumstances have evolved, so too have the aesthetics that we have come to expect from more modern bathrooms. People no longer advocate for a bathroom that is painted entirely white like they did ten years ago. This is because it is one of the features that is misused the most in most spaces.
In light of the foregoing, if you find yourself debating whether or not to remodel your bathroom in the coming year, you should make it a point to select features that are both elegant and classic. If you want your room to have a one-of-a-kind appearance, you should avoid using ideas that have been done to death over the course of the past few decades.
A new project to remodel the bathroom can be an exciting prospect, but it also requires careful consideration on the part of the homeowner. The process of coming up with new designs for your space can be enjoyable, but it also requires you to be realistic and to think things through.
We devote a significant portion of our time to the renovation of bathrooms, and as a result, we are aware, from personal experience, that certain bathroom renovation errors are more prevalent than others. By becoming familiar with the following bathroom remodelling mistakes and the solutions to avoiding them, you can save yourself some stress as well as some money. At Hitch Property Constructions, we offer a wide range of bathroom renovation Melbourne.
Major Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Bathroom
In a place with a lot of moisture, this is very simple to achieve. What may begin as a relatively minor makeover has the potential to very quickly become a money pit. To avoid over-investing, make sure to keep track of the total cost of the renovation under one and a half percent and a half of the property's value.
Here are some tips For minimising costs :
- Plan on using standard fixtures and fittings to save money on the cost of having something custom made.
- Before you begin, make sure you have all of your tiling, tapware, sanitary ware, cabinets, and accessories purchased. Keep an eye out for bargains at sales and auctions.
- Take pictures of the existing furniture and fittings in their current locations so that you can place an ad on eBay or Gumtree to sell or give away the items, which will at the very least cut down on the costs of rubbish removal.
- If you are able to keep the same layout for the bathroom, you will typically be able to cut costs on the plumbing as well as the time and money required for the approval process from the local council.
A leaking shower is one of the most typical problems that can occur in a bathroom, and it is an expensive piece of equipment to repair. It is best to get it done correctly the first time by hiring a tradesman who is certified in waterproofing and making sure that you are given a waterproofing certificate as well as a warranty on the work. If you decide to sell your home after the bathroom remodel is complete, you will be required to produce the waterproofing certificate to the buyer.
A piece of advice regarding waterproofing is that once it has been finished, you should keep an eye on the follow-up trades, particularly the tiler. It only takes a tiny nick in the waterproof membrane caused by the tiller's trowel or a broken tile to compromise the membrane's integrity, which could lead to water seepage.
Discovering that tiny black specks of mould are making their way up your freshly painted walls and ceilings is the very definition of horror. This is almost always the result of inadequate ventilation. Even if you have good windows that can be opened, you will still require an exhaust fan or IXL-tastic in order to remove the steam from the room.
Trying To Squeeze Too Much In
Try not to make the bathroom too crowded. It is not necessary to put a toilet in the bathroom if there is already one nearby in a separate room. Make the most efficient use of the space you have available in order to make the room cosier and less cluttered. If the bathroom is too small for both a bath and a shower, installing a shower over the tub is an excellent alternative to cramming more furniture into the space. Cabinetry that is attached to the wall, as well as a toilet cistern that is built into the wall, will help save floor space.
Poor Task Lighting
A number of the activities that take place in the bathroom call for adequate lighting. It is challenging to perform tasks such as shaving, waxing, applying makeup, and hairstyling effectively in general ambient light. Include some task lighting that has been thoughtfully designed; this is a requirement.
In a nutshell, mount a sizable mirror on the wall above the sink or vanity, and then wire some lights so that they reflect onto the user's face. Instead of the antiquated Hollywood-style makeup lights, there are many chic lighting options available to choose from.
Removing The Bath
Removing a bathtub from a house will have an effect on its resale value. It makes no difference where in the building the restroom is located as long as there is at least one available. Adding a second bathroom to a home that already has one will not increase the home's value.
Every floor in a wet area needs to have a "fall." In order for water to drain away effectively, the floor needs to have a slight incline in the direction of the floor waste. This is made more difficult, especially in a bathroom that is on the smaller side, by using large-format floor tiles.
The level of fall is determined by the tiler, who does so by laying a sand and cement screed (topping) that slopes in the direction of the waste. After that, the tiles are positioned atop. It will be difficult to manoeuvre the tiles over the slope if the area is on the smaller side and they are on the larger side. This will necessitate a lot of cuts. The maximum size of floor tile that can be installed is 300 millimetres by 300 millimetres. Consider installing a linear floor waste if you have your heart set on large format tiles.
A helpful hint regarding linear floor wastes is that you should consider installing two of them at half the size if your design calls for a linear floor waste that spans the entire room (more than two metres). This will make the process of cleaning much simpler and will result in a significant reduction in cost.
Using Fixtures And Features That Date
The chocolate sanitary ware and the gaudy border tiles are things that all of us have come across at some point. It's possible that your option will look very current when it's first put in, but within a relatively short period of time (say, two years), it will start to appear dated. You can ensure that your bathroom has widespread appeal that is maintained for a very long time by ensuring that your fixtures, fittings, and finishes are very elegant and classical in nature.
In order to prevent swelling, rotting, or discoloration over time, it is imperative that all of the surfaces in the bathroom be impervious to moisture. Softwood, non-waterproof MDF and particleboard, as well as fabric, are not included in this. Stones that are porous, like travertine, marble, and hardwood, need to have a sealant applied to them.
Not Enough Storage
Storage is essential in every room of the house, just like it is in every other room. You need space for things like makeup, medicine, products, hair dryers, straighteners, shavers, dry towels, wet towels, and the list could go on and on. When you have thoughtful storage, there is a spot for everything that belongs there.
- Drawers in vanities are more convenient to access than doors.
- Shaving cabinets that hang over a bench are an excellent option for keeping items out of the reach of curious children.
- You should have some wall recesses installed in the shower as well as near the bathtub for storing shampoos, soaps, and even the occasional candle.
- Towel rails with heating are an essential component for family bathrooms because not only can they hold a large quantity of towels, but they also ensure that those towels remain fluffy and dry at all times.
Organizing Tip: Mirrored shaving cabinets are sold in a variety of sizes and can be purchased off the shelf. You can get a very tailored look by having a plasterboard recess built over the basins so that you can instal two or three in a row. Add some led strip lighting under the cabinet for some added style, and voila: you now have ample storing in addition to style at a cost that is relatively low. Planning for a new look for your house? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions is here to help in your home renovations.
Failing to Commit to a Theme
When it comes to a new bathroom, there are a plethora of options to choose from, making it easy to feel overwhelmed. There is a wide range of design options available, such as a freestanding shower or a copper tub, vanities or pedestal sinks, a rustic chic or a minimalist modern aesthetic, etc.
If you don't take the time to select an aesthetic and build a bathroom around a central theme, you run the risk of ending up with a mishmash of components that don't make sense once they've been combined.
You should begin by conducting a broad search, after which you should narrow down your options and select a theme that will allow you to further narrow down the rest of your designing options.
Putting Off Color Decisions
A significant number of people have the misconception that choosing the colour of the walls is a decision that can be postponed until the very end. The unfortunate truth is that you have made a mistake. It is recommended that you select the colours for your walls at the beginning of your project, while you are also selecting other design elements such as bathtubs and sinks.
Your wall colour needs to be able to blend in perfectly with the rest of the room, from the sink fixtures to the flooring. Therefore, everything you buy for the bathroom needs to be in keeping with the colour scheme you decided on in the beginning.
You will have more options available to you in terms of paint hues than tile colours, for example, so you will want to settle on your colour scheme as soon as possible. When the most customizable aspects are put off until later, it can lead to a lot of decisions being rethought, which consumes more time and costs more money.
Skimping on the Important Stuff
It is critical to remain within your financial constraints; however, the most skilled remodelers understand how to prioritise. If you cannot afford to instal a fan in your bathroom, for instance, purchasing a copper bathtub is not the best financial decision.
Fans remove moisture from the air, thereby preventing the growth of mould on your walls. This issue is much more important than having a tub that looks like a luxury spa suite.
Invest the bulk of your financial resources in the essential components, and use the remainder to complete the look with upscale finishing touches.
Making the Wrong Decision for Space
If you have always pictured yourself soaking in a freestanding tub, you might not want to give any other option any thought. The unfortunate and unavoidable truth is that not every location is able to accommodate these components.
It's possible that your bathroom would do best with a tub/shower combination, but it's also possible that your space can only accommodate a pedestal sink. It is important to get what you want, but it is equally important to make decisions that are smart and make sense for the space that you have.
Not Planning for Contingencies
You have devised a financial plan for yourself, and it is essential that you adhere to it. One common error that people make with their budgets is that they do not leave enough room for unforeseen expenses.
We see customers who save just enough for the bathroom of their dreams, only to find out that their older home requires significant updates in order to be brought up to code. This happens far too frequently.
If you leave some wiggle room in your spending plan, you will be able to accommodate the features you want while also navigating unforeseen obstacles.
Rushing the Process
Renovating a bathroom takes some time, typically between four and six weeks. When you're having work done on your house, it can be inconvenient to have people coming in and out and parts of the house being out of commision. However, if you try to rush through the process, you will only create more problems for yourself in the future. Provide your employees with a sufficient amount of time to handle the installation of the tub, the flooring, the electrical, and the plumbing.
Step-by-Step Bathroom Renovation
You are able to get started on your renovation as soon as you have formulated a plan for it and gathered all of the equipment and materials that will be required. The following is a step-by-step guide to renovating your bathroom, which will walk you through the fundamental upgrades that the majority of homeowners instal in their bathrooms.
Before you get started: If you want the best results from your bathroom remodel, whether it be a full or partial remodel, you will need to work with the plumbing in your home. Because of this, you should either have previous experience working with plumbing or have someone with plumbing experience working alongside you. It is in your best interest to avoid causing unintended damage to the plumbing in your home or finding yourself in a position where you require the assistance of a 24-hour plumber due to broken plumbing lines or other similar errors.
Step One: Remove fixtures first
If you are performing a comprehensive remodel of the bathroom, the first step in the process should be to take out any fixtures that are going to be upgraded in the course of the work. In addition to this, removing fixtures will free up the rest of the room for cleaning, repairing, and installing new fixtures and materials into the bathroom. This will allow you to begin the room with an open and clean slate.
In an ideal scenario, you should start by draining the toilet, and only after that should you remove it; this will help you avoid any unwanted water spills or problems with the plumbing. After that, if necessary, remove the bathtub tile before removing the bathtub itself. Cabinets, vanities, mirrors, and tiles both on the walls and the floors are the last of the fixtures to be removed. When you are putting in new floor tiles or other fixtures, you should make sure that they are close by so that you can easily access them.
Step Two: Install new plumbing fixtures.
When all of the old fittings have been removed, you will be able to put in the new fittings, such as the sink, the bathtub, or the shower. It is not necessary to instal the toilet at this stage; leave that task for the very end. For example, if your new vanity is tall enough to cover up your electrical sockets, this means that your sockets need to be moved; in this case, call in an electrician to work with your home's wiring to prevent any unpleasant electrical accidents from occuring.
Step Three: Install floor tiles
If you are planning to instal new floor tiles in your bathroom at some point in the near future, now is the ideal time to do so. Make sure that you use a chalk line to create reference lines so that your tiles will be straight. If you do not, you run the risk of ending up with uneven floor tiles, which is something that every person who does their own bathroom remodelling dreads. Remember to apply grout in the spaces between the floor tiles.
Step Four: Place new drywall and paint
Before you begin painting, make sure that your new drywall is installed and that any seams or gaps in the surface are covered with drywall mud and tape. This will allow you to work with a surface that is flat and even before you begin painting. If you are going to be painting in the bathroom, you should look for paint that has a finish that is resistant to moisture. This will help to cut down on the amount of mould and mildew that can grow in the bathroom.
Step Five: Install new cabinets and vanities.
After the walls have been painted and the job is done, you can at long last begin installing any new cabinets or vanities that you have purchased. Start with the vanity so you can put in the sink and the faucet before you move on to the mirror, cabinets, and other components of the project. You have the option of installing trim around the vanity in order to increase its overall visual appeal.
Step Six: Make sure the plumbing is re-installed
During the course of your renovation, if you were required to remove any components of the plumbing system, you will now be able to finally reinstall your toilet. It is best to do this step last in order to prevent any unnecessary problems, such as spillage of water or potential problems with the plumbing lines. After you have finished installing the new toilet, you need to make sure that you test it to ensure that the plumbing in the bathroom is operating as it should.
The costs of renovating a bathroom
According to estimates provided by the Housing Industry Association (HIA), there will be approximately 233,188 jobs related to bathroom remodelling in 2018–19. In new homes built during this time period, the average cost of installing a bathroom is $16,430, while the average cost of renovating a bathroom is $17,522.
Obviously, the actual cost of a bathroom remodel can differ greatly from the estimated average in a significant way. According to recommendations made by Archicentre Australia, a bathroom or ensuite should have a budget of between $12,000 and $27,000.
A good rule of thumb to follow when estimating how much money you will need to spend on renovating your bathroom is to allot 2% of the value of your home at the moment.
For instance, if you have a house that is worth $700,00, the total budget you have for fully furnishing it is $14,000.
What to do when things go awry
The consumer agency in your state can point you in the right direction for getting a resolution if you've been let down, are in a financial dispute, or are disappointed with the quality of the workmanship of an Australian tradesperson. All of these situations fall under the category of "let down."
You have the option of bringing your complaint before the appropriate tribunal or court in your state or territory in the event that the agency is unable to assist you in finding a resolution or if you are dissatisfied with the outcome. These have the authority to compel a trader (or you) to pay money, to correct services, or to absolve you of the obligation to pay the full amount.
You might also have rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which regulates the conduct of all commercial enterprises in Australia and might apply to your circumstance.
The ACL will pay for services up to $40,000 regardless of the type of work that is performed, and it will pay for costs that are greater than that as long as they are typically purchased for personal or household use.
The ACL stipulates that any services rendered by a tradesperson must be performed with the appropriate level of care and expertise, must be suitable for the intended use, and must be finished within a time frame that is considered reasonable.
You can obtain additional information by going to the website of the ACCC, and if you need specific advice pertaining to your situation, you should seek appropriate legal advice.
Last but not least, anyone who has ever completed a renovation will advise you to temper your sense of optimism regarding the completion date. Your remodeler will give you their best guess as to when the project will be finished, but sometimes they will find things within the home itself, such as water damage or wiring that isn't up to code, that will delay the project's completion. Your remodeler will give you their best guess as to when the project will be finished.
Finding the right home constructions company Melbourne is an important decision. Check out our range of the best home design constructions at Hitch Property Constructions.
FAQs About Bathroom Renovation
- Putting together a plan for your bathroom renovation.
- Create the environment you want.
- Examine and handle the components that you intend to use.
- Pay careful attention to the framework.
- The expense associated with renovating the bathroom.
- Hiring a contractor to do the work.
- In what ways will this change your agenda?
- Remember to bring some water with you.
Steer clear of taking showers or baths, washing dishes by hand, playing hard-wired video games or on computers, and talking on phones that are hard-wired. It is possible for lightning to enter your home through the pipes if it strikes either a power line or the ground.
Drainage issues can be the biggest problem, especially if the gradient isn't right for the space. There are a lot of horror stories about problems with bathroom makeovers, and these are usually the result of poor workmanship and incorrect installation.
If it is at all possible, the toilet should be installed so that it faces an open wall or door rather than a fixture. In most cases, this will ensure that there is sufficient space for clearance in front of the toilet. A front clearance space of thirty inches should be your goal for the toilet in any other bathrooms.
Establish a clear floor space that is at least 30 inches in width between the front edge of each fixture (the commode, the toilet, the bidet, the bathtub, and the shower), as well as any other bath fixture, wall, or obstruction. Code Requirements: It is required that there be a minimum space of 21 inches in front of the bathtub, as well as the toilet, the bidet, and the lavatory.