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Bathroom renovation: practical tips for transforming a bathroom

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Time to Renovate your Bathroom!

 

Are you planning to renovate your bathroom but are unsure of how to do it? Don't worry, we'll provide a few tips that will help you with the process. Bathroom renovation is important because with time style, structural design, and bathroom equipment grow old. Renovating your bathroom can seem daunting when you imagine a layout, but then have no idea how to make it a reality. We'll help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

 

When thinking about making changes to your home, it's common to start with a bathroom renovation. Not only because it's a small area, but also because it's one of the most used rooms in the house! Furthermore, in older homes, a bathroom's structural design is sometimes impractical and cramped.

 

It's possible to carry out a complete bathroom renovation or to just change certain elements. Replacing a bathtub with a shower or installing a new sink are common changes, however, a bathroom renovation covers other practicalities such as ventilation and plumbing. We will give you some tips to optimise the renovation of your bathroom (even if it's small) and to make it more functional. 

 

 

Summary:

  1. Bathroom renovation costs
  2. Plan a layout and stick to it
  3. Plumbing before tiling
  4. Match colors and design
  5. Minimalist bathroom
  6. Use mirrors
  7. Bathroom fixtures
  8. Lighting, ventilation, and electricity
  9. Coating and waterproofing
  10. Ecology

 

1. Bathroom renovation costs

Most people are worried about the renovating expense as this issue is often hyped. The price depends on personal preference but on average, a bathroom renovation will cost around £4,500 if you keep the existing pipe-work. 

 

Don’t cut costs too much

If you have a tight budget, you can cut your costs on electrical appliances and bathroom style. You can keep old products if they are still usable, but do not hold back on costs related to necessary items like bathtubs and showers. Cheap products may come back to haunt you. Spend the extra money if you can to buy quality products that will last for many years.

 

2. Plan a layout and stick to it

It's extremely important to think of a layout and then stick to it. If you keep changing your mind then you will never be able to succeed in carrying out your great plans! Talk to an electrician, tiler and other workers about your remodel and then get started!

 

 

3. Plumbing before tiling

To ensure your plumbing is installed correctly, choose a sink, bathtub and toilet before plastering or tiling. You may decide to keep your previous bathroom equipment to save money.

 

If you're planning a complete bathroom remodel and the plumbing is old, spend a little more and replace it with new plumbing. Changing the pipes in a bathroom renovation should be performed by a specialised technician, but it allows you to rethink the arrangement of the equipment and to reinstall it for better functionality. 

 

Every bathroom renovation is a unique case, but if possible, install the toilet behind the door for more privacy and leave wide walls for the sink top. It's essential to check the position of the siphon; make sure the new pipe has a sufficient slope for a proper collection of wastewater. In a bathroom renovation where you change the type of material used for the sink and bathtub, for example, it is also important to first choose new faucet models and all the needed accessories.

 

4. Match colors and design

Many people prefer a white layout in their bathroom and there’s nothing wrong with that! You should choose your bathroom equipment and fixtures according to the color theme.

 

 

5. Minimalist bathroom

Think of the bathroom remodel in a minimalist way. For example, abandon the sink counter and grab some trolleys instead. In small spaces, this option works great and allows you to change the colors and/or style whenever you feel like it. Simple is awesome. A lot of times less is more, especially in the bathroom. Pick simple appliances and fixtures as they will cost less and give you the desired look at the same time.

 

6. Use mirrors

If you have a small space then mirrors are important as they will give your bathroom a bigger feel. A frameless mirror gives the bathroom an elegant look. When remodeling a tiny bathroom, try to place a mirror along an entire wall; this will make the bathroom appear much larger. 

 

7. Bathroom fixtures

If you choose to replace only the tub, remember that you will probably have to cover at least part of the shower wall. The position of the toilet and/or sink must also allow easy entry into the bathtub.

 

Suspended sanitary ware, although more expensive, takes up less space and makes cleaning easier. Its assembly will require a system embedded in the wall, which may seem complex, but in a complete bathroom renovation, it's easy to perform and can even be installed on thin walls. 

 

 

8. Lighting, ventilation and electricity

A bathroom with natural light is usually preferred. When renovating a bathroom, choose to keep the window and adopt a frame with an oscillating tilting system. This will allow you to ventilate the bathroom and avoid condensation and humidity on the ceiling; you will enjoy natural lighting as well. People may forget about ventilation while renovating, but good ventilation is vital to a clean and sanitary bathroom.

 

In a windowless bathroom renovation, opt for bright lighting (temperature between 4000-6000K). There are many ways to illuminate your bathroom, including the installation of mirrors with integrated light, pendant lighting, and recessed spotlights. There is no shortage of advice and ideas on the internet either. We suggest thinking of the renovation of your bathroom as an opportunity to create duality in the space. Use the ceiling lights to create a practical and well-lit bathroom. Opt for specific light points, such as a lamp on the countertop, or inside a wall niche, which can be connected independently and will transform the bathroom into an intimate and relaxing space. 

 

Don't forget the electrical work

In any type of bathroom renovation, it's essential to provide the light points for each lamp and to have at least one electrical socket. If your bathroom has moisture issues, consider installing a quiet exhaust fan on the ceiling or wall to draw moisture and odors out of the bathroom.

 

Sometimes people ignore the electrical aspect while renovating their bathrooms and end up dissatisfied. It's helpful to use the expertise an electrician offers while working on this part of the renovation. Choose a certified and reputed electrician.

 

9. Coating and waterproofing

Never forget to waterproof the bathroom and conceal pipes. There is a wide range of materials that can be used in the renovation of the bathroom, from ceramic to stone and micro cement to wood cladding. We advise you to pay special attention to the impermeability of the material as well. Plasterboard, wallpaper and paint must be waterproof and suitable for bathrooms. 

 

In a small bathroom renovation, consider using lighter colors on walls and ceramics for small parts, or even seamless coatings, such as micro cement. To save on bathroom renovation expenses, you can choose to coat the walls in the shower and sink area with ceramic and paint the remaining space with suitable plastic paint. 

 

 

10. Ecology

In a bathroom renovation, it is also possible to integrate eco-sustainable solutions. There are already systems that use the bathtub and sink water to drain toilets, taps with timers, and water-saving technologies, which not only help the environment but also your wallet. 

 

We recommend that you contact a specialist. A pro will be able to significantly improve your bathroom renovation, will choose the most suitable materials, and can propose creative solutions that you hadn't thought of yet. After all, a professional has experience in this type of work and is aware of the latest trends and market values. Find a pro (or several!) near you quickly and easily on Welink Builders.

 

We wish you luck with your remodel!

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