Planning a bathroom renovation can be a fun and exciting time but it can also leave you with many questions. Our expert bathroom designer, John Spiteri, shares his top 5 tips to make the process stress-free and enjoyable.
- Start with some inspiration: put together a scrapbook of your favourite bathrooms – either online or on paper. Don’t worry too much about what’s practical at this stage, just go for colour schemes you like and styles you think would suit your house and your family. This will give your designer many valuable insights into your taste which will help them in designing your bathroom.
- Think carefully about budget and be realistic: don’t be afraid to share your budget with your designer or builder. And remember, always allow for the unexpected, particularly if renovating an older bathroom as you can never be sure what’s lurking behind the walls or under the floor and you won’t find out until rip out.
- Functionality is the key to success: it’s very important to consider what functionality you need from your bathroom both today and into the future. Are you ageing and will therefore require additional assistance in the years to come? Or do you have a young family that’s growing so you’ll need more space in the future for multiple users? These considerations will have an impact on the success of the final design so share your circumstances with your designer for the best outcome.
- Makeover or full renovation? The costs will differ substantially between and makeover and a full renovation so think carefully about what you need. A full renovation has the advantage of being able to re-design the space for maximum efficiency, rectify any waterproofing issues that may be present as well as possibly expand the room by removing or relocating walls. A makeover might brighten up the exterior but it can’t fix a dysfunctional room and it certainly won’t last as long as a full renovation.
- Technology: today we have access to a wealth of technology which can be incorporated into your bathroom to enhance your lifestyle and connect you to friends and family. Ask your designer about what is available that will suit the style and type of bathroom renovation you are planning. Shower heads can feature built-in speakers, for example, or a steam-free mirror might be of need in the mornings; televisions or mirrors or slide out or up from within cabinets then be tucked away when not required.
The most important part of any bathroom renovation is your relationship with your designer and builder. For the best result, look for a company with a builder’s licence as they are able to carry out a wider range of work and offer a higher level of service during your renovation.
Brindabella specialises in bathroom design and renovation. Our head designer holds a Certified Bathroom Designer qualification plus we have a full builder’s licence. Talk to us today and see how easy it is to bring your dream bathroom to life.