Unless you’re a seasoned renovator, it can be a daunting task to take on a bathroom renovation. Novice renovators can often be misled by the variety of reality television shows that portray a bathroom renovation as a quick and simple task so we’re here to help you avoid the mistakes so often made and hopefully ensure your next bathroom renovation is easy and stress-free.
- Inadequate budget: a makeover is not the same as a brand new bathroom so don’t compare the cost of a re-surfacing to a full renovation.
- Trying to DIY: there can be up to 10 separate trades involved in a bathroom renovation and we are currently experiencing a massive trade shortage so many homeowners are realising too late it’s not possible to manage the scheduling and co-ordination of all those tradespeople.
- Following trends too closely: you might love the Pantene colour of the moment but you’ll be living with your bathroom for the next 10-15 years and these trends can be fleeting.
- Not planning for the future: the average life span of a bathroom is around 15 years so give some thought as to how your family situation or your personal needs might change in that time.
- Overcrowding: there are so many amazing products available today but if you crowd your bathroom with every single item you love you’ll end up with a mismatched final product. An experienced designer will incorporate your “must haves” and, most importantly, will provide you with expert advice on what to leave out.
- Not seeing the potential: an experienced bathroom renovator and builder will see past your existing walls to envisage the space that could be and will make recommendations about removing or relocating walls to suit.
- Not checking credentials: you should always check your builders’ licence number with the Department of Fair Trading and you should always ask about design qualifications and whether your builder or designer is a member of an accredited industry association such as the Housing Industry Association or the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute.
- Cutting corners to save money: if you receive a quote that’s substantially cheaper than another you need to ask yourself why. The wholesale price of products will be fairly similar for every builder so you’ll probably find most pricing differences come down to service and communication levels.
- Inadequate time allowance: the average bathroom renovation will take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to complete depending on the size of the room and the scope of work. It’s vital you allow enough time to finalise the design and undertake the renovation without the added stress of a deadline such as Christmas or the imminent arrival of overseas relatives.
- Not planning for lighting: the bathroom benefits from two types of light – natural and artificial. The lighting plan for your bathroom should include task and ambient lighting that enhances the natural light available and can be used to focus on visual items of interest.
At Brindabella, we only work with high quality tradespeople and we employ specialist designers who are expertly trained to provide you with the best designs and the best workmanship possible. Our team takes the stress out of bathroom renovations and allows you to relax and enjoy the end result.