Our Top Tips for Your Bathroom Renovation
A bathroom remodel is a great starting point if you’re looking to upgrade your home. Indeed, it often comes before a full-scale kitchen overhaul, too, as it’s a great way to ease your way in gently. We’ve completed and outsourced our fair share of bathroom renovations. And we have some words of wisdom to share to help you get that gorgeous bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. It’s all too easy for a bathroom remodel to turn into a renovation nightmare.
Whether you have a simple downstairs WC or a master en-suite to upgrade, the functionality should be at the heart of your bathroom remodel. Whilst a new bathroom is conceivably a DIY job. The complexity of this job means that hiring a pro isn’t such a bad idea. Because complex elements are involved, you save yourself a load of misery and time by hiring a professional company. And they might help you save money in the long run by avoiding costly mistakes.
Should I Use a Professional Service?
Using a professional service to manage the construction work required to create your dream bathroom will mean that you have help with reviewing the drawings and specifications, and they’ll also provide you with a cost estimate. With small projects, you might not need professional design services, and you can then work directly with an experienced company. Alternatively, a design-build company can oversee both the design and building services. Thus simplifying the process and helping you stay on budget.
To find a qualified company, ask family and friends for references and visit home shows. Look for a service with an established business history in your area and one familiar with your desired design style and project type.
Whether a new bathroom pays off in terms of improved resale value often depends on what comparable homes in your neighbourhood feature in their bathrooms. For example, if every home in the neighbourhood features just two bathrooms, you could improve your home’s sales appeal by adding a third bathroom or en-suite where one previously didn’t exist.
New bathrooms can be expensive, so make sure you spend wisely. Take an objective look at your budget and take a realistic approach to what you can afford. Invest in high-quality workmanship and high-quality materials. Don’t skimp on items like the bathroom floor or wall tiles, taps, sink or toilet. Once you’ve decided how much you can afford to invest, it’s a good idea to do some window shopping for the materials, fixtures and features you’d like to include in the project.
What Should I Do Before a Bathroom Renovation?
Before work starts, prepare to empty the bathroom of all clutter. This is an excellent time to throw away, sell or give away anything in the bathroom you won’t use again. If this is the only bathroom in your home, it’s advisable to consider moving out to a hotel or bed and breakfast for the duration of the works.
And finally, if the budget allows, and you are confident it will add extra value to your home, then spoil yourself and give your bathroom a little luxurious touch. Some ideas for an added bit of luxury include a backlit heated mirror and underfloor heating. Or you could even opt to upgrade your standard bath to a bubbly spa bath with an automated remote control bath filler!