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Bathroom renovations: 5 tips on how to simply update the look of your room

Your bathroom plays a vital role in your daily life, it invigorates you in the morning and relaxes you in the evening. Therefore, when considering any bathroom renovations it’s important that your room be not only functional but looks the part.

In 2018, the average cost of a major bathroom renovation in Australia was $17, 522, however this cost comes down to many factors and will fluctuate depending on your circumstances and needs. Whether you are looking to implement a few cosmetic changes or a substantial renovation, it is an investment that will not only be enjoyed by yourself but add value to the property overall, with a renovated bathroom adding nearly $20,0001to the value.

Bathroom renovations advice

Methven have teamed up with Dot + Pop blogger, Eve Gunson, to offer five top tips to update your bathroom when it’s starting to feel a bit dated or in need for an upgrade. 

Update your shower and tapware

Showers and tapware can define the theme of your bathroom. Combined with functionality, choosing a shower and tapware that looks stunning will transform your bathroom into an oasis you can’t wait to use. Eve comments, “by simply replacing your tapware and shower you will transform the feeling of your bathroom. Remove the old and replace with matte black for a modern look.”

A lick of paint never hurt anyone

If the budget is tight, there are some very simple cosmetic changes you can make to immediately upgrade your bathroom. Eve says, “painting your tiles may sound strange but it is a very cost effective and simple way to completely and quickly refresh your bathroom. There are many tile paints available if you like to DIY or you can hire a professional to do it for you.” Opt for light colours to make the room feel bright or more spacious, or select a deep colour for a dramatic and modern finish.

Replace your vanity

“Removing your old vanity and replacing it with a new one will make your bathroom feel like it’s had a full renovation. Make sure you look for vanities that are the same size, as it’s a lot easier to slot it into the exact same spot rather than removing tiles and reconfiguring plumbing.” If you have a floor vanity consider replacing it with a floating vanity as a means of visually opening up the space. A floating vanity is also the perfect choice if you want to create clean, crisp lines in your bathroom making the room more modern. If your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase of a new vanity, then try and repurpose your old one or an existing piece of furniture. Keep in mind the size of the area and the plumbing needs.

Sometimes the simplest tasks are the most rewarding

“You can renew your bathroom and give a sense of a complete upgrade, just by re-grouting your tiles.If your tiles are still in good condition, they may simply need to be re-grouted in order to make them seem brand new again and brighten your bathroom, as discolouration can show the bathroom’s age,” says Eve.

Light it up

With a wide selection of modern and contemporary bathroom lighting styles available, there is something for every budget and theme. “Lighting is so important for a bathroom and if you have had the same lights since you moved in years ago it’s probably time for an upgrade. New lighting will not only be visually appealing but also often more functional,” suggests Eve. Try to avoid fluorescent lighting and aim to use natural or simulated natural light instead.

“People sometimes find it hard to believe, but it really is that easy to take your bathroom up a level,” concludes Eve.                                                            

Kitchen and bathroom renovations checklists

Thinking of doing a bit of home renovation? For many with little experience and first-hand knowledge, this can be a daunting task. We enlist the help of two building specialists who share their kitchen and bathroom renovations checklists.

Steve Burke and Suzanne Burke are co-authors of Nail Your Renovation without getting Screwed, a new book packed full of expert renovation advice and tips so you avoid becoming a building horror story. They share their checklists for kitchen and bathroom renovations.

Before you start any major home improvement project, make sure you know how much you are planning on spending before you do anything else. Then break down your overall budget and into a budget cost for each fixture, fitting, materials and tradesperson.

Ensure you allow for labour costs which can be the biggest cause of budget blowouts on any renovation project. The best and easiest way to avoid any unexpected costs is to get a fixed price quote from each trade in writing before you start.

A little bit of planning goes a long way and can help set you up for a successful project and a beautiful home transformation that you are proud of.

Kitchen Renovations Checklist

  • Research the market, figure out your likes, needs and wants
  • Get your kitchen designed
  • Make selections
  • Cabinet Measure Up
  • Disconnect electricity, water and gas services
  • Asbestos removal – if required
  • Commence demolition
  • Form up any new walls or bulkhead
  • Plumber and sparkie tube out
  • Line bulkhead or new walls and perform plaster patching
  • Apply the set coat if required
  • Flooring installation/fixing
  • Install the new cabinets
  • Plan and measure the position of cut outs in tops, creating the template for the benchtops.
  • Manufacture the benchtops
  • Fit the benchtops
  • Splash-back installation or tiling
  • Paint walls and ceiling
  • Fit off the plumbing and electrical
  • Fit appliances
  • Final Clean
  • Final inspection

Bathroom Renovations Checklist

  • Select plumbing fixtures, tiles and vanity
  • Meet your plumber on site
  • Meet your tiler on site to confirm your tile selections
  • Confirm lead times for your plumbing fixtures, tile selection and vanity selection
  • Get a site bin delivered
  • Electrician to cut off the power
  • Plumber to cut off fixtures
  • Demolish and remove old tiles and cabinets
  • Slab preparation – wet down and compact the sand pad, apply a termite treatment, pour the concrete slab
  • Tube-out and pre-wire by plumber and electrician
  • Plastering
  • Get the tiles and vanity delivered
  • Mark out tile heights on the wall
  • Apply Waterproofing to all wet areas
  • Install vanity and top
  • Tiler lays tiles
  • Glazier measures up shower screen and mirror
  • Plumber and electrician fit fixtures and electrical
  • Painting
  • Glazier fits the shower screen and mirror
  • Final clean
  • Tiler applies silicon to the tile junctions
  • Final inspection
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