Renovating your bathroom can modernise and add value to your home but also help create an oasis for you to relax and unwind.

But before you reach for the sledgehammer to create that indoor / outdoor spa you’ve always dreamt of; taking a couple of minutes to think through 3 key areas will help you save time and money.

Outdoor showers

Existing design

 

One of the first questions you should ask yourself as you start your design is will you keep the existing design and update fixtures, tiles or shower screens? Do you plan to move toilets, baths, and sinks?

Often this comes down to how much are you willing to pay to move pipes. Establishing a budget upfront will enable your plumbers, electricians and builders to provide sound advice and find a cost effective solution that you’ll be thrilled with.

Over capitalising on bathroom renovations is something we see regularly – which is totally fine if you have the money, a dream bathroom and plan to stay in the home and enjoy it’s renovated glory.

Another thought to consider is how the design of the bathroom affects other areas of the house? Will space be needed from other areas to accommodate the changes? Will the look and feel of your home flow into your bathroom design?  

  • Decide on how much you’re willing to spend

  • Decide if you want to keep to the existing floor plan

  • If you want to change the location of taps and drains, consult an experienced plumber to ensure that key requirements like water access, gas lines or drainage are accessible

Bathroom vs wetroom

Wetrooms have become more popular over the past few years and are often a standard feature in new home builds around the Skye and Cranbourne area.

But when you’re renovating your existing home, there are a few key considerations you should think over.

What is a wetroom?

A wetroom in Australia is often an open bathroom, where the traditional zones of a bathroom become less defined and the whole (or significant portion) of the room becomes a shower space.

You will need to have the space fully wet sealed, waterproofed and often completely tiled. This can significantly bump up the price of your renovation. Depending upon your existing bathroom, it might be something you want to do.

If a full-scale renovation is too pricey – making simple updates by replacing your vanity and mirror can make a significant change to your bathroom appeal.

  • Is it possible to relocate drainage and re-tile the entire room – remember, wet rooms need to be completely waterproofed and just because your bathroom is tiled, doesn’t mean it’s been waterproofed outside of the shower.

  • Make sure you choose practical tiles that don’t become slippery when wet – you can check the slip resistance rating with the tile supplier

  • Be aware that the scree foundations under the tiles is really important – if the drainage gradient for the entire room is not spot on, the bathroom might flood or water will not drain well

Keeping our homes safe

Many of our customers love to source their own fittings and fixtures – and who doesn’t love an afternoon being dazzled by chrome, marble and woods?

We’re happy for our customers to bring along their favourite pieces they’ve sourced themselves but remember  – before you make that purchase to check if it has the Australian Watermark.

The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory certification scheme which ensures plumbing materials and products are fit for purpose and authorised for use in plumbing installations.

Any item without this critical product approval rating cannot be fitted by a plumber in Australia and may void your house insurance policy if the worst happens. If you ever in doubt, give one of our friendly plumbers a call.  

And remember, a Licensed Plumber has to issue a Compliance Certificate for all jobs costing $750 or more (including the cost of the product no matter who supplies) to verify that the work has been completed properly. These measures ensure the safety of your family but also cover you and your home from potential damage.

Renovating your home is an exciting project.

By taking time to consider these three steps, you’ll ensure the investment you’re making in updating your home brings you years of joy and relaxation.

Happy renovating!