Posted on: 27 October 2017
Buying and renovating an older home is a popular option for many Australians. It's a great chance to create a beautiful, modern and personal home while also increasing the value of the property. For first time renovators, the bathroom is a common choice for their first renovation project. It's a relatively small-scale project and is great for gaining renovation experience before you tackle larger and more complex projects such as the kitchen or extensions.
Although bathrooms may be a small project, it's still important to get them right. This is even truer if your bathroom will be used by guests to your home when they visit. If you're a first-time renovator, then here are two common mistakes that people make when remodelling their bathroom and how you can avoid them.
1. Taking DIY too far
Doing some of the renovation work yourself is a good way to save some money and also feel as though you've made a concrete contribution to your new bathroom. However, it's also important to be realistic about the tasks that you can do yourself and the ones that are better left to professional contractors.
Installing new fittings such as tubs, sinks and shower recesses should be left to your remodelling contractor. These tasks require experience and know-how to ensure a leak-free, safe and bathroom that has proper drainage. When it comes to plumbing and electrical work, attempting to do it yourself can also be illegal.
Tiling is another area that may appear simple but requires skill to look amazing and professionally finished. It's better to reserve your handy-man skills for easy tasks such as painting and hanging window coverings which require fewer skills and finesse.
2. Lack of proper planning
Although you may be understandably keen to get your bathroom renovation project underway, it's important to dedicate plenty of time to the planning process. Proper planning is important for creating a successful look in your new bathroom and it's also important for getting the project done on time and on budget.
Knowing exactly what you're going to include and where it's going to go can you save you a lot of money and time. It will ensure that ad hoc decisions don't disrupt the schedule and blow your budget by requiring extra labour and materials.
As a first time renovator, your remodelling contractor will be an invaluable source during the planning stage. They can help you to come up with a design that meets your needs, fits your budget and can be realistically achieved within the confines of the available space and your cost limitations.Share