Five plumbing tricks when re-modelling your bathroom
18th October 2015
It doesn’t matter if you’re just wanting to spruce up the look of your bathroom with a new colour or you’re thinking about retiling it and installing a bath, we’ve got some great tips for you if you’re thinking about tinkering with your bathroom any time soon.
Plan first. You know the saying “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”, well it applies to renovating your bathroom too, dontcha know?! Make sure you have taken all aspects of the project into consideration including keeping a list of local suppliers or shops that stock the materials you need, a mood board with different textures and colours as well as finances and of course a time period over which this will take place.
Speaking of finances, this warrants its own mini checklist:
- Budgeting is a very important factor in remodelling your bathroom. You don’t want to suddenly run out of money and be stuck without a shower or even worse, a toilet for any length of time! Think carefully about the size of the project and if you have enough funds just to replace some faulty taps or if you can afford to refit the whole room.
- Fit energy efficient devices which may be a bit more costly in the short term but will pay for themselves ten times over in the long-term.
- Also spend as much money as you can afford on buying sturdy fixtures for the items you use daily, such as shower heads, taps, and door handles.
- Make sure that you have some cash left over, just in case! Things can and do go wrong and even if they don’t, it’s nice to think you have some money spare for maintaining your beautiful new bathroom.
- Make do and mend? Still on the subject of finances, (because it’s an important one!) take note that older bathrooms will cost more to pull out and replace with a new one, as new fittings and even new pipes will need to be installed or moved. There might also be some water damage you weren’t privy to and walls may have to be plastered, but this is a necessary spend and as always in the case of plumbing, you get what you pay for.
- We also suggest leaving the toilet and sink as they are as these are often the most expensive to move or replace. They (as well as the rest of your bathroom) can be given a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint, just make sure you use a mould-resistant type.
- Work with the space you have and see if you can extend it by contacting your local council for planning permission.
- The final piece of the bathroom jigsaw would look like this: You have a window!!! Too many times we have been called to properties where the bathroom walls are soaked through caused by the steam from this morning’s shower. A window will allow the room to breathe, keeping it full of fresh, clean air. Not only this, but it will let in natural light which will help you when getting ready in the morning.
If you are thinking of remodelling and need our advice on a plumbing problem, call our certified plumbers on 1800 862 565 today for help and advice or visit here for more information about our services.