While homeownership has always been part of the great Australian dream, home renovations are also something many Aussie homeowners dream of doing. You might have just purchased a house that needs some updating and home improvements, or your current home might simply need new life breathed into it.

One of the most common areas that people decide to renovate is the bathroom. Along with the kitchen, its bathrooms that see a lot of wear and tear and are an area that can look rather dated after a while. This article is going to be taking a look at some practical tips on a bathroom renovation, so your project runs smoothly, falls within your budget and is compliant with the law.


Always Create a Budget for Your Renovation Project

The first thing you’ll want to do is formulate an approximate budget for the bathroom renovation project. You’ll want to start working out your budget early, as you likely won’t think of everything in one sitting. It will be a work in progress for a while.

Create a list of all the materials, fittings and labour costs and put a price beside each on. Keep adding to the list over a period of days or weeks until you feel you have covered everything you can think of. Add up the total amount and then add another 10% to the budget for unexpected expenses (there are always some).


Have a Renovation Plan

Along with having a budget in place, you’ll also want to map out your bathroom renovation into its various stages. This will give you a guideline to follow until project completion. You should start planning well in advance of project commencement. This will give you time to adjust and shape your plan as it all becomes clearer.

The planning stage also tends to work hand in hand with your project budget, so you should aim to do both concurrently.

Your plan should also include the new design for your bathroom, including things like the colour scheme, layout, new fixtures, the location of the toilet, basin, bathtub, shower, storage and so on.

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Organise Tradespeople Early On

Unless you’re fully qualified in every respect and a total jack of all trades, you’ll no doubt need to hire various tradies during the course of your bathroom renovation. Two tradies you’ll definitely require are a plumber and an electrician. By law, you cannot do your own plumbing or electrical work. You may even need the assistance of a carpenter and tiler as well.

Book tradies in early to ensure their availability when you do need to call on them. You might even want to have some backup tradies on your list in case someone ends up being unavailable.

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Remove Bathroom Fixtures

Before you can upgrade your bathroom, you’ll first need to remove everything you want to get rid of and replace. Whether you’re doing a complete overhaul or just a partial renovation, this will be your first practical step.

As you’re removing certain fixtures, you’ll want to call in your plumber to help with this phase. The last thing you’ll want is to end up with water going everywhere and causing damage. Consulting with your plumber will ensure the demolition phase goes without a hitch and your plumber can also redo some of the pipework as fixtures are being removed, preparing the bathroom for the new fixtures to be installed.

If you’re removing things like light fittings or plan to relocate light switches and power points, you’ll also need to call in your electrician during the demolition phase as well.


Lay Down the New Tiles

If you’re a confident tiler, you can do the new tiling yourself. If you’re not sure you can do it, it’ll be wise to call in a professional tiler for this part of the project. If you get it wrong, the tiling job is going to end up looking really uneven and messy.

The floor of the bathroom, the shower cubicle and the walls will all need to be freshly tiled and grouted and once completed, will make your bathroom look brand new.

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Selecting and Installing New Fixtures

This is another phase of the project where you’ll be liaising with your plumber. First off, selecting just the right fixtures for your bathroom renovation is vital and you’ll want the advice of your plumber when it comes to things like a new bathtub, toilet, washbasin and so on. Your plumber can advise you on what to buy and where to get a good deal.

As you commence installing new fixtures, while you might do the bulk of the fitting yourself, your plumber will need to be there to hook everything up that’s plumbing-related. This includes connecting drainage pipes for tubs and showers, installing and connecting the toilet bowl, installing and connecting brand new tap fittings, drainpipes and so forth.

You won’t want to, and shouldn’t attempt to, do your own plumbing, as you want to be absolutely certain that it’s done right and there won’t be any plumbing issues down the track. The last thing you want is to beautifully renovate your bathroom and then a water leak or burst water pipe occurs because you attempted the plumbing yourself and it wasn’t done professionally.

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Time To Do Some Painting

No bathroom renovation would be complete without some fresh paint on the ceiling and the wall areas that are not tiled. Chances are, you’ll be able to handle the painting yourself. Just be sure to choose a paint that can withstand a lot of moisture and humidity. There won’t be a lot of painting that needs to be done anyway.


Install Electrical Fittings

One of the final phases is to call in your electrician to install new power points, light switches and light fittings. Once everything is wired up, your bathroom remodelling will basically be complete.


The Wrap

For any renovation project to go smoothly, it really comes down to solid planning more than anything else. Always use professional tradespeople when it comes to the plumbing and electrical work to ensure the work is done professionally and safely, so you can confidently enjoy your new bathroom.

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Original article by Refined Plumbing Sunshine Coast