Bathroom Renovation Tips

Whether it’s a basic cosmetic refurb or a complete overhaul for your own home or a rental property, here are some handy tips to help you with your bathroom renovations:
1. Stick with proven performers
Tiling floors in a darker tile and having white tiles on the walls always looks great. Add a vertical strip of decorative tiles in the shower and it will change the look and the feel of the bathroom.
2. Keep the plumbing in place
If you’re completely ripping everything in the bathroom to replace with new, try and keep your plumbing in the same place. You will save thousands of dollars if you are not moving where your shower, toilet, bath and vanity previously lived.
3. Make use of your frame
Once everything is ripped out, add a few extra noggins to your frame. It’s very frustrating if you want to add towel rails and hooks and you can't screw them in, because there is nothing behind the plaster for them to adhere to.
5. Repair the right way
If you have had water damage in the bathroom, you may need to re-sheet the walls with water resistant board that you waterproof before you begin tiling.
6. Create “wow” factor
Make the shower bigger to give your bathroom an instant glamour upgrade. Everyone loves a double sized shower and for the sake of spending an extra $1-$2,000, it will leave a lasting impression.
7. Keep it simple
If the bathroom is in relatively good shape and the shower and bath are good, but it just looks a bit dated, keep it simple by just replacing the vanity with a newer, modern version and installing a fancy tap and big, square showerheads. For a very small budget, this can really add style to your bathroom and make it look modern and like new.

8. 2 Sit in a bathtub before buying it.
Bigger isn't always better. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people. It offers enough room to stretch out and provides a secure foothold, so you don't float into oblivion when the tub is full. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support –- a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. If you only have enough space for a small tub, buy an extra-deep one to make your bathroom feel more spacious

9. Make your bathroom feel more spacious
 A clear shower screen is a winner. It's also worth considering a frameless shower screen or if you prefer the hotel-style wet room looks no screen at all. Now there are sliding screens available which are a fantastic space saver.

10. If you can barely move in your bathroom without bashing your elbows, here are some tips to at least make it feel more spacious.

If you’re renting a home with a tiny bathroom, or just don’t have the cash for major renovations right now, there are tricks you can use to make the space look and feel bigger.

Transformational changes

Shake it up

You can create more space in a small bathroom by renovating, using different fittings and changing their placement.

Look outside

What’s outside the bathroom? A full-length window that looks on to a (private) garden dramatically increases not only your sense of space, but potentially the value of your home. Alternatively, consider a wall of opaque glass tiles to flood the room with light.

A small bathroom isn’t necessarily a bad thing – think of the energy you are going to save on heating in winter. Clear out everything but the essentials, get rid of the clutter and, if you can, install fixtures that suit a cozy space.

To speak with Country Victoria’s Renovation & Extension specialist please call  0427 662 260

To speak to Country Victoria’s Design and Construct Specialists call 0400 698 128