We share some tips on how to plan your bathroom renovation.
• The most important advice to someone ordering a new bathroom or renovating an old one is to preserve continuity.
• Either stick to the minimalist geometric shapes which have been popular over the past few years, or go for popular curved features, but guard against mixing the two.
• A bathroom renovation is one of the most difficult to achieve, especially if you are trying to run a household around it. If the kitchen is temporarily disabled, there is always the option of eating out or getting takeaways, but ablutions really have to be carried out on the spot.
• Having a second bathroom is a huge advantage, but use may still have to be carefully planned, especially with a large family. If the situation begins to look impossible, consider moving into a motel, or staying with friends, during the most disruptive part of the work.
• We recommend you choose an HIA bathroom designer and renovator so that once the work is underway you can concentrate on managing the domestic disruption. Don’t go for the first ones you call and make sure you see some of the designers’ past work.
• Do the same with the renovators, and ask for recommendations from previous clients. Finally obtain and compare quotes from at least three companies.
• Remember, for a while your bathroom is going to become a work site, with all the occupational health and safety issues that entails. Make sure children and pets are kept away.
• Work sites are usually dusty and dirty. Pack everything that is not needed into boxes before the work begins and block doorways to adjacent rooms with plastic so that dust does not stray offsite.