There is no doubt that a renovated bathroom can improve the overall look and feel of your home. Whether you are in the early stages of planning a major bathroom renovation or just want to refresh an aging space, following these 10 steps will help you get started on your journey.
- First Things First: Make A Detailed Plan And Prepare A Clean Slate
- Step 1: Sewer Pipes
- Step 2: Install Pre-Wall Elements
- Step 3: Drywall Walls and Cladding
- Step 4: Select And Lay Tiles
- Step 5: Install The Toilet
- Step 6: Assemble the shower cubicle
- Step 7: Install The Bath
- Step 8: Mount the Sink
- Step 9: Attach Fittings
- Step 10: Bathroom Furniture
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Ok, are you ready to take this job on? If you get it right, the end result will be amazing. You can use the detail here to help guide you, regardless:
- if you want to do it yourself,
- get professionals in to do it all for you,
- or a combination of both.
First Things First: Make A Detailed Plan And Prepare A Clean Slate
Before getting into the detail of the 10 steps, there is some initial work to do:
Establish your budget. Don’t go overboard on renovations if you don’t have the money to back it up – a little bit of focus and restraint goes a long way.
- Consider your floor plan and overall style approach
- Remove Everything
- Clean the Walls and Floor
- Repair any Damages
Three Main Style Options In Bathroom Renovation Trends
When you’ve decided to renovate your tired old bathroom, in terms of style, you pretty much have three options:
Of course, there is no rule that you can’t mix and match these ideas, but there will always be some trade-offs to manage in the process.
Step 1: Sewer Pipes
There is a goog chance that you are going to need to renew old water pipes and sewage pipes during the process. They may even need to be placed in different places to where they were pre-renovation.
If you are going to keep any of the old water pipes as they were, you should check them during the renovation and renew them if necessary.
Don’t take any shortcuts here, because water damage in your new bathroom will be very annoying. With everything stripped down, this is the chance to get things right for the long term.
If you’re in any doubt at all, it is well worthwhile to consult a plumbing specialist for laying the sewage pipes and water pipes – do it once, do it well when it comes to this part of things.
Speaking of getting in professionals, you may well need to get in a qualified electrician if any of the power connections are changing – which they most likely are.
Step 2: Install Pre-Wall Elements
Pre-wall installations are very much the way to go for both new bathrooms and renovations as well.
They provide the opportunity to leave the chisels and hammers on your belt, thereby saving yourself a lot of work in the process. This is because a pre-wall installation created a new false wall to hide all the bits behind. It sits in front of an existing wall and is then clad with drywall or other lightweight construction elements, leaving all the plumbing behind it. The one downside of this approach is that you do lose some of the bathroom space. It will take up about 25 cm of space where ever it is in the bathroom, so planning is key to managing this trade-off as best as possible.
Step 3: Drywall Walls and Cladding
Now you have any pre-wall components in place, you are ready to give shape to the bathroom by covering any of them with drywall or other lightweight construction elements.
Any room dividers can also be easily achieved with lightweight drywall installations.
Benefits of drywall:
- Fast and customized rearrangement of spaces
- No long drying times are needed before tiling/painting or other treatments
- They can be installed on existing walls
Tip: Increase the load-bearing capacity of the walls with a double thickness of drywall sheets!
Step 4: Select And Lay Tiles
When it comes to selecting tiles for your bathroom renovation project, visit a tile retailer where you can see a large selection of options displayed on wall-high sample boards so you can truly see exactly how the tiles look on floors and walls.
When it comes to tile choices, there are many from well-known brand manufacturers, including those guaranteed to be free of harmful substances.
A variety of colors and formats are available – let yourself be inspired by the exhibits and make your own personal choice.
When it comes to laying the tiles you have selected, be aware that it is a job not suited to the inexperienced DIYer. While it is possible to do it yourself, if the budget does allow it, you may like to get a professional in to do it. Needless to say, no matter how well everything else goes, a bad tiling job on your new bathroom renovation will be a great disappointment. So proceed with care.
Step 5: Install The Toilet
Tip: Check the correct height before assembly!
The final height of the toilet is determined earlier when laying the pipes and the pre-wall element. So if you want your toilet higher or lower than the norm, that needs to be planned well in advance.
Be sure to check the load capacity of the drywall where the toilet is to be hung. If double planked and ideally reinforced with OSB panels, the toilet holds up without any problems.
Step 6: Assemble the shower cubicle
Accuracy is everything here.
When choosing the right model, it is best to get advice from a specialist center of your choice.
Because it is not uncommon for shower recesses to have special dimensions specifications for its doors and walls, proceed carefully and double check everything.
First, attach the wall brackets and in the next step attach the glass walls in the brackets. If the positions of the shower walls are correct, the door is installed and the edge areas are sealed with a silicone joint.
Step 7: Install The Bath
When it comes to bathtubs, you will find that there are 3 options, each built differently:
- Pre-wall bathtubs, touch the pre-wall on one side. These tubs are placed on tub feet.
- There are also built-in bathtubs that are let into a metal support frame or bathtub support,
- And there are free-standing bathtubs.
Step 8: Mount the Sink
It is vital to find the right vanity for your situation.
Which is the right vanityfor me you may ask? This question is not so easy to answer. There are many different types and materials in this area.
It is best to answer the following questions:
- Which type of installation do I want?
- What shape should the sink have?
- What material should the sink be made of?
This narrows down the range of options and makes the selection easier.
Step 9: Attach Fittings
The faucet should match the bathroom styling.
Of course, a faucet should also work well.
The design is a decisive factor in the overall concept of the bathroom.
This is where the overall design choice of your bathroom is impoartnat (as discussed in the introduction to this blog post).
Is your bathroom rather minimalistic or extravagant? Is it classic or futuristic? The overall concept of the bathroom should definitely be reflected in the bathroom fittings.
Tip: Ask in advance whether there are interchangeable spare parts for the fitting you want.
Step 10: Bathroom Furniture
Now it comes to the part where you install the bathroom furniture elements that fit within the design styling you are looking for. Have fun!
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