How to Renovate Your Bathroom Quickly and Efficiently
I can’t even recall how many times across this website we have said that if your house had a heart and soul it would be your kitchen and bathroom.
I am still not in a position to judge which one would be heart and which one would be soul, but you get the point. The reason we are saying it over and over again is because… it’s true! And you can’t stress it enough.
However, bathroom is probably a little bit funny. It is a room where you spend relatively the least amount of time, but it’s impossible to be fully satisfied with your home if it’s not done right.
It just makes the whole project incomplete, don’t you think?
This is the room where you want to feel comfortable. It should be somehow inviting.
But obviously you can’t just add pillows and blankets to make it more cosy. On the other hand, it gives you an opportunity to have special and one of a kind design with “wow effect” at the same time.
And how do you do that? Follow along we will tell you exactly how it’s being done.
Analysing and Planning is Crucial in Remodeling Your Bathroom
Exactly as with everything as long you want to do properly. It is especially true with bathrooms. Before you start with any sort of action you have to analyse and plan everything in advance. This is the best way to tackle any work and this is how we approach our tasks.
First of all you have to analyse and judge the current state. In what condition your bathroom is? This step will help you to estimate how extensive the whole renovation should be.
Of course, it won’t give you the clear answers what is the condition of the pipes, walls and floor, but it will give you some sort of an idea. You will know what to expect.
The next question is whether you like how the bathroom is organised or not.
There is no better time to move a toilet from one side to another and put it in the corner where bathtub currently is and create enough space for modern wet room. For example.
Possibilities are basically endless and it might even make sense to create a completely new bathroom if you just wish to. In converted lofts, adapted basements or in your master bedroom to transform to stylish en suite.
It is entirely up to you how do you want your new bathroom to look like and we are here to help.
We will be more than happy to propose some changes and help you to create a bathroom of your dreams. Everything from the layout, through tiles and up to special designs.
Below you can find our infographic about how to design a bathroom in 5 effortless steps.
If you are already investing money in remodeling your bathroom you have to make sure a project is tailored exactly to your needs and / or ideas you have to maximise the positive experience.
Ideally You Want to Empty the Bathroom Completely
But before this positive experience of finally having your dreamed bathroom will happen, there is this one thing that you might not be entirely happy with.
Something that will clutter up your house a little bit, but that’s the “price” of all renovations.
To maximise the speed of all works and to make sure the whole renovation will be finished fairly quickly, ideally, the entire bathroom should be completely empty.
The reason is rather simple. This way any builder is getting enough space and ease to remove old tiles and fixtures, measure, cut and install whatever he has to install. In short to do his job.
However, I can totally understand it can be problematic.
And usually we are doing our best to find work arounds and to be as unnoticeable as we possibly can. Still, it gives our team the best chances to finish in shorter period of time, that’s all.
Each and everyone of us likes to work in least disruptive manner and our Customers love us for the fact we understand all sort of obstacles we might encounter.
Even if it’s not possible to remove everything from the bathroom we always appreciate if we can use any other to store some tools and materials.
There is always a way and at Polda Builders we are all about finding solutions.
We must not forget that very often to remodel a bathroom you have to get rid off old tiles, toilet and sink. And depending on the project maybe even pipes and some pieces of wall construction.
Either way the goal for us is always the same – maximum customer satisfaction from the received product.
After all, perfection truly is our passion.
Depending on the Scale Take Care of Plumbing and Electricity
And sometimes to make it perfect you have to take care of plumbing and electricity. Especially if you are changing the position of toilet, sink and shower tray for example.
However, before we will go into any details I have to mention that it might not always be the case. It really depends on the individual project and it might happen there won’t be too many alterations at all.
It might also happen that pipes will be in really poor condition, but that does not happen too often.
Now, when it comes to electricity quite some time ago we have prepared an entire article only about that. You can find it below to learn more about this topic.
I Have Almost Lost my House Insurance, Here’s How to Avoid it Although it is legal to do your own electrical work in UK, doing
At this point I have to emphasize that electricity is no joke, it really can kill.
So please be extremely careful and do not perform any works before switching off fuses. And ideally you should leave this task for the professionals.
On the other hand if you are not adding any extra lights or changing the position of the switches and sockets there is no need to do anything.
If you have any questions just drop us a line at email@example.com or through our chat and we will be happy to assist you.
Please bear in mind it will need to be signed off by certified electrician or by your Local Authority Building Control.
When it comes to plumbing it is much more simple. And we happen to have article about this topic as well.
What makes it even more valuable is the fact that it is specifically about getting more space in your bathroom. Mainly by changing and rearranging the layout.
Coming back to plumbing itself, any works will be necessary only in the following cases:
- Really poor pipes condition
- Installing bathroom fixtures in different places than originally
- Replacing a bathtub with shower tray and shower tray with bathtub
Tiles and Bathroom Fixtures are What Make Your Bathroom Special
Right, so you can check off the first two things. You have analysed and planned everything thoroughly. Plus you have done all the preparation inside of your bathroom.
Now it’s the time for what really makes an impact. New bathroom fixtures and the tiles of your choice. All of that can contribute to a huge difference.
As a matter of fact, you don’t need a complete remodel to achieve this “wow effect”.
New tiles, sink and toilet can really do the trick if done by a professional. You still have to decide whether you want a shower tray or a bathtub or maybe a wet room. Every solution has pros and cons and, again, it’s more a matter of individual decision.
What I’m just trying to say is that sometimes you don’t have to break a bank to freshen it up.
Building a wet room can be a bit expensive, but you can go with cheaper option. Possibilities are nowadays basically endless. Only the amount of tap designs can be absolutely overwhelming.
And you still got other fixtures to choose: shower trays, bathtubs, toilets, bidets, etc. They all come in different shapes, forms and colours. You can go for any style you like. Traditional, modern or victorian to name a few.
Not to even mention the selection of tiles. This is where all the fun begins.
Have you seen recent catalogues? As of 2019 Topp Tiles alone is offering 1276 products. A thousand, two hundreds and seventy six products. That’s just insane.
Below we will discuss finishing touches in a little bit more details.
Finishing Touches can Definitely add Uniqueness to Your Bathroom
If you are on budget even a new set of shower doors can completely change the look of your bathroom. But not only that. There are many things you can do in order to make your bathroom look much nicer.
The good news is it can work like magic even when you are not doing any major changes. For example adding extra cabinets, storage or simple shelving can be really nice touch.
Besides, it will allow you to accommodate all your bathroom equipment in one place.
Another thing you can do is to regrout your tiles with a little bit different colour and repaint the walls where there is no tiling. If you will combine that with new handles and new mirror on the wall it will feel like a completely new bathroom.
What else? Add some more lights with dimmer switch, it will help you to create ambient atmosphere or illuminate the room when needed.
Last, but not least – bathroom accessories.
Necessary whether you are remodeling your bathroom or only doing a slight refreshment. Even, or maybe especially small stuff like towel racks, mirrors, bath mats, soap dishes, wash clothes, new towels, and so on and so forth.
Ultimately you can paint your tiles with paint or use board panels, but the results in our opinion are always far from satisfactory…
Either way we believe decorating your bathroom and equipping it with new bathroom accessories are all vital parts of any refurbishment.
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Not without a reason, perfection is our passion.