Bathroom renovation dos and don’ts

2017-08-02 06:03

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HERE are a few tried and tested tricks of the trade you can apply during a bathroom renovation ...

A good bathroom renovation can add one of the highest rated “wow” factors to any home.

However, renovating it can be a costly and complicated affair.

To simplify the process, Kyle Turner from Luximo Design, local distributor of leading Spanish range of sanitaryware and tiles, Roca, shares his tips for a successful bathroom renovation:

Do: hire a bathroom specialist

“Plumbers are only qualified to run the pipework and install the fixtures, but a bathroom professional is able to understand the project from a holistic perspective, and organise the correct sequence of trades,” explains Kyle.

He says that although many people are tempted to project-manage the job themselves, a specialist will know the best and most cost-effective ways to overcome any issues that may surface during the course of the project, or how to avoid them altogether.

Don’t: consider going the DIY route

Kyle advises that it is imperative to select qualified individuals with the correct certifications to complete the various jobs.

“So many people will see waterproofing materials at their local hardware, and be tempted to do it themselves. However, they don’t think of the fact that fixing a leak further down the line could be an astronomical setback financially. I can’t emphasise this enough – rather get a professional in to do it properly the first time. Choosing the right people for the job will ensure that all the necessary building regulations are met, and it will also give you peace of mind that you will get the best possible outcome.”

Do: splurge on high-end features

Bathrooms are usually smaller than other rooms in the home, so splurging on a few high-end products or finishes can be a good investment, says Kyle.

“A newly renovated bathroom should offer years of use, and so it is advisable to invest in the best one that you can afford. The beauty of the bathroom is that you don’t have to choose high-end products for the entire room – a few carefully selected items can stand as features in the space. For example, well-chosen premium tiles can really transform a space visually, as can a luxurious bath, vanity or tap for example.”

Don’t: ignore old pipe work

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to renovations in general is that you often stumble across old problems that you never knew existed. One such problem is the issue of antiquated pipe work.

“Although you probably never planned to replace all the pipe work in your bathroom, if your plumber points out to you that it is very old, it is really worth your while to replace all of them with new piping. Leaving the old piping in could lead to disastrous consequences down the line, such as burst pipes, leaks, and very low water pressure due to sediment forming in the pipes.”

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