As a DIY bathroom renovator bathroom design is something which you really have to give a lot of thought to. In most cases you will already have an idea of what you envisage your new / renovated bathroom or ensuite will look like but now you have to make that vision a reality, so how do you do it?
Before we answer that question there are some other factors we must take into consideration. In order of importance these are:
- Existing Plumbing
Although these are 3 separate factors they are all strongly connected. Let me explain. Your budget will not only govern the level of new bathroom furniture, tiles and tapware you buy, it will also govern how much you pay for the professional plumbing work your plumber will do as well as any structural changes you may need to make to accommodate your new bathroom plan. Add to that the expense (and inconvenience) of removing the old tiles/vanity/bath/shower screen etc and bringing in their replacements.
So with these factors in mind you now need to design your new bathroom.
As a DIY bathroom renovator you will probably have to leave your BUDGET to last because let’s face it, at this stage you really don’t know how much your “vision” is going to cost. However if you’re like most of us and don’t have unlimited funds there are certain ways of minimising your costs from the get-go.
Now if you are happy with the location of the existing plumbing you’ll be off to a flying start because you won’t be incurring the cost of repositioning your plumbing. Sure, you may have to replace or extend a pipe here or there but you’ll have avoided a major cost of relocating drains. On the other hand if you are not happy with the current location of the toilet, floor drains, shower, vanity, bath and taps then you will need to consult a plumber on the cost and viability of moving these essentials. If this is the case we suggest you get this cost estimate BEFORE proceeding any further.