TOP TIPS : 7 steps for a successful bathroom renovation

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When it comes to renovating your bathroom we suggest you follow these helpful tips!

1. Define your purpose

Define who will use the bathroom for which purpose, and create a list of must-have features. Such as: a practical layout that appeals to a broad market for an investment place; A peaceful space where you can unwind – freestanding bath/luxurious double shower, underfloor heating etc.; Space and storage for a growing family. For inspiration, turn to magazines, Pinterest or Instagram for ideas on what you like and don’t like.

2. Plan ahead

Don’t start your renovation unless you know exactly what you want to achieve. Getting halfway through your project and then deciding that you don’t like the layout, you want different tiles or you’d like to make room for a bigger bath can be an expensive and stressful mistake. Take time to nail the brief!

3. Budget

Cost will vary considerably depending on size of your bathroom, and the cost of your materials, fittings and labour.

Some of the major costs to plan for in a bathroom renovation include:

  • Plumbing, especially if you are moving plumbing or installing new elements

  • Waterproofing, to ensure your bathroom doesn’t leak

  • Tiling - floor and wall tiles, mosaics

  • Frameless shower screen, semi-frameless shower screen or standard shower screen

  • Bath - could be integrated or freestanding

  • Toilet, which could be a standard version or have an in-wall cistern. Or High-end Smart Toilets which require additional plumbing/electrical wiring

  • Vanity, standard or wall mounted; off-the shelf or custom made; vanity top options including stone

  • Lighting, which could be task, general or mood

  • Heating and ventilating; under-tile heating, heated towel rails etc.

  • Permits, such as applying for and registering Strata Bi-Laws

4. Work out a timeline

  • Work out a timeline and take into account the following:

  • Booking in tradespeople. Consider that good trades are often booked up months in advance so you may have to wait to get the right people.

  • Strata application process for renovations in apartments may take considerable time. Find out how long these applications take and work out which ones you need to have in place.

  • If it is the only bathroom in the home, consider alternative arrangements for that time. You may have to find an alternative bathroom to use for at least 3 weeks. Do you move out, use the neighbours or rent a portable solution to house in your backyard?

  • If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you may have to move out of the home for a short amount of time. Be prepared for noise and dust, especially in the early days of the renovation.

5. Involve the experts

It’s important to know what you can do — and what you can’t. You’re much better off getting the experts in to avoid problems occurring later down the track. Bathroom renovation specialists such as HOME by belle are a one-stop shop for any bathroom renovation project. As home renovation specialists, HOME by belle will cover all aspects of the job, from design, to plumbing and waterproofing and everything in between.

HOME by belle have a team of all the necessary tradies on hand. As home renovation specialists they also ensure that you have all the insurances in place and that the trades are licensed and highly experienced. They will deal with any possible hiccups during the process.

Hiring a renovation specialist minimises stress as they project manage the entire renovation on your behalf and they have access to rade suppliers to get you the best products and valuable discounts.

6. Plan the layout and design the space

Your bathroom renovation expert will help you to get the most out of your existing space and optimise the flow to all the major elements, including the vanity, toilet and shower. They can help you visualise the layout with technical drawings, 3D renders and a selection of finishes.

  • Do your research. Get inspiration online and visit local bathroom renovators to see what kind of finishes and fixtures are on offer. There’s a huge range of products to choose from for every aspect of your renovation so take the time to consider all the options available before making your decisions.

  • Meet with your renovation expert with your Pinterest ideas - they will help you define your style.

  • Consider existing plumbing and wiring

  • Consider natural light sources

  • Choose the tiles, tapware and fixtures

7. Enjoy your new space!

Nothing beats coming home to a brand new sanctuary of your own!

But before you sink into the new tub and let the stress of the day melt away, remember to get the supplier warranties, operating manuals as well as product care information for your newly installed finishes and fittings. You should also get a waterproofing certificate from the shower screen installer.

Trends: Say goodbye to white and beige…these are the hottest new tile trends

Tiles take the centre stage in bathroom design. Therefore, it is no surprise that choosing the right tiles can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider; tile size, colour, layout and grout colour, just to name a few! While an all-white bathroom can look beautiful, classic and light, it has been done (many, many times) before.

As tiles are more popular now than ever, we have identified the hottest trends to take you into Spring 2018.

Large floor and wall tiles

One design trend that is growing in popularity is large format tiles. Traditionally large bathroom tiles were 600mm x 600mm in size, however, large tiles are more popular than ever with sizes ranging from 800mm x 800mm to huge slabs at 1000mm x 3000mm. Large format tiles have less grout lines, which create uninterrupted floors or walls, creating a seamless and sophisticated look. They are also easier to clean and maintain, which is why our clients are embracing this tile trend.

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Statement floors

Choosing a statement floor is a perfect way to add personality and flair to your bathroom. Statement floors create a focal point in your bathroom and complement plain white or neutral wall tiles. There is a lot of choice when it comes to deciding on your statement floor. A statement tile works wonderfully with mosaics, patterned tiles and different-shaped tiles such as hexagon.

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Herringbone is the new subway

Herringbone tiles are a huge trend which continue to grow in popularity. Herringbone is a traditional pattern which has become fresh and modern and has been embraced within bathroom design.  Herringbone tiles are extremely versatile, as they can be used on either walls or floors, creating an instant sophistication to your bathroom. We think the pictures speak for themselves.

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Zellige tiles

Originating from Morocco these beautiful, handmade, glazed terracotta tiles are one of this season’s hottest trends. Zellige tiles add a stunning and organic appeal to bathrooms. They have a shiny finish when the light reflects off them and are perfect for showers or a vanity feature tile.

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While white and beige tiles have dominated bathroom design, we are seeing colours such as blue, emeralds, soft greens and pastel pink stand out as tile colour alternatives. There is no denying that white and neutrals will always be in style and a good choice for your bathroom, however, clients are now starting to have more fun (and be a little more adventurous) when it comes to choosing their bathroom tile colour scheme.

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Written by: Jessica Ivory
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