Nothing signals the beginning of a new year like a good home project! So if you feel like refreshing the look of your bathroom or embarking on a major overhaul, Granite Transformations’ design specialist David Barr has four top tips to assist you in avoiding a costly or lengthy bathroom renovation.
1. Have a budget and stick to it, however build in a 20% buffer. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t spend more than 5% of the value of your home on a bathroom renovation. So if your home is worth $400,000, allow up to $20,000 on a bathroom.
2. It is vital to take measurements of a room and outline space requirements before purchasing and installing any new bathroom products. Be aware of existing fixtures, such as plumbing and electrical outlets, doors and windows.
3. Whatever timeframe you think it will take, double it! Keep in mind a complete bathroom renovation can take up to 18 days including demolition, plumbing, electrical and insulation, whereas a bathroom makeover can be turned around in as little as two days, as often you can re-use existing cabinetry, plumbing and electricals.
4. Move towards simplicity, with contemporary and minimalist design and fixtures. A pristine, uncluttered layout and style, utilising clever storage, will make your bathroom appear spacious and inviting. Maximise space by adding a large mirror to give the appearance of a larger and more open room. Add a focal feature with mosaic tiles in combination with granite or other materials, such as timber and soft furnishings.