Check out our 5 Tips for Remodelling Your Bathroom, Whether you’re looking to update your existing bathroom, or create an entirely new one, remodelling your bathroom can add significant value to your home and save you money on water and energy bills. We are trusted local builders in Exeter and Devon, we can help you create the perfect bathroom! Get in contact to book your FREE quotation.
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home and choosing the right design should not only provide you with years of comfort and pleasure but also meet all of your day-to-day requirements. However, updating your bathroom requires a variety of skills and specialist knowledge and you may require the services of a qualified bathroom fitter. Here are a few tips to help make your bathroom remodelling project a success.
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What do you want to achieve?
Before starting any DIY project, it’s important to review your needs, expectations and budget so as not to get carried away when it comes to ordering materials and furnishings. There’s a lot of components involved with remodelling your bathroom such as plumbing, electrics, tiling, plastering, etc… and it can be easy to go over budget in the early stages of your project. We advise setting a budget before starting any work, and allow some additional funds in case you uncover any hidden problems.
Requirements vs Space
You may find yourself choosing between features and space at some point during your remodelling project, so it’s worth measuring the dimensions of your bathroom before you start ripping out the existing furnishings. You may also wish to make a list of your desired features and their typical measurements, as this will allow you to plan your new bathroom more efficiently. We advise speaking to a professional builder if you’re considering changing the layout of your bathroom, as the extra plumbing and electrical work may cause you to go over your budget.
When planning your new bathroom, it’s worth reviewing your day-to-day requirements and whether you use ALL the features in your existing bathroom. Take care choosing the right wash basin, toilet, bath/shower and cabinets to maximise the space and create your desired look. Many homeowners are now choosing to replace the bath with a larger, modern shower unit, as this can free up space and offer improved water efficiency. You may also be able to take advantage of cavity walls by incorporating built-in storage between the wall studs to free up more floor space.
Ventilation & Lighting
One of the biggest problems with any bathroom is moisture, as this breeds mold and mildew that can stain painted surfaces and ruin your new bathroom. Assess the ventilation before starting any work and make sure your bathroom fan is operating to its full potential. We recommend using a ducted system that is capable of clearing at least 50 cubic feet per minute, although you may need a more powerful system if you’re installing a hot tub or steam shower. You may also wish to install a humidity sensor that can switch on and off depending on the amount of moisture in the air.
Another important feature in your bathroom is the lighting, which should be suitable for use at all hours. A ceiling fixture will provide suitable lighting for general use, but it may cast shadows around the room and create dark spots. We recommend installing a separate light above the wash basin and shower unit and consider incorporating dimmer switches so you can adjust the light levels depending on your mood.
Don’t Cut Corners on Key Features
Remodelling your bathroom can be quite costly, so it’s important to spend your money wisely to get the best results. Shop around for the best prices and choose items with a long or lifetime warranty for added peace of mind. Be wary of purchasing cheap tiles, as they may have size inconsistencies which will create crooked lines when fixed to the wall/floor. However, you can save money when it comes to faucets and fixtures, such as light switches, door handles, shower curtain rails, etc… as most items perform the same regardless of price.
A bathroom remodel is a big project that requires a range of skills and expertise, and although doing the work yourself can be an effective way to reduce costs, we advise leaving the more complicated installations to a qualified bathroom fitter. CPM (Complete Project Management) offer a range of services in Mid & East Devon and parts of Somerset and our dedicated team of specialists can help with all aspects of bathroom installation. We’ll discuss your budget, ideas and requirements and present you with a selection of designs that maximise the space available. Call us today on 01392 925045 or contact us online for your free no-obligation quote!