Adequate research before embarking on a bathroom remodelling project can help you to save valuable time and money as well as avoid costly mistakes along the way. Whether you're just tired of the way your bathroom looks and want to change a few aspects or you've been forced to do so after your pipes burst and everything refused to work, you probably have the same concerns as those who've come before you. Below are answers to some of the frequently-asked questions by homeowners carrying out bathroom renovations.
1. What permits and licenses are required?
Generally, you need an inspection and approval to make any alterations to gas, electrical, drainage and plumbing systems in your home. You may also need permits to alter load-carrying walls or resize windows. In addition, depending on the extent of work to be done (expressed as the cost of labour and materials), your bathroom renovation specialist will need some form of up-to-date builder's licensing (the cap and name is different depending on where you live). If you're not sure about that information, take a walk to your local building office and inquire. Also, you can talk to your contractor as they are well-versed with the laws in your region.
2. Must I replace everything?
This depends on your taste, needs and budget, but you most likely won't need to throw everything out. Talk to the contractor about up-cycling some of your old fixtures. Your old sink or tub can look as good as new with a simple face-lift using cleaning products and refinishing procedures. However, if your budget allows, you can get new fittings and fixtures to change your bathroom entirely.
3. How do I renovate on a budget?
The average homeowner has only so much to pour into a bathroom remodelling project, especially if you need to do it out of obligation (i.e. things aren't working). If you're one such owner, recycling and upcycling are your two best friends. As said before, find out where your old fixtures can still be used with a simple face-lift. Next, visit your local flea market for unique, antique fixtures which will add character to your bathroom without breaking your bank account. Online platforms like EBay and Craigslist and recycling groups are also great for finding pre-owned fixtures that can do the job in your own bathroom. Check out Etsy for unique, hand-crafted accessories to go with your new bathroom.
4. What's the best paint to use?
Semi-gloss paint is a great choice because you can easily wipe down markings and stains from dirty/oily hands. This is important, especially if you have children or live with someone working a 'dirty' job. If you use flat paint, the frequent wiping will cause the paint to chip, requiring a repaint soon after. In addition, semi-gloss paint has reflective qualities and can help to boost your lighting, making the room warmer.