If you want to renovate your bathroom but have a limited amount of time and money, it's important to avoid things that might complicate or increase the cost of your project. Read on to find out what these things are.
Rearranging the position of the bathroom suite
Rearranging the position of your toilet, bathtub and sink is not advisable if you want your bathroom renovation to be as simple and affordable as possible.
Moving these features is far more complicated than moving around furniture. Because they are connected to an intricate web of plumbing pipes, this process will require the plumber to pull up tiles and break open sections of the wall.
Even for a skilled and experienced plumber, this is a very time-consuming form of work. As such, it will increase your labour costs. It can also result in you spending more on materials, as the damaged sections of floor tiles and wall plastering will need to be replaced or repaired.
Tiling all four walls
Tiling all four walls of a bathroom is not only a very lengthy process, but also quite an expensive one. If your bathroom is relatively large and you opt for mid-range or premium tiles, you could end up paying several thousand dollars for labour and materials.
One way to keep costs down in this respect is to tile a small section of the bathroom and use an inexpensive tin of paint for the remaining wall space. You could ask your contractor to add a border of tiles around the centre of each wall or alternatively, to just tile the area within the shower cubicle or around the bathtub.
Being too involved
After you have drawn up a detailed plan with your construction team, selected your materials and feel confident that the contractor understands your requirements, it is best not to remain too involved with the renovation process.
There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, if you attempt to 'help out' with the renovation work, in the hopes of speeding up the process, you may end up actually extending the length of the project, by making mistakes that your contractor then needs to rectify.
Additionally, if your plumber needs to have the water turned off for a few days and you switch it back on several times during this period, in order to prepare food or do laundry, your plumber won't be able to proceed with their work at the pace they intended too.
As such, it is sensible to try to stay out of the way as much as possible.
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