Are you ready to say 'Hooroo' to your old, daggy bathroom and 'G'day' to a new one? At Konnect Building Solutions, we offer timely, on-budget, and high-quality renovations and more. We also undertake bathroom renovations Kogarah residents endorse. Plus, our experience spans 20+ years, implying you can bank on us for all your renovation needs.
That said, we realize that aesthetics are top of mind when renovating your bathroom. Who doesn't want others to ooh and aah over their tiles, colour scheme, fixtures, and finishes? We get it - you want your bathroom to look 'the part'. But are looks the only thing you should be worried about?
Not quite. Before committing to a bathroom renovation and calling in your go-to contractor, it's advisable to ask some key questions to ensure your ducks are in a row once the project kicks off. Here're some core aspects to consider:
Is a Warm Floor a Priority?
Yeah, you probably fancy some heat under your feet when you step out of the shower. You can achieve this by installing radiant heating systems like electric coils or warm water tubes. While at it, consider your bathroom door's threshold as it impacts the layout of your space. In other words, adding heating to your floor may constrain the door's swing. Hence, accommodate this factor in your plans.
Will You Need to Upgrade Your Plumbing?
Stepping up the aesthetic may require some rejigging of your plumbing setup. If you intend to swap out an old shower for a modern one, you'll need new valves and connections.
You may also have to reconfigure the space for proper drainage. This can be challenging if there are other fixtures, such as a dropping ceiling or tub, in the way. Also, old plumbing systems usually require upgrades to meet current building codes or waterproofing requirements.
Does the Bathroom Offer Ample Privacy?
Oops! You've probably been there - you're enjoying a private moment in the bathroom when someone walks past the window or opens the door. You leap for the towel, but it's too late as you’ve been spotted in your birthday suit!
Well, privacy shouldn't be an afterthought when designing your bathroom. Think of it as your family's private oasis where you can sing like a kookaburra in the shower without fear of prying eyes or unexpected interruptions.
For shared bathrooms, ensure all your family members have the necessary privacy. This could mean adding blinds or curtains or using an opaque shower door for maximum privacy. Alternatively, you could opt for frosted glass or patterned material for extra coverage.
Do You Plan To Hide Plumbing or Make It a Standout Feature?
The sight of shiny copper pipes exposed and snaking their way along the walls creates a charming industrial vibe. If such a look is more your thing, go with it to add a 'fair dinkum' touch to your bathroom space. But beware of the potential downside - it can be a dust and grime magnet.
You could also hide your plumbing behind the walls for a more modern aesthetic. Even so, bear in mind that all the pipes need access for maintenance or repairs - so don't box yourself in when taking your pick.
Can You Avoid or Minimize Cold Spots?
Do you ever step into the shower only to be greeted by a faceful of chilly tiles? Or maybe the floor feels like an icy tundra under your feet as you step out of the tub? Then you may have stumbled upon what we in the biz call “cold spots”.
Cold spots are parts of your bathroom that are colder than the rest. They're often the result of less-than-ideal thermal insulation or heat distribution in your bathroom. Besides giving you an unwanted goosebumps-inducing surprise, they can make your bathroom feel less comfortable and welcoming.
Before renovating your bathroom, think of ways to eliminate these frosty foes. For instance, you could install heated floors or deploy a more efficient heating system. Likewise, to enhance the quality of showers on exterior walls with soap nooks, consider placing rigid foam insulation behind the backer board before tiling the nook. This clever technique minimizes potential cold spots inside the bathroom, ensuring a fulfilling shower experience.
How Many Bathrooms Should You Install?
Think about the number of bathrooms to include in your renovation project. Are you a bloke living alone in a bachelor pad, or do you have a hoard of rugrats zooming around the house? Your family's needs significantly influence the decision.
If you have more than a footy team, one bathroom might result in a perpetual queue outside the door. Hence, consider adding a second or third bathroom to calm the chaos of rushed mornings. But if you're concerned about space, en suite bathrooms or powder rooms are popular and efficient options - they occupy less space but significantly enhance your home's functionality and convenience.
How Will You Deal With Puddles?
Isn't it annoying when you step out of the shower and straight into a puddle? Although chic and functional, stand-alone showers can lead to a mini-lake forming in your bathroom. But how do you deal with such an issue?
For starters, think about shower screens - they guard against spray from the shower, keeping the water where it belongs. Spring for a well-sealed, high-quality glass screen to reduce the number of rogue droplets.
Your shower floor should also sport a slight slope to direct water toward the drain, preventing water from lingering. Also, invest in quality bath mats or step-out mats to catch the water that escapes.
How Much Water Do You Use?
Do you fancy luxurious baths twice daily, or are you more of a quick-rinse type? Everyone in your home will have different preferences, and that's alright - as long as it doesn't trigger plumbing issues or skyrocketing water bills.
Water usage can significantly impact your bathroom renovation project. Hence, consider how much H2O your fixtures and fittings use before investing in them. For instance, some toilets feature dual-flush technology to save water. Other options might include low-flow showerheads or tap aerators to keep your utility bills in check.
Get it Done Right
Ready to transform your bathroom? We hope these critical considerations help you plan for your bathroom renovation project. You can also connect with us by calling or exploring our site at https://www.konnectbuilding.com.au/builder-kogarah.html if you need help with your residential or commercial project - we provide reliable services from the design to the final phase.
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