When planning bathroom renovations, Melbourne homeowners often consider many aspects of the project. There are hundreds of decisions to be made, from what colour scheme to choose through to the type of tile to use. This process can be a little overwhelming and unfortunately, some important details can be overlooked. Here are some renovations dos and don’ts, so you can get it right first time.
Do Hire Reputable Professionals:
A professional bathroom renovations expert will allow you access to all the trades needed to create quality bathrooms. Melbourne homeowners often find that choosing plumbers, carpenters, tilers and other trades for a reno is the most stressful aspect of the project. However, when you hire a professional Bathroom Renovation Melbourne, they will oversee the project from start to finish, minimising your stress.
Although you may think that you have the skills to update your bathroom, there are many aspects of the process that should be left strictly to licensed professionals. For example, although you can buy waterproofing products at a DIY store, the costs of fixing even a minuscule leak could be massive. The same applies to plumbing, electrics, and other trades. Additionally, performing the work yourself may void your home insurance, so it could cost you a fortune in the long run.
Do Buy Australian Standards Compliant Products:
While you may fall in love with an unusual shower head you’ve seen on the internet, you need to ensure that anything you buy complies with Australian Standards. If your product does not have the Australian Standards WaterMark, your plumber won’t be able to install it legally. Additionally, you may have difficulties locating spare parts, if you need them later.
Don’t Ignore Old Pipes:
Although the thought of upgrading your pipes may have you worrying about an escalating budget, it is important not to ignore the problem. If you have older pipes, you are likely to experience significant reductions in water pressure, due to the accumulation of sediment. It is a good idea to take the opportunity during a remodel to replace the water pipes and connections with good quality plastic or copper.
Do Avoid Moving Pipework:
If you can avoid it, it is a good idea not to move pipework. If you can keep the same basic layout in your bathroom, the plumber will have no need to affect the drainage pipes, which can help your budget. The water pipes may need work to suit new fixtures, but if the basic layout is the same, it is far easier.
It can be very easy to go a little overboard, especially when you are looking at expensive tiles and fancy taps. However, if you are planning to sell your home at some time in the future, you need to consider whether you can make the cost back. You need to be aware that just because you fell in love with a heated toilet seat, you saw in Japan, it doesn’t mean that a new buyer will.
If you are considering bathroom renovations, Melbourne homeowners should speak to us. We have expertise in all aspects of renovating and updating bathrooms. The Matrix Bathrooms team is available to discuss your new bathroom and help you to bring your vision into reality.