Bathroom Renovation Steps
Are you planning a bathroom renovation? By having a clear picture of the steps it takes to complete the renovation, you can prepare yourself and make a realistic timeline.
Before you begin your bathroom renovation
- Decide if you need a partial or complete renovation.
- Plan for everything - designs, budget, fixtures, tiles, lighting, skylights, storage, shower. Consider where you will be storing your toiletries. You may need in-wall cavities in the shower for soaps, shampoos, etc.
- Do your research to ensure you do not overlook the small stuff as they may increase your expenses later.
- Budget - The average cost of a bathroom renovation in Queensland is $20,160 if you are hiring a professional bathroom renovator.
- Council approvals, if needed
- Materials - For customised vanity, cabinets or windows, order them before you begin the renovation process. This will prevent unnecessary delays and it will be ready when you get to that stage.
- Hiring tradies - If you take the DIY route, you may save some money but you may still need to hire tradies to finish electrical, plumbing or waterproofing jobs. And take on the stress and responsibility for doing everything yourself! Take quotes from tradies like electricians, plumbers, waterproofers, tiler, painter, carpenter.
Steps involved in a bathroom renovation
Before you begin the renovation, know your limitations and strengths. Be realistic about what you can do and what you will need professional help to complete.
Electrical and Plumbing Cap Off
Disconnecting the power and water to the bathroom and capping off plumbing fixtures.
Asbestos Testing and Removal
Houses built before 1990 may contain asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used as a building material as it is durable, fire-resistant and insulating. However, if the material is broken or disturbed, it produces dust containing dangerous asbestos fibres. Breathing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestosis and lung cancer.
If you suspect your house contains asbestosis, you will need to get it tested prior to any renovation. Professional asbestos removalists will need to carefully remove and dispose of any asbestos containing materials.
Note: Do not carry out asbestos removal yourself - hire a professional asbestos removalist.
If you are planning a complete bathroom renovation, you will need to demolish your existing bathroom. It would include removing all the plumbing fixtures, tiles, cabinetry, mirrors, shower screen, etc.
Concrete Cutting and Core Drilling
Concrete cutting can be needed to make space for new plumbing connections. If you are moving your toilet, shower or bath to a different location, core drilling will create space for new waste points by drilling through concrete. Termite barrier installation will also be required if the concrete has been cut to relocate plumbing. After the termite treatment is completed, concrete is repaired.
Plumbing & Electrical Rough-in
Rough-in involves the installation of plumbing and electrical fixtures - wires, electrical boxes, cables, lights, pipes, and drainage. The location of all the fittings is marked so they can be easily located when the plasterboard goes up.
In this stage, window frames, door frames etc are installed as per the specifications of the fixtures, doors, windows and cabinetry.
Ceilings and walls are often insulated to prevent heat from entering the house in summer and to ensure your bathroom remains warm in winter.
Installation of cabinets, skylights and vanity benchtop
The vanity and storage cabinets are installed and skylight fitted if required.
All the materials used in your bathroom renovation are specifically designed for wet areas. Villa board is used as a wall lining, plasterboard is used for the ceiling, and cement sheet underlay is used over timber flooring.
Walls and ceilings are taped and covered with plaster to make it strong and durable, ready for painting or tiling.
In this stage, a waterproof membrane will be installed to the floor and shower walls to ensure they are watertight.
You do not want any leaks in your tiles or flooring as it may damage the property structure. Waterproofing done incorrectly may damage your tiles and can cost a lot of money to fixed. That’s why it is important to hire licensed waterproofers who can complete the job to the highest standards.
Tiling on floors and walls is then carried out.
Installation of shower screen and mirrors
Plumbing and Electrical Fit- Off
Fit-off involves the final installation and testing of all the plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Almost there. Painting is the last step in the renovation - it ensures the other tasks do not damage the new paint.
DIY or Professional Bathroom Renovation?
Bathroom renovation is a long and intense process. If you are not confident that you can manage and carry out the project yourself it might be better to contact a professional who is experienced in handling all the aspects of the job. You may also lose the warranty on products if they are not installed by a professional. Moreover, professional contractors will be able to do the job faster and often to a higher standard than the average DIYer.
Looking for a great team to take care of your bathroom renovation in Brisbane? Get in touch with Mastercraft Tiling and Bathroom Renovations at 0431 115 021 or complete our bathroom renovation quote request form today.
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