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7 Tips For A Successful Bathroom Renovation

Updated on October 15, 2014

Did you know that a bathroom renovation is one of the quickest and most effective ways to add value to your home? So, what can you do to ensure that you’re adding maximum bang for your buck? Whether you are undertaking a basic cosmetic refurbishment or a complete overhaul of your bathroom, we have compiled a list of handy tips that are sure to make your renovation a success.

1. Stick with the “proven performers”

There are plenty of elements that are tried and true in bathroom renovations, so try to stick with them when all else fails. Using darker tiles on the floors and white ones on the walls is always a great look, for example. What else seems to be a popular choice?

2. Keep the plumbing in place

If you’re ripping absolutely everything out of your bathroom, try to keep the plumbing in the same place. This will not only save you thousands of dollars, it will ensure that the renovation will be finished as quickly as possible because you won’t have to wait for a plumber.

3. Make use of your frame

Once everything has been ripped out of the bathroom, think about adding some extra ‘noggins’ to the frame. This will ensure that you can screw towel rails and hooks into the places that you want them. If there is nothing to adhere the hooks to, you could be in trouble.

4. Give the bath a bit of a face-lift

Did you know that giving your bathtub a face-lift is so easy that you may not even need to replace it? Sometimes, all it takes is just some resurfacing for the tub to have a fresh, new look. You will, however, have to find someone to undertake resurfacing for you.

5. Repair things the right way

If you have been unlucky enough to have water damage in the bathroom, you might need to re-sheet the walls using some water resistant board that you can then waterproof before tiling. This will ensure that water damage does not become a problem again.

6. Create that “wow” factor

One of the best ways to give your bathroom renovation that “wow” factor is by making the shower bigger. Everyone loves a double sized shower and it will certainly make a big impression on potential buyers should you decide to sell your home some point in the future.

7. Keep it simple, stupid

If the bathroom is in relatively good shape and just looks a little dated, try to keep the whole renovation simple. Replace the vanity with a newer, modern version or install a fancy tap and big, square showerheads – this will make all the difference in your space for little cash.

By following each of these 7 tips, you can rest assured that your bathroom renovation will be so successful you will be turning friends and family away for visits. Just remember to work out your budget well ahead of time and to stick to it no matter what, as spending more then you can afford is a common mistake that many homeowners make.

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