11 Tips for bathroom renovation
11 Tips for bathroom renovation
There are 2 reasons why someone decides to move on to bathroom renovation. The first and most enjoyable is for aesthetic and the second for psychological reasons. A change in our home, in basic spaces that are used more often, such as the bathroom, renews us, because it gives new breath to our space and consequently to us.
A renovation works, after its end, as a psychotherapist as it raises our psychology and the mood to return to our home, to our nest to enjoy the change. That is why this change must be successful in every way! The second reason (and far from it) is that there is some damage or leakage, which often makes a renovation mandatory. No evil pure good, of course.
There is some basic information you need to know about the workflow of a renovation and we are here to take you through our experience 11 tips to not succeed, just to succeed!
1. Visualize your new bathroom
You have in front of you an empty canvas, which you can paint with the most beautiful colors. This is your bathroom and you can now remodel it as you wish. Would you like a colored or earthy result? Modern tiles or vintage? Did you try pressed cement mortar? Browse decoration magazines and surf on Pinterest to immerse yourself in the style you would like your new bathroom to have. The choice will be much easier for you, as well as for the seller who will serve you, since in this way you will have given him the information he needs to direct you much more specifically and targeted.
2. Check the piping
Before the renovation, a technician should check if the water supply and sewerage pipes of your bathroom are good or need to be replaced. For example, if the installation has been done in the past with an iron pipe (it was widely used until about 1985), it most likely needs a change, because its lifespan is 25-30 years. This is a very important step, which you may not have calculated in the cost but consider changing the tiles and in a short time the pipes will puncture and you will have to start all over again.
The installation of the new tiles on the old ones, while it is done and is a solution of easy change, however, involves a risk, since in case there is any problem with the tiles or the piping in the future, everything will have to be removed.
3. Redesign the layout in your bathroom
After renovating, it would be good to think if you want to change places in the sanitary ware and the laundry or they are comfortable as they are. Many times in old bathrooms the location of the sanitary ware has not been done based on practicality or elegance and the result damages the bathroom.
For example, the basin is not nice to be placed directly opposite the door and be the first thing you see when entering the bathroom.
Also if you want to put a built-in cistern, built-in batteries or underfloor heating, you must have decided before laying the tiles.
4. Insulate the built-in shower
Lastly, the trend in bathroom design and practicality requires the replacement of the bathtub with a shower. This way you save space. But there is something you need to be very careful about. In case you do not want to install a porcelain or acrylic shower and you want to make it built, you must insulate it very well, especially if the house is on a floor.
Think that the water is very difficult to hold and at some point it will remove moisture from underneath if proper insulation / waterproofing has not been done.
5. Watch out for the tiles you buy
All the tiles may seem the same to you and you want to buy the cheapest, but their differences are huge and their quality is crucial for their durability. Many times a cheap tile will eventually cost you double, so it is wise to choose materials that do not change easily.
If you do not want to spend a lot of money, look for tiles from good factories that have been removed and so have very good offer prices and less those that are cheap from the beginning.
Avoid white and generally very light tiles on the bathroom floor because you will always be with the mop under your arms!
6. Use anti-mildew putty
Many people may not know it, but in recent years, there is a special putty on the market, which prevents the formation of mold, fungi and bacteria. Especially in the bathtub / shower area, where the putties turn black over time and you need If you clean them constantly, this grout is a savior.
Of course it is more expensive than plain putty, but you can use it only on the places that usually mold and be sure that you will not regret this decision anywhere.
7. Give light
In a renovation, it is necessary to check the electrical installations, especially if they are old but also to get extra light if it is not enough for makeup, shaving, etc. Hidden lighting also “gives” to the premises and creates zen notes, for example when you enjoy a relaxing shower gel and you do not want strong light in.
Finally, if there is no natural light in the space, it is better to choose a light color of tiles to “illuminate” the bathroom.
8. Select the smart grid
The grill that has saved every woman who faints at the sight of a cockroach! Remove your old grill with the classic holes that always remain open with one that closes. With a simple movement, open and close it whenever you want. It is also very convenient for villages and cottages that are not inhabited permanently and various (malicious) insects lurk.
9. Use plaster around the ceiling
The plaster finishes at the junction of the wall tiles with the ceiling (when there is a loft), perfect the result and camouflage the imperfections from crooked walls, which almost every house has. If you do not have a loft, the tiles stop just above the height of the door and the remaining piece is painted.
10. Protect your cabin from debris from the beginning
Technology, fortunately for us, is constantly evolving. With the new products for nanotechnology cabin glass, -which for the best possible result must be passed before using the shower-, you do not worry about the salts that settle. Use it once and it lasts from months to 10 years (depending on the product), reducing the cleaning time by up to 90%. After passing it, they do not need any cleaners. Keep your cabin just like the first day of your bathroom renovation. Ideal for hotels.
11. Support bathroom furniture and basin
The basin is the most practical object of the bathroom and its choice should not be made only in terms of aesthetics or even worse in terms of price. There are very cheap basins on the market, but after using them you realize their problems, such as that they may not pull well with a push on the cistern or that the porcelain turns yellow very easily where water falls. These are unfortunately found after the holiday. To avoid, as much as you can, this possibility, it would be good not to go for the cheapest model but at a medium price.
As for the bathroom furniture, it is what gives character to the whole bathroom and is the protagonist. It is important to be beautiful but also practical, in terms of storage space. The trend also imposes the “hanging” furniture, which does not “tread” on the floor. Thus, there is the illusion that you are saving space and cleaning under them is much easier than floor furniture.
How long does a renovation take?
Of course for a clear answer to this question, we need to know the needs and size of your bathroom. However, in general, this type of work, in its entirety, takes about a week. Normally, these days it is not possible to use the toilet.
However, if you already live inside, what we ask from the specialized workshops we work with is that the bathroom should not be left without a basin for any day. So at the end of the day of dismantling the tiles and sanitary ware, the old basin is re-installed for your service and until the new one is installed, almost at the end of the renovation.