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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.

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What floors to choose for your house?

What floors to choose for your house?

 

One of the main stages-elements of a house are its floors, especially if you have wooden floors – carpentry. It has the absolute ability to highlight or destroy a space and is not corrected or changed easily and without building noise. Failure to implement the material we choose can mean a total failure of the appearance of our home.

The environment to be created must be balanced, conducive to communication and have bright spots that win the impressions, especially if our house is open plan which means that there are increased appearance requirements but also several factors to take into account in choice of material.

Tips for choosing the right floor for your house

 

To be sure that you have chosen the right floor, think that it should be comfortable to walk on, quiet, durable to use and easy to clean. Of particular importance is the substrate that works as a surface protection shield and the correct placement by an experienced craftsman if we are talking about wood or laminate.

In new constructions or renovations, we always photograph or videotape the pipes that pass through the floor before the fillings, just in case.

Wooden floors

 

The perfect choice for your house is to get wooden floors. If not at the whole house then at least st the bedrooms. They will give your house a cozy feeling and they will definitely add value to your property. They need proper care and cleaning but they definitely worth the effort and your money! Trust the best workers of Gikas Painting for the best results.

How we make samples for our space

In cottages we always have the opportunity to “escape” in the choice of material, because we may not have the high demands of everyday life. Thus we can make manual constructions with pebble paving slabs, fine coloured gravel, cement mortar with admixture of aggregates and any other more unusual, such as firebricks in the form of herringbone, but also natural materials in some places e.g. tree branch or construction timber. Even stencils (painted floors) we now see with great success, that is, painting on wooden or cement floors.

Cost is a definite factor that especially in the case of renovation makes the choice of material difficult. There are solutions that are very affordable in terms of cost but also very expensive. Market research is always required. The variety of materials is endless today and we start with the economical and easy to use porcelain tiles that have an endless range of designs and price. At the same time there are marble, granite, slate, industrial, glass slabs or tiles, artificial granite and the soft things we say such as: wood, rubber, mineral fibers, cork, carpet, vinyl. Those that are small in thickness often help in space renovations.

Colour combination on floors

 

It is better to:

Combine the kitchen workbench in colours at least or even better and as materials with the floor material. Gives a result of high aesthetics and gives weight to the space.

However, it is better not:

Glossy tiles or slippery floors in the kitchen for obvious reasons are not recommended or sandblast some driveways. The same goes for stairs in areas where we walk all day.

Edgings around peripherals in rooms or areas with imperfections will attract attention. Do not prefer it.

The very small dimensions or embossed tiles in the living room because the frequent joints abuse the aesthetic result. Also the porous materials in the kitchen area.

Very light or very dark colours because the traces of the shoes are very easy to see. A different type of plaster highlights the wooden floor and protects it in case of moisture. In corner spaces, prefer diagonal placement of the tiles to “mock” the result. If you also prefer floor plans, these will definitely prevent your eyes from focusing on the “wrong” walls.

Think and see the colour of the floor with the lighting of the space. Take a sample and see it on the spot at all hours of the day and buy 15% more material to meet the need and future needs.

Balconies

 

On the balconies (if they are large) leave a large joint such as 7-10mm. In this case the putty must be coarse-grained to avoid sorting tiles and to be mixed with a waterproofing emulsion. In floor skirting joints, pass under a silicone cord tile and pay close attention to the plastering of the skirting board on the wall because it is a sensitive point to moisture.

You can avoid the plaster in the bathroom by making shadows around the ceiling or stop the tile below. This also applies in the case of a loft.

Create a layout of all the bathroom items after you reach the size of the tile. Prefer intermediate colours on the floor and tone shades on the walls.

The bedroom should be kept quiet, so is good to have warm materials. So probably the protagonist is wood. Oak, beech, chestnut, shower, iroko, maple and pine. Of course, many times the floor stays covered with carpet most of the time. What we prefer for the bedroom are the fibers, the cork which is also a good insulating material but also the linoleum in a similar colour because it is also ecological. As for the carpet, pay attention to the accumulation of dust and particles and buy anti-allergic quality. You can also add inserts to the floor to make it durable.

Trust the best team of carpentry experts and watch your floors become better and better every day!

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