How to Renovate Your Only Bathroom
Renovating your only bathroom is undoubtedly a big step. It’s high time that lime green bathroom suite was ripped out and dumped in the skip where it belongs, but there’s a lot more to consider when dragging your bathroom out of the 1980s.
When you’re remodelling a single bathroom, you need to think about the practicalities; specifically, how you can complete the work while reducing the time you’re without a toilet and a shower or bath.
Solutions to the Challenges You Might Face
While some level of spontaneity can be enjoyed in many remodelling projects, in the case of an only bathroom, you need to plan the job thoroughly from start to finish. Being mentally, financially, and physically prepared for the job certainly helps, but you can’t always be prepared for what you’ll find when you start opening up walls and floors and removing fixtures.
There’s also life without a toilet to consider. You’ll need a plan in place for toilet breaks and washing while your bathroom is out of action. With that in mind, here are our tips to renovate your only bathroom without causing too much unnecessary upheaval.
Before you start any work, make sure you know exactly what needs to be done, in what order, who will do the work, and when. You do not want anyone to slow you down. For example, if the bathroom suite needs to be removed before the floor can be retiled, make sure the tiler is booked and ready to go as soon as the old suite is out, so your new bathroom can be plumbed in.
Buy Your Supplies Before You Start
Don’t let last minute trips to your local DIY supplier slow you down. Make sure you have all the tools and equipment you’ll need before you start. The time it takes to get supplies and find the bits and pieces you need will only delay the completion of your task.
All Hands to the Pump
If renovating the bathroom is a job you can do yourself, make sure you pick a couple of days when you can dedicate yourself wholly to the task – if you have a couple of friends who can help, even better. However, most people will need the assistance of a contractor. In this case, you want a contractor who will stay on the job without having to rush off for supplies or to do any other work. A crew of two, or three at the most, is perfect for the job.
Make Toilet Plans
Getting the new bathroom completed as quickly as possible, or phasing the renovation to reduce the time your toilet is out of action is crucial. But you will still face a period of a day or two without a loo. If you have neighbours or friends nearby who are happy for you to use their facilities then that is likely to be the best option. If not, you could hire a portaloo for a couple of days, or even use the facilities at work or the gym if that makes life easier.
When you need a bathroom fitted quickly, we can provide you with all the high quality plumbing and bathroom supplies you’ll need. We also offer a free professional bathroom design service to help you create your perfect bathroom before the work begins. For further information, give us a call or drop in to one of our showrooms.