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5 Proactive Planning Steps to Avoid a Bathroom Renovation Disaster:

Prevent a renovation disaster with these steps
By Expert Tips
Date: October 19 2016
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If you are currently in the midst of plans to renovate your bathroom, there are some things that you should know first. For instance, the laws on DIY plumbing are very strict in Australia, so you must not attempt to take on extensive jobs without professional help. You could end up injuring yourself or causing damage to the house, so forget about cutting corners.

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right. And, if your renovation is planned and implemented carefully, you’re guaranteed to end up with a beautiful, stylish bathing space. Good plumbing is the foundation for all remodelling projects; once this building block is in place, you can get creative and start thinking about colour schemes, accessories, and décor choices.

These tips and tricks will help you put together a proactive plan for your bathroom renovation.

1. Find a Reliable Plumber

If you’re not sure what the rules are regarding DIY plumbing in Australia, head to the website for your local council and do some research. For anything but the most minor adjustments, you will need to hire a professional service like O’Shea Plumbing in Melbourne. Take the time to have a chat first about what you want and whether it is a practical, viable goal.

2. Arrange Your Light Fixtures

Good lighting is a must for attractive, inviting bathroom designs. And it can help to think about where you want to place your fittings and fixtures before you buy them. That way, you can take measurements and think carefully about whether your preferred shape, size, or style of fixture is going to fit and complement the décor. Try to combine practical task based lighting with a softer, alternative source for relaxing and unwinding.

3. Be Sensible When It Comes to Size

One of the most common renovation mistakes is failing to design for the actual size of the space. Most bathrooms are on the smaller side anyway, so it isn’t practical to try and squeeze a lot of oversized features and accessories in. If you’re working with a very cramped space, invest in multifunctional storage solutions and make good use of the space above your head. Otherwise, you run the risk of creating a bathroom that feels claustrophobic.

4. Put Your Personality In It

If you know that you’re going to get a lot of enjoyment and use out of a beautiful new bathroom, it is worth taking a little more time to put your stamp on it. Think about what you’ll do with it. Are you a big fan of long bubble baths? Or, are you more excited about the prospect of a really powerful shower? If your bathroom is mainly used for getting ready in the morning? Once you identify your needs, it will become easier to pick features and décor choices that match them.

5. Do Sweat the Small Stuff       

You can leave your plumbers to get on with the hard work, while you browse for all the bits and pieces that will make the final design feel right. Features like robe hooks, soap holders, and towel rails might seem like minor details, but they are what transforms a bathroom into more than just a functional space. They are the tools that will enhance the time that you spend there and a little bit of flair and panache is definitely encouraged.  

Why the Right Plumber Can Make a Renovation Easy

Even small bathroom renovations involve quite a lot of planning and precision. However, with the help of a reliable, skilled plumbing team, this doesn’t have to be intimidating. The professionals will be on hand to advise you on what is possible, how it can be achieved, and whether or not it is the right choice for your home.

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