Bathroom renovations: Planning and project management

Planning and Project Management

So you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom. It can be a fun and rewarding job if it’s managed properly from the beginning! This Bathroom Series is full of helpful information to ensure that your remodeling runs smoothly. It covers everything you need to know about renovating your bathroom with minimal headaches, from planning and regulatory requirements to fun design ideas and the ever-important checklists.

Do it yourself or hire a professional?

Before you get started decide whether you would like to do the bathroom renovations yourself or hire a contractor. Consider the complexity of the job before starting the DIY and look to employ the services of a contractor if you need help with tiling, plumbing and electrical. Whatever you end up doing, there are a few things you need to know before you get started and which will help you along the journey.

The key to a successful renovation is all in the planning. Here are some tips that will help you plan and manage your bathroom renovation, whether you are doing it yourself or working with a contractor.

Set a budget and stick to it!

It’s important that you set a realistic budget from the beginning. Leave a few blank spaces in your budget to allow for any unexpected costs. Have a read of our guide to renovating your bathroom on a budget.

Determine your timeframe

Plan ahead with purchasing fixtures, tiles and custom-built cabinets / vanities. Expect a delay in the job if these haven’t been ordered on time.

Choose a reliable and trustworthy project manager

Who is going to be the project manager calling the shots on the job? If they’re a details person then great! You need someone crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s at all times, to ensure the project runs on time and on budget.

Combine design with functionality

Often the smallest room in the house, you may find yourself getting crafty with your limited space. Consider how the layout and design of the bathroom fits with the look and feel of the rest of the house.

Know your measurements

If you are doing the purchasing of fixtures and tiles, make sure you get the correct measurements from your contractor (or get someone to double check your measurements!) before you fork out on these items.

If you can be flexible with different bathroom layouts, below is a standard measurements guide to enable you to get the best results. Please note these measurements are a guide only, and for professional advice contact us at Butterfield Bathrooms.

Toilet: 650mm (d) x 380mm (w) x 816mm (h)
Vanity: 395mm (d) x 460mm (w) x 900mm (h)
Shower: 900mm (d) x 900mm (w)
Bath: 1740mm (d) x 800mm (w) x 612mm (h)

Feature image: Jason Frank Rothenberg

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