Do you need a new bathroom? How much does a new bathroom cost?
Do you get into the shower and see bathroom mould starting to become a nuisance, a leaky tap that needs some attention, or the chrome coming off your taps?
What about the exhaust fan looking a bit more sad and sorry for moisture and lint build up? Is there a cracked tile that needs attention or a broken soap holder?
There are three things to think about at this point:
- Clean the bathroom. That’s not a bad idea, that should be done regularly but that’s not going to fix the broken tiles or the leaky taps,
- Clean the bathroom and make some minor repairs. That’s probably a good plan at this point, however, when it comes to an old bathroom, running repairs become more frequent and there comes a point where this can become uneconomical,
- Start investigating new bathroom options.
So you decided to start investigating new bathroom options and you’re wondering how much is this new bathroom going to cost?
Well, before you look at costs, there is a bit of homework to do before you start looking at bathroom renovators.
How to plan a new bathroom? Get your ‘stuff’ together!
There’s a simple formula for getting your stuff together before you go looking for your new bathroom builder.
It’s a series of questions that help you put a picture together of your new bathroom project:
- What are we doing for our bathroom project?
- Why are we doing it?
- When does it need to be done by?
- Where are we going to build the new bathroom?
- Who is going to build the new bathroom?
- How are we going to build the new bathroom?
This seems like the bleeding obvious, but if we break it down, makes a lot of sense.
What are we doing?
Now, the obvious thing to say is ‘oh we’re putting in a new bathroom’; but there is a little bit more to ask in terms of what are we doing:
- Are we doing the whole bathroom?
- If we have a separate toilet are we doing that as well?
- Are we doing the laundry?
- Are there other rooms and cupboards associated with the bathroom that need to be renovated?
- Are we going to be moving windows?
- Are we going to be moving doors?
- Are we going to be enlarging in the bathroom area?
So you get the picture. Put together a list of questions of what you are thinking of doing and then you can answer those questions.
This is a great starting point.
Why are we doing it?
Why are we doing it and what we’re doing is a question and answer statement that goes hand in glove.
Asking the ‘why’ question is helpful in determining your budget.
Here are some ‘why’ statements to help you:
- We’re building a new bathroom because the old bathroom is failing,
- We’re building a new bathroom because we’re building an extension,
- We’re building a new bathroom because we’re selling the house and we want a better sale price,
- We’re building a new bathroom to make it more usable for my elderly parents when they visit,
- We’re building a new house so we need a new bathroom design.
Now we’ve got some context as to why we’re creating a new bathroom.
The main point here is that having the ‘why’ enables us to go back and check what we’re doing.
It also helps us put together some ‘scope’ around what we want and need to be done.
When does it need to be done by?
Besides wanting to get the new bathroom done yesterday, the reality is, the new bathroom will need to be built at a time that is convenient to you, and, fits in with the availability of the team that’s going to do the renovation.
The first thing to do is to work out if there is any urgency for the work to be done.
That will have a lot of bearing on the availability of the team and how soon they can start your job.
To get your thinking aligned with the team that’s going to do the work, start preparing this as a project.
The phases of your project are:
- Planning – Looking for upfront stuff, ideas collection, budget, funding, etc,
- Analysis – Researching Bathroom Renovators,
- Building – Engaging a Team and letting them get the job done, they should have an approach to do this, check out ours here,
- Testing – Finalising the job and making sure it all works,
- Completion and Warranty.
For each of these phases, give it some time periods, for example,
- Planning – give yourself four weeks,
- Analysis – give yourself four weeks,
- Building and Testing – give yourself a month, however, the bathroom renovator will give you a more accurate time
- Completion and Warranty – that’s the date you start enjoying your new bathroom
As an example, say you set a date for completion of your project by 1 September. Working back let’s see when we need to start:
- Completion and Warranty – 1 Septemeber (Finish)
- Building and Testing – 1 August (Start)
- Analysis – 1 July (Start)
- Planning – 1 June (Start)
This means you have four months to get this project done from start to finish and you have to begin on 1st June.
That gives you an idea on how to plan your bathroom renovation project.
Where are we going to do the bathroom renovation project?
For some people, the obvious question and answer to this is, ‘well, ‘it’s going to be at home’.
But what happens if you live remotely and extended time is needed for the bathroom builder to come to your location?
This can add additional costs to your planning, however, make sure you raise those issues with the teams quoting on your project and ask the question how do you factor in travel times to get the job done?
How much will it cost in additional fees to access the following?
Think of this way, Country, State, Region, Suburb, Street, Property access, In-Building access e.g. flights of stairs, etc.
Who is going to build our new bathroom?
We have a web page that talks about to how to choose a bathroom renovator.
How are we going to build our new bathroom?
There are two key areas for this:
- Things we need to do before building guys come in, and
- Things the building guys do.
Some of these questions usually get thrashed out with the bathroom team. But we recommend keeping a list of things to do and the dates they need to be done by.
Thinking of doing it yourself? Think again. If something leaks where it’s not meant to, then who is going to fix it? Tradespeople aren’t fans for fixing bad work from home improvement people, and when that type of failure occurs, you can be guaranteed to be billed accordingly!
Just because you can buy it from Bunnings, view it on YouTube, doesn’t mean say its easy to do.
Get a professional who will do it properly and warranty their work.
We hope this is helpful, use this outline to help you plan your new bathroom.
For information about a new bathroom make sure you contact us today.