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Bathroom renovation: Step by step guide

It’s good to know what to expect when such a large project is happening in your home. Here is a step by step guide so you have a better idea what jobs happen when.

1. Design your bathroom

The first step is to work out how your new bathroom will look and work. It needs to be laid be practical if you are going to enjoy using it and spending time in it. There needs to be a logical flow to all the major elements, including the bathtub, vanity, toilet and shower. This can be done on paper, or there are some really nifty apps or 3D modelling tools that can help you nail your bathroom design. Your bathroom builder can help design your bathroom for maximum convenience.

Design your bathroom
Bathroom Renovation Planning

2. Strip out your old bathroom

When your tradies arrive on site the first task is for them to strip out your old bathroom. This is a noisy and often messy job, especially of you are removing the existing wall and floor tiles. They will have to be jackhammered off, which can take a few days depending on how much coverage you have.

Strip out your old bathroom
Disassembling Tiles

3. Plan your plumbing

If you are making changes to your plumbing this is when the plumber and/or electrician will relocate all the services. They will mark up all the locations for your new plumbing and make sure all the dimensions are right. You will have to have chosen all your fittings by this stage so they can ensure everything fits and goes in the right place.

Plan your plumbing
Plumber In Action

4. Render those wall

Once the services - plumbing pipework and electricals conduits - are installed the walls will be rendered. This gives your walls a smooth finish ready for tiling or painting. You will generally need to render a wall after old tiles are removed as jackhammering normally takes big chunks out the wall.

Render those wall
Walls Rendering

5. Prep for tiling

Your tiler will then lay the cement bedding for your tiles. This is crucial if your water is to drain to the waste, and an expensive fix if they get this wrong. Waterproofing comes next, which is not only mandatory according to Australian Standards, but crucial to ensure there are no leaks after tiling is laid. Waterproofing needs to be done by a someone appropriately qualified - usually your tiler, plumber or a dedicated waterproofer.

Preparation for tiling
Remodeled Bathroom

6. Tiling

Your tiler can now lay your bathroom floor and wall tiling. If you are thinking of laying mosaics tiles, just be aware that tilers will charge more for these as they are more fiddly and take longer to lay.

Bathroom Tiling
Tiling Bathroom

7. Fit out

Once the services - plumbing pipework and electricals conduits - are installed the walls will be rendered. This gives your walls a smooth finish ready for tiling or painting. You will generally need to render a wall after old tiles are removed as jackhammering normally takes big chunks out the wall.

Bathroom Fit out
Silicone Sealant

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