Two tips for a simple and straightforward bathroom renovation project

Posted on: 10 November 2017

If you have arranged to have your bathroom renovated, here are some tips which should ensure that the renovation process is as simple and straightforward as possible.

Think about your family's personal requirements

Before you instruct your contractor to begin the renovation process, it's important to think carefully about you and your family's personal requirements and to take steps to ensure that your new bathroom meets these requirements. Failing to consider this before the renovation work gets underway could result in you having to make changes to the bathroom after it has been completed.

For example, if anyone in your household has mobility problems, you might want to ask your contractor to build an integrated shower seat into the shower cubicle or to add handrails to the side of the bathtub. Likewise, if you and your family have a large collection of toiletries, towels and cosmetics which you like to store in the bathroom, it might be worth asking your contractor to install a built-in storage cabinet into the wall; this will take up far less space than a free-standing cabinet and can be customised to suit your exact storage needs.

Stay safe

If you intend to continue living in your home whilst the renovation work is being carried out, it's important to take precautions to ensure that neither your family nor your chosen contractor sustains injuries throughout the course of this process.

First and foremost, when your contractor tells you to turn off your home's water supply so that they can carry out a specific construction task in the bathroom, make sure to do so. Under no circumstances should you switch the supply back on without first informing them; if you do this whilst they are using electrical power tools in the bathroom and water emerges from an open pipe or faucet, they could be electrocuted.

Secondly, if you have any pets or young children, it's important to keep them out of the bathroom, particularly when the contractor begins the tiling process. This is because, when tiling a shower, there is a chance that the contractor could potentially drop a tile; if this happens after your child, dog or cat has wandered into the bathroom, the tile could fall and hit them on the head. This could result in a serious injury.

As such, it is essential to keep your children and pets out of this part of your home; to do this, you might need to set up a small, portable barrier (such as a child safety gate) at the entrance to the bathroom.

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