There’s nothing better than escaping the stresses of a busy day by retreating to the perfect bathroom, shutting yourself away in your own little sanctuary. A well-planned bathroom makes a huge difference to your daily life, helping combine style, comfort and functionality – and also adds real value to your home should you come to sell.

Bathrooms are one of the most commonly renovated rooms in houses. They are also one of the most susceptible to cost and time overruns. Unfortunately, self-managing them likely will run into time and cost overruns, and poor-quality finishing.

It may surprise homeowners to know that the proportional cost of the carpentry required on a bathroom renovation is only 10-15% of the total cost. It is the need for many trades and suppliers that make bathroom renovations demanding projects to manage in cost, time and quality. Bathrooms may seem small, but they can involve a builder, plumber, electrician, plasterer, painter, tiler and licensed waterproofing applicators, glazing company, bathroom fitting and tiling stores and a specialist shower liner installer. Potentially over 10 separate companies and sub-contractors to coordinate.

Without a professional managing the design and time frame planning, a project involving this many suppliers will easily run over time and exceed budget expectations. The final product can also look uncoordinated, and poor workmanship will be disappointing to look at each time the bathroom is used.

An experienced bathroom designer and project manager has other benefits including access to finishes and fixtures which may not be available from general retailers. Also their knowledge of design detailing creates little pleasures that make your bathroom specifically yours. For example, many of our clients enjoy us installing power points behind mirror cabinets for recharging toothbrushes, subsequently avoiding the need to keep these items on the vanity.

When redesigning your bathroom, it’s important to get it right for your space and needs. The number of residents within your home, as well as the number of usual visitors, should be factored into your bathroom design; especially when considering storage, cleanliness and practical spaces. While aspects such as lighting, ventilation and good water pressure are central to any well functioning bathroom, other bathroom features will vary, depending on your household’s requirements. 

Our suggestion is to consider speaking with a specialist bathroom designer/project manager or better still a company that offers both design and construction management of bathroom renovations.

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