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Bathroom renovation questions you’ve been too afraid to ask

Renovating a bathroom isn’t a simple process and it often creates a whole lot of questions. And it’s no wonder – you need to fit in a shower, vanity, storage, toilet, bath, mirror, towel rail and lighting… and that’s just the essentials. Beyond fitting everything into the bathroom, it’s a highly demanding space in terms of function. And if that isn’t enough, once you plumb it, there are no changes, unless you are going to pay for the whole thing again!

Most people have no trouble imagining what would be in their dream bathroom–and it’s different for everyone. Some people have a vision of the entire bathroom, while others simply know what feature they’d like to add, but everyone can think of at least one thing that they’d love to have in their bathroom.

Bathroom remodeling is the perfect opportunity to change it up and create at least a portion of that dream–but there are a few questions you’ll want to ask before you get started.

While updating a bathroom ranks at the top of many a homeowner’s wish list, complete renovations can be pricey—to the tune of $18,000 or more, depending on the bathroom size and choice of fixtures.

The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but remodeling can be as expensive as remodeling a kitchen, you can go over budget if you’re not careful.”

To get the most for your remodeling dollar, analyse your needs and wants first to make informed decisions. These five key questions can help homeowners ward off renovation regret—or, worse, do-overs. Want to get it right the first time around? Keep reading to find out what you should consider before leaping into your bathroom project.

What is your budget?

Have you set a budget to work within? When setting your budget, consider whether you are renovating with the view to sell or do you want to enjoy the space for years to come?

Tip: In any case, it’s best to budget a contingency of about 15% for unforeseeable items that come up (e.g. dealing with plumbing or lifting tiles can expose some real nasties!)

Are you hiring tradies or is it a DIY job?

Bathroom renovations may look simple, but there is a laundry list of things to consider when renovating your bathroom space. Tiling, plumbing, electrical, waterproofing, painting – are just some of the things that need to be considered. If not done properly these are also things that can either compromise your look or cause potential problems down the track.

So how do you decide which way to go?

First look at the size of your job and your budget – are you planning a total renovation, gutting the space and starting from scratch? Or are you revamping what you have?

Create a list of the jobs to be done before you start, including:

DIY can be a rewarding and more cost effective option, but it’s really important that if you’re going to undertake any of these jobs yourself that you know how things like waterproofing and tiling are done before you start. You don’t want to start a job and then have to get a professional in to fix something later! In some cases (like electrical work) only a licensed trade can perform the work.

Hiring a designer and trades professionals is a bigger expense, however often worth the investment. When you consider the project management, organising and extra stress involved, it may be worthwhile investing in people who can take care of it for you – particularly, if you have an unusual shaped space.

Do I need to have a bath?

If you have a house with three bedrooms or more, most people would recommend a bath be included in your design. Most families have a preference for a bath, and it adds an element of luxury to your bathroom. If you can’t fit in a bath and shower separately, then the shower-over-bath combination is a great option.

You can still make it a design feature by building a dynamic base with the bath, as seen in this bathroom. Many bathrooms simply aren’t big enough for a bath; if this is the case, then a shower with a removable showerhead is important for functionality.

How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Bathroom?

The cost of a bathroom renovation depends on many factors. For example, will the renovation involve structural changes, the type and quality of accessories and finishes selected, will plumbing need to be installed or plumbing fixtures moved, will you be supplying your own tiles and finishes or do you require a fully inclusive package?

These are just some of the many issues to be considered. On average, though, a complete bathroom makeover usually costs between $8,500 and $25,000.

Will the Agreed Contract Price Change?

No! There are no hidden costs or surprises, the amount you pay is the agreed amount in the contract, unless variations or additional work is requested. In which case, you’ll receive a clear quote before any amendments commence.

Is It Cheaper to Renovate Two Bathrooms?

Absolutely! Not only will it save you money, but also significant time and hassle if your additional bathroom is renovated simultaneously.

How Long Does It Take to Renovate a Bathroom?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most bathroom renovations take 2 to 3 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

Can You Renovate in Apartment Blocks etc?

Yes! We understand the rules and regulations involved in working in various building complexes, strata and different councils and we adhere to their guidelines.

Can We Still Use the Toilet Once You Start?

No. Once the renovations begin, most of the area will be stripped and demolished rending it unusable. At various times during the process however, you may be able to access the facilities.

Will I Still Have Water and Electricity Connected?

Yes, the water and electricity will only be switched off for a short amount of time during the renovation process, usually a half hour or a maximum of a two hours at most. You will be given plenty of notice when this will occur and we’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule to ensure you are not inconvenienced.

How Does the Entire Process Work?

First we’ll come out and inspect the site and consult with you to find out your requirements, and provide you with a quote and project schedule. Once agreed, we then work together to select the accessories and fixtures. Then the magic begins. It’s a complex process that happens in consecutive stages.

The initial stage is the demolition and strip out, followed by electrical and plumbing, waterproofing and then tiling. Next the final touches begin as the fixtures and bathroom accessories are installed and fitted. Finally, the job ends with a quality assurance check and of course a delighted and satisfied customer.

Do You Supply Fixtures and Tiles?

Yes, we can supply all your bathroom needs. We work closely with various industry suppliers who provide a wide range of choices, at a reasonable rate.

Can I Choose the Tiles and Accessories?

Of course. It’s your vision so your input is key. Whether you choose and purchase the items from our trusted suppliers or suppliers of your choice, we’ll be there to make recommendations and guide you along the way.

Will You Need to Put a Skip Bin On-Site?

Yes. We will arrange for a skip bin for the disposal of all rubbish, old fixtures and fittings etc. The skip bin is removed once all work is completed.

Do I Have To Be Home during the Renovations?

Not necessarily. It’s entirely up to you if you wish to be there or not, but the team can carry out the renovations without your availability. In fact, you may prefer to be away while the renovation takes place. The team will be fully supervised during the renovation and your home and privacy respected.

Do I Have To Cover My Belongings up?

We’ll lay down drop sheets and floor covers to protect your home and environment. We will take every care to contain the renovation area and the resulting debris.

Shower, Tub, or Both?

While some bathrooms have plenty of room for a huge tub and a stand-alone shower, others only have the space for one. Which one you choose will depend on your needs. Many individuals with mobility impairments prefer to have a walk-in shower, while people who appreciate a good soak in a tub might not want a shower at all. The shower or tub will take up more space in your bathroom than any other fixture, so you’ll end up designing a lot of your space around it. That means that you should be clear on your preferences ahead of time. Be realistic when making this decision. If you really prefer baths to showers but find that much of the time, you’re hurrying through your bathing routine in the shower, you might need that shower more than you think. If you have small children, on the other hand, giving up the bathtub altogether probably isn’t a wise decision.

Do I need a shower or just a tub?

If a homeowner has the luxury of having more than one bathroom in the house, it’s a good idea to install a walk-in shower in at least one of them. Already have a shower elsewhere in the house? Then just a tub is probably fine in the current renovation. Otherwise, you should include a walk-in shower, if only as an investment in the future.

Accidents can happen that make it challenging getting in and out of a tub. With either age or reduced mobility, stepping in and out over the wall of a slick, wet tub becomes a safety issue; shower stalls provide less opportunity to slip and fall and can offer space for a bench, if necessary.

Need a Seat in Your Shower?

Building it in might mean that you decide to give up a bathtub. The amount of water pressure you like in your shower will determine what fixtures are appropriate within it. If you’re designing a bathroom for your children to share, two different sinks might be an ideal way to put an end to bedtime bickering. Decide ahead of time what features are most important so that it will be easier to make decisions about what you really need.

Should we have a separate toilet?

If you have the room, it is always a good idea to have a separate toilet. When you are renovating you may have some nooks or small spaces that don’t serve a purpose, this is the perfect spot for a separate toilet.

If you don’t have the space or want to get rid of your separate toilet in order to steal extra space for your bathroom, then you are at no disadvantage; most homes do not have a separate toilet.

Tip: The placement of the toilet is important within your bathroom layout. Ideally, hide it out of direct sight from the entry.

How Much Space Do You Have to Work With?

Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them have enough room for you to give your creativity free rein, while others have only enough space for the bathroom necessities. Before you start thinking about your dream bathroom, take a minute to look at the space that you actually have to work with. This will prevent the potential for costly mistakes down the line.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

If you have plenty of storage outside your bathroom, you don’t have to worry about cabinets and shelves–though you will want to make sure that you have plenty of room for all of your toiletries. On the other hand, if you don’t have a big enough linen closet to hold your extra towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom necessities, you’ll want to make sure that there’s plenty of storage room built into your bathroom. There are several ways to do this that don’t take up space that you’d rather be using for other things, including shelves and tower cabinets, but it’s definitely something that you should consider as you’re designing your dream bathroom.

How can I create enough storage?

Most bathrooms have less square meterage than other rooms in the house, yet they have to store plenty of essentials, from shampoo to toilet cleaner, and from mouthwash to guest towels. While there may not be enough space in a bathroom to accommodate a full linen closet, you can increase storage by thinking creatively. Opt for an enclosed vanity instead of a pedestal sink to provide under-sink storage for less-than-pretty cleaners and scrub brushes. Plan to install plenty of towel bars or hooks, and use stackable bins in cabinets. An upper cabinet above the toilet is also a great way to put unused space to work.

Before you build in a bunch of storage solutions, think about what to put where—and prioritise making everyday-use items like bathing products accessible where you need them most.

We suggest choosing showers that are outfitted with little niches to keep from having to put shampoo and conditioner bottles in a caddy on the shower floor, where they’re hard to reach and pose a tripping hazard. The same goes for bathtubs: A wide, flat rim around the tub that can securely hold body wash, soap, or washcloths will go a long way toward creating a better bathing experience.

Should I tile?

Tiling does look stunning in the bathroom, but it comes with a price tag attached. While tiles range in price and quality and can be found at affordable prices, the key reason for the cost is the additional trades involved. Waterproofers, tilers, builders to level out the floors and potentially install under-floor heating, may all be required to complete this.

If this isn’t an option, there are some great vinyl flooring alternatives that you can use instead, just make sure they are suitable for wet areas. And walls are similar; consider an acrylic liner rather than tile, an affordable option that is far less labour intensive.

What’s the best flooring for my bathroom?

Above all else, take safety into account when selecting a new floor for your bathroom. Sometimes, safety means ignoring the inspirational images shared in high-end home magazines, which often showcase impractical marble floors. Stepping out of a tub with wet feet onto a polished marble floor is a recipe for disaster.

Slip-resistant ceramic tile are best for bathroom flooring. Look for ones that showcase a coefficient of friction (COF) rating right on the box, which indicates that the tile is safer to walk on when it’s wet than other types of tile. Homeowners often don’t factor traction differences between tiles into their renovation plans.

Likewise, real wood and laminate flooring are unsuitable for the bathroom because they can eventually warp or delaminate from exposure to water.

If you don’t want ceramic tile, there is still plenty of designs to choose from. Today’s vinyl flooring has come a long way, and it can closely mimic the look of real wood, brick, slate, or stone, but it’s much more affordable.

How important is ventilation?

Bathrooms are notoriously humid. Just as long, hot showers leave mirrors steamed up, that same moisture also coats the walls and woodwork—even if you don’t see it. The damp environment can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, unless you take measures to dry out the space.

Most local building codes require a ventilation fan in any bathroom without a window that opens to the outside. We recommend installing a ventilation fan, period: No one wants to get out of the shower and open the window when it’s freezing outside.

A good fan effectively removes steam from the bathroom and vents it outside of the house. Better yet, today’s bathroom vent fans work much more quietly than their predecessors, scarcely making more than a faint hum. Whether you opt for a plain vent fan, fan/light combo, or a model with a built-in heater (perfect for warming the bathroom during chilly winter months), consider this installation a must-do.

6 Questions to Ask Before a Bathroom Remodeling Project

How is the Room Shaped?

Sometimes, bathrooms are constructed around other areas of the house or given a strange shape to make room for pipes. You’ll have to work around the room’s shape when making decisions for your bathroom’s design.

What Features Are Most Important to You?

Whether you have a limited budget or a limited amount of space, there will come a time when you have to make decisions about what you “have” to keep and what you’re willing to let go. If you’re desperate for a luxury shower, that might be the primary focus of your renovation.

How do I make a design statement?

Achieving a stunning design statement in the bathroom is best achieved through the vanity; it’s a safe place to draw the eye and there are vast design options available to suit just about any style.

Consider investing in a designer vanity – there are some incredible pieces available if you know where to look. Matching a vanity with an eye-catching mirror will amplify the effect of the vanity. And if you don’t have the money to spend on a statement vanity, a stunning mirror and some on-trend pendant lighting can be all you need to make it appear expensive and luxurious.

What should I look for in new bathroom fixtures?

Homeowners have a wealth of options to choose from when redesigning the bathroom, including fixtures that offer a combination of great design, comfort, and high efficiency. However, fixture costs add up quickly, with fancy amenities like heated toilet seats and high-end showers equipped with multiple shower heads.

Putting the biggest emphasis on efficient features can help you recoup costs in your monthly utility bills while also benefiting the planet.

Everyone in the country should be concerned about conserving water—not wasting it. We suggest installing WaterWise-labeled toilets that use less than four Litres of water per flush. Additionally, high-efficiency shower heads can also provide the “feel” of having 100 gallons of water spraying on you while it’s really much less, and you’ll never notice the difference.

Next, consider comfort. Comfort-height toilets are the new kids on the block, and for many consumers they’re a welcome change from standard toilets with low 15-inch-high rims. The higher, 17-inch to 19-inch-high rims make getting on and off the toilet more comfortable for most adults, especially the elderly and the disabled.

Even after narrowing your search to fixtures with features that meet your biggest needs, you won’t feel limited on style. Sears Home Services makes it easy for homeowners to plan an entire renovation from the comfort of their own home.

11 essential questions to ask your bathroom remodeling contractor

“The biggest mistake a client can make when working with a bathroom remodel contractor is not asking enough questions and being part of the process.

Based on interviews and data from real bathroom remodeling projects, we created a list of essential questions to ask before you hire a contractor.

  1. Can I see examples of your past bathroom remodeling work?

Read your contractor’s reviews. Comb for details on their punctuality, communication skills, work environment cleanliness, and work quality. But if you see negative reviews, don’t dismiss the pro right away. Look at how they respond: if they show strong communication and conflict-resolution skills, they may still be a good fit.

Make sure you look at a portfolio of past work, especially if you have a specialty project in mind. On Thumbtack, you can look at photos of previous work for bathroom remodeling contractors before you hire them.

  1. Do you take on bathroom remodeling projects of my scope?

Some contractors specialise in certain kinds of projects. For example, one contractor may do bathroom additions, while another focuses specifically on small bathroom remodels. Asking this question upfront will save everyone the time and effort of a site visit. Also, if you need bathroom design services, make sure to ask if your contractor has design training. If not, consider hiring an architect or designer.

“A great contractor will go above and beyond to make sure a client’s questions are answered.”

  1. How many projects do you run at the same time?

You want a company that has time for you and has long-term relationships with its subcontractors. Make sure you and your contractor have the same expectations about how often they will be onsite once the project kicks off. The contractor should be open with you about how long each stage of the project will take, and they should show a good understanding of what factors could potentially push that timeline out.

“A great contractor will go above and beyond to make sure a client’s questions are answered.” says Michael of Big Brothers Development. “A contractor that communicates is not afraid of accountability, and will always be ready to answer any questions that arise or keep the client abreast for where a project stands.”

  1. Who will be working in my home?

Many general contractors serve as the business head and hire foremen to run projects. Ask to meet the project manager and make sure it’s someone you want at your house every day. Depending on the elements of your bathroom remodeling project, your contractor will probably bring in more specialists.

This is a good thing in most cases — you want a specialist for things like painting, and tiling. But make sure you ask exactly what will be subcontracted out and get background information on those subcontractors.

  1. Are you licensed, and insured?

Any contractor or subcontractor who works on your house should be licensed, and insured properly according to state and local standards. Insurance can help protect you if your home gets damaged during construction or workers are hurt on site, while hiring a bonded contractor can help protect you if the contractor fails to pay workers, doesn’t pay for permits, or doesn’t finish the work. Here’s more on how to do your research.

  1. What permits does my project need and will you get them?

If a contractor isn’t willing to get the permits, it may be a sign they’re not licensed. You may need permits to make sure the work is up to code and that your homeowners insurance will cover it once it’s done. Make sure to ask whether permits are required and, if yes, ask to see the permits before the project starts.

  1. How do you work?

What time does the work day start and end? Do workers clean up at the end of every day? Will they haul off garbage and debris?

If pros are working inside, ask how they’ll protect your hardwood floors from damage. It’s best to talk about all of this upfront and get it in writing. And don’t just take their word for it — make sure to read their previous reviews carefully to see what other homeowners have said about their working style.

“Anything more than [a 10 percent deposit] may be a red flag.”

  1. What’s your expected payment schedule?

It’s normal to put down a deposit of roughly 10 percent to get started, but anything more may be a red flag. No one should ask you for cash up front. Ask how much money is due and when, and get it all in writing.

  1. Will you itemise the bid?

Ask about the range of costs for the specific components of your project, like toilet installation, plumbing, and electrical work. This lets you decide if what you’re being charged is fair. It also helps you make adjustments to your budget if needed. You can get free upfront cost estimates on Thumbtack based on real pricing information provided by local professionals on projects like yours.

  1. How have you resolved differences of opinion in the past?

Miscommunications often have to do with both parties, so if your contractor responds to this question by blaming the client entirely, you probably won’t have a good experience. If a contractor obviously has a willingness to make things right with customers, you’re on the right track.

“Don’t be shy about asking the contractor to explain [specifics of the contract] to you.”

  1. Does the contract cover everything?

Review the contract carefully and make sure you understand it. If you don’t understand it, don’t be shy about asking the contractor to explain it to you. Make sure the contract has a clear start and end date in writing. Remodels are always prone to change, but putting as much of the plan into structured writing means everyone has clear expectations about what will happen when.

It’s also wise to ask the contractor what’s not included. This should help avoid conflicts during the project. For example, the discussions may have covered built-ins. So, are they included or an extra? If included, are they paint or stain grade? If paint grade, are they finished similar to quality you expect in furniture? A sample always helps.

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE STARTING A BATHROOM RENOVATION

Have you ever wanted to begin a bathroom renovation but you become so overwhelmed and confused that you put it off entirely? Well, I can relate. We did that for quite some time. It occurred to me that once I really sat down to think and plan, things became much more clear. It retrospect, there were roughly ten things that we ironed out prior to taking a jack hammer to our bathrooms. If you’re contemplating a bathroom renovation, ask yourself these ten questions prior to beginning.

  1. Why Do You Want to Remodel?

Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is your motivation for the remodel? Is it outdated? Were you forced into a remodel due to a leak? Do you just not like your current bathroom? What isn’t working? Setting aside aesthetics, are there things that just don’t work? Are you missing towel hooks? Is the countertop too low? Do you want a separate tub and shower? Really take some time to figure out why you are going down this path and what needs to change to make you love your bathroom.

 

  1. What Does Your Dream Bathroom Look Like?

So you know things need to change. Maybe you’re ready to say goodbye to the builder grade materials or maybe you need to step out of the 1970s. Whatever the case may be, this is the fun part. Dream. And dream big! No inspiration photo is too out of the question. Hop on Pinterest and start searching, “Bathrooms”. Don’t over think this step. If something, anything, about a bathroom catches your eye . . . pin it. If you stop to think, “Well why do I like this? Or “Hmm. I could never afford this,” you’ll sabotage your own design board. Don’t think! Just pin! Do this for as long as you like. Weeks or months. Once you have pinned beautiful bathrooms, you will start to see consistency. Are you drawn to a white, fresh look? Do you like a more traditional style? Do warm tones just make you happy. Is there tiling on the wall? Are the floors you are pinning light? Dark? {And if Pinterest isn’t your thing, tear out pages from magazines or search blogs. . . whatever is your comfort zone. I just find Pinterest to be quick and easy. And very inspiring}.

 

  1. Is It Worth The Investment?

This is where you need to draw out your inner real estate guru and crunch some numbers. Hop online {things are so much easier these days} and look at comps in your neighborhood. What are things selling for? What is the average price per square foot in your neighborhood? Do the math. What financial commitment do you have to the house already? What makes sense to put into the home? Does it make sense to gut the entire thing and spend $20,000 or more? Does it make sense to save the cabinets and the shower and do more cosmetic changes. Will you see the money back? Consider a prospective buyer walking through your home. What will they expect? Does a marble goddess bathroom fit in with the expectations of the neighborhood? All good things to consider.

 

  1. How Long Do You Plan to Stay?

This is a good follow up to the answers you come up with in question #3. While none of us have a crystal ball, what is your five year plan? Is it likely that you’ll be in the same home? I ask because if you are not living in your forever home, then the financial consideration is far more important. If this is your forever home, perhaps investing a large amount of cash makes sense for you. Are you fixing it up to move or to enjoy for a long time? Or somewhere in between. Be passionate about your home and remodel, but be smart about the investment.

 

  1. Do You Plan To Rent Out Your Home?

This is crucial. Is your current home ever destined to be a rental property? You know where I am going with this, right? If you are about to let another family into your home, you may want to reconsider the oh so gorgeous marble countertops. Do you want to worry about things getting ruined if you walk away for a bit? Are quartz countertops more in line with the staying power of a new gorgeous bathroom? Just think through your material choices if you plan on handing over your home.

 

  1. Where Do I Get The Most Bang For My Buck?

Set a realistic budget. Things cost more than you think they do. At least in our experience. Everyone wants to make a dollar goes as far as possible. If you are not gutting the bathroom, think of what makes the biggest impact. Flooring, countertops, and lighting can be life changing. Ok, bathroom changing! Things like hardware and fresh towels also make a big difference. Do your homework. You desire a new tiled shower? See how much those start at. A lot more goes into it than you think. If trying to keep costs down consider a finish like chrome. While I am in love with brass and dark hardware, too, a polished chrome adds shimmer and can reflect light well. It’s a solid choice especially in small bathroom.

 

  1. What Can I Do Myself?

While you may want to immediately say, “nothing!” don’t sell yourself short. Can you paint? Even painting yourself can save money. Are you handy? Can you install new lights or set the new toilet? If you are handy and can knock some things off of the contractor’s bid, you can save hundreds of dollars. {Do not attempt plumbing or electrical projects if you are not confident in your skills}. After looking at our current bid, I crossed off a few things my husband can do and the contractor rebid. She was happy to do so and we saved ourselves some money. That is especially nice when you go to buy toilets and faucets and are shocked at how much they cost. Just sayin’! Save where you can.

 

  1. What Materials Are Best For This Bathroom?

Really think this through. It’s ok if this takes you a while. Do you need to pay a designer just to go with you to the showroom to pick out samples. Their hourly fee may be worth it if you are indecisive and can’t create your own vision. So remember when you pinned all of those lovely photos. Here is where they start to come to life in your own home. Chances are one or two of those photos evoke emotion. Like, you love looking at them!!! What is it that you love? Is it the tile floor? Is is the marble countertop? Is it the brass fixtures? Try to recreate the look within your budget. And by recreate, I do not mean copy. If you like the look of marble, can you incorporate marble tile on your wall? As a backsplash? Can you set your flooring in a pattern that matches your inspiration? Like the look of brass? Maybe use it one place {hardware on cabinets or a light fixture}. Will the occupants of the bathroom be adults or children? Think of durability. As with any room, I tend to pick one non-negotiable item that I have to have and build the room around that. For us this time around, it’s our flooring. I fell in love with it and it has set the stage for the rest of our bathroom remodel. Anything I bring in needs to play well with it. And because I love it so much, I am great with using it a my guide. Find your guide. What is the one thing you must have?

 

  1. What Will Bring Me Joy?

How do you want this bathroom to make you feel? You want to love walking in to it each day, right? So while you need to be sure you are sticking to your budget and being financial responsible, don’t suck the life out of your space. Be flexible enough to see that how you feel in this new room is very important. I am a firm believer that our spaces directly effect how we feel. Keep your vision in mind. It’s easy to start letting go of the vision once the demolition begins. Hold firm to the big picture. I had an instance come up where I could have saved $600 by choosing one countertop over another. I even called my sister in Singapore to chat with her about it. $600 is a lot of money. In the end, it was one simple question she asked that lead me to my decision. She said, “If you choose the better deal, will you look at it each day and wish you had gone with the other one?” Yep. Yep I would. And to me, I would rather spend the $600 now than pay for it in regret later.

 

  1. Where Do I Begin After Answering These Questions?

If your are doing the work yourself, then you will need to be realistic about how much time tasks will take you. Try to set up a calendar just like contractors do. Demo one day. Prep the floor for tiling the next day, etc.. But speaking from experience, it’s a long process when you DIY a bathroom. And that’s ok. Just be prepared. What bathroom will you be using while this one is out of commission? On the flip side, when you use a contractor, be aware you need to make quick decisions. If they are installing your countertop, you better have the faucets you picked out ready and on hand. They will need to template for holes, etc. Communication is key. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Have the contractor tell you each day what to expect and ask what they need from you. Finding a contractor you like is key. And one that does great work. Do your homework. Ask around. Go look at finished projects. Even MORE important, stop by a current job site. Did they prep the house {cover the path to the bathroom with plastic, hang plastic, etc.}? Are they taking care as they work? These are important things to look at. Get more than one bid. Have two or three contractors come out to look at the project and give you a bid. You’ll need to choose not only the contractor you feel best about, but one that gives you a reasonable bid. Beware of choosing the lowest bid. There could be a reason their bid is quite low. Do they need work? Are they not busy because their work is poor? Perhaps, no. Just be smart about your process in selecting the right person for your job. And never underestimate the power of a gut feeling!

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"Smart style bathrooms recently completed a bathroom renovation in my mothers old property in North Perth. To Cameron and all the staff and contractors that worked on the bathroom thank you so much for the job you have done. I was very impressed in the professional approach of everyone and this shows in the finished product. The schedule worked smoothly and I am very happy with everything. A work mate recommended Smart Style bathrooms after getting their ensuite completed and I am so happy I took her advice. Best advice I ever did with the renovation and bathroom has added so much to the property. Everyone of my friends I have shown have been impressed"

Andre, Kalamunda

"Our experience with smartstyle was amazing, from start to finish the job was done to schedule and by a very professional team. The end result far exceeded our expectations. All aspects of the job were completed to a very high standard and were are more than satisfied with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending Cameron Caitlin and their team-we would use them again if we plan any future renovations."

Greg, Marmion

"We are extremely happy with the complete make-over of our bathroom by Smart Style Bathrooms.

The whole process was very satisfying, from the design and quotation stage through to the completion of a high quality product.

We were afforded a high level of customer service by all involved and very much appreciated the professionalism and friendless displayed by the tradies, who were readily approachable to make minor adjustments on the job.

The project was well coordinated, timely and fell within budget, with quality workmanship.

We highly recommend Smart Style Bathrooms if you are planning a bathroom renovation and would not hesitate engaging Cameron and his people for future work."

Lee-Anne Miles

"We would like to thank all of you for the professional and considerate way in which you approached our bathroom renovation. From the moment we met Cameron we were impressed with his knowledge, skill and professionalism. One look at another job, talking to the owner of that job about the team, gave us even more confidence to move forward into a contract. Having the designers come out and go through the selections in the comfort of our own home, was a pleasure. Both ladies gave guidance and ideas without pushing anything onto us that we didn't want. Very impressive.

Once our renovation began, it was a continuous stream of work teams. Each team was thorough, polite and willing to show us through any of the issues. The most impressive part of the renovation, other than the amazing finished product, is how considerate the workmen were of our tenants.

We are extremely happy with the job and the entire team at Smart Style Bathrooms. Thank you so much."

Amanda, Alexander Heights

"Cameron and his team were professional, helpful and kept me well-informed throughout the whole process. I enjoyed the extra touches that I didn't get with the company that renovated my other bathroom. Would definitely recommend Smartstyle - they favour quality and longevity in their approach to renovation."

Leslie, Trigg

"Cameron's team were professional, friendly and courteous. They were all meticulous and obviously took pride in their work. They arrived on time every day, worked extremely hard and always kept me up to date with what was going on. Each evening, the team left the workspace tidy and neat - which was essential as were were sleeping right next to the bathrooms being renovated. We were thrilled with the results and already recommended them to family who also used them."

Tim, Bibra Lake

"Highly recommend this company for bathroom renovations. They manage every aspect of the renovation and their team are professional and friendly. Nothing was to much trouble and we are very happy with the end result. Thank you Smart Style bathrooms."

Joel, Duncraig

"Highly recommend! I wish the rest of our home renovation had been as easy as the bathrooms! The Smart Style guys came up with a really clever design that allowed us to add a whole second bathroom just by reconfiguring some internal walls. They took care of everything - all I had to do was point and nod! All the trades I dealt with were super professional - a clear cut above the average 'gumtree' tradie."

Steve, Bayswater

"Cameron's team were professional, friendly and courteous. All the trades who attended were professional and highly skilled and obviously took pride in their work, could not be more pleased with our bathroom. would highly recommended smart style bathrooms to friends and family"

Ross, Joondanna

"When we needed to completely remodel our ensuite to suit us in our older age we chose Smart Style Bathrooms who were recommended by good friends. We were not disappointed. Their suggestions were very helpful, their tradies were punctual, courteous and very competent, and their supervisor top notch — easy to contact, and always helpful. There were some minor glitches, as will occur, but these were resolved without a fuss. We are very happy with the process, timing and outcome. Well-done Smart Style!"

Monique, Dianella

"Deciding to renovate a bathroom and laundry can be quite daunting, especially when you have no idea what you're doing, where to go and who to turn to. Trust me! Go the the team at SmartStyle Bathrooms and you'll be glad you did. From start to finish, the guys were helpful, friendly and professional. Great service and well priced. I've already recommended SmartStyle to a few friends who have seen what they have done with my bathroom and laundry and are now thinking of updating their's with SmartStyle too. Thanks guys & gals! See you at my next reno for sure! ;-)"

John, Inglewood

"It is with pleasure to recommend the services of 'Smart Style Bathrooms'. Their quotes are extremely fair and reasonable with no hidden costs. Our Laundry and Bathroom renovations were completed on time and budget. Their after sales service if required is second to none. John & Rob, Inglewood"

We follow a Simple 8 Step Process

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Our recent bathroom renovations

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FAQ
HOW MUCH DOES A BATHROOM RENOVATION COST?
HOW LONG DOES A BATHROOM RENOVATION TAKE?

With a multitude of different trades and suppliers to coordinate, effective project management is critical in delivering a renovation on plan, on time and on budget. Generally speaking a renovation timeline will be approximately 4 weeks. We aspire to provide you with the best quality and a long lasting bathroom and we would rather take the extra time where needed to maintain our high quality standards then complete your renovation in the shortest amount of time.

IS A BATHROOM RENOVATION WORTH IT?
WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED IN A BATHROOM RENOVATION?
WHERE DO YOU START WHEN RENOVATING A BATHROOM?
DO YOU OFFER REALISTIC 3D BATHROOM PREVIEWS BEFORE STARTING THE RENOVATION?
DO YOU HAVE DIRECTIONS TO SMART STYLE BATHROOMS?
WHICH BATHROOM SUPPLIERS CAN I CHOOSE FROM?