Bathroom Planning

What to Consider

Bathrooms are usually sized (floor space) according to the number of fixtures they contain (toilet, vanity, tub, etc.). Therefore, if you wish to add an additional fixture you will most likely have to increase the size of your existing bathroom. For example, adding a separate shower requires an additional 10-14 sq.ft. of floor space plus an additional 9-12 sq.ft. of space in front to facilitate access. Fixture location must also be considered. Each fixture is serviced by water supplies and a drain running within either the wall or floor, relocation of a fixture often involves opening the floor and/or walls in order to relocate these services. It is also safe to assume that the drains servicing an existing fixture are only of a sufficient size to service that fixture, therefore any additional fixtures will most likely require alterations to the drain system.

Replacing an existing bathtub, even with one of the same size, will require the surrounding ceramic tiles to be removed. If the tub is old then the taps and shower head are likely in need of replacement. If you are considering a whirlpool or therapeutic type tub, you will also require a GFI electrical circuit to power the water or air pump. With these few basic conditions you should review your remodeling concepts. If the bathroom needs to be enlarged, then where will the space come from, an adjacent closet, bedroom space, etc.. If walls and floors are to be opened to relocate services then how will they be refinished, ceramics, paint, wallpaper, etc.. Learn more tips visit us at Builders in Melbourne.

Window Shopping

With a general idea of what your project will entail it is time to visit a few bathroom dealer showrooms to review baths, showers, toilets, vanities, faucets, etc.. There are lots to choose from with a price for every budget so watch this carefully and take your time to understand the features of each product. Try to obtain brochures and don’t forget to visit a few tile dealers while you are on the road. Develop your wish list at home, review the items you need. Remember it is not necessary to identify the exact model, what’s important is to narrow down your selection. For example, a 1 piece toilet or 2 piece, a 5′ acrylic soaker tub or a 6′ therapeutic tub, will walls be tiled or will they be painted, you get the idea.

Developing a Budget

Now add up all the fixture cost, tub, toilet, faucets, ceramics, etc.. Don’t forget to add taxes plus 15% for miscellaneous items like towel racks, soap dishes, minor upgrades, etc.. For this example lets assume the final tally for fixtures is $2,500. Now double ($5,000), triple ($7,500) and quadruple ($10,000) your $2,500. Now, if your bathroom does not require enlargement, the lower two tally’s ($5,000 -$7,500) should reflect your high/low range. For a bathroom requiring enlargement, the upper two tally’s ($7,500-$10,000) should reflect your high/low range. For either of the two, if the selected fixtures are in the low price category then use the upper half of your budget range. If the selected fixtures are in the high price range then use the lower half of your budget range. Keep in mind that a $100 toilet will cost essentially the same to install as a $600 toilet. Also, if in either case, your renovation requires relocation of fixtures, then use the upper end of your budget range. Congratulations You have now developed a reasonable plan and a realistic rough budget. If this meets your expectations then you are ready to find an installer who is capable of carrying out your project.