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November 23rd, 2016 in

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How to Renovate a Bathroom: 5 Stage Process

Over the coming weeks I’ll be looking at the 5 Stage Renovation Process, focusing specifically on how to renovate a bathroom and project manage the entire job.

Each stage will be broken down into bite-size chunks for easy digestion. It will also be full of practical tips and builder’s hacks to get you on the right path with your renovation.

This step-by-step approach will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to better manage your DIY bathroom renovation or at least know how to work with someone who is going to do it for you.

Whether it’s your architect or your builder. Heck it could even be your Uncle Frank. No matter which way you go you’ll be on top of things right from the start.

 

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This process has been something I’ve refined over the past two decades during my days running a building company in Sydney, Australia.

What I’ll be showing you is exactly the process that I have used day in, day out on all my home builds and renovations. So you’ll be getting first-hand experience in how to do and how not to do a bathroom renovation.

 

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As with all home improvement projects, there is a rhythm and a flow to them. Certain things need to start before other jobs can progress. If you miss any of the essential steps then it could create a domino effect.

However, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, like unseasonal weather conditions, late supplier deliveries or even financing issues. When getting to grips with how to renovate a bathroom, this is one of the key things to get your head around.

But as with everything in life, the better you plan for contingencies, the better you’ll be able to quickly deal with any set backs.

I find that keeping calm (and having a few beers!) always helps to even things out when the SHTF. So find your calm zone and make sure you use it during the renovation process.

 

So What Exactly is the 5 Stage Renovation Process?

The 5 stages can essentially be grouped into 3 core elements: Research, Planning, and Construction.

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Below is a brief outline of each one.

 

Stage 1: Research

As the name suggests, this is when you start gathering all your ideas together and working out what you’d like your bathroom to look like. It’s probably the most fun part of the entire renovation process – although completing the job does run a very close second.

It’s never been easier to source great designs, find inspiration, and learn how to renovate a bathroom. The previously exclusive world of interior design has now been cracked open for everyone to peek inside. And with no end of online websites catering for the home improvement addict, you can literally track down exactly what you’re after in an afternoon.

Websites like PinterestHouzz and HiPages are a great start!

For more in-depth information about Stage 1: Research check out:

1. Where to Find Bathroom Design Ideas & Inspiration

2. How to Organise Your Bathroom Makeover Ideas
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Stage 2: Planning

Once you have a good idea of what you’d like your bathroom to look like, the next stage is putting everything in place and making sure you calculate your costs.

Things to consider now would be:

Plans & sketches

 

Job file structure

 

Finishes schedule

 

Budget Cost Calculator

 

Stage 3: Pre Construction

Now we get to the hiring people and project timeline stage.

Finding contractors

 

Planning out your project timeline

 

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Stage 4: Construction

Here we go! This is the meat and potatoes of the entire bathroom renovation. It’s where everyone gets to work.

Some of the key areas you’ll cover include:

  • Demolition
  • Carpentry
  • Plastering
  • Waterproofing
  • Tiling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Painting
  • Joinery

 

Stage 5: Project Completion

This is when you breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

But before you do, there are always a few final last minute things to tidy up before you can enjoy your new bathroom. We’ll cover all these in a later blog post.

So that’s it in a nutshell. As you can see the 5 Stage Renovation Process flows in a logical way and will help guide you through your home improvement project.

Once you work through the process you’ll certainly know how to renovate a bathroom like an expert.

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason

CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

 


 

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Hi Guys, Im a 39 year old builder who loves to help people, if you have come to this site to find out tips and tricks on how to renovate you are in the right place! When im not adding content to this site im usually hanging out with my beautiful wife Alison and two daughters Alana and Eden. We live in the coffee drinking capital of Sydney's Inner West, Annandale. My two passions are my family and building, so that is probably why our house is under constant renovation!

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