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Complete Bathroom Renovation

You’ve gone through a complete bathroom renovation project! Congratulations – you did it!

But before you race off onto another home improvement project, we need to finish some bits and pieces.

In this last step (Stage 5: Project Completion) I sum up some final thoughts & things to consider before signing off.
 

Complete Bathroom Renovation: Final Tips & Advice

 
There are a couple of things to consider upon completing you project, and they are – warranties and defects.
 

1) Warranties

 
With your warranties I advise you to scan (if you don’t already have a digital version) and save all copies of warranties for items that you purchase into your job folder in a separate warranties tab.

By doing this, if you have a faulty tap, toilet or a problem with anything else in your bathroom you can easily locate the paperwork without having to go digging through draws to find lose paper.

If you can find all your warranties in one place there shouldn’t be any problem to get the repair work carried out 6-12 months down the track.
 
complete bathroom remodel
 

2) Defects

 
With defects, I like to have a 3 month defects liability period for all my contractors.

If you want to set something like this up I recommend doing it in the initial stages when signing contracts with them.

The way a defects period works is by holding an agreed amount from the contractors price (i.e. 10%) for a set period of time after they have completed the works (i.e. 3 months).

When the 3 months defects liability period is up you’ll then have two options:

  1. Get them back for any repairs and final maintenance work that may be required and then release the balance to them.
  2. Release the balance if no defects have shown up during that period of time.

 

Generally a retention of money would usually only be held on larger projects and you may find that a lot of smaller contractors may not be receptive to the process.

It’s entirely up to you guys if you chose to go with a method like this. If you do, it’s just an extra safe guard to have in place if there are defects and a contractor fails to return. Then at least you will have some money towards paying another contractor to come and rectify any defects.
 
complete bathroom renovation project
 

Congratulations!

 
Last of all, I suggest sitting back with a cold drink and taking in the amazing project you’ve just created. You’ve done it – a complete bathroom renovation from start to finish.

If you got through this process successfully you’re ready to take on that next project!

How’s your kitchen looking?  😉

BTW – Don’t forget to share your experiences with the rest of the Renovation Junkies community, we would love to see how you went.

 

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Demolition Tips

When it comes to the bathroom demolition stage, it’s a good idea to have a plan of action before you get started!
 

How to do a Bathroom Demolition Properly

 

1. Turn Off Your Water & Electricity

 
Always have your services capped off and made safe prior to any demolition by your plumber and electrician.

If you don’t feel confident in removing any items such as basins, baths, taps, toilets, light fittings and power points – then you can ask the professionals to remove them while they are making the area safe for demolition.

Familiarize yourself where all your service meters are located for your electrical meter, water meter and gas. Even after your contractors have been out to make the area safe before demolition there can still be a pipe buried in the wall that may get damaged during the bathroom demolition.

The last thing you want is to have water flooding your house and you cannot locate a water meter that might be buried in a garden!
 
bathroom demolition work
 

2. Check What’s Behind The Wall

 
Another consideration is what is behind your tiles, if you have a hollow wall (timber frame with wall sheeting), there could be a possibility that asbestos sheeting may have been used.

Depending on the age of your house, if this is a concern then an occupational hygienist can be engaged to test the materials and let you know before you start work.

Here is an example of a company here is Sydney that can perform such an inspection – https://www.airsafe.net.au/. You can always find similar professionals in your home town and country.

 

3. Inspect What Lies Below The Surface

 
With all renovation / demolition projects it can be hard to determine what lies below the surface, and sometimes the full extent of any damage or repairs needed may not be known until things are ripped apart.

For example in some old bathrooms waterproofing is non-existent and water damage over many years may result in a rotten timber floor below your tiles that may need replacing. Termites also come and go, and pulling linings off walls can often expose paper thin timber framed structural walls.

 

4. Have a Cash Contingency Plan

 
In most cases I would recommend having a 10-15% variation contingency up your sleeve for costs that might be unknown.

A few extra grand on a 20K bathroom might be all you need to be safe, but its recommended to have a little buffer for those hidden surprises.
 
bathroom demolition tools
 

5. Bathroom Demolition Tools

 
If you plan on tackling the demolition yourself, here is a list of tools and equipment you may need.

 

Now with the above recommended tools listed out, you need to ask yourself if I already own many of these tools? If not, what would it cost me to purchase or hire them for a few days or a week?

If the costs start adding up it may actually be cheaper to hire a demolition contractor or carpenter to come in and do your demolition and strip out of the bathroom for you.

Demolition can be a rewarding task when you get to pull out that ugly bath that you’ve had to put up with for years! But it can also be dangerous, so make sure you have fun but play it safe!

 

Now lets move on to Stage 4: Construction – Carpentry.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Carpentry Tips

Here I outline some handy carpentry tips and advice to cover both structural elements and final fit offs.
 

Carpentry Tips for a Bathroom Renovation

 

The carpentry stage in a bathroom renovation will usually come before the installation of services. For example if a partition wall is required to be built that will have new services running through it.

Some bathrooms may be a simple strip out and re installation of services, so your carpentry tasks will probably only be minor. While other bathrooms can be more complex and require the skills of a carpenter in more stages throughout your renovation.

 

1. What Jobs Will a Carpenter Do?

 
Some of the tasks that a carpenter can undertake on a bathroom renovation are as follows, but not limited to:

  • The actual demolition of your existing bathroom.
  • Installation of partition walls or new wall framing.
  • Relocation of doorways and window.
  • Subfloor replacement of concrete or new fibros cement sheeting.
  • Replacement of rotten or damaged timbers.
  • New structural elements (if required).
  • New window and door installations.
  • Blocking out (framing) for toilet roll holders and other wall fixtures.
  • Installation of new cabinetry.
  • Fittings such as towel rails, mirrors etc.

 

So you can see from the above that a carpenter can play a pretty big part in your bathroom renovation.
 
carpentry tips bathroom wall
 

2. Where Will Your Fixtures Go?

 
One major tip to consider if you have timber framed walls when renovating your bathroom, is the location of any fixtures that need to be mounted i.e. towel rails, toilet roll holders ect.

If you can mark the locations of these on plan then a carpenter can install timber blocking between the studs so that solid fixing can be achieved. We have all seen the results of poor fixings into a hollow wall.

Once your carpenter has done his part in the early stages they’ll usually be back at the fit off stage.
 

3. Discuss Plans With Your Carpenter

 
Its important to run through the plans and put a scope together with your carpenter at the initial quoting stages. That way you can make sure that everything you would like them to do is covered in there quote.

 

Carpentry Fit Off

 
This is the stage of the project where your carpenter will come back and fit off items such as:

  • Towel rails.
  • Toilet roll holders.
  • Vanity cabinets.
  • Install doors.
  • Door locks and door furniture.
  • Window locks.
  • Robe hooks.
  • Mirrors shaving cabinets.
  • And much more depending on your scope.

 

If you are handy on a hammer drill you may be able to save yourself a few dollars by installing some of your own fittings.

Just be aware that it can be quite easy to scratch or chip a tile if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Here are a few videos covering some more carpentry tips that may help if you want to have a crack yourself.

1. How to Drill Through Ceramic Tiles Without Scratching Them
 

 

2. How to Install a Hotwire Heated Towel Rack
 

 

Now if you have a door that needs replacing and you are feeling adventurous you may also want to try and install one yourself. But I will advise that this is one of the trickiest things to master as a carpenter, and you’ll require a few specialist tools for the job.

That said if you would like to try your hand at it here is another full tutorial on how to go about it.

3. How To Install An Internal Door (Plus Lock) – Complete Beginners Guide
 

 

So that about covers it for my carpentry tips. Now it’s time to bring in your plumber and electrician for Stage 4: Construction – the installation of New Bathroom Services.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Tips For Installing Bathroom Services

Now it’s time to look at installing the right bathroom services based on your renovation design plans.
 

Tips For Installing New Bathroom Services

 
This is the stage of your project when the plumber and electrician will come in to either install new services, or modify the existing services to suit your new bathroom design.

 

1. Have All Fittings Onsite Before Work Starts

 
The biggest tip here when it comes to bathroom services is to make sure you have all plumbing and electrical fittings onsite before starting any of the work.

We touched on this during our planning stage so I won’t harp on it too much, but I recommend having all your fittings in a spare room or the garage for when your contractors arrive.

 

2. Keep Technical Data Close At Hand

 
Another tip is to have all technical data for the items available to contractors.

Normally they will be in the box’s supplied with the fittings, but in some cases you may need to download this information from the suppliers website, so be prepared for that.
 
Bathroom Services Fittings
 

3. Put Unused Parts Back in Their Boxes

 
When the contractors arrive they will generally pull the boxes open to get to any parts the may need at the initial rough in stages of the project.

I recommend making sure that when they are finished all parts (including instructions) that were not used should be placed back into the box. That way the contractors will be able to find everything when they return at a later stage for the fit off.

I have had a few bad experiences myself over the years with missing parts or instructions – so try and be diligent with keeping everything together.

If you are working with a larger company and not an owner operator, sometimes one tradesman may come out to perform the rough in, and when it comes time to the fit off they may send someone else. In that scenario if the box with the part is missing along with any parts or instructions…. Well you get the idea.

 

4. Avoid Scheduling Clashes With Contractors

 
Another tip is to avoid having multiple contractors working in your bathroom at same time. We discussed this in Stage 3: Pre Construction when drafting our Construction Schedule for the project. But it’s still good to keep this in mind.

Book the plumber one day and the electrician the next.
 
Installing Bathroom Services
 

5. Good Time To Think of Upgrading

 
With the installation of new bathroom services this could also be a perfect time to look at upgrading that old hot water heater or electrical meter board.

It’s worth getting advice from your contractors back in your preliminary planning stages when they are quoting your project. That way you can factor it into your budget.

If you are opting for upgrades to your services, the contractors would either be working on the upgrades at this stage of installation or at the end when they come back to perform the plumbing and electrical fit off.

 

6. Laminate Your Plans

 
It’s also a good idea to have a full set of plans laminated and left on site. That way if any of the contractors forget theirs they have something to work off.

It’s critical that all your bathroom services are installed exactly where you want them, so don’t be afraid to check the contractors work or ask questions if something doesn’t seem right.

 

7. Take Lots of Photos

 
Lastly, I recommend that you take lots of photos of all the bathroom services in the wall before they are covered up! Then if there are any issues down the track, you’ll know where to look, or where to avoid if installing new fixings.

 

Ok once all services are roughed in, it’s time to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Wall Linings.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Waterproofing Tips

Bathroom waterproofing is one of the most critical things you absolutely need to do properly when renovating.

The majority of warranty issues and call backs that occur in most bathrooms are due to waterproofing failure. Below are some of my top tips to help you avoid this.

 

Bathroom Waterproofing: What You Need to Know

 

1. Watch Your Angles & Upturns

 
A big consideration when it comes to bathroom waterproofing needs to be around the placement of angles or upturns in shower bases and also at doorways.

 

2. Hiring a Bathroom Waterproofing Professional

 
There are a lot of waterproofing products on the market, but generally they will be polyurethane or acrylic based materials.

It’s important that the right product is used for each individual bathroom. This is where hiring a professional waterproofing contractor really comes in handy. So if in doubt, get someone in who knows what they’re doing!

In many cases the tiler will install the waterproofing membrane. This is ok if they have been trained to do so and can install it according to the relevant codes.

If the tiler is competent with the installation then you don’t need to get two separate trades involved. And as an added bonus, they can also select the correct tile glues to match the waterproofing product that is used.
 
bathroom waterproofing professional
 

3. Choose The Right Installation Method

 
One important thing to note with bathroom waterproofing is that sometimes there are different installation methods depending on how your existing space is constructed.

For example sometimes the waterproofing membrane will go directly on the floor sub straight (concrete slab or cement sheeting) and have the sand and cement tile bed laid over the top.

Some methods may also include a membrane over the sand and cement bed as well for that extra protection.

Either way its critical its done correctly. So I advise you to be over cautious at this stage. And if it means paying more for extra precaution when installing the bathroom waterproofing then it’s worth it.
 
bathroom waterproofing membrane
 

4. Make Sure Your Floor is Level

 
A major tip when it comes to the waterproofing on your floor is to ensure that the substrate of your floor is level. Also check that all plumbing puddle flanges (technical term, sorry you may have to google it) are recessed into the floor so they sit flush.

This way if any water gets through your sand and cement floor screed (we will discuss this in the tiling stage), it will make its way to the membrane and then into your floor wastes with no obstructions.

If you have an existing bathroom floor that is majorly out of level, then I would advise to have a membrane installed over the sand and cement screed bed as well. Then no water will get trapped under the bed in the uneven areas of your floor.

 

Again it’s pretty hard to explain every little detail when it comes to bathroom waterproofing. But I strongly suggest hiring a professional that comes with good references as this is a very critical part of any bathroom renovation.

It may be hard for a waterproofer to quote on your renovation until they have seen the state of your floor after the demolition has been carried out. So you may have to factor in getting them to inspect immediately after your demolition is completed to avoid any delays down the track.

 

Once your room has been waterproofed you’re ready to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Tiling.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Tiling Tips

There’s a lot to cover when it comes to bathroom tiling. But if you’re new to renovating some of the technical terms may go over your head.

However, I promise to make it as easy as possible to understand!
 

Bathroom Tiling: 7 Great Tips

 
So lets try and cover some of the things you need to know when doing bathroom tiling.

 

1. The Bedding (or Screed)

 
What is a sand and cement bed?

You will often hear this term when it comes to bathroom tiling, and it refers to the material that is placed under the floor tiles.

  • It’s usually a mixture of 4 parts sand to 1 part cement
  • It’s mixed up and placed over a bathroom floor in a bedding layer of approx. 30-50mm thick.

 
The bedding (also known as a screed) will have a fall or gradient from the door way and edges of the bathroom walls, back into the floor wastes to direct any water back into the drainage system.
 
bathroom tiling floor
 

2. The Floor Gradient

 
Without this gradient there is no place for the water to go.

This is often the reason there is sometimes a large step up (20-40mm) into a bathroom. It’s because the bathroom floor and the floor of the main house have been installed at the same level.

If this is the case, it’s the 30-40mm tile bed and a 5-8mm tile on top that is causing the step.

The only way to avoid this is to drop the floor down the thickness of the bed and tile in the bathroom area.
 
New Homes: Easy to Factor in During the Planning Stage
 
If you are building a new home you can factor it into the plan and have your “wet areas” lowered by 50mm.
 
Existing Homes: Can’t Always be Achieved Without Great Expense
 

If you have an existing concrete slab there is no way to get a level transition between your bathroom floor and house without having the concrete slab approx. 50mm lower.

In most cases the existing concrete slab would have to be jackhammered out.

This could be a consideration if you concrete was old and substandard, or needed to be removed for new drainage. If that was the case then this would be the perfect opportunity to lower the finished level of the concrete by 50mm.
 
Timber Floors
 
The above also applies to timber floors.

The carpenters would have to put in extra time and cost to lower a timber floor.

But again, if the floor was being repaired or replaced you could also take the opportunity to lower the finished level (i.e. top of sheeting) by 50mm.

 

3. Under Tile Heating

 
Another consideration is under tile heating.

Each manufacturer of under tile heating may have different installation methods. For example, some companies may install the wire element “under” the screed bed, while others may want the product installed over the screed bed under glued under the tile.

Here is an video of the product we installed over the screed bed on one of our bathrooms.
 

 

4. Setting Out Your Tiles

 
Next thing to consider with your bathroom tiling is the set out.

It’s rare that you will ever get full tiles to work from corner to corner of a bathroom. There will usually be a cut tile on one wall or the other.

It’s critical at the set out stage with you tiler to discuss where these cuts will go and what will look the best. This is especially important when you have a tile with a pattern on it.

 

5. Finishing Tiles at the Edges

 
Another consideration is how your tiles will be finished at external corners of walls, window recesses or doorways.

One option is to install a mitred edge i.e. 45% cuts so that they meet on a point. Although not all tiles can be mitred due to the size of the tile, make of material and a few other varying factors.

Another option is tile trims. These come in various sizes, colours and materials. A tile trim gives a nice edge for the tile to finish up to and allows for the return tile around a corner to butt up neatly to the same edge.
 
tiling a bathroom
 

6. Grouting

 
Once wall and floor tiles are installed then grouting is next on the list.

I like to use coloured grouts as they look a little nicer than a standard sand and cement grout mix on the floor. But I use white for the walls. Mid-grey goes pretty well with most coloured tiles too.

And you can’t go wrong with a good quality mould resistant grout. It will make the tiles look fresh and clean for longer!

There are also different grout products for the walls and floors.

Generally the floors are more of a course sanded mixture. Whilst the walls are a much finer composition. You can also use additives to help prevent mould, but I recommend using the manufactures suggested product if you go this route.

Here is a good video tutorial around grout from Jeff at Home Repair Tutor.
 

 

7. Silicone Installation

 
One other finishing detail to factor in is silicone installation to all corner junctions of the walls, floor, windows and doors.

It’s important to note that the tiler should leave these junctions free from grout so that silicone can be installed as expansion joints. This will prevent unsightly cracking if grout was installed in these areas.

Here is a video demonstrating how to install silicone to these areas.
 

 

Once the bathroom tiling has been done you’re then ready to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Plumbing & Electrical fit off.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Joinery Tips

Bathroom joinery (or cabinetry as it’s sometimes known), can be classed as things such as vanities, shaving cabinets, and benchtops to name a few.

Below are a few things to keep in mind when choosing these items.
 

Bathroom Joinery: Cheap vs Custom Made

 
Depending on the design of your bathroom, you can opt for custom made bathroom joinery or off the shelf, pre made, or flat packed cabinetry.

Generally speaking something custom made will cost you slightly more than purchasing something already manufactured. But it really comes down to design and budget when choosing between the two.
 

1. Budget Makeover = Pre Made, Off the Shelf

 

Are you going for a budget makeover or just a freshen up of your bathroom? Then a standard pre made or flat pack vanity and mirrored cabinets will get you out of trouble.

Often times a budget of between $200-$300 will suffice for this.

Here are some examples of the type of vanities I am referring to.

If you go for a pre made bathroom joinery unit, this will generally be something that your carpenter or plumber can install. But I suggest you nominate it on someone’s scope of works so that you don’t get the carpenter saying it’s the plumbers job, and the plumber saying it’s the carpenters!
 
Bathroom Joinery tips
 

2. Designer Look = Custom Made

 

On the other hand, are you going for more of a designer look and require something custom made? Then you could be looking at anywhere between $1000 – $3000, depending on the style and finishes.

Here are a some examples of custom made joinery in bathrooms.

 

Lead Times: Make Sure You Factor These Into Your Project Timeline
 
With any custom made joinery, you need to factor in lead times for manufacturing.

Most companies will have between a 4-6 week lead time from deposit to installation. Some more, some less depending on your finish.

The lead time is something you need to factor in when you’re in your early preliminary stages of the renovation project.
 
Bathroom Joinery finished
 
Check Measure: After the Tiling Stage
 
Another consideration with custom made joinery is that there is usually a check measure that will be required. This comes after the tiling stages and before they start with their manufacturing.

So if this is what you plan on doing with your bathroom there may be a long manufacturing time. Make sure you also factor this into your planning schedule.

You’ll get a gauge of this from the contractors when in the initial quotation stages, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

 

Generally speaking the installation of the joinery is one of the final items to take place. So there may still be some fit off of services needed around part of the joinery. But either way its towards the end of the project.

Last of all, when everything is installed and completed its time to give everything a good clean down. That way you’ll be ready for those beautiful before and after photo’s that you can share with your family and friends (and don’t forget to share them with us!)

 

We’ve come to the final part of Stage 4: Construction. Now we move on to the last step in the renovation process, Stage 5: Project Completion.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Bathroom Shower Screens

When it comes to bathroom shower screens, there are no end of choices to suit every renovation budget & style preference.

 

Tips for Choosing Bathroom Shower Screens

 
Below are four of the most common types of shower screens available.

  • Full framed shower screen.
  • Semi frameless shower screen.
  • Frameless shower screen.
  • Shower rail and curtain.

 

1. Fully framed shower screens

 
These are generally the cheapest of the glass screen options. They primarily consist of a aluminium frame that runs around each piece of glass. i.e. top, bottom, doors and all frames.

Whilst this option may be one of the cheaper ones, it’s also considered one of the most watertight (something to consider if you have small children).

This style of screen can also be purchased pre made, online from various stores. And if your handy, it can also be installed on a budget. Here is an example of an online store that sells this style of screen – Aqua Bathrooms.

Some more examples can be found here.

 

2. Semi Frameless Screens

 
Just as it sounds, these style of screens only have a partial frame – usually on the top and bottom of the glass, with a frameless door.

These look a little more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and are usually pretty cost effective.

Again this style of screen can be purchased off the shelf (or online) but I generally get these screen custom made by a professional who will also handle the installation.

Here are a few examples.

 

Bathroom Shower Screens frameless
 

3. Frameless Glass Screens

 
This is more your designer style of screen and looks the most visually impressive.

These screens are basically all glass with just a few fixing brackets and hinges. They are also silicone sealed around all joints along the floor and wall.

But with all wow factor fixtures, they come with a price. This style is the most expensive of all the options, and funnily enough is probably the least waterproof due to its design.

Here are some examples for you to see.

 

4. Shower Curtain and rail

 
Other than the glass options, this is your most cost effective screen. That said its also terrible for containing water, so keep that in mind.

As far as installation goes, if your handy with a hammer drill this could also be something that you chose to install yourself and save a few dollars.

Here is an example of how cheap they are on Amazon.

 

So there you have it! These are the 4 major styles of shower screens available that will cover you from a budget bathroom makeover, to a high end designer bathroom.

 

Now lets move on to our last tip in this section, Stage 4: Construction – Joinery.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Painting Bathroom Walls

Painting bathroom walls is a fairly straight forward part of the renovation process.

But there are still a few tips worth keeping in mind when undertaking this task.

 

Tips for Painting Bathroom Walls

 

Depending on your design, the painting could take place on items such as ceilings, walls, doors, skirting boards, architraves and windows.

Below are my top 3 bathroom painting tips.
 

1. Mould Resistant Paint

 
My main piece of advice is to choose a good quality mould and bacteria resistant paint.

Bathrooms tend to contain high humidity and moisture levels that can easily lead to mouldy rooms if they are not ventilated correctly.

To avoid this happening, try and have a good mechanical ventilation fan installed.
 
Painting Bathroom Walls mould resistant
 

2. The Devil’s in the Detail

 
Like all painting, the detail is in the preparation work that is initially done.

The more time and effort you put into puttying holes, patching and sanding any imperfections along with applying good quality undercoats, the better the finished result will be.

 

3. Cover All Fixtures & Fittings

 
Again it’s not rocket science but make sure all fittings, fixtures and tiles are completely covered to prevent any paint getting where it’s not supposed to be.

Prevention is better than cure – and you really don’t want to spoil your shiny new fixtures!
 
 
So that covers painting bathroom walls. Now lets move on to Stage 4: Construction – Glass Screens

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

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Plumbing & Electrical Fit Off Tips

Once all your bathroom tiling is completed then its time for the plumbing & electrical fit off. This is the stage where you start seeing your bathroom really taking shape.

 

Plumbing & Electrical Fit Off: Get Your Fittings Ready

 

To be prepared for this stage you’ll need to have all you fittings on site ready to go. These include:

  • Toilets
  • Taps
  • Baths
  • Basins
  • Light fittings
  • Exhaust fans
  • Heated towel rails
  • And all other items for the plumber/electrician

 

If you’ been following along with the 5 Stage process, in particular Stage 2: Planning, you’ll already have these. So this is just a reminder to get them ready for when your trades people arrive.

 

plumbing & electrical fit off tips
 

1. Avoid Scheduling Conflicts With Contractors

 

Like I previously mentioned, its best to avoid having your contractors working over the top of each other.

What I tend to do is book in the electrician one day and the plumber the next day to avoid the chaos of too many people in one small room at a time.

 

2. Use Drop Sheets on Tiles

 
Ask the tradesman to use drop sheets or protection over your freshly tiled floor.

Most decent contractors wouldn’t need to be reminded of this – but preventing scratches on the tiles is far better than finding a cure!

 

3. Install Exhaust Fans Properly

 
One important tip is to make sure that any ventilation system that is being installed (i.e. exhaust fan), gets ducted to the exterior of the house and not just up into a ceiling space.

If it’s not ducted externally the moisture will build up in your roof cavity and can cause mould and water damage to that area.
 
plumbing & electrical fit off stage
 

4. Warranty Cards & Technical Information

 
Once the tradesmen have completed their installations, check all the boxes that your fixtures came with to make sure that any warranty cards or technical info are still there.

It’s a good idea to kept these – preferably saved into your job filing system so that you can call upon the information at a later date if any warranty issues occur.

Now that we’ve completed the plumbing & electrical fit off, it’s time to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Painting.

 

To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.

If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 

CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process

 


 

LEARN HOW TO RENOVATE YOUR BATHROOM LIKE A BUILDER & SAVE $$$

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The super-simple, step-by-step process I use in my business to renovate bathrooms fast and on budget.

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