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7 Things to Consider When Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

Publish date: 14th October 2019

If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, having a clear idea of what to expect and getting organised are key to running your project smoothly.

If you’re wondering where to start your bathroom renovation, we’re here to help. Below you’ll find 7 tips to help you plan and make your bathroom remodelling project as easy and enjoyable as possible.

  1. Find out what your bathroom dimensions are

Before the work commences, it’s important for you to find out what your bathroom dimensions are. Make sure you measure everything twice! A common drawback when renovating a bathroom is not ordering enough tiles. This can cause delays, particularly if the tiles aren’t stock items and have to be ordered. Calculate the floor and wall areas separately and allow a minimum of 10% extra for wastage.

Knowing a few key measurements, such as the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is required for your toilet, will help you plan the layout of your renovation. 

  • Find out what your bathroom renovation will cost

Before you begin your bathroom renovation, it’s important to know what the costs will be. The size of your bathroom, the layout, the type of tiles and bathroom ware that you choose, they will all affect the cost of your renovation.  Our suggestion is to visit your nearest btw showroom early on to discuss your needs and get a quote.

  • Plan for removal of existing fittings

Before the work commences it’s important to be clear about who will be responsible for getting rid of the existing bathroom fittings. If your contractor has agreed to take care of this, make sure it’s included in their quote. If it isn’t included, you’ll be responsible for getting rid of the items, which means you’ll need to budget for hiring a skip or disposing of the items.

  • Choose a colour scheme and a style

Pick the tile colours that you want for your bathroom, so you can base the rest of your design around it. Settle on at least 3 colours so you have a primary, secondary, and accent shade. Light colours such as white, cream, or light grey can make your space feel larger and more inviting.

Follow the 60-30-10 rule: your primary colour should take up 60% of your bathroom, a secondary colour should be 30%, and accent colours should cover 10%. For example, you could have white walls and cabinets as your main colour, grey floors and countertops for your secondary, and black taps and accessories as your accent.

  • Locate where your water lines and electrical outlets are

Highlight on your design plans where your current plumbing and wiring lead. You could avoid spending more money by keeping the wires and pipes where they are and make your design around them.  When you choose your layout, make sure you know if you need to redirect any electricity or water.

  • Consider your ventilation options

Bathrooms need to have good airflow otherwise mold could develop. Reducing mold begins with removing moisture. To do that it’s best to have a multifaceted approach: a great fan that vents to the outside (not into an attic) and an operable window.

  • Waterproof your bathroom

Even if you’re not planning a wet room-style shower, you’ll need to waterproof the walls around a shower or bath. Moisture-resistant plasterboard should be used to create any shower enclosures. 

Need help with your bathroom renovation project? Visit your nearest btw showroom and our expert teams would be happy to help. Here’s where you can find us:

btw Kilkenny – Loughboy Industrial Estate, Ring Rd, Kilkenny

btw Drogheda – Donore Business Park, Unit 15, Donore Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth

btw Naas – Unit G1, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare

btw Sandyford – Unit T5, Birch Ave, Stillorgan Business Park, Dublin, A94 P767

btw Sligo – Finisklin Rd, Cartron, Sligo

btw Waterford – Unit 4, Ivory Retail Park, Tramore Rd, Co. Waterford, X91 RW35

btw Wexford – Kerlogue Industrial Estate, Rosslare Rd, Strandfield, Rosslare Road, Co. Wexford 



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