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Drab to Fab: A Renovate Your Bathroom Checklist

How much time do you spend in the bathroom? Did you know that the average person spends over 2 years of their life in this very useful room?

Between brushing your teeth, showering, putting on makeup or shaving, and other activities, you probably spend more time in the bathroom than you think.

Why not make your bathroom something nice to look at? Here’s a checklist designed to help you think about renovating your bathroom.

1. Theme/Design

Decide on a theme to lead your design. Do you want elegant, rustic, seaside, minimalist, vibrant, or some other theme entirely for your bathroom?

Remember that you can tailor it to your taste, but keep the resale value in mind if you plan to sell. You might love bright orange walls, but few other people will.

2. Budget

Figure out how much you can/are willing to spend on your bathroom renovation. Also, can you realistically afford the changes you want to make?

Don’t forget to leave a 10-15% buffer. There are always unexpected expenses that pop up during the renovation.

3. Permits

If you plan to make structural changes, you will most likely need a permit. What if you’re unsure about the regulations in your area? A good bathroom renovator can help answer your questions. A company that has been renovating Adelaide bathrooms for years will have an idea of what permits you need, if any.

4. Fixtures

Think about the fixtures you want to install. Are you switching from a shower to a tub or vice versa? Do you want to install tile on the bathroom walls?

What kind of flooring do you want to put in? Will there be cabinets under the sink or will it stand on a pedestal?

5. Cabinetry

What kind of storage space do you need? Extra storage space is always welcome. But if you choose budget cabinetry, you may be disappointed. You need well-made water-resistant cabinets to handle the moisture of a bathroom.

Think about shelves for toiletries and towels, a lockable medicine cabinet, built-in shower storage, and more.

6. Windows/Natural Light

With researchers discovering more benefits of natural light all the time, people are looking for ways to bring the outdoors in. Windows can be frosted in a bathroom to allow in light but obscure the view.

Alternatively, you can install skylights to keep perfect privacy but let in lots of natural light.

7. Electricals

For the electricals, you’ll mostly be concerned with the lighting. Concentrated task lighting is helpful for putting on makeup, shaving, and other tasks. You also might choose lights with a dimmer switch to change the ambience of the bathroom from time to time.

8. Finishings

With all the big stuff out the way, now you can have fun and be creative. Take care of basic finishings like full-length mirrors, new taps, and splashbacks.

Voila! A whole new bathroom in your same familiar home!

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