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The bathroom is one of the main areas that can add significant value to a home and you don’t have to make massive changes in order to create an impact. Listed below are some ideas to help maximize the renovation.


Water spilling out of the shower or basin is most likely inevitable, which is why waterproofing is so important. If it is not done correctly, then you may be faced with serious water damage a few months down the track. To ensure it is done correctly, consider hiring a professional. Waterproofing a bathroom correctly is vital if you want the area to stay intact for several years to come.

Clever storage

Not every property has the luxury of a large bathroom space. This is where clever and innovative storage comes into play. For a compact ensuite, a wall-mounted basin with a mirror fronted cabinet above the basin can help open up the room slightly. However, if you do decide to use a vanity, look for one with extra storage facilities e.g. wire racks inside the door, tilt-out drawers, towel racks and more to help keep toiletries organised. Also, to help make the bathroom feel more spacious, consider installing a clear shower screen.

Essentials vs. luxuries

Just like all renovations, there are essentials and then there are luxuries. Before beginning, you need to decide what essentials you need to budget for, such as a good sized bath and shower as well as extensive storage space. Extras such as underfloor heating should be considered once the final costs have been established. Also, you will need to think about the purpose of the renovation, will you be living in the property or are you renovating for profit? If you are renovating for profit, then you may find that potential buyers or renters may not be willing to pay extra for fancy add-ons such as floor heating. Chatting to real estate agents can help you determine what people are prepared to pay extra for.

Keep plumbing where it is

Plumbing bills can increase exponentially when you starting rearranging pipes and outlets, so aim to keep fixtures such as the toilet, vanity, bath etc in the same place. If you do wish to move fixtures or replace them, make sure you speak with your plumber before you go out shopping. They will be able to give you an idea on how much the job will cost you and you can then decide whether it is feasible.

Choosing a builder

Even if you want this to be a complete DIY renovation, there are certain things you should leave to professionals. All plumbing and electrical work should be completed by a trained professional. When selecting a builder or plumber, cheapest is not always the best. Asking for proof of qualifications and references is the best way to check the company is legitimate. Past customers will be able to give you an overview of their management and communication skills as well as workmanship and ability to meet deadlines. Renovating the bathroom can have a great effect on a property’s value, but it can be quite costly if you budget is not monitored carefully.