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Bathroom Renovation Guide

How long will my bathroom take to renovate?

Every project is different. There are many varying factors in a bathroom renovation from the room’s size, shape, pre-existing problems and project scope. A simple refresh could take as little as a weekend, while a full-scale renovation will require much more time. It’s best to consult your builder or plumber to get an accurate estimate for your project timeline. To help you get an understanding of a standard renovation project, check out our timeline guide here.

How much will my bathroom renovation cost?

Like timelines, your budget will depend heavily on the scope of your project. The size of your bathroom, products and materials you choose, and number of people working on the job will determine the overall spend. Be sure to save some money in reserve for changed plans and unexpected surprises. Check out our budget planner to make sure you’ve accounted for the basics.

Do I need to move out whilst I renovate my bathroom?

There may be a time that your bathroom is out of action. If you have more than one bathroom consider renovating one at a time. Speak to your plumber or builder to understand if you need to look at alternative arrangements and how long for.

What can I DIY in my bathroom renovation?

We recommend leaving your bathroom renovation to the professionals. Licensed tradespeople ensure regulations are met and keep your dream bathroom safe. Never DIY any electrical, structural or plumbing works. You may be able to assist your renovation team by coordinating things like deliveries and rubbish removal, as well as rolling up your sleeves at the end of the job to help with the clean up! See our cleaning guide here.

I have a small bathroom but would love to include a freestanding bath. How can I have it all?

Even the tiniest of bathrooms can enjoy a freestanding bath. Consider a petite version such as the Kado Lux Petite to enjoy the same depth without taking up as much floorspace. You can also save space by creating a wet zone by positioning the shower next to the bath.

How do I make my bathroom seem bigger than it is?

Founder of Tiles of Ezra, Georgia Ezra, suggests, “If you have a small bathroom, you can really take tiling strategy in two directions: opt for large format tiles to make the bathroom look bigger or go with really small penny roll tiles for some intricate detailing.” Storage is crucial in a small bathroom to reduce clutter that can crowd a compact space. Smart choices like wall hung vanities, large mirrors and in wall toilet suites also help to create the illusion of space.

What’s the best way to visualise my bathroom? I’m finding it hard to see how it’s going to come together.

The 3D Bathroom Planner is a great tool for helping you choose and visualise the best layout for your bathroom. Work with your Reece Consultant to create a virtual plan of your dream bathroom. Book an appointment with a Reece Bathroom Consultant today.

I need to replace my toilet seat. How do I find the right one?

Toilet suites come in a number of shapes and sizes, so if you need to replace your toilet seat, be sure to measure the pan accurately. We’ll need to know the measurements of the seat fixing points, back to front (inside), side to side (inside and outside), and from the centre of the fixing point hole to the front of the pan. If you’re unsure, your local Reece Bathroom Consultant will be able to assist. Find a store.

I don't have a laundry. How can I make the most of my bathroom to function as both?

Modern apartments and smaller houses often don’t have a separate laundry space. Consider a deeper basin alongside a gooseneck mixer such as the Grohe Essence New in your bathroom for greater flexibility. A twin or hand shower can also help for tasks like washing the dog.

I don't want to move my plumbing. Can I still upgrade to a modern toilet?

For older homes or smaller bathroom updates that don’t require relocation of plumbing, you can still have the latest back to wall and rimless technology toilet suites, without having to move or change your existing bottom water inlet. A mini stop and hose may be required to complete the installation when retrofitting.

How much space should I leave around my bathroom fixtures and furniture?

Always work with your builder, designer or plumber to determine the floorplan and ensure that it caters for adequate clearance between your fixtures and furniture. This may vary based on personal preference as well as your local building regulations.