Installing an entire bathroom by yourself is not an easy process. It most certainly is challenging and requires a sound knowledge of plumbing. Successfully installing your own bathroom can be highly cost effective but it is also advisable to have a friend assist you. If you feel that the install process is slightly beyond your capabilities, it is highly recommended that you call in the professionals for an efficient install. Even if you do not intend to pay a plumber to do the project, paying them for some advice is a worthy investment.
By following our hints and tips, creating the bathroom of your dreams should be relatively pain free! The three key fixtures that most homeowners install are baths, toilets and sinks but of course, many other fixtures can be present also.
What is the cost?
Remodelling an entire bathroom suite usually sets homeowners back between £8,520 and £11,866. Renovations are a costly and time consuming process but they also add value to a home. As such, installing a new bathroom can be a worthwhile investment. Some people opt to remodel bathrooms themselves, however you could also scout for a professional plumber whom you trust. The process will be quicker and cleaner with their help. It is only worth attempting to install a bathroom entirely yourself if you have adequate knowledge of carpentry and plumbing.
It’s important to consider your budget and which fixtures you wish to install. Both of these will impact on the money you choose to spend.
What are you hoping to achieve?
Most people have a solid reason in mind as to why they are undertaking this process. It might be create your fantasy bathroom, add clout to your home when it hits the housing market or to update it from dowdy to dramatic. It is useful to know what you are looking to achieve before embarking on the install process as this will determine what you do yourself, what you call in the experts for and the size of the job at hand.
Choose your guy!
Select a tradesman that you trust. Ask them questions and ensure that the two of you have come to an understanding. Contractors are often more than happy to provide a schedule and a walk through process of what should occur and when. Deadlines are often decided upon, although these may be flexible.
Focus on your Fixtures
Installing fixtures is a complicated process. Without a firm comprehension of carpentry and plumbing, it is easy even with the best intentions to mess it up. Whether you are installing a toilet, sink, shower enclosure or bath, all install follows the same process. Fixtures need to be hooked up to a water supply and adequately secured in place.
For advice on specific installs, from baths to showers, you might wish to look at some of our other blogs which set the process out in a step-by-step approach.