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Bathrooms are one of the most unique spaces in your home. Your personal space should project a feeling of comfort and relaxation, match your home’s aesthetic appeal, and serve its function.

Your bathroom is simultaneously a space to unwind in your home, while also ensuring that you are providing a space that guests will be comfortable in. When it comes time for a bathroom renovation, there’s a lot to consider.

This is an important decision, the tone and scope of your bathroom renovations can vary greatly, depending on the extent of the work that is needed. From your shower & bath, to the vanity units and tapware, your renovation needs to bring your space to life.

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Your team here at Renovation Works are Registered and Licensed Builders, who have all the experience you need when renovating your bathroom. Though we like to think good work speaks for itself, we’ve collected a few awards over the years as well. 

Why Choose Renovation Works for your Building or Home Renovation?

Experienced Team: Our seasoned team of architects, designers, and builders is dedicated to delivering exceptional results.

Quality Materials: We source the finest materials to ensure the longevity and beauty of your renovation.

Customized Designs: Every project is unique, and we tailor our designs to meet your specific needs and preferences.

Customer Satisfaction: Our track record of happy clients speaks to our commitment to exceeding expectations.

Is Renovation Works the Right Bathroom Contractor for You?

With decades of experience in renovations throughout Auckland, Renovation Works can take your ideas and craft them into something that reflects elegance and style, while creating a bathroom space that works for you and your life. Want to learn more?

Is Renovation Works the Right Bathroom Contractor for You?

The cost to renovate a bathroom depends on a large range of factors. The first is the type of renovation you are looking to have completed. Are you simply looking to replace a few things and retain your current format? Or are you looking for a bathroom makeover or a remodel that involves reconfiguring the layout of your bathroom? 

The cost of the project will be significantly less if all of your bathroom’s plumbing is staying in the same place and your main focus is to retile and modernise your fixtures and fittings. However, if you need plumbing to be moved to change the placement of a shower, vanity or toilet, this will require specialist contractors and more detailed design and planning. 

Talking to Renovation Works during the planning stages will help ensure that you get the best value out of your budget.

7 Insider Tips for Planning your Bathroom Renovation

When planning your bathroom renovation from a visual perspective, it’s important to capture an aesthetic that resonates with you and your life. Perhaps you want a feature wall! You might be after a traditional look and feel, something bold and beautiful or maybe it’s a touch of elegance and class you’re looking for. 

Whatever the vibe you want your bathroom renovation to emanate, there’s a few things you’ll want to decide before you get stuck into the finer details.

  1. Plan the layout to get the most out of your space: You’ll want to plan an efficient bathroom layout first. Getting this step right is going to help making calls on the finer details once you get started. 
  2. Consider the Sink / Vanity: There are so many options, but at the end of the day you need to find something that’s practical, and compliments the tone of the space. 
  3. Have a Lighting Plan: Your bathroom needs to be able to be a place where you can prepare for the important moments in life, as well as relax afterwards! Having a lighting plan is always a great way to make sure your bathroom can cater to both your special occasions as well as be a place you really want to relax. 
  4. Choose the right Cabinetry: You might be able to find something that’s ready made off the shelf, or you may want your bathroom cabinets to be custom made. Make sure you look at all the options, and find the cabinets that feel right for you. 
  5. Tiles and Flooring need to be both practical and durable, as well as match the overall tone of the rest of your fixtures and fittings. It’s always a good idea to take samples home and see how you feel about the tones and textures in the planning phase. 
  6. Tapware can change the whole look of a bathroom. There are so many options available, and while most people sort of know what they are after, it’s important to make sure you find tapware that’s a perfect match for you. 
  7. To bathe or not to bathe? Depending on space, one option is to have a shower over a bath. However your bath may be the primary feature of your room. Your bathroom isn’t called a bathroom for no reason after all. So make sure you sit in the tub before it’s in your home forever, that way you’ll know exactly what tub is going to work best for you. 

    Your team of experts will help you every step of the way, and deliver a bathroom that you’ll want to be in. Get in touch to start the journey.

    Additional Bathroom Services

    Shower Renovations

    One of the most popular renovation projects is to update or add a shower. Showers come in all shapes and sizes and can be tailored to suit any need. If you are looking for a luxurious spa-like experience, consider installing a rain shower head. If you have children and are looking for a safe and easy to clean shower, a curved shower rod may be a better option for you.

    There are also many options for showers when it comes to the enclosure. You can choose a traditional shower curtain, or go with a more modern frameless glass shower door.

    Toilet Renovations

    Another important renovation project is to update your toilet. If your current toilet is old and outdated, not only will it not be pleasing to the eye, but is also likely to be costing you money over time due to its higher water consumption. Replacing an old toilet with a more efficient model can save you a lot of money in the long run.

    Another consideration when it comes to toilets is the height. If you are struggling to comfortably sit on your current toilet, or if you have mobility issues, a higher-than-average toilet may fit your requirements better.

    Small Bathroom Renovations

    Often, the bathroom in your home that is most on display isn’t your main bathroom or ensuite, but rather a smaller bathroom that is more likely to be used by visitors. These can be great spaces to make a statement and set the tone for the rest of your home.

    If your small bathroom is in need of renovation, there are many things you can do to maximise the space and create an elegant and stylish atmosphere. Installing a pedestal sink rather than a traditional vanity can free up valuable floor space, and opting for a sleek glass shower door instead of a shower curtain will give your bathroom an updated look.

    Bathroom Vanity Renovations

    The vanity is the centrepiece of any bathroom. It creates a focal point and will be the main element that ties the entire room together. There is a lot of creativity that can be brought when choosing a vanity style. You can go for a traditional vanity with beautiful woodwork, or choose a more modern look with a glossy finish and clean lines.

    Vanities can also be installed to create a greater illusion of space, adding additional storage and functionality, and changing the entire feel of a bathroom. There are also many different shapes and sizes to choose from, so you can find the perfect fit for your bathroom.

    Frequently asked Questions

    Do I need development consent to renovate my bathroom?

    In most cases, minor bathroom renovations may not require development consent. However, it’s essential to check with your local council as regulations can vary. Major renovations or structural changes usually necessitate approval.

    Do I need to waterproof the entire bathroom floor or just the shower recess?

    The waterproofing requirements depend on your local building codes. Generally, wet areas like shower recesses, bath surrounds, and floors adjacent to these areas need waterproofing. Always check and adhere to local regulations to prevent water damage.

    Can I tile over existing tiles?

    Tiling over existing tiles is possible, but it’s crucial to assess the condition of the current tiles. The surface must be stable, clean, and in good condition. Consult with a professional to determine the feasibility and ensure a durable result.

    What type of paint should I use in my bathroom?

    Use a high-quality, moisture-resistant paint specifically designed for bathrooms. These paints are formulated to withstand high humidity levels and resist mould and mildew growth. Satin or semi-gloss finishes are popular for their durability and easy cleaning.

    Will resurfacing my tiles, bath, and sink produce a professional and long-lasting result?

    Resurfacing can be an effective and cost-efficient option, but the longevity depends on the quality of the process and materials used. Hiring a professional with experience in resurfacing ensures a more durable and professional finish.

    How do I decide between a freestanding bath or a drop-in bath?

    The choice between a freestanding and drop-in bath depends on personal preference, available space, and the overall design aesthetic. Freestanding baths create a luxurious focal point, while drop-in baths are more space-efficient and can blend seamlessly with the bathroom layout.

    What is the benefit of using a mixer tap instead of a separate hot and cold water tap?

    Mixer taps offer convenience by allowing you to control both hot and cold water with a single handle, providing a consistent water temperature. They are also often more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use, making them a popular choice in modern bathrooms.

    How can I heat my bathroom?

    Bathroom heating options include underfloor heating, wall-mounted heaters, heated towel rails, and ceiling-mounted heaters. The choice depends on your preferences, budget, and the size of your bathroom. Consult with a heating professional for personalised advice.

    Is an extractor fan necessary, or can I just open a window to get rid of the steam?

    While opening a window can help, an extractor fan is recommended to efficiently remove excess moisture, prevent mould growth, and maintain air quality. It’s especially crucial in bathrooms without windows or in colder climates where windows may not be opened regularly.

    Are there any safety rules I need to consider when deciding where to place electrical switches and outlets in the bathroom?

    Ensure that all electrical switches and outlets are installed according to local electrical codes, which often mandate specific safety distances from water sources. Consider the use of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for added safety.

    Will an instantaneous or continuous flow hot water system meet the needs of my family?

    The choice between instantaneous and continuous flow hot water systems depends on your family’s hot water usage patterns. Continuous flow systems provide hot water on demand, while instantaneous systems heat water as it flows through. Consult with a plumbing professional to determine the best fit for your household.

    How much water would our household save by installing a water-efficient toilet?

    Water savings with a water-efficient toilet can vary, but they typically use significantly less water per flush compared to older models. Look for toilets with a Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating for accurate information on water consumption.

    How do I know I’m buying a water-efficient bathroom product?

    Look for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) label on bathroom products. This label provides information on the product’s water efficiency, helping you make informed choices. Higher star ratings indicate greater water efficiency.

    Other Useful Resources

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    If a renovation is on the cards for the future, whether you want to get started in a month or a year, a free, no obligations consultation is the first step in the right direction.