Finding a tradesperson for a bathroom refurbishment
If 2022 is the year you want to update your bathroom, whether that’s a practical family bathroom, en-suite or wet room here are some tips on where to start with your bathroom refurbishment.
First you need to decide whether you want to:
- install the bathroom yourself
- project-manage other trades to fit your bathroom, or
- hire a builder to manage it for you and source the necessary trades
- or get a bathroom specialist to design and then see it through to completion for you.
If you’re planning to spend around £5,000 or less, then your best approach may be to manage the project yourself.
If sourcing and fitting the bathroom yourself, you can find a cheap bathroom suite for as little as a few hundred.
But remember that you’ll need to source and work out your budget for accessories, shower fittings, taps, tiles, grouting and other materials, which are nearly always sold separately.
You’ll spend a lot of time sourcing materials online and in stores and need to be a confident DIYer.
While fitting the bathroom yourself can save up to 60 percent of the cost, please consider the time and difficulty of the job before you decide to take the project on.
You should always get a professional in when it comes to gas or electric. If you’re putting in an electric shower, use a registered electrician.
If you have a tradesman fitting your bathroom then buying the goods yourself – with their approval – can help to reduce the cost dramatically.
If you are buying from a company that quotes for installation too, check to see what it would cost for a plumber and electrician to do it independently.
Whether buying the products yourself or getting someone in, it’s worth looking at the guarantees. Look for lifetime or ten-year-plus warranties
Finding a Tradesman
If you’re looking for a builder to help you with your bathroom refurbishment, you want to find a recommended, reputable, and trusted builder like Sherratt Builders of Shropshire.
Furnishing your new bathroom
Whether fitting yourself or using a specialist, you’ll need to decide what will go into your new bathroom.
Many people use their existing bathroom as a template but start with a blank canvas to create a space that enhances your lifestyle.
For ideas and mood boards, Pinterest is a great tool, and most designers now have an account so you can work the mood board between you.
You can even add a TV or flush-mounted speakers to listen to your music wirelessly if you want to make a statement!
How long will it take?
When it comes to practicalities it is important to consider what constitutes a realistic timeframe.
Bathrooms can take between one and three weeks to complete and depending on the size of your house and whether it’s an extension, the work could be rather intrusive.
If you only have one bathroom, you could time the work with a holiday or go and stay with friends or relatives.
For any further advice with a bathroom renovation or extension, please get in touch with us here at Sherratt Builders.