When you’re working on your home, some projects are tougher than others, but they repay that difficulty not just with a better experience and an easier life when it’s done, but by actually making your home more valuable.
Repainting your spare room, clearing it out and turning it into an office might be an occasionally onerous task, but it requires no specialist equipment, nothing but dedication, commitment and paintbrushes. If you make a mistake you can clean up the mess and try again. And when it’s done? You have the study you wanted but it’s not fundamentally altered your house and doesn’t affect the value.
On the other hand, going to work on your bathroom does need specialist help and tools if you’re doing anything more than simply touching up the paintwork. The consequences for a mistake are rather more serious: damaging a water pipe could at best leave you without a shower and at worst flood the house! Getting it all right, though means not just a better bathing experience, it could actually add value to your house! Even if you’re not considering moving, that’s a useful investment to make.
The first vital thing you have to take into account is budget. Start by working out how much you can afford to spend, and if you do have an eye on the eventual effect on your house’s value, talk to an estate agent to find out how much it’s likely to be and ensure you keep your budget beneath this.
You should then talk to a builder of a plumber: they can tell you how much you can move things around in your bathroom, and how much it would cost. One way to keep costs down is to keep the layout untouched: moving pipework is expensive and disruptive so it’s to be avoided if at all possible. On the other hand, if one of the things you want to achieve is creating space by changing your layout it’s a necessary evil.
It’s also worth finding a single supplier when you’re refurbishing. If you can find someone like Czech & Speake who ca supply everything from bath taps and panelling to razor blade holders, along with spare parts in case of breakages it makes your life much easier!
With all this preparation in place you can decide on a look for your bathroom, whether that’s classical elegance or stark, up to the minute functionality, and then focus on making it come true!