The 5 steps to a full bathroom renovation

Are you wanting to renovate your bathroom but not quite sure of the process? To help get you started, here are the 5 main steps involved in a full bathroom renovation.

1. Demolition

The first stage of your bathroom renovation is to demolish the existing one. You will need to remove the old fixtures, toilets, vanities, shower screens and taps. Once these are gone, you can then remove the existing floor and wall tiles, followed by the plaster. Aim to bring your bathroom back to it's original frame stage. You should be able to see all the timber studs in the walls and then you're ready for the next stage; framing.


Asbestos - Asbestos was formally used in bathrooms as a tile underlay. It is mostly found in houses built in the early 80's and prior. If you think you have, or may run into asbestos, make sure you get it tested by a licensed tester. Remember if you're unsure, always get it checked.




-Asbestos removalist (if required)

2. Frame

This stage is where things begin to get exciting. It's time for the main set up for the bathroom, including, lowering your floor for your flush tile shower base, setting up your soap box and getting your walls straight. During this stage you will also need to call in your plumbers and electricians while the walls are open, as it gives them the chance to run their pipes and wires to the right locations to suit the new bathroom layout. You will need to know exactly where all your fixtures are going during this stage.Your main goal at this stage is to get everything set up prior to the walls being covered.


If you're having a flush floor shower you need to lower your floor, but be sure to check the structural integrity of the supports to make sure it is safe to do so. You may need to reinforce the supports to strengthen it back up after the cut out.-Install noggins where towel rails and toilet roll holders are going, ensuring far more strength than just attaching them to plaster. We don't want them falling off the wall and tearing your plaster down the track!





3. Wall Sheeting

It's time to hang your wall sheets. You can use either wet area plaster board or cement sheeting, both have their positives and negatives.

Plaster Positives

-Easy to work with-Much lighter material

-More cost effective

Plaster Negatives

-Harder to remove and replace tiles if needed in the future

-Weaker product so it requires more fixing to the wall Cement sheeting is the opposite to the above points.



4. Tiling and water proofing

Now here's where the real excitement begins to happen! First we need to install the screeding for your flush shower base and waterproof the bathroom. Waterproofing is the most important step of a bathroom renovation and needs to be done properly.First, the screeding gets done on your shower base. Once that is completely dry, it's time to waterproof. Once the waterproofing is complete, the tiler can then tile the floor and walls, and really bring your bathroom to life!


-Fall in a shower base should be no less than 10mm per meter-Give your screed plenty of time to dry (approx. 3-4 days in Summer and 6-7 days in Winter). It is very important it dries completely so the waterproofing can stick to the screed.

-Your shower screen can be measured and ordered after tiles are on the walls. Ordering it now will ensure it will be completed quicker.

-Do not put grout in corners of the floor and walls, silicon should be used in these areas. Grout will just crack, and silicon is water tight.



-Water proofer

5. Fit off

Now that the tiling is completed, it's now time to install and fit off your fixtures. Your carpenters can install the vanity to the wall and your plumbers can fit off all your taps and all other elements in the bathroom. Contact your electrician to install your lights and power points where required.After a quick clean up, your bathroom should now be finished and looking amazing!





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Please note this article is based on my personal experiences within the building industry. It is a guide only, and all steps may not apply to your job. Please be sure to check with your assigned Building Practitioner, Engineer or Surveyor for the relevant advice for your project. Always use licensed and registered trades

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