Bathroom refurbishment: Where do I start ?

Whether you’re planning a practical family bathroom, en-suite, wet room or full-on home spa and personal sanctuary, here are some tips on where to start with your bathroom refurbishment from RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent and Cheshire.

Modern bathroom refurbishment

Should I fit myself, project manage or use a bathroom specialist?

You need to decide whether you want to:

  • install the bathroom yourself,
  • project manage other trades to fit your bathroom, or
  • get a bathroom specialist to design and then see it through to completion for you.

Richard Sharman of RSS bathrooms Stoke, a bathroom specialist, reckons “If you’re planning to spend under £5,000, then your best approach may be to manage the project yourself,” says Richard , “Expect to pay £3,000 to £6,000, but be prepared to sacrifice a lot of finishing detail in order to ensure you get the basics like tiling and plumbing right.”

If sourcing and fitting the bathroom yourself, you can find a cheap bathroom suite for as little as £200. But you’ll need to source and work out your budget for accessories, shower fittings, taps, tiles, grouting and other materials, which can double the price. You’ll spend a lot of time sourcing materials online and in stores and need to be a confident DIYer. But you will be in full control of your budget, final look and the results can be impressive.

While fitting the bathroom yourself can save up to 60% of the cost, do 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 – mistakes can be fatal!

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.

Whether buying the products yourself or getting someone in, it’s worth looking at the guarantees, especially for things such as grouting or sealant, which are costly to replace if they spring a leak. Look for lifetime or ten-year-plus warranties

“Budgets for a new bathroom can vary enormously,” continues Dorian Bowen. “The average bathroom costs around £6,000….but can run into tens of thousands for a designer bathroom with luxury fittings – so be honest and strict with yourself about how much you can afford to spend.”

Finding a Tradesman

If you’re looking for a builder to help you with your bathroom refurbishment, look no further because RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

RSS bathrooms are a trusted local builder or tradesmen to help you with your bathroom refurbishment

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. Don’t forget bathroom storage space for towels, toilet rolls and toiletries. It’s worth working this into the original design to ensure you can fit everything in.

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’ll also need to decide if you’re a bath or a wet room kind of person, whether you need a bidet or douche etc,” adds Richard. RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

Lighting can be a key detail, with basics starting at downlighting and ranging to back-lighting mirrors and lit ‘feature walls’. A split-face tile with concealed downlighting can make a breathtaking feature. RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

You can even add a TV or flush-mounted speakers  to listen to your music wirelessly if you want to make a statement! RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

If you really want to splash out, how about a home spa? “If you’re a real water baby then why not add a mini home spa?” suggests Richard. “A simple sauna can start at around £5,000 and gives your home that luxury feel. Next you’ll need to decide on wall coverings. You can go the standard ceramic route or splash out on natural stone. ” RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

How long will it take?

When it comes to practicalities it is important to consider what constitutes a realistic time-frame. RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

Bathrooms can take between one and three weeks to complete, and depending on the size of your house the work could be rather intrusive. RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

Richard warns. “If you only have one bathroom, you might want  to wait until you go on holiday or go and stay with friends or relatives – the joy of coming home to a brand new bathroom will more than make up for any inconvenience.” RSS bathrooms Stoke on Trent bathroom fitters are your solution!

3 Replies to “Bathroom refurbishment: Where do I start ?”

  1. Claudia Almeida says:

    I have to express my satisfaction with the service I had from RSS Bathrooms. Excellent costumer service specially when I was a bit undecided with my ideas. Ideas were pitched in which made me understand a bit more about what worked better. I was well looked after, they even follow up after to confirm I was still happy with the service and I never had that before from this types of service.
    It took me a long time to decide who to choose to renovate my bathroom with and I feel I made the right choice with RSS Bathrooms, i am over the moon with it all. So glad someone recommend it to me and I definitely recommend them also, if you are looking to do up your bathroom….I am so enjoying my bath times much more. Such a great investment.

    1. Sam S says:

      Reading this made me want to fit my own bathroom it was big help

    2. Beverley Taylor says:

      Really good if your looking for a new bathroom these are the guys for you really
      Gives you all the answers to anything you need to go
      I would get these guys to do my bathroom.


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