The reform of the bathroom begins before the works and must include a reflection on what we want to achieve and what are the means we have. 11 essential questions to be done to get the most out of the investment.
These answers will help you to be clearer about what you should take into account before getting down to work.
1- HOW ARE THE FACILITIES?
The state of the pipes and drains will depend on whether we have to make a comprehensive reform that reaches them to renew it, or if we can do a more superficial one, which does not involve expensive works such as masonry.
If the installation is more than 20 years old “getting into any work that does not check it is like throwing money away”
2 – TOTAL OR PARTIAL REFORM?
The new materials that have been appearing open many possibilities when it comes to improving the bathroom without having to do an integral work, always, of course, that the bathroom is in good condition and we just want to modernize it.
If you do not want to remove the tiles “one of the most expensive and cumbersome parts of the reform of the bathroom”, you can choose to cover them with microcement.
3 – HOW LONG WILL THE WORK BRING?
This question is closely linked to the previous one. “The question is whether we are willing to throw everything down, that it will be two weeks of work at home, or if we prefer a less radical solution, that we can leave ready in two days.”
In a couple of days you can achieve remarkable changes with light materials, such as vinyl coatings.
4 – WHAT BUDGET DO I NEED?
A conventional comprehensive reform that includes the revision of facilities, masonry, equipment and furniture will be at least € 5,000 for a standard bathroom, but it will depend on the square meters, the type of coverings and qualities that we apply.
In addition, a partial reform that does not include removing and placing ceramics, but using materials such as those mentioned, can be placed in the middle of this amount. What most expensive small works of this type is usually labor.
5 – IS WORTH WORTH THE BATHROOM?
Of course, in addition to professional advice there are many options to gain meters in the bathroom without complicating the reform.
It is always easier when it comes to a bathroom en suite, as areas such as the sink or bathtub can be integrated with the bedroom. In this way, as it happens with all the integrated spaces, intermediate zones are used that, otherwise, are little less than passing through.
A few centimeters gained to a large bedroom can make the difference between having a ridiculous and uncomfortable shower or a generous and generous one. In addition, it adds another less invasive possibility to gain useful space: the sliding doors, there is a great variety of models of glass to the acid, light, of easy installation and that they allow to pass the light to inner baths.
7- WHAT DO I NEED FOR A SHARED BATHROOM?
The key is to opt for solutions that provide privacy to the different areas of use so that they can be used at the same time by more than one person. In small bathrooms, it is advisable to opt for nuanced shower screens and place some separation that conceals the toilet. If we have more meters, it is always better to separate the sanitary area with opaque glass separations from floor to ceiling
8-DO I INVEST IN A SUSPENDED EQUIPMENT?
Choosing suspended elements brings a great sense of spaciousness to the bathroom. In addition, cleaning is easier, since there are no nooks and crannies where dirt accumulates.
On the other hand the suspended toilets are a fantastic option for small bathrooms because they have a built-in cistern and these are almost half as thick as a conventional one. If a traditional toilet separates from the wall 75 cm, with a wall one can gain 10 cm.
10- SHOWER OR BATHTUB?
Change bathtub by shower is the partial reform of fashion today. Every time there are more proposals to lighten the works and shorten the deadlines.
The key is to find original solutions, which give the new corner its own identity without appearing to be an addition. From the wall panels in the same material to the shower trays, to models of these that can share the same finish of the bathroom floor.
11-DO I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL?
A professional is up to date with the latest materials and technological advances and can also help us save with solutions that fit our needs.
Between 30 and 35% of bathrooms that are made each year are works that have left half installers without the support of a solvent reform company. It is very important to ask for references to whom we commission the work. It is convenient to opt for companies with their own facilities and ask for two detailed budgets that we can compare.