Remodling Your Bathroom in Seven Easy Steps
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Remodling Your Bathroom in Seven Easy Steps

Bathrooms are one of the smallest and most-heavily trafficked rooms in the home. In addition, they are usually the most expensive to remodel. For this reason, many homeowners leave their bathroom remodelling projects for a day in the future that never arrives. Some older homes have their original bathroom that has not been updated since the 1950s.

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In this do-it-yourself article, we take you through the steps that are needed to complete a remodeling project in a bathroom of your house. The bathroom that we remodeled was past its use-by date. The old tank was dangerous, the shower had not been operational for months, and the bath needed a modern makeover. There was not a single thing left in the old bathroom that could be salvaged for our project.

Part One: Designing Your New Bathroom

The design space that you currently have will affect your particular remodeling project. In our remodel, there was an older lady living in the home, and access was imperative. We also decided to install a new toilet, make the window wider to allow better natural lighting, and change the position of the vanity. For our faucets, we added a great design consideration and installed the latest flick mixers. These are easy to operate and reduce the need for traditional bathroom faucets. Another benefit about our particular project was that we extended the bathroom by a meter. This allowed our designers to add a cavity siding door and a walk-in shower.

Part Two: Bathroom Remodeling – Demolition

After we decided on the design, we removed everything from the existing bathroom. The demolition part of the project included disposing of all of the existing floor and wall tiles, the fittings and the old taps and plumbing. We knew that our old home had asbestos lining in the wall, so we made sure to wear our safety gear and ensure the asbestos was disposed of in the proper bin.

Part Three Bathroom Renovation: Plumbing

We planned our renovation our thoroughly, and the first step of our project was to extend the original bathroom by one meter. We then installed new plumbing in the entire bathroom. For our job, we used copper pipe and put new electrical wire where it was required. In addition, we decided to add a new window at the end of the bathroom.

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Part Four Bathroom Remodeling: Bath and Wall Linings

The bath is installed in the next step, and the walls should be lined with 6-mm villa board. We nailed our villa board in place with a fastener every 150 mm. Take care not to nail through any water pipes or electrical cable.

Part Five: Waterproofing and Drainage

The drain pipes are installed next. These pipes are required for the bathroom, vanity, toilet, shower and bath. Next, we used waterproofing rubber to ensure the room was thoroughly protected. We extended the rubber membrane up the walls 100-mm in the entire room and 2100-mm high in the shower area.

Part Six: Installing New Ceramic Tiles on the Walls and Floor

For our project, we decided to take advantage of the colors, design options and looks of ceramic tile. We chose smaller wall ceramic tiles, and large square pieces for the floor. The floor tiles should be installed first. After the subfloor is sealed with thin set, the tiles are simply buttered with mortar and set into place. Chalking lines before the installation process is essential and ensures that your design is finished to perfection. 

After the tiles are laid, we let the floor dry for 24 hours and came back for the grout. Grout is simply a sandy product that bonds tiles together and prevents leaks. We chose a great looking grout that enhanced the finished color of our ceramic tiles. After the floor was finished, we tiled the wall and proceeded to grout it.

Part Seven: Fixtures and Fittings

The last step is to install the fixtures and fittings and ensure proper seals for all of the plumbing connections. Test everything, and then you can add your lighting and finish with a thorough cleaning. A new bathroom is an investment that is a great way to add value, space and improve the overall mood in your home.

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