How to plan your bathroom renovation

Section 1: Getting Started on your bathroom renovation

When it comes to the bathroom, there’s a lot going on in a relatively small space. Focus on style and functionality.

Get inspired. Start a collage board of all the bathroom designs and features that you like. Collect inspiration for your vanity, fixtures, tiles, lighting and colours. Once you have collected a number of images you’ll usually start to see a trend emerge. This step will also get you well acquainted with all of the amazing fixture options out there.

Planning your bathroom renovation
Contemporary Design
Factors to Consider
Traditional Style Bathroom Style
Rustic Master Bath

Section 2: Purpose + Goals

Think about your reasons for renovating, assess your bathroom needs and design a space that fulfills your goals.

Consider where your current bathroom plumbing and electricity are positioned in the room. The less you need to reposition these, the less you will need to spend on tradies. You should also consider how well your old inlets and outlets will work with new fixtures and fittings.Which Bathroom?

Full Bathroom
Half-Bath or Powder Room
Master Bathroom
Three-Quarter Bathroom
Kid-Friendly Bathrooms

Section 3: The Cost of a Bathroom Renovation

Determine your budget. What are you able or willing to spend on your bathroom renovation? Write it down and stick to it. There are so many options out there that it’s easy to get carried away once the project is in progress.

Get tips for creating and managing your renovation budget. Break down renovation costs and discover budget-friendly options.

Creating a Budget
Where to Splurge and Save
Cheap vs. Steep
Expenses to Expect
Renovating a bathroom for Resale

Section 4: Design + Space Planning

Consider what the bathroom offers you now (plumbing fixtures, surfaces, finishes, lighting) and decide what changes to make.

Evaluate the Existing Space
A Bathroom Designed for All
Layout Considerations
Universal Design Principles

Section 5: Choosing Bathroom Materials

Armed with your bathroom design plans, shop for products and materials that will meet your needs and complement your home style.
toilet & bidet
vanity or pedestal
wall / storage cabinets
bath, bath/shower, shower base + glass, shower unit or wet room
shower mixer or mixer diverter
taps & bath spout
lighting / extractor fan
accessories (toilet paper holder, towel ring or towel rails, robe hooks, recess, shaving cabinet, shower shelfs, window coverings, soap dish/dispenser)

Section 6: Storage

By using a combination of storage components, drawers and cabinets, you can create a clutter-free bathroom.

Ways to Optimize Storage
Vanity Design
Hard-Working Hardware
Want More Shower Space?

Section 7: Getting the Project Done

Learn how to hire the right professionals for your bathroom renovation and find out what projects you may be able to do yourself.

Assembling Your Team
Managing Expectations
Do-It-Yourself Bath Projects
How to Hire Contractors
More Bathroom Ideas
Bathroom Styles
Layout Options
Bathroom Types
Master Baths
Powder Rooms
Vanity Styles
Vanity Options
Vanity Finishes
Cabinet Ideas