It seems that we can’t turn on the television nowadays without being bombarded by another renovation reality show. This spike in the popularity of renovation programmes, has seen an equally as sharp rise in the amount of homeowners donning their hard hat on and performing their own do-it-yourself masterpiece. However – and sadly – it’s not as easy as they make it out to be on TV, as bathroom renovation can quickly turn into a disaster if not managed carefully.
Perhaps the main problem facing DIY custom design bathrooms is that of the dreaded budget blowout. No matter how much number crunching you do during the conceptualisation process, the final number after the renovation has been completed will always differ from its initial evaluation.
A particular problem that affects a DIY budget are the fluctuating prices of materials. Vanity sections, specifically, can potentially give you a lot of financial pain, as quotes you receive are normally provided on a set measurement, and not the actual measurement you’re looking for. Those extra few centimetres on your vanity top could cost you a rather large sum, and it’s advisable to shop around to ensure you’re getting the best value for money material for your renovation.
Another problem DIY experts face is the time consumed from their daily routine. Custom bathrooms – perhaps more so than any other room in the home – will take a substantially large amount of time to complete. This is owed to the components that make up a bathroom when combined, as features such as pipes, faucets, shower heads, and many other smaller details, need careful consideration.
This time spent will eat into your daily routine, which can become a serious problem if your spare time is already quite sparse to begin with. Working on one component at a time is recommended for such people, as a broader focus will delay the process further. Dedicating time to a specific area of the bathroom will allow you to complete it in bite-size sections, whilst also allowing you to see your ideal bathroom look as it is in progress.
The mess and disruption caused can also prove to be a damaging hindrance. Unlike professional renovators, homeowners that decide to go it alone do not have the luxury of being able to dispose of any leftover materials or dust on a daily basis. This can accumulate extremely quickly, and clutter your living space. If it’s within your budget, it’s definitely worth investing in regular rubbish skip collection, both for the cosmetic appearance of your home and, more importantly, the removal of any potential safety hazards to you and your family.
If you do want to tackle your own dream bathroom renovation and are looking for inspiration, or are thinking of investing in a professional renovation company, have a chat with the team at JLT Renovations. We are the leading provider of custom built bathrooms in Melbourne, having helped thousands of people right across the city realise their dream home interior. Contact us today on 1300 400 939, and let us help you create your ideal bathroom.
Have you had any experience with your own DIY project? How did it go?