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What does a bathroom renovation involve?

22nd Feb '19 • By

If you’ve decided that it’s time to give your bathroom a makeover, you may be wondering what the order of trades are for a bathroom renovation, and what to do first when renovating a bathroom. Doing the bathroom remodel in stages and understanding the schedule of works will help you get a better idea of what a bathroom renovation can involve and will help you achieve the bathroom face lift of your dreams!

what does a bathroom renovation involve

Not only will you love walking into your beautiful new bathroom and making most of one of the most frequently used spaces in the house, you will also be increasing the value of your home.


Bathroom Renovation Preparation



The first step in the timeline for a bathroom renovation is the preparation. Preparing for the job involves selecting a bathroom design that not only suits your tastes and lifestyle, but will also work functionally within your space. Some of the components of your bathroom design that should be considered include:

  • Wall and floor tiles
  • Paint colours
  • Bathroom fixtures/fittings
  • Bathroom lighting
  • Cabinetry
  • Power outlet and appliance placement
  • Carpentry/shelving/bathroom storage
  • Window and skylight placement


If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom yourself, it is recommended you hire a bathroom designer. Tradesman that you can utilise as your bathroom designer who can help you decide on the perfect bathroom design include:

  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Bathroom Companies

These professionals can assist you in determining your budget, the design and with moving through the council approval process. You can begin to get quotes for bathroom renovation after deciding on your design.

Alternatively, if you hire a bathroom renovation specialist, they will help you select the design and also organise the other steps and trades involved for you.




After deciding on the design, you will then need to have detailed plans drawn up, get the relevant council approval for home renovations and select your products. If you haven’t hired a bathroom renovation specialist to oversee the project, you will also need to allocate time to hire all of the tradesmen yourself.




Ensuring you buy all of your bathroom products well in advance will help you avoid delays in the work or disappointment if you can’t find exactly what you’re after with limited time. By having these items ready to go, your tradespeople will know exactly what products and space they’ll have to work with, and if any of the products are out of stock, you will have enough time for them to arrive before the work is due to begin.

Bathroom products you may need include:


If you’re managing the bathroom renovation yourself, you will need to source quotes and hire the following trades (many of which will need to be licensed):


Bathroom Renovation Steps

  1. Disconnection of live wiring by electrician, and demolition/strip out of bathroom
  2. The builder repairs any water damage if necessary and completes structural work, as well as manages the process and other trades
  3. The carpenter modifies the room and storage space, such as installing a shower recess
  4. The plumber installs drainage and pipes, and can move current plumbing if necessary, if you wish to have your bath, vanity or shower in new spots
  5. The electrician installs wiring
  6. The tiler does preparation work for the walls and floor for tiling to be completed later
  7. Waterproofing is completed, then the bath is installed if built-in
  8. Tiler returns to complete tiling and grouting, and painter completes painting.
  9. Glazier measures space for shower screen, to be installed later
  10. Vanity and storage is installed
  11. Remaining plumbing and electrical work is completed, and bath is then is installed if free-standing
  12. Glazier installs mirrors and shower screen, and other accessories are fitted
  13. Clean and inspection of work

Following this step-by-step guide for your bathroom renovation ensures that the work is completed to the highest level of efficiency and at the lowest cost!


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