How to Install a bathroom: Step-by-Step Guide

Are you planning to upgrade your bathroom this 2019? Or maybe you are just looking for new ideas on how to spruce up your bathroom? Whichever of the two your reason is the solution to achieve what you need and want is the same – renovation. But before you go on with the planning, you must first understand how to install a bathroom.

Learning how to install a bathroom is a good way to have a clear idea of what to expect before, during and after the renovation project.

How to install a bathroom: Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Identify the current specification of the bathroom

Identifying the current specification of the bathroom has two purposes: the first purpose is each State and Territory in Australia has their own renovation regulations and codes. These regulations and codes will dictate whether the homeowners need a building permit or require using a certain type of materials.

While the second purpose is to know the exact dimensions of the piping, proper placement of the plumbing fixtures, and if there are damaged pipes or fixtures that need to be removed or replaced.

Step 2: Plan the overall layout of your bathroom (plumbing fixtures and piping)

After identifying the specification of the bathroom, you need to plan the overall layout of the bathroom. This is both for the plumbing fixtures and piping. If you have no idea how to plan it through, the tradie will assist you.

When planning the layout of your bathroom, you must always think how you can get the maximum convenience. One good way to get this is by strategically divide the bathroom space into its function – vanity, shower, toilet, and walking space. Don’t forget to include a good distance from each plumbing fixture.

Step 3: Preparing the renovation site

How to install a bathroom and prepare the renovation site can be stressful. The preparation tasks commonly involve removal of the current plumbing fixtures, wall and floor tiles, drywalls, and other obstacles; including cleaning. This is the messiest and noisiest stage of the process because tradies sometime use a jackhammer just to remove old floor tiles.

Step 4: Set up the plumbing and electrical lines

Setting up the plumbing and electrical lines properly are the most important part of this process. But before the tradie goes through with the setup, they must check first your bathroom renovation plan. This is to check whether you have any changes to do. For example, you want to relocate elements like the toilet or shower area. If you do have changes like this, this step is the best time for the tradie to work on it.

If none, they can start setting up the lines for the main drain, individual drain, vent, supply, and fixtures. Also, the electrical lines in the bathroom.

Step 5: Wall up! And Waterproofing

After setting up all the plumbing and electrical lines, the tradie can start building a cement wall. This wall is a good base for both tiles and paint. So, whichever you choose later you can achieve it. Once the wall is dry, the tradie can proceed with waterproofing.

Waterproofing is an important task because the bathroom is prone to water seepage, mould growth, deterioration, and air quality issues. This waterproofing sealant will help to protect the bathroom from those threats and make the bathroom last longer. Also, this is important because waterproofing is a requirement on Australian Standards (AS 3740).

Step 6: Tiling

Tiling is one of the most time-consuming tasks with bathroom renovation because the tradie needs proper concentration and carefulness to ensure the tiles are lined up according to your design plan.

After laying the tiles successfully, the tradie will clean up the floor and wall to make way for the installation of fixtures.

Step 7: Fixture Installation

The common fixture that goes first is the toilet, followed by the tub, vanity, sink, shower, and all the electrical components. After the installation, the tradie will test it to check if it is working properly or if it leaks.

Upon learning the process of how to install a bathroom, the next factor that every homeowner consider is the bathroom installation cost.

How much does bathroom installation cost?

Another reason homeowners are worried about renovating their bathroom is its installation cost. But the truth is there’s nothing to worry about bathroom installation cost can range from $5,000 up to $30,000+ (total renovation). This price range can still lessen down depending on the work needed.

To have an idea how much you have to spend for your bathroom renovation project, here are the factors that have an impact on the bathroom installation cost that you (every homeowner) must consider:

  • Bathroom size
  • Bathroom fixtures, fittings, materials, and accessories
  • Tradies fees
  • Other miscellaneous (e.g. permits)

For the tradies fees, you can determine its exact cost once you identify all the tradies you need to complete your bathroom renovation. The common tradies that you need for the bathroom installation is bathroom builders, plumber, tiler, painter, electrician, waterproofers, and carpenters. There are times that some homeowners also hire an architect. But it will still be up to you who you want to hire for the job, just make sure they are all licensed and reliable.

If you don’t want to do the calculation manually, you can always search for local bathroom builder companies near your location and ask for their estimation. They will base their estimation of bathroom installation cost on the size of your bathroom and the specification you wanted to add. Once you gathered all the estimation, you can compare it and choose the one that offers the best deal.

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