Christchurch Bathroom Renovation Checklist

The bathroom renovation experts at Refresh Christchurch have come up with a planning checklist to help you stay on track.

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Organisation will be the most valuable tool in your toolbox during any renovation. So, to help you stay on track, we’ve created an extensive checklist for you to run through while planning your bathroom renovation in Christchurch. This will also help you to avoid the most common bathroom renovation mistakes!  

Planning and concepts

The early planning stages of a bathroom renovation are essential. You’re setting the groundwork for every subsequent step, so don’t cut corners here. Take your time researching ideas and materials. Utilise the endless digital resources at your fingertips like Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, TV shows, and even professional bathroom renovation projects. Once you’ve finished your bathroom planning homework, you should feel prepared to make well-informed decisions. 

  • Define your goals and must-haves
  • Find inspiration and create a vision board 
  • Document dimensions and measurements
  • Set a budget
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Design and layout

Review your vision board and inspiration materials until you feel confident you’ve settled on the right theme. But remember, aesthetics aren’t the only thing to consider. Practical elements like storage, ventilation, and lighting are key to a functional bathroom. 

Next, decide what you want to do about your bathroom design and layout. Are you going to go for a straightforward like-for-like renovation, upgrade to a luxury bathroom, or just replace each element with an updated version? Or do you plan to start from scratch?

  • Choose an interior theme/motif
  • Decide on a floor plan
  • Select materials

Plumbing and electrical 

While some other aspects may be tempting or even realistic to DIY, leave the plumbing and electrical work to the professionals. Not only are these essential facilities that can be costly if executed incorrectly, they can also be dangerous to install and work with if you’re not qualified. Don’t risk it. Stick to the fun part: picking out hardware, fixtures, and other design details, whether for your small bathroom or ensuite bathroom

  • Consult professionals
  • Create a lighting plan
  • Select the fixtures
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Permits and regulations

One of the last steps before getting started, other than determining your bathroom renovation budget, is to get your ducks in a row with the council. Due to the slow-and-steady pace of the process, permits can cause quite the headache. Get these plans in motion as soon as possible to avoid problems and delays down the road. 

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By the time you’ve done your research, measured the site, ordered supplies, and applied for council consent, you’re going to be exhausted. And the real renovation hasn’t even started yet? If that’s got your head spinning already, take a deep breath and relax. 

At Refresh, we take care of everything for you. From the early planning stages through to final project delivery, the planning and coordination is handled by an experienced Renovation Consultant. They’ll be your single point of contact throughout the project, so you never have to worry about contractors calling you up at six in the morning on a Saturday to ask a question about site access or a supplier bothering you at work to come sign for a shipment. 

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The Refresh Checklist

Initial consultation

Your first meeting with a Renovation Consultant will be an opportunity to discuss your goals, budget, and go over ideas and questions you have about your bathroom renovation. 

Concept designs

Detailed renderings put your ideas on paper to help with those bathroom design decisions. 

Working drawings

Based on your final concept designs, working drawings will be developed to determine feasibility and take structural and engineering factors into consideration.

Active construction

Drawings are complete. Plans are approved. Contractors are arranged. Now all that’s left is for your Renovation Consultant to oversee the construction process to keep things moving smoothly. 

Project handover

The final step! Once the builders have left and your bathroom is just about ready to go, your Renovation Consultant will hand over the final documentation and be on their way so you can enjoy your beautiful new bathroom!

Need a designer touch for your Christchurch bathroom?

We’ve got you covered. Get in touch with the renovation experts at Refresh Christchurch to arrange your free consultation.

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