*A great thing to do when planning a renovation is to have all the needed tradesmen come to your house before you start, to help you plan and give advice that suits your needs.
*If you are planning to renovate your whole house, you may like to consider upgrading your hot water to mains pressure, as this will allow you to use any plumbing fittings you like, and of course increase the pressure in your hot shower! Often, mains pressure fittings are cheaper than unequal pressure fittings.
*For any plumbing that you are installing, it is good to consider how easy it will be to replace for future maintenance. An in-wall toilet cistern, for example, is very difficult to work on once installed. Also, if the parts are no longer available for whatever fitting you have chosen, your wall or tiling may need to be removed in order to replace it.
*If you’re updating your flooring, it is best to remove existing plumbing fittings first, rather than laying the flooring around them. Later, if you need to update or replace your plumbing fittings, it can be very difficult to find fittings that cover the holes in the flooring, and it can end up looking bad.
planning a new bathroom:
- Plumber caps off old plumbing fittings
- Builder strips out current fittings, and wall and floor coverings, if needed.
- Plumber moves any water pipes needing changes of position
- Electrician runs any new wires needing changes or additions
- Builder lines the bathroom with cement sheeting if you’re tiling, or aqualine gib if you’re painting
- Tiler and painter do their bit
- Flooring needs to be laid or tiled
- Builder fits shower walls and cabinets/vanity
- Plumber fits off plumbing fixtures and connects the water
- Electrician fits off power points and new light fittings