By Kerry Hale

Ultimate Guide To Renovating Your Bathroom

  • Thursday 21 July 2022
  • 6 minute read

Bathrooms should be practical and space-efficient while providing a calming place to unwind after a busy day. If your bathroom doesn’t meet these criteria, it could be time for a bathroom renovation.

Renovating your bathroom can involve a complete overhaul, with new fixtures, fittings, tiles and more. However, you can also refresh your bathroom with a few small, budget-friendly changes. Whichever route you choose, bathroom renovations can modernise your home and add value to your property when the time comes to move on.

How to renovate a bathroom

Our bathroom renovations guide will cover everything you need to know to make your next project a success. Whilst you might already be envisioning your dream bathroom, there are a few things to bear in mind before you begin the design process, including:

  • Setting a budget for renovation costs
  • Keeping a checklist for any functional aspects (lighting, plumbing, etc.)
  • When to attempt a DIY renovation or call in the professionals

Bathroom renovation cost

The overall cost of renovating a bathroom will depend on many factors, including the size of the space, the amount of work required and the quality of any new fittings and fixtures. Set a budget before beginning the renovation, as costs can quickly add up!

For example, if you’re hoping to install a brand-new bathroom suite, prices start from around £3,000. However, there are plenty more affordable ways to renovate your bathroom on a budget, including painting the walls, switching up your old fixtures and fittings, and investing in new towels or bathroom accessories.

Create a checklist

Make a list of all the jobs required in order of priority to help ensure a smooth renovation. For example, any plumbing and electrical work should be done before tiling and flooring are laid. Checklists can also be helpful to refer to throughout the project, and once the renovation is complete, so you can make sure nothing has been overlooked.

DIY bathroom renovations

If you’re considering a DIY bathroom renovation to save money, ensure you’re confident with any plumbing and electrical jobs and can complete them safely. DIY shower installations will need to be checked by an electrician or plumber before they can be used.

Looking to get the professionals in? Make the most of our shower replacement service. Our team of experts make shower installations and replacements hassle-free, and you can rest assured that your new shower will be installed to the highest standard. You can do plenty of smaller DIY jobs to cut costs elsewhere, such as painting, tiling and changing fixtures.

Bathroom renovation ideas

Whether you’re hoping to modernise your bathroom with some new paint, tiles, fittings and accessories or need tips for making a family bathroom more space-efficient, we’ve got plenty of design ideas to help you get started.

Add a lick of paint

A fresh coat of paint can instantly revive a tired bathroom. Painting is a cost-effective way to transform your bathroom, whether you’re brightening up the existing shade or going for a complete change. Follow these steps when painting your bathroom to get a neat and long-lasting finish:

  1. Once you’ve chosen your desired colour, clean the walls thoroughly before painting.
  2. Check for damp, then lightly sand the area before getting the roller out. If your wall is damp, check for the source of the moisture, and opt for paint with a mildew inhibitor to prevent it from recurring.
  3. Apply masking tape to fittings you do not want painting, as paint splashes on other fixtures and appliances can make your bathroom renovation look rushed.

Not sure where to begin with choosing a colour for your bathroom or ensuite? Discover the best colour ideas for small bathrooms to make your space feel bright and airy.

Change the tiles

Whether they’re dated, stained or broken, replacing your tiles can significantly improve your bathroom’s appearance. Tile colour is down to personal preference, but size and shape can make a difference to the feel of your bathroom. For a small bathroom, opt for large, light tiles, as fewer grouting lines will make the space look bigger.

Alternatively, you could remove the old tiles and choose wall panels instead. These prefabricated panels have the same aesthetic effect as tiles. However, they are much quicker to apply, often more affordable, and there is no risk of uneven tiling if you’re planning a DIY renovation.

Install new fixtures and fittings

From cabinets and towel racks to improved lighting and new taps, updating the fittings can modernise your bathroom design and improve its function. If your current shower loses pressure, fluctuates in temperature or looks outdated, explore our range of digital showers.

Mira digital showers have sleek, modern design features and the latest technologies to enhance your showering experience. Whether you have a corner shower or shower over bath, you can find the perfect model for your home and lifestyle.

Improve ventilation

Install an extractor fan or replace your current model if it’s faulty or inefficient to ensure excess moisture is removed from the air. Keeping your bathroom well-ventilated will help to keep mould at bay and your bathroom looking fresh for longer.

Introduce bathroom accessories

Bathroom accessories are a simple and affordable way to update the space. New towels, blinds and bathmats can make a bathroom feel brand new. Ample storage will also transform a cluttered bathroom into a sleek, minimalist and organised space where you can truly relax.

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