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Do I need to certify my new bathroom?

Posted by BathroomWerx on 25 October 2013
Do I need to certify my new bathroom?

Is bathroom certification required?

The answer is yes and no.

If you are renovating your bathroom like for like, keeping the exact same functionality and design in your bathroom by simply updating tiles and fittings, then you do not require certification.

However if you are changing anything structural, by removing a wall, cupboard, or modifying any plumbing, then you will need Certification.

This includes things like expanding the bathroom, changing windows, removing a bath or hand basin, and tampering with the waterproofing.

Here is what's involved in certification.

Bathroom certification costs vary and depend on whether you need an Engineer, Certifier or both. The approximate costs are $1000 to $2500.

Why is it important to get bathrooms certified?

To protect you for the future.

When you decide to sell your home, prospective buyers and investors will always try to negotiate a lower price than advertised. If you have had work completed on your home - your most valuable asset - and it has not been certified, potential buyers will possibly be scared away and will demand lower asking price.

If a trades person or builder tells you do not need certification or they will not do it and you are changing the design from the original plans, please get a second opinion for your own protection.

Ask builders and tradesmen if you can check previous work completed and ask for references.
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8 Bathroom Renovation Tips & Ideas

Posted by BathroomWerx on 28 May 2013
8 Bathroom Renovation Tips & Ideas

Here's eight top bathroom renovation tips the Bathroom Werx team put together:

  1. Determine what will be your must-haves and "lux"-haves.  The essentials such as a good-sized bath and extensive storage, need to be accounted for in the budget, while more luxurious items (such as a rainshower), should only be considered when the final costings are completed.
  2. Less is more a simple, pristine, uncluttered layout utilising clever storage will make your bathroom appear more spacious and engaging. Make the most of every space by adding recessed niches (great to store things) and mirror-fronted wall cabinets. Mirrors make rooms look bigger.
  3. When choosing a building team, the most affordable isn't always the best. Workmanship, availability, technical skills, and time management are the main priorities when making up your mind.  Asking for the builder's references should be done.
  4. To make your bathroom feel more spacious, a clear shower screen is a winner.  It's also worth considering a frameless shower screen. In a compact ensuite, a wall-mounted basin instead of a vanity will save a lot of room. And a mirror-fronted cabinet above the basin is perfect for keeping toiletries.
  5. Traditional shower drains have changed dramatically in recent times.  Once a simple hole in the middle of the shower area, the latest stainless-steel floor grates are very effective at draining away the water flow.  Positioned in the centre of the shower recess or down one end, these grates generally run the full width of the shower stall.  A plumber and tiler are required for installation and the floor has to be sloped towards the grate.  Available in various widths, a contemporary shower grate adds an architectural edge at a reasonable price.
  6. In a small bathroom, a hinged door can be a real space invader. For the actual renovation, consider a sliding door that's hidden in an in-wall cavity, creating a clean, designer look.
  7. To prevent mould build-up, air ventilation is key. To ensure that your new bathroom has adequate ventilation, make sure windows can cross-ventilate and install an exhaust fan.  The exhaust fan needs to vent the moist air to the exterior of your home.
  8. After selecting all the bathware items, make sure to check that they will be available when you require them during renovations.
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