@Darren - the bathroom is looking amazing! As someone who enjoys reading in the bath I'm very jealous of your new setup. The placement of the massive window is great!
Have you made any further progress? I'm sure the community is looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Thanks again for keeping us updated during the renovation in such an informative and entertaining fashion.
Hey @Jason, yes and no is the answer. The bathroom is all but done save for one small thing - the bath tap. Originally we selected a swivel tap that matches the bathroom vanity taps. We wanted a swivel tap so when the bath was filled the tap could be safely tucked against the wall. Our daughters, Maddy (5) and Ava (3), treat the bath like their own private water theme park, so keeping the tap out of the way was high on our list of safety measures.
Unfortunately this particular tap took its sweet time arriving - it finally showed up to the party long after all the other tapware had been installed (weeks after to be more precise). Our plumber, Brendan, who we have worked with for years is a family friend who we trust implicitly, arrived shortly after to fit off the tap. Finally our bathroom will be done we thought. Wrong again.
Brendan recommended against using this particular tap as there was the possibility that it could come loose from the wall. Fail. Thankfully Brendan was able to source a similar looking matte black tap that will fit, but unfortunately it doesn't swivel.
I guess the take-out here is that if we ever do a major bathroom reno again (not for a loooong time), we'll run the tap selection by our plumber before purchasing.
With a bit of luck the room will be complete next week and I'll share the final reveal photos then.
Thanks for your patience and for reading!
The final reveal
And we're done. OK, there's a little bit more work to do on the exterior of the window to clean up the dodgy ugly eaves but the interior is finally complete following some (lengthy) bath tap dramas. It's not the tap we initially purchased, but you can't win them all. Overall, we’re stoked with the finished room, we love the space and it’s turned out just as we hoped.
So, what did we learn? Here's a few final thoughts.
We had spreadsheets, we'd looked online, in-store and all over social but despite all the research we weren't still quite fully prepared. Deliveries run late, hidden problems are uncovered, it happens. Purchase as many things as you can as far out as possible to avoid installation delays if a delivery deadline is missed.
Your budget is probably wrong
Ours certainly was. We budgeted $30k, but the the total came to $35k. Why did we blow out? The main reason is that we didn't stick to the budget on one particular item - we ended up spending a lot more on the vanity than we had budgeted. The other area where costs blew out was tiles - I miscalculated the amount of tiles we'd need, then we decided mid-project to tile all the way to the ceiling. It all adds up. Set aside 10% of your budget for unexpected surprises to cover yourself.
Check, check then check again
If you're doing this for the first time then maybe run your figures by a friend or someone you know who has renovation experience. They may pick up something you've missed, which could save you a (potentially costly) delay in the future.
Work with good people
Renovations take time. Our bathroom took 4 weeks in the end - the Olympics are run and done in half that time. Before you kick off a big project, make sure you meet your tradies first. Get multiple quotes and make sure you feel comfortable with who you give the job to. We chose our builder because during the quote process he was happy to discuss options and welcomed our input into the final layout of the room. He also had a good portfolio of work on his Facebook page. As for our other trades, we were lucky that our electrician is a relative and the plumber is his best mate and we've worked together previously on other projects. There's a lot to be said for having trust in your trades - ask around and get recommendations from people you trust. It can mean the difference between a great outcome and one that you're less than satisfied with.
Probably the small garden outside the bathroom window, but that’s a project for another (sunnier) day.
Thanks again for sharing your journey in such an informative and entertaining manner @Darren. I'm sure community members appreciate the advice and lessons learned, and will be inspired by your end result. Congratulations, the room looks fantastic.
I see tiles are one of the "small items" that can dramatically impact the final price of a build or renovation in this article - https://www.domain.com.au/advice/build-budget-discover-tiles-flooring-paint-can-quickly-add/
Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Thanks @RenoQueen, tiles really can break the budget - good thing is there are plenty of options out there.