Refurbishing your bathroom

WHETHER you have just bought a property, or have had it for some time and it is looking a bit tired, you may want to think about refurbishing the bathroom.

If you want to stick to the same layout, the process can be relatively simple, because you may not need to move the plumbing. This will depend on the age of the building, and it may be a false economy if you don’t check and replace any metal pipework with more modern plastic versions, while you already have the room gutted.

As far as the getting the work done is concerned, you have several options.  You can do the work yourself, employ other trades and deal with them directly, or get someone else to project manage for you.

If you decide to undertake the work yourself, ensure that you have the technical knowledge necessary, and you will probably need to speak Spanish in order to communicate with the various suppliers. Even if you employ the trades to do the work, you may have to move out of the property while the work is being done because of the amount of mess and disruption, especially if you only have one bathroom.

If you decide to get someone to project manage for you, you can return to your home country, safe in the knowledge that everything is being done according to your instructions, with a minimum of inconvenience.  Fortunately, nowadays, it’s possible to see regular photos and even video updates, and to be in constant contact with the project manager.

Consider your budget. A basic bathroom refit can come in at a few thousand euros and make an impressive difference, but, if you want a high-designer bathroom with luxury fittings, this could run into tens of thousands. Be realistic and stick to your budget, with a small, contingency fund for unexpected expenses.

Think about what you want to fit into your new space. If you need storage for towels and bath products, or if you want speakers or even a TV, make sure these items are included in the original plans, rather than added as an afterthought.

A project manager may have some fresh ideas for you to consider, but ensure that you tell them what you are expecting. For example, someone who likes to take lengthy, relaxing baths will have different requirements from someone who only showers, and is always in a rush.

Like most interior design, the colours and textures you use in your room depend on your personal taste. Tiles are the most practical solution for walls and floors, especially here in Tenerife, where sand and sun-cream can combine with water to cause a disaster on carpets and other types of flooring.  However, tiles don’t need to look sterile.

Nowadays, you can buy tiles that look like wood or other textures, but remain easy to clean and are virtually indestructible. Wall tiles and splashbacks can be found that look more like rustic materials, or you could go for a completely-clean, minimalistic look.

If your property is a holiday home, it may be better to employ a designer/project manager who can discuss the brief with you, and see the project through to the end. This includes control of the keys and access to the property, as well as checking the quality of the work, and keeping an eye on the budget and the timescale.

And consider how convenient it would be to return to the island in due course, to your brand new bathroom, without any inconvenience!

All the services and products mentioned can be provided by Deco Nuevo, who will come to your home to supply free estimates, without obligation.  Contact them on 922 789729.


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