Posted: 28 February 2013
Tips for bathroom renovations provided by Geberit Southern Africa Many of us have 'war-stories' about renovating bathrooms whether from experience or from the experiences of others. Geberit offers us some suggestions to consider before renovating, with the aim of taking the guess work out of bathroom refurbishments:
- Find a reputable plumber who has a plumber's card approved by the local authorities.
- Ask the plumber for references and call them.
- Negotiate paying an upfront deposit of 30%, a further 30% halfway through the project and the final 40% only on completion of the work and when you are satisfied with the job done.
- It is a good idea to add 10% to your total budget for unforeseen expenses that may occur.
- Plumbing renovations generally mean water interruptions, so make the necessary arrangements beforehand.
- Double check with your plumber that he will be responsible for the removal of all rubble.
- If the plumber tries to talk you out of a product you have chosen, chances are they don’t know how to install the product.
- All reputable plumbing product manufacturers have technical support available - let the plumber use this opportunity as it should be a free service.
- Check when choosing plumbing products that spares are readily available.
- Confirm with the retailer what the product's warranty covers you for (for example, malfunction of working parts, etc.)
- Warranties normally don’t cover wear and tear parts such as seals, cartridges, etc. This forms part of your maintenance.
- To protect your plumbing appliances and geysers ask your plumber to install an inline strainer/filter.
- Don’t expose any copper pipes on the exterior of the building due to potential theft.
- Be aware that while products from different brands may be similar, they are not the same. Shop around before you decide.
- Where possible, choose a dual-flush flushing option on your toilet to save water, like the ones supplied by Geberit. There is even a touchless version which saves water and is more hygienic.
- Concealed cisterns can save you up to 200mm of space in the bathroom and using wall-hung toilets creates an elegant and spacious feeling. They are also hygienic as you can clean underneath and right around them.
- Geberit’s Monolith range is an ideal renovation option as it can be easily installed in place of your existing toilet and has a slim concealed cistern behind an elegant glass panel.
- Floor-even showers are ideal options as they create the feeling of more space while giving you a very different and stylish look, without the added expense. With only the drain being visible it’s important to choose an aesthetically pleasing and functional product such as the Geberit in-wall shower element or shower drain.
- Installing a hand shower by the bath or shower is useful and very handy.
- Even if your renovation is a small project, budget allowing, involve an interior planner or architect to help you maximise the space and create the ambience you are looking for. Use texture, colour and layout techniques to enhance your space.