Johannesburg - Many of us have “war stories” about renovating the bathrooms in our homes, whether from our own experience or from the experiences of others – and hindsight is 20-20.
Sanitaryware manufacturer Geberit would like to offer some suggestions before renovating, with the aim of taking some of the guesswork out of bathroom refurbishments.
Renovating a bathroom is not a cheap operation, and because of the amount of money you will spend you need the right advice. Credit: sxc.hu
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 percent, a further 30 percent halfway through the project and the final 40 percent only on completion of the work and once you are satisfied everything works.
It is a good idea to add 10 percent to your total budget for unforeseen expenses that may occur.
Plumbing renovations = water interruptions, so make the necessary arrangements beforehand.
Make sure that your contractor is liable 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 there are spares readily available.
Confirm with the retailer what the products’ warranty covers you for – malfunction of working parts etc. Warranties normally don’t cover wear and tear, or parts such as seals and cartridges.
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 to avoid potential theft.
Be aware that while products from different brands may be similar, they are not the same; often you’ll hear a sales person or plumber saying “this product is just like that product”.
Where possible choose a dual flushing option on your toilet to save water, such as the ones supplied by Geberit – there is even a touchless version. This saves water and is more hygienic.
Concealed cisterns can save you up to 200mm of space in the bathroom, while using wall-hung toilets creates an elegant and spacious feeling and they are hygienic as you can clean underneath and around them.
Geberit’s Monolith range is an ideal renovation option as it can easily be installed in place of your existing toilet and has a slim concealed cistern for the toilet 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 big expense. With only the drain being visible it’s important to choose a visibly 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.
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. – Saturday Star, tips provided by Geberit Southern African