Small bathroom remodels are a trend that’s been around for years and the cost of such a project has recently been rising.
The cost of a remodel to a bathroom is usually around $400-600, but in the past two years there has been an uptick in small bathroom renovation projects, with a total of 1,000-plus projects currently underway across Australia.
A new study, from Melbourne-based firm Rebuild Australia, has highlighted a number of issues with these projects and has recommended that businesses considering such a move be careful when considering whether a bathroom renovation is worth the investment.
“Bathrooms are not built to last, and a new one should be maintained and updated on a regular basis,” the study said.
“Most bathrooms are built by people who were previously not involved in the industry and are often old and uninspiring.”
It is difficult to assess whether a new bathroom remodelling project would be more cost effective or more effective in meeting a specific customer need, such as when renovating a large bathroom or renovating existing spaces.
“In the case of a small bathroom project, there is a possibility that the bathroom could be renovated, but the cost could be prohibitively high, particularly if the existing bathroom is used as a meeting space or is in need of major renovations.”
Small bathroom remodeled projects often involve using existing materials and have a high risk of damage to existing fixtures, fixtures and fixtures’ fittings,” the report stated.”
This can lead to the building being a potential target for mould and mould growth and could be a reason for considering not undertaking the project.
“Rebuild Australia also suggested that people considering a small toilet project should consider what the new bathroom could offer.”
The most important consideration when considering a toilet remodelling investment is the existing toilet and how it will be used,” the firm wrote.”
Toilet remodelling projects are often considered for people who have not had the opportunity to use the toilet in the original bathroom.
“They can be expensive and take time to complete and this can lead people to think that the project is not worth the effort.”
However, if a new toilet is used, it should be as an amenity to the current owner or as a temporary option.
“If a new, larger toilet is needed, then a toilet renovation is an attractive option, especially if the toilet is in poor condition.”
The Rebuild project is one of many projects in Australia that have focused on the toilet renovation aspect of small bathroom projects.
“Australian business owners are more aware of the importance of maintaining the toilet, especially when the property is in an area that has limited access to public transport or has been neglected for a long time,” the Rebuild report said.
Rebuild said that its research showed that toilet renovation projects were more likely to succeed if they were undertaken in an existing bathroom.
However, there were still a number issues with the project, particularly the fact that toilet renovations were usually performed by people with little or no experience of the plumbing or plumbing systems of the new toilet.
“Some toilet remodels will be less expensive to undertake if the plumbing and plumbing systems are used in a similar way to those of an existing toilet,” the company said.
“For example, toilet renovations may involve installing a replacement toilet, installing plumbing in a new and previously-unused toilet, or upgrading existing plumbing.”
Replace toilets are usually more expensive, as well, with some businesses even considering replacing the toilet if it is a toilet with a bad seal.
“Replace toilet repairs are usually associated with major structural repairs, but this is not always the case with the toilet remodeling projects,” the consulting firm said.