Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Room for Visualisation; without a Good Plan, a Kitchen or Bathroom Makeover Can Be a Tricky and Costly Project

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Room for Visualisation; without a Good Plan, a Kitchen or Bathroom Makeover Can Be a Tricky and Costly Project

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THE champagne was iced, the celebratory dinner cooked, the ribbon ready for cutting by the special guests.

The celebration: Completion of a bathroom renovation.

After six weeks of showering at the neighbours', the bathroom owners had invited them to a slap-up thank-you dinner.

Renovating kitchens and bathrooms are potentially a home-owner's most stressful undertaking.

Numerous trades are involved, the potential for design or building errors substantial, and the prospect of weeks of cooking with a microwave in the lounge room or using a backyard Portaloo uninviting.

Mark Parry, owner of Hebden Kitchens and Bathrooms, says research is the key to success.

"Would you spend $50,000 on a car without doing your homework?" he asks.

"Would you want a warranty or some type of guarantee on your purchase?

"Then why should a kitchen or bathroom renovation be any different when you could be spending a similar amount of money?

"Make sure your work is guaranteed; that the tradesmen, builder or cabinetmaker are registered with the Building Commission, not just an organisation.

"When getting quotes, make sure you are comparing apples with apples - make sure the specifications for your renovation are the same from each company."

Royston Wilson, principal of Royston Wilson Design, says many clients know they need a renovation but don't know what they want.

Brochures, magazine cuttings and printouts from websites can help identify preferences. But it is also important to be clear on dislikes.

Wilson advocates using a professional designer, saying "the builder will often make suggestions that are easiest for him to do and what he thinks looks all right".

Check designers' work to ensure their style suits and their work comes recommended, he says.

For example, the waterproof membrane in a bathroom must be correctly installed, especially with walk-in showers. …

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