1. Ensure your bathroom is waterproofed correctly
Waterproofing failure is one of the top three building defects in Australia, yet in some states waterproofers do not require a licence. The Australian Master Tilers Association (AMTA) is currently campaigning for greater regulation in the waterproofing industry.
All waterproofing should be completed to the AS 3740-2010 Waterproofing of domestic wet areas standard
2. Don’t overcapitalise
Bathroom renovations can definitely add value, but it’s also easy to overcapitalise, as these are the most expensive spaces to build and renovate due to the range of trades, special finishes, and range of fittings and fixtures
3. Use compliant products
Choosing your bathroom fixtures and finishes is the exciting part – they determine how your bathroom will look and feel. But, along with trying out the fixtures in the showroom and checking the finishes in person before you buy them, it’s important to check they comply with Australian standards.
4. Hire licensed tradespeople
Always engage the services of a registered and insured tradesperson. This not only applies to plumbing and electrical work – which must be conducted by a licensed practitioner and then certified – it also applies to builders, tilers, plasterers, architects and designers.
5. Prepare for asbestos
When renovating your home, always be prepared for the presence of asbestos, particularly in homes built before 1984.
6. Plan your renovation
If your bathroom requires structural changes – such as removing a wall, adding a window or significantly changing utilities – you will require a building permit. Your building plans will need to be drawn up and submitted by a registered building practitioner.