When you first start thinking about renovating, there is a lot to consider. You need to consider style, finishes, budget, timeframes and much more. Without prior experience, this can quickly become a daunting and overwhelming task. Our team of experts at Better Bathrooms and Kitchens is ready to help, and provides renovators with an invaluable resource. Please drop in and visit our showroom where you can review all the different styles and get some inspiration.
So that we can best assist you, please bring in some photos of your existing spaces, floor plans and anything else you think may help to describe the vision you have for your renovation. Providing this information early in the planning stage helps us to provide you with more accurate costings and advice to make your renovation run as seamlessly as possible.
Photos & Plans
At your initial consult, we request that you bring in some photos of your existing space. Take photos of each wall and floor of the current room, to show what the existing build looks like. For an example of the types of photos to take, see the examples below. Take care you choose angles that maximize what can be seen in the photo as the more info we have, the better we can help with your needs.
If you have access to the original floorplan drawings, we strongly recommend bringing these in when you first start considering your renovation. If you don’t have the original drawing, please consider creating a simple sketch of the room, with the approximate dimensions, and the locations of all the existing fixtures clearly marked. Having this information helps us to provide you with more accurate costings, and to better determine what we can achieve with your renovation.
"Wish List" & Scrapbook
In our experience, we find the best way to approach a renovation is to make a ‘wish list’ of things you would like your new room to have, no matter how small or vague it might seem. Some examples may be; I want my new kitchen to feel ‘warm’ or ‘airy’; I want wider handles on my drawers so my husband can fit his hands in them; I want a double sink; I want higher benchtops etc.
Sometimes it is hard to know exactly you do want in your new room, but you might know what you DON’T want. It may be things that are in your current room or a previous room, that you found to be awkward or annoying; having this information helps us to ensure that these issued are addressed and aren’t a problem with your new room.
We also encourage renovators to make a ‘scrapbook’ with pictures and magazine clippings of rooms that you were impressed by, or contain elements that you would like to build into your new room. With their visual nature, scrapbooks are really useful in helping us to identify the type of room you are trying to create.
Bring your ‘wish list’ and ‘scrapbook’ along to your appointment and this will give us a great place to start planning your renovation.