What You Need To Know About Moving Plumbing Fixtures
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Are you planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation? Have you considered the potential challenges of moving plumbing fixtures? Is it really worth it?
Do I Really Need To Move The Fixtures?
Most of the time, renovators, especially those on a tight budget do everything possible to make their design work without having to move fixtures because it's usually seen as too difficult and costly, and their limited funds could be better spent on other areas like tiles or fittings. It is always a good idea to chat with a builder, plumber or designer for inspiration and ideas on how to make the fixtures you have work to your advantage.
If you have a small or older style bathroom that would really benefit from being rearranged in order to make the most of the space you have though, then moving fixtures is the smart decision otherwise you will likely find yourself severely limited in your options.
What Do I Need To Consider?
Firstly, consider the difficulty of the job. If you're looking at a second storey renovation, they are often quite challenging as they may require the first floor ceiling to be removed in part in order to access existing plumbing and install new pipework. If you're home is on a concrete slab, changes may mean having to break up and remove the existing slab to enable new pipework, then a new slab will need to be laid again. All of these things add to the overall cost of your renovation and should be carefully considered.
You'll also need to have a chat with your local council to see if you need to submit plans for approval and also to see if there are any regulations regarding for your area regarding moving fixtures. You don't want to get caught out breaching council code!
What's The First Step?
If you decide that moving fixtures is your best option, don't EVER try and do it yourself. Apart from being illegal, it is also dangerous and you could very well end up doing damage that will ultimately end up costing you much more.
The only way to know for sure the potential cost and difficulty of your project is to get a quote from a licenced plumber. They'll be able to give you the right advice to make sure you are getting the most for your renovation money and ensure you are realistic with your vision.
Laser Plumbing are happy to discuss your plans so you'll know one way or another if your ideas are possible and affordable with the time and budget you have available. Get in touch today.