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Bathroom and kitchen renovation FAQs

Your frequently asked questions, answered.

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Why should I choose smarter BATHROOMS +?

+  Over 18 years of experience, an award-winning team of trusted experts and a long list of happy clients.

+  Melbourne’s bathroom and kitchen renovation leaders. Experts in renovations of multiple rooms, we specialise in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

+  Multi-room projects. Many of our clients renovate their kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and powder room at the same time. If you need some structural work included, we can also handle this as part of the overall project.

+  Project management of your renovation makes your life easier. You continue doing what you do best while our team does what they do best.

+  A wealth of design knowledge and advice at your disposal, you benefit from years of experience when you engage our design team. Our team works collaboratively so you benefit from the whole team’s involvement.

+  We give you a start and finish date for your project, so you can plan your life easily. We stick to it, or we pay you $100 a day for every day we are late.

+  Award winning. We have won building and design awards every year for the last 12 years. We are judged by our peers to be leaders in the industry.

+  Prompt quotation. No more waiting for quotes for weeks. We will be back to you with a very detailed proposal within a week of your in-home consultation.

+  Guarantees. Rest easy because as a sole contractor we guarantee the structural work and waterproofing for 10 years. One phone call sorts out any leaks, and you don’t have one trade blaming the other to avoid dealing with your issue.

+  Warranties. We have dedicated after sales professionals who handle any warranty claims you may have. We expect like a car, in the next few years you could have a few rattles that need attending to. Our service department will make resolving issues painless for you.

Where do I start?

By getting inspired! Grab some images and links to ideas and designs you like, then get in touch with us to chat about your needs.

Here is the process for your renovation, clearly mapped out.

Will someone guide me through the process?

Yes, a member of our experienced designer, detailing and project management team will be dedicated to your project. They will be with you to ensure you are fully informed and consulted throughout your renovation journey.

How long does a bathroom renovation take?

This depends on the extent of the renovation. Once we have scoped your project our detailed estimate will give you a definite start and end date so you know exactly how long it will take.

We usually say a standard bathroom renovation takes 3-4 weeks before you can use the room, and then a couple more weeks while you wait for the shower screen to be installed. Building works such as the installation of doors and windows or removal of walls adds to this. Custom made items such as stone tops, walk through showers and redesigning the layout also add time.

Kitchens take 4-5 weeks to get to the stage where you can use them too. This can be shortened a bit if you choose to have a laminate top or a temporary top while your stone is manufactured and installed. A small charge is applicable as the plumber and electrician have to visit more to make this happen for you.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Request a visit from one of our designers to help you assess your space.

Budget Considerations for bathroom renovations Melbourne:

$35,000 – $40,000      A stylish makeover of your existing bathroom design

$40,000 – $50,000      A stylish makeover including design or layout change to your bathroom

$50,000 +                       Your dream bathroom

Budget Considerations for kitchen renovations Melbourne:

$35,000 – $40,000       A stylish makeover of your existing kitchen design

$40,000 – 50,000        A stylish makeover including design or layout change to your kitchen or more highly specified product

$50,000 +                       Your dream kitchen with some structural work involved.

Figures incorporate fixtures and fittings, permits, warranties, insurances, building works and GST. Kitchen prices are exclusive of appliances.

These prices are of course an estimation, and we recommend an in-home consultation with a member of our design team to confirm these figures.

Can I remain in my home during a renovation?

Your bathroom and kitchen will be out of action during the renovation process. For a single bathroom home this can make it a little tricky. We can make a temporary shower and toilet available for you, and many clients stay elsewhere for the beginning of the project at least to ease the inconvenience.

If you have more than one bathroom we can renovate one at a time, meaning you can save on offsite accommodation.

For large-scale renovations, we usually recommend you stay elsewhere during the renovation — it’s no fun living in a construction site.

Do you organise all tradespeople?

Absolutely, all the necessary trades required for your renovation are organised by us, in fact, most work for us exclusively. So you only have to deal with our friendly design consultants and project managers.

Do you supply and install appliances?

Yes, everything within your plan, including ovens, cook tops, dishwashers and extraction systems, taps, basins, tiles and cabinetry is specified, sourced and safely installed by our experienced team.

What kind of finishes can I choose from?

We have a fully stocked selection centre in our Port Melbourne and Burwood East showrooms. No more driving all around Melbourne choosing fittings in your spare time. Should you be unable to find something you like in our extensive range, we can source whatever finishes and materials you like, so there are no limitations to creating your home exactly how you want it. Our design consultants are highly skilled at bringing your ideas to life.

Why should I renovate my bathroom and kitchen at the same time?

Quite simply, it’s quicker, more economical and less hassle to undertake all of your renovation work at the same time.

Having one company handle the whole process is easier, and doing everything at the same time means you have the same story throughout your newly renovated home.

What guarantees do you provide?

All of our work is securely backed by a full 10 year waterproofing guarantee, with 10 years structural and 2 year minor guarantees.

We have an efficient after sales team who handle any of your queries quickly. One phone call to us and any maintenance requirements are underway.

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