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Recommendations for Bathroom Renovations in Canberra?

By davlom - 28 June 2011 45

We are looking to do a complete bathroom renovation (not just a makeover) and don’t just want to start cold calling from the paper or phone book.

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable company or tradesman (preferably who you may have used) who can undertake the whole job – from taking out the old to completing the new (tiling, plumbing, electrical etc).

Thanks in advance!

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Recommendations for Bathroom Renovations in Canberra?
Sasndaz 8:58 pm 17 Jan 12

Hi folks, anyone used Binos Bathrooms or Building Creations? We’re at the point where we need to get some serious work done and were wondering what these 2 companies are like? thanks in advance 🙂

cavvygreen 8:51 am 13 Jan 12

simmy81 said :

Has anyone used A&J Bathrooms?
Thanks in advance

Good question?
Yes we had A and J do some work. Did they do a good job? Pretty good – in the end. But, and a big BUT, they took FOREVER!
Two bathrooms, 3 months. They would arrive one day and then we wouldn’t see them for weeks. No explanations, apart from “we’ll be there soon”. They appear to take on too much work and seem to dash from one job too another doing just enough to calm the customer down.
Having said that, all the tradies are excellent, friendly guys. I’m not at all sure whether the positives outweighed the negatives. Probably not!

simmy81 6:07 pm 10 Jan 12

Has anyone used A&J Bathrooms?
Thanks in advance

frannjipani 8:18 pm 08 Jan 12

Anyone used Vaughn at Property Transformations?

NorthgoingSouth 4:31 pm 06 Jan 12

kean van choc said :

Hey folks – has anyone used Graham at Quality Budget Renovations for their bathroom? He was recommended to us by Ziggy at the Slate Man (our job requires some building work that was a bit much for Ziggy).

Did you end up going with Graham? How did it go? We are looking at getting bathrooms done and his name has come up as well so are thinking of calling for a quote…

MarkShep 3:17 pm 29 Jul 11

Try Floors by Powell , Simply one of the best in Australia.
They do both Install and polish

PS any Decent carpenter can install boards but it requires a specialist polisher for finishing the boards.

Dreamer123 said :

Hi,

First, as you all seem to be doing renovations, I am looking for somebody to install hard wood floors so if you know of anyone a name and number would be much appreciated.

My wife and I have recently (start of the year) had our Kitchen, bathroom, ensuite and laundry renovated entirely. E&L projects did the work for us. Luke had a joiner come to our home to discuss layouts and materials ( I think the joiners name was Jeremy) and the plan was later emailed to us.

Initially we had intended to move out to ensure all the work could happen as fast as possible. However Luke organised a portable bathroom to sit in our rear yard. This was connected to water and, as we had an inside separate WC, we only needed it for showering.

Prior to starting the job we were given a detailed outline of what would be happening and when. The goal was to have the kitchen removed one day and completely installed and connected by the end of the following day to minimise inconvenience. The laundry was to be installed at the same time. The days were to coincide with the completion of the two bathrooms.

Luke started the work as he said he would and in the first day we had plumbers, an electrician, some labourers and a carpenter in the afternoon all working on the disconnection and demolition of the wet areas (I stayed home on the Monday to make sure things went as promised). Work went incredibly fast and each day we could see different things progressing. 4 weeks later the kitchen and laundry went in, as planned and expected, and by the Friday of week 4 all of the works were completed. The tilers were excellent (discussing where we wanted our feature tiles and so on) and all the trades were so friendly and helpful. Each trades person asked us where we wanted things like vanities, power points, light fittings etc located before doing anything. They discussed pros and cons of doing things certain ways. Luke called us every other day to let us know what had been done and what to expect when we got home from work. Each day the house was relatively clean (in the start there was a lot of dust due to the demolition works) and our floors were all covered while work was going on. (not really necessary as we now want new timber floors to match our brand new wet areas)

A major issue we encountered on the job was that our shower had been leaking and our floor boards were rotten. When I received the call I was thinking how much this would cost. I arrived home to find the entire timber floor in the main bathroom had been replaced with new flooring. Luke called us that night and let us know that, as promised, there would be no extra costs on top of the quote as he should have expected the floor to have some water damage and therefore it was his responsibility to allow for it.

The only problem we had with the entire job was that the shower screens, that were ordered once tiling had been complete, took 4 weeks to arrive and be installed (supposed to be 2). These were ordered through Regency and we completely understand that this was beyond Luke’s control. He was very apologetic but it really was not his fault.

Overall a great job at a fair price. The quality of the kitchen cabinets and stone tops is amazing.

Sorry for the long essay but I understand what it is like trying to choose people to work on your home, especially with some of the stories going around about dodgy builders/tradespeople, so hopefully the above prepares you for renovating and I wish you good luck with it all.

P.S Rusalka I am very sorry about your experience and fortunately ours was very different and quite pleasant.

MarkShep 12:14 pm 29 Jul 11

Bathroom renovations are an interesting project. The first thing to consider is the type of Bathroom Reno. IF you are doing stone tiles (which are much warmer to the touch) then not everybody can do that level of work. My recommendation is that you do not use tradesmen based on the cheapest price, especially out of the local free paper. You really get what you pay for.
I have given many free quotes over the years, only to be undercut. then to be called to see if I can fix somebody else’s shoddy workmanship 6 months latter. The full cost of repairs we much greater than what they paid the cheap guy,
1. look at the work they have done.
2. Get an agreed fixed price, understand what is not included, and what extra works cost.
3. understand that not all items (pc items – baths taps vanities etc) are included and that it costs money to fit them unless you agree in the original price.
4. Cheap pc items usually have to be replaced in a couple of years (about 1 week after warranty runs out is Murphy’s law).
5. Use a licensed waterproofer, I always used wetseal Australia, They are a national company and have a 10year national warranty. Most tradesmen can waterproof but I always felt better giving my clients a warranty backed by a national company and their product is simply the best (i never had a leak in any bathroom with these guys.(i’m not affiliated with them)
5. Budget more than you think ( you will never get a bathroom tiled on a per meter rate)
6. Always tile to the ceiling, I never charged much more and it looks so much better and tiles don’t peel like paint.
7. Don’t use cheap junk tiles, Tiles are only a small component of the cost of the bathroom, and skimping here doesn’t make sense, Even expensive retail and hardware shops are selling overpriced cheap tiles. I highly recommend that you compare the tiles you are looking at with the products from Rivoland in Queanbeyan or Mitchell (no affiliation to me)
8. It is better to not try an mix different tradesmen it you want a smooth Job. Use someone that can manage the whole job and will organise the tradesmen for you. If your tradesman doesn’t turn up and stops the other tradesman from completing their work it could cost you time and money. Blame for mistakes or fixes remain with one person only.

Regards Mark
Happy to offer further help if you need
markshep@tpg.com.au
Mark

kean van choc 5:48 pm 01 Jul 11

Hey folks – has anyone used Graham at Quality Budget Renovations for their bathroom? He was recommended to us by Ziggy at the Slate Man (our job requires some building work that was a bit much for Ziggy).

Dreamer123 5:17 pm 01 Jul 11

Hi,

First, as you all seem to be doing renovations, I am looking for somebody to install hard wood floors so if you know of anyone a name and number would be much appreciated.

My wife and I have recently (start of the year) had our Kitchen, bathroom, ensuite and laundry renovated entirely. E&L projects did the work for us. Luke had a joiner come to our home to discuss layouts and materials ( I think the joiners name was Jeremy) and the plan was later emailed to us.

Initially we had intended to move out to ensure all the work could happen as fast as possible. However Luke organised a portable bathroom to sit in our rear yard. This was connected to water and, as we had an inside separate WC, we only needed it for showering.

Prior to starting the job we were given a detailed outline of what would be happening and when. The goal was to have the kitchen removed one day and completely installed and connected by the end of the following day to minimise inconvenience. The laundry was to be installed at the same time. The days were to coincide with the completion of the two bathrooms.

Luke started the work as he said he would and in the first day we had plumbers, an electrician, some labourers and a carpenter in the afternoon all working on the disconnection and demolition of the wet areas (I stayed home on the Monday to make sure things went as promised). Work went incredibly fast and each day we could see different things progressing. 4 weeks later the kitchen and laundry went in, as planned and expected, and by the Friday of week 4 all of the works were completed. The tilers were excellent (discussing where we wanted our feature tiles and so on) and all the trades were so friendly and helpful. Each trades person asked us where we wanted things like vanities, power points, light fittings etc located before doing anything. They discussed pros and cons of doing things certain ways. Luke called us every other day to let us know what had been done and what to expect when we got home from work. Each day the house was relatively clean (in the start there was a lot of dust due to the demolition works) and our floors were all covered while work was going on. (not really necessary as we now want new timber floors to match our brand new wet areas)

A major issue we encountered on the job was that our shower had been leaking and our floor boards were rotten. When I received the call I was thinking how much this would cost. I arrived home to find the entire timber floor in the main bathroom had been replaced with new flooring. Luke called us that night and let us know that, as promised, there would be no extra costs on top of the quote as he should have expected the floor to have some water damage and therefore it was his responsibility to allow for it.

The only problem we had with the entire job was that the shower screens, that were ordered once tiling had been complete, took 4 weeks to arrive and be installed (supposed to be 2). These were ordered through Regency and we completely understand that this was beyond Luke’s control. He was very apologetic but it really was not his fault.

Overall a great job at a fair price. The quality of the kitchen cabinets and stone tops is amazing.

Sorry for the long essay but I understand what it is like trying to choose people to work on your home, especially with some of the stories going around about dodgy builders/tradespeople, so hopefully the above prepares you for renovating and I wish you good luck with it all.

P.S Rusalka I am very sorry about your experience and fortunately ours was very different and quite pleasant.

Rusalka 10:50 am 01 Jul 11

WestonGuy said :

I had my old bathroom fully gutted and replaced with a nice modern one 6mths ago. Pretty happy with the result. Has really brightened up my little ex-govt house actually. Got E&L Projects to do it all for me. Not sure how many people work there but I’d ask to speak to Luke, he’ll look after you. Seems pretty switched on. Phone number is 0414 870 258 according to the yellow pages. See link:

http://www.yellowpages.com.au/act/red-hill/el-projects-14106873-listing.html

I’m glad E&L Projects were good for you WestonGuy. They also advertise as Electricians and we tried calling them in April to get our new hot water system connected and possibly upgrading our original 1960-70s fuse box. We called them because Luke had helped us out on the phone a few times over the year with advice (only electrician I have called to ask questions and not been yelled at) and genuinely seems like a lovely and helpful guy.

However our calls weren’t returned, both messages and when I talked to Luke and he would ask me to text my name and number to him. He said he would pass on my details to the main office and I never heard from them either. Finally Luke gave me the office guy’s number to call. This other guy said that he had never heard of Luke or E&L. Called Luke back, checked the number and the guy’s name, to which Luke said that was their office guy and he was probably busy and just didn’t want to talk to me then. After 6 weeks of this we gave up.

Maybe they are trying to get out of electrics and move into more renovations, I don’t know. Luke is still a nice guy, but I would hate for them to act like this in the middle of them ripping out and replacing your bathroom.

minniemay 12:20 am 01 Jul 11

Patrick Reid at Reid Bathrooms (http://www.reidbathrooms.com.au/contact.html) did an awesome job for us.

It was a complete renovation, including asbestos removal, and they did a fantastic job. They were very happy to work with our ideas, let us try and buy on sale where we could to save costs (but also offered us wholesale from their suppliers) and had an electrician on call.

WestonGuy 11:04 pm 30 Jun 11

I had my old bathroom fully gutted and replaced with a nice modern one 6mths ago. Pretty happy with the result. Has really brightened up my little ex-govt house actually. Got E&L Projects to do it all for me. Not sure how many people work there but I’d ask to speak to Luke, he’ll look after you. Seems pretty switched on. Phone number is 0414 870 258 according to the yellow pages. See link:

http://www.yellowpages.com.au/act/red-hill/el-projects-14106873-listing.html

la_psyche 3:34 pm 29 Jun 11

I highly, highly recommend Chris from Canberra Tiling & Bathrooms. He gives obligation free quotes if you want to get an idea of pricing first. His number is 0406 426 366.

We had some serious bathroom problems due to shoddy workmanship by the builder’s subcontractors, which led to non-bathroom problems, including leaking through the ceilings below the bathrooms. Chris fixed everything – ie not just the bathrooms, he also replastered and repainted the ceiling – and even fixed our back door lock! Really nice guy that does really good work.

JessP 11:28 am 29 Jun 11

I would highly recomend
The Slate Man – 4/125 Lysaght St, Mitchell ACT 2911 (02) 6241 7117

Ziggy and the boys totally redid our 3 abthrooms and laundry and we found them to the fantastic – great products, excellent workmanship, reasonable prices and easy to deal with. A++

grump 9:03 am 29 Jun 11

give Matt and Lisa at Stellar bathrooms a call – we used them to remodel (Gut and re do) our ensuite 6 months ago – not the cheapest but not the most expensive either and handled all the bits from strip the room, electrical, plumbing, tiling etc. Very happy with the finish. Contact – info@stellarbathrooms.com.au
http://www.stellarbathrooms.com.au/

Expect it to cost more than you would think though!

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