Last week we ended up the article describing a rough price to rehab a complete bathroom and we suggested that if you had more than one at home you may as well do all of them at the same time, even if you have to put up with the inconveniences of not having a loo available for a couple of days, it is cheaper than rehabilitating one at the time.
Good planning save lots of money.
In any case before you jump into i,t is advisable to plan well ahead the different trades.
First come in the general builder to demolish the existing tiles and prepare floor and walls. The electrician and the plumber, take the reins afterwards. If there are last minute changes on the layouts, it is preferable to notify these two professionals before they begin their task, any change in the layout may imply changes in the electrical and plumbing layout although there is time until the builder comes in to lay the tiles, I strongly advise that before you begin the reform you should have a very clear idea about the position of sanitary equipments, plugs and switches and any plumbing position. Any changes once work has started, implies a waste of time and money.
For safety reasons, the plugs must be at a minimum distance from any water outlet. There is a little plan that can be obtained from the ITC-BT-27 Spanish regulation where it shows the different distances that can be allowed between electrical switches or power points and the different sanitary pieces. If you type ITC-BT-27 in Google the Instalaciones interiores en viviendas locales que contienen una bañera o ducha) Internal Electrical Installation for Dwelling with bathtub or shower can be obtained.
In terms of plumbing, in the majority of the houses bathrooms are individually owned and therefore it is not necessary to inform the community about it. Anyway, any plumbing work could originate some risks of unexpected leaks, especially in older homes, therefore it is advisable to have controlled over the main water tap of the house to shut it down in case of an emergency.
Once the room is prepared, the builder will tile the walls and the floor and, finally, comes the turn of the installation of sanitary ware and faucets. If you have opted to select specially made sanitary pieces, usually you should take into account more than one month for delivery.
The eternal question... a bathtub or shower?
In a recent study on social habits concluded that 92% of the Spaniards prefer to take a shower to take a bath, but this is not so with the expats. Brits prefer the old tub to the shower, however when we get old and we all do...it is more accessible a shower than a bathtub. Showers also offer some advantages: take up less space, it is easier to access them (fundamental for people with reduced mobility) and there are less domestic accidents in them.
The environmental factor also counts: if a good use is made of a shower, i.e. we do not take more time under the shower than the time strictly necessary, great saving of water is achieved against to a bath. It is true however, that there is nothing more relaxing than a long hot bath after a long hard working day. The choice is yours.