Calling all property investors – Refurbishment tips

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Hey, Dr Ro here hope you’re well. I’m filming this live whilst there is a lot of work going on here. 

We’ve got wooden flooring going down at the moment and we’ve got Scandinavian style ceiling. Jordan, who is heading up the team here and he is chopping everything in preparation. 

One of the top tips I’m going to give you here is actually when you’re doing any work like this is very specific joinery style work is making sure that you get the materials ordered well in advance and anticipate any complications. 

A lot of people rush into a job, get people to the site then if you’re working with a team and certain materials are needed and if it is not here, you’re going to break off and have them go get it. 

One thing is when you’re trying to keep the flowing going particularly with Covid, potentially Covid part two coming up so making sure that you’ve anticipated any materials you might need and plan ahead with that. Because if you don’t then it’s going to cost you to keep people on site.

In here we’ve got a wet room happening and you can buy a tray which is a lot easier, but we wanted to create a bespoke wet room so that it has much more open space.

Charlie a lot of people working with joiners aren’t sure what to do, what to look for can give some top tips on something like this because it is very much a specialised thing.

It’s the first one I’ve done. You’ve got to keep an eye on the structure of it, what’s going on top of it and how everything is going to affect it. 

We’ve got a one in 64 so Charlie needed to know exactly what the fall was, can’t be too steep as that’s going to be an issue for the tiler.

The general rules are one in 60 to 1 in 80 which gives us in this case we’ve got a 20 mm drop between the edge of the tiles here if you notice Charlie has literally brought all that down. Explain why there is so much support here Charlie. 

What’s going on top of this you’ve got 18 ply and this board

Which is a waterproof board.


It’s like cement. You get it wet and it goes completely solid.  


We see builders trying to get away with the thinner stuff.

What’s the danger of that?

You always want to get the thicker stuff because there’s a lot of support here.

As much as you could skimp on this the danger is we put ply on it and it flexes.

You want ply as solid as possible. If you don’t have that support under it you can end up with the grout lines cracking.

Another question is who else needs to be involved in this?

What I’ve done with this for now is like a turret roof. They’re going to get marked out to what I need to cut. 

We’ve got pipework coming in here, so you’ve created a bridge over that. 

I’m setting this out ready for the plumbers.

Any final tips on stuff like this from your perspective is it important to talk with the client?

Yes, it’s always important to know the person you’re working with. With experience this time the idea of turret roofs came from what I’ve seen before and it means you’re going to get an accurate cut for the pipe.

The other thing was this, I spoke to the plumber yesterday and got an idea from him what he was looking for one of the mistakes people make is they just assume everybody knows what’s going on. 

I get a lot of investors that I speak to who have had renovations there they’re pissed off and frustrated because the builder has done something wrong and I said did you clarify what you need? 

I just assumed they knew what they were doing. It’s one thing to know what you’re doing, for example, a joinery perspective it’s another thing to know what you want doing so that it gets you the result you want. This is very specific, it’s very bespoke and one of the things I made a point of is I don’t want any flex. 

I’ve been to properties where literally there’s cracking in the tiling and this a wet room type setup. I think British standards require a minimum 80 mm board anyway, so be aware of these things. 

Don’t be afraid to ask and we had a conversation today about the fall to make sure everyone was clear what that was going to be. As I don’t want to be there in the shower in a months’ time, only to find that the water is pooling up.

Any type of renovations better to get stuff in writing, better to communicate with them before they start work. Even if it holds them up for 20 minutes, 30 minutes while you’re trying to sort out a decision. 

Don’t just chuck them onto it and then afterwards think not I’ve got this wrong.

Hopefully, that was useful, take care.

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