If you’re at the initial planning stage of your bathroom renovation, you may feel a little lost, not knowing where tobegin. Here provide you with some expert tips, pointing you in the right direction.
The planning phase can be an exciting timefor a bathroom renovation, when you brainstorm ideas, look at endless magazinesand scroll through Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. But, apart from justthe look and feel, there are so many other things to bear in mind. Jugglingstyle and practicality can be tricky, especially if this is your firstinteriors project. To help, we’ve highlighted some key considerations which are often overlooked when planning the perfect bathroom. You can thank us later!
Space is key
Think hard when planning your new layout.There are several factors to consider—windows, doors and radiators to name justa few. They may not seem important, but an all-too-common mistake is whenpeople measure for their bathroom without considering how much space an opendoor takes up. Likewise, if you’re thinking of moving large fixtures, it’sbetter to tread carefully as this can also mean you need to move pipework,leading to some hefty costs—especially if you need to move a soil pipe for yourtoilet. To be extra safe, it’s best to get the advice of a plumber, as they canestimate any additional costs and save you from an unexpectedly large bill.
If you’re working with a small space, it’simportant to be savvy when selecting fixtures and fittings, to make the most ofyour bathroom. Picking a shower tray can be difficult in small bathrooms. OurSimplicity shower trays are a great solution, they come in an extensive rangeof pre-specified shapes and sizes, and feature a contemporary low profile foreasy access. But if you want to install a bath as well, having a separate bathand enclosure may not be possible if you’re tight on space. Opting for a showerhead above your bath saves so much room and gives you the best of both worlds.
Think ahead: plan long term
You may have the perfect plan in mind foryour bathroom. But remember, it’s not just about what you want to create rightnow. What will your needs be in the future? You should make sure that yourplans aren’t too restrictive for additions, amends or alterations at a laterdate, or that they won’t put off a potential buyer if you come to sell yourproperty further down the line.
Here are some key things to have a thinkabout:
Is there any space above the bath foradditional shelving? Could the vanity or undersink space incorporate morebuilt-in storage?
As lots of bathrooms don’t have largewindows to let in natural light, it’s a good idea to ask your electrician forsome advice on the best lighting for your space.
You don’t want to have to stick to the samemirror for decades to come. Make sure there is ample space for mirrors ofvarious shapes and dimensions. Remember, mirrors can also be used as concealedstorage units if you’re tight on space.
Bathing and showering
Make sure you measure meticulously,especially if there are eaves in the space, as height is an important dimensionfor showers. If you have your heart set on installing a bath as a centrepiece,you may think that you don’t want a shower at all in the space. But, if youchange your mind and haven’t considered height when measuring for the bath, youmight not be able to install a shower head above.
Who will be using the space?
Perhaps it’s just you and your partner at the moment but, if you’re planning to grow your family or sell your home, youshould consider how child-friendly your bathroom will be. To baby-proof yourbathroom, a bath will be essential, along with taps that come with atemperature limit function. Similarly, soft closing toilet seats and drawerswill help protect a child’s fingers.