The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, and is seen as the most important room after the kitchen when it comes to selling your home. Making the best use of space or finding the best way to squeeze in an extra bathroom is high up on our list of priorities. Whether your bathroom requires some simple updates or a total revamp it’s essential that you plan well, so we have created this useful guide on how to plan the perfect bathroom.
If the layout of your bathroom works well then stick to it, and replacing fixtures and fittings without moving them to a new position will really help to reduce plumbing costs, which is ideal if you are on a budget.
There are plenty of ways to update your bathroom without having a total refurbishment such as fitting new taps and a shower or adding some new accessories and towels for example. If the current layout doesn’t work for you then visit specialist bathroom designers for their expert advice to help you maximise the space and to avoid expensive mistakes too.
Before ripping out that old bathroom suite it’s important that you decide on the look that you want to create in the room; do you have contemporary or traditional tastes? Once you have decided on the style that you want to achieve it’s much easier to narrow down the choice of fittings.
The majority of basin and toilet ranges are available in a choice of sizes to fit the space you have. It’s also a great idea to look around at existing bathroom designs on the internet such as on hotel websites for example, where you can discover plenty of inspiration. Boutique hotels provide some fantastic ideas as they are usually compact in size but have some stunning features. Why not look through home magazines and tear out bathroom images for some fresh ideas too?
Make sure you are realistic about the size of your bathroom, you may want to include a luxurious freestanding bath but trying to fit it into a small space just won’t work.
Who will do the work?
When creating a new bathroom take into consideration the level of service you require. Some bathroom companies will do everything from the initial planning, installation and decorating, but this won’t be the cheapest option, although it can be the quickest and most hassle free way of getting your bathroom completed. It’s always a good idea to hire professional plumbers, tilers and electricians to ensure a high quality job and that everything meets current regulations.
When choosing a bathroom fitter try and get recommendations from friends and family, and obtain quotes from a minimum of three fitters and look carefully at their references to ensure you get the best possible service. Always be specific about about every aspect of your bathroom project so that you get the most accurate quotes.
If any structural work needs doing make sure to check if you require Buildings Regulations approval at your local council’s building control department. Try to schedule the delivery of your fittings and fixtures just before the installation work is due to commence, but sometimes you may have to take delivery of certain items earlier. It’s important that you carefully inspect items as they are delivered to ensure they are the correct items and that they have not been damaged.
Author: Liz Robinson