Planning a bathroom

All too often, the materials people choose end up being the wrong choice for their bathrooms. For instance, marble may seem like a wonderful option for a washspace but it does require maintenance. If you don’t trust your kids to wipe down surfaces when they get wet, they can stain. Bathroom lighting needs to be constantly adaptable to serve the many uses that it has, from a room where you wash and get ready in the morning to a calming space in which to relax in at the end of the day. Too dark and there won’t be enough light to see your face; too bright and and it’s completely unfit as a space to unwind in. Whether you opt for wall-hung or floor-standing solutions, your choice of bathroom furniture is the key to getting your bathroom to look the way you want it.

bathroom remodel

When it comes to renovating a bathroom, begin by looking at bathroom layouts that will make the most of the space. When opting for certain fixtures and fittings that require professional knowledge to fit, such as heavy, large format stone tile, or wall-hung sanitaryware. Remodelling a bathroom while renovating gives you the scope to play around with the design of the space. For example, bringing together a separate WC and bathroom or removing a boiler or water tank from a cupboard to free up more room. Now’s the time to pin down exactly what you want from the space. It’ll also help initiate conversations with builders and bathroom companies about what you want and what work will be involved to achieve it vs sticking to your budget.

Shower, Bath .. or Both?

When deciding your budget, consider that higher quality products are likely to be more expensive. Variations that impact the cost of your new or renovated bathroom include the size of the room, the level of specification you are aiming for, the type of fittings you have chosen, and your location. Any extras such as natural stone tiles, underfloor heating, new lighting scheme, designer heated towel warmers and decorative accessories will also need to be factored into your budget.

  • Your choice of basin and toilet is often related directly to the size and style of your bathroom.
  • You will also need to consider who else uses your bathroom and how this may change for yourself and any additional users in the future.
  • For a his and hers bathroom, two basins with two bathroom mirrors can speed up bedtime routines.
  • Choosing the right updates to make to your bathroom can make all the difference.
  • You can also create the illusion of a larger central floor space by installing a wall hung basin and toilet.

Apps have become a part of everyday life, home renovation is no different, with many to support with jobs big and small. Levelling, reinforcing , screeding and waterproofing the floor. Begin with the position of the toilet, looking at the position of the existing soil pipe and where it enters the room — this will show you the best location for the new toilet and you can then work around that. Where building regulations approval or compliance is required.


As with all other building or renovating projects, don’t spend to your exact budget. Always include a contingency budget of at least 10 to 15 per cent more, as you never know what issues that your builders or plumbers may unearth mid-works. They take up a lot of space and you may not use it often but if you plan to sell your house in the future, don’t get rid of the tub if it’s the only one in the house. People will always want to buy a home with a bathtub in it – especially those with small families. Instead, consider an over-bath shower to save on space. Also, if you plan to install underfloor heating, it’s imperative that you make sure the flooring you choose is compatible.


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