Planning a new bathroom?

Planning a new bathroom?

A new bathroom design and installation is one of the most common projects carried out in homes. Your bathroom should be a place for you to relax and unwind so it is important to plan your bathroom design carefully. We have put together some things to consider when planning your new bathroom.

Determine your bathroom needs

Identify the reasons for your bathroom renovation; some examples are to improve your bathroom layout, comfort, property value or to update the style. Make a list of all your bathroom requirements to help you design your project. You can then make sure you achieve the end result you are dreaming of. Remember your bathroom needs may change so don’t just consider your current needs, think of the future too.

Decide on the bathroom layout

Make sure you consider all your bathroom layout options before making your choice. It is important for the bathroom to be functional and suit your needs. If the current bathroom layout works well, keep it. When designing a bathroom it is important to have realistic expectations. Make sure the suite and fittings are in proportion with the space.

Determine your budget

Having the finance to design and install a new bathroom is a major factor to take into consideration so make sure you accurately work out your budget. You can then prioritise where you are planning to spend your money and where you should save. Discuss your budget with the professionals involved in the project to help you customise your bathroom design within your budget. They should provide you with cost effective ideas and sometimes even broaden your view on what’s achievable within your budget.

Decide on who you need to hire

Next you should decide on what professionals you need to hire to design, supply the suite and fittings and carry out the installation. Good recommendations are often the best indicator of a quality tradesman so ask your friends and family. Talk to their previous clients and take a look at their previous work before making your decision. Contractors that are part of an industry Trustmark association like Which? Trusted Trader can offer you more peace of mind. We recommend homeowners get at least three quotes and keep in mind the cheapest quote may not always result in the best service.

Planning approval and building regulations

When installing a bathroom planning approval is usually not required unless a house extension is carried out. Building regulations approval is not usually needed for work carried out to a bathroom but drainage or electrical works that form part of the bathroom installation may require approval. If a bathroom is installed into a room where there wasn’t one before you will most likely need building regulations approval. We advise homeowners to check with the local planning officer before carrying out any work.

Consider your bathroom surfaces

An essential part of designing your bathroom is choosing your wall and floor surfaces. If you have a small bathroom, you can create an illusion of a larger space by carefully choosing the surfaces. We recommend keeping designs simple, in one shade and choose natural coloured tiles to make the space appear larger. Try to use the same colour scheme on the bathroom floor and walls to create a spacious feel. If you have a large bathroom, decorative surface designs can add character and warmth.

Choose your bathroom lighting

Bathroom lighting should be carefully considered to create a more spacious room. New lighting can make the bathroom seem bigger and brighter. Focus on layers of light in different locations in the bathroom which can be more beneficial than one big light. It is important that light fittings are safe to install in wet areas so make sure they have the correct IP rating. Add a dimmer switch if you would like the option to create a mellow atmosphere.

Remember ventilation

Bathroom ventilation is often overlooked when designing a bathroom. We recommend homeowners have an effective fan in every bathroom to flush out the moisture in the air. Make sure the fan is the ideal strength and suitable for the size of the bathroom. To increase airflow, run your fan during and around 30 minutes after your shower or bath.

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