While a bathroom is primarily about maintaining your personal hygiene, it is no longer just purely functional. A modern bathroom is aesthetically pleasing, whilst also being well-plumbed and laid out in a sensible manner.
So what’s the best way to go about a bathroom refurbishment?
We’ll answer that in four parts, starting with part 1.
Plan, plan, plan
Have you got enough bathrooms? Would you rather have two small bathrooms or one big one? It’s up to you and you’re really the only person (or people) who know what is going to work for you. We all have different lifestyles, with different schedules and needs, so it is important that your bathroom works for you. Before you start planning, think about your day and how you interact with your bathroom. Who uses it, when and how? How many bathrooms do you need? This is the first step – don’t rush it, you’ll end up spending more time in the long run.
Bathrooms, unlike most rooms, are primarily made up of fixed furniture. Once your bath, shower, sink or toilets are fitted, you can’t move them – well you can, but not without great expense.
For this reason it is important to plan! Make sure you know exactly what you want before you start because it is hard to add storage late on – even IKEA may not supply set of shelves that fit around your particular sink!
Think about the best place for your bath and where to hang your towel, think about where your mirror is. Are you someone who kicks the door open and checks yourself in the mirror before running out or are you someone that prefers to sit down and relax as your prepare yourself for an evening out? These details may seem trivial, but the small things matter when you use them every day.
You may want to make it as safe as possible for elderly and young relatives, so you don’t have to panic whenever they come round.
It’s also important to consider whether you want any utilities, unique features and the ambience you are trying to create.
The thing is, building bathrooms is easier than ever. There are more materials available, some of which (such as acrylics) you can mould to the shape of your room, so awkward city properties aren’t that awkward anymore!
Part 2 coming soon…