This is probably the part you are looking forward to – planning, budgeting and plumbing are essential but design is where you get to dream. For most people, a new bathroom is just that, a dream, a way to improve your lifestyle and a way to achieve the aesthetic you are after. It’s important to remember that these four processes often overlap. Designing a bathroom without a budget is a recipe for disaster, budgeting without a design in mind wouldn’t be constructive. However, once you have a realistic and appropriate (for you) budget, a good builder/plumber/fitter and have passed planning regulation, you can really start to nail down the look.
Of course, when considering how your bathroom will look, you’ll probably want to start with the mood you’re after. You might want a relaxing vibe (most do) or a clean, functional design. You may be after a classical European bathroom, a Balinese sanctuary or a modern, stone wet room. Always keep in mind where you live, you may want to escape from familiar surroundings, but you probably don’t want to stray too far from the architecture of your house otherwise the bathroom may feel disconnected.
A larger bathroom allows for free-standing furnishings
A larger bathroom will allow for more freedom, whereas in a smaller bathroom, the space available somewhat dictates the layout. The shape of the bathroom will also have a major influence on your design decisions. There is no point trying to force your bathroom into a template, it is much better to take a bespoke approach and work with the natural lines of the room. If you plan to expand your bathroom through structural building you will be able to form these lines yourself, though the size and shape will still be somewhat limited by the structural constraints of your property.
A smaller bathroom working within the constraints of its shape – prioritising practicality Continue reading
Set a budget before you start. Make sure it is a cost you are comfortable with, but don’t expect to follow it to the tee. You need to allow wiggle room, because there will likely be an unforeseen cost somewhere down the line – the pipes in your house may have been laid unusually. Budgeting doesn’t mean scrimping on essentials; however, you’ll want to spend some money on quality fittings. In fact, you should prioritise the basics over more superfluous fittings; you wouldn’t want to have to replace them year after year because you refuse to buy quality.
Quality fittings look great and last longer!
Choose your materials at this stage as they will have a significant effect both on your budget and the look of your bathroom. Do you want granite or marble? There may be an alternative such as reconstituted stone that mimics the look you are after, whilst also being cheaper and easier to maintain. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
A few examples of colourful modern bedrooms from around the world.
Any ideas for your London home?
Tumblr is a great bloggin platform, and whilst I may not use it myself, I love the quickfire nature of it. It’s a source of information for the attention deficit, which is why the blog shown below – the imaginatively titled “architecture blog” – is a nice way to browse through award-winning designs. Most of these builds may not be suitable or possible for the average London home-owner, but some of their features may be.
Have a look and see if you spot something you like – it may just be a door or a kitchen unit, it could be the “feel”. Information feeds ideas – see if you find any!