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Designing a New Bathroom – Part Two

Here’s the last part of our two part guide to designing a new bathroom.

To help you create the best layout for your new bathroom, it’s a good idea to draw a simple scale plan, and mark the position of the water pipes, waste outlets, window, door and radiator.

Decide if you’re going to keep the toilet, basin and bath in the same position or if you would prefer to move them into a new location if possible, it’s also a good idea to check that everything conforms to building regulations.

Don’t remove your old bathroom suite yet

Don’t rip out any of your old bathroom suite until your new one has arrived and has been checked over for any signs of damage, and that you have received all the correct fixtures and fittings that you ordered. Anything that has been damaged will be much easier to rectify at this point before carrying out any installation work.

Are you going to include a shower?

Think about whether you want to include a shower in your new bathroom, if you do then make sure to check what sort of plumbing system you have, so you can choose the most suitable type of shower system.

If you can only get a cold water supply to the shower then an electric shower will be the best option, make sure to check that you can get an electricity supply as well. If you can get both hot and cold water feeds to the shower then opt for a mixer shower, ensure that it’s thermostatically controlled to give you peace of mind when showering. Check the pressure too as this will determine if you require a pump or not.

Shower enclosure or shower over the bath?

Is your shower going to be over the bath or in a shower enclosure? If opting for a shower enclosure check that the waste pipes can be run to the outlet. Make sure that the edges around the bath or shower enclosure are waterproofed properly; fit a waterproofing strip before any tiles are fitted to create a more effective seal.

Know how your water system works

Having a basic understanding of how your water system works is always a good idea and you never know when you may need to turn off the water in an emergency. The cold water feed is normally supplied from the mains and is controlled with a stopcock, which is sometimes found in the kitchen. The cold water feed can also come from the cold water tank in the loft, if this is the case then there will be a valve where the pipes come out that controls the flow of the water.

Ventiliation

Ensure that your new bathroom is well ventilated to prevent the growth of mould. If your bathroom has a window make sure that you open it during and after using the bath or shower. Alternatively, if there is no window install an extractor fan.

Bathroom heating

If you’re having a new floor in your bathroom consider installing underfloor heating, which will feel warm and luxurious under stone or ceramic tiles, especially in the cold winter months. Designer radiators and heated towel rails are perfect for providing warmth to your bathroom too, as well as ensuring that your towels are kept warm and dry. Heated towel rails and designer radiators are available in a wide range of sizes to suit every bathroom space.

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Liz: Liz has a passion for home decor, interior design and renovation projects.