The bathroom is seen as the most important room in the house after the kitchen when it comes to selling up, so it makes sense to make the best possible use of space. Whether your bathroom requires a simple refit or needs ripping out and starting from scratch, good planning is essential. Here we share some helpful advice on how to design your perfect bathroom.
Prioritise your requirements
If your current bathroom layout works well as it is, then it makes sense to work with what you have. Simply replacing the old fittings will minimise disruption and reduce plumbing costs.
The small things can make a big difference, if you want to make a small bathroom appear larger then opt for wall hung fittings to maximise floor space. If your layout does need reworking make sure to seek professional advice to avoid any costly mistakes.
Before starting any work decide on the look that you want to achieve, is your taste traditional or modern? Once you have decided on this you can then narrow down the choice of fittings.
For inspiration you could look in magazines, hotel websites and Pinterest. Boutique hotels usually have stylish bathrooms where you can steal a few ideas from, they are also often compact in size, so you could look at the layouts too.
You will also need to be realistic about the space that is available in your bathroom. You may dream of a luxurious freestanding bath, but it’s no good squeezing it into a small room.
Who will do the work?
Plan who will fit your new bathroom. If you aren’t confident at DIY then it makes sense to call in a professional. Tackling any work that you don’t feel comfortable with could end up costing you more in the long run. If you have DIY experience try and do as much as you can to keep costs down.
When choosing a bathroom fitter try and get recommendations and ask for quotes from three different fitters. Ensure to look at their references too. It’s important that you are specific about every element of your bathroom project, even right down to the light fitting, this will help the fitter to give you the most accurate price.
For any structural work that needs carrying out, you’ll need to check if you need Building Regulations approval.
Finally, organising the delivery of your fixtures and fittings is an important factor. Try and schedule the delivery just before the installation work is due to begin. Sometimes you will have to take delivery earlier and store the items. Always check that you’ve been sent the correct items and for any signs of damage.