Refurbishing the bathroom can be an exciting challenge, especially when deciding on the look that you want to create. But it can also be also be a daunting experience as there are some important factors that need to be considered such as the budget and timescale.
We’ve created this handy ten point checklist to ensure your bathroom renovation runs as smoothly as possible.
Set the budget
Setting an appropriate budget for your bathroom renovation will help to guide you as you make important decisions about what to include. Once you’ve set the budget and made sure that you have included labour costs you’ll have a much better idea of just what you can spend on fixtures and fittings.
The amount of time it will take to refurbish your bathroom all depends on how many fixtures and fittings you are updating. You will need to allocate time for choosing and ordering the items, and make sure they can be delivered when your bathroom fitter is available to fit them.
If you only have one bathroom in your home you will have to make arrangements as to where you can shower and use the toilet, while the old suite is being ripped out and replaced.
Combine style with functionality
Your new bathroom should combine style with functionality, so take into consideration who will use the space and how. Also, think about if you ever happen to sell your home in the future and how it might appeal to potential buyers.
When designing a new bathroom there are an array of things to think about such as the look that you want to achieve, colours, tiles, showers, taps and storage. Have a look at existing bathroom designs in magazines and on sites like Pinterest for some inspiring ideas.
There are three key factors that make size matter when renovating the bathroom; these include the overall size of the room, the location of the existing pipework and the measurements of the fixtures and fittings. It’s essential to accurately measure the space and double check all the measurements before choosing any new items.
DIY or professional job?
Hiring a professional bathroom fitter provides the best way to make sure that your new bathroom not only looks stunning but ensures trouble-free use too. If you’re experienced and confident at DIY, fitting a new bathroom yourself is a great way to save money, but leave it to the professionals if you lack the skills.
This handy blog might help you to decide if fitting a bathroom suite is a professional or a DIY job.
Including storage in your bathroom is now more important than ever for creating a clutter-free space. Vanity units are very popular and come in a wide choice of sizes to suit small cloakroom suites and large family bathrooms. Storage solutions such as mirrored cabinets are also ideal and keep toiletries within easy reaching distance.
Ventilation is an essential factor in the bathroom, especially if you don’t have a window. Choosing the right extractor fan and the right position requires good planning. If your bathroom isn’t ventilated sufficiently it causes mould to form, which can be harmful to your health.
Lighting is an important element in the bathroom as it creates different ambiances. Bright lighting is required for when getting ready on busy weekday mornings and softer, more ambient lighting helps to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Lighting can also add focus to key areas such as over the bath.
Floors and walls
As long as it’s waterproof almost any type of material can be used on the floors and walls in the bathroom. It will all depend on your budget but, marble and granite are perfect for creating a feeling of luxury, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far you can re-create the effect with vinyl flooring, which is available in an array patterns and designs. Whatever you choose for the flooring ensure that it’s slip-resistant and hard-wearing.
Once all the major work has been completed in the bathroom you can add some accessories and the finishing touches such as towels, bath mats, soap dishes, towel rails and mirrors to pull the look together.
Author: Liz Robinson