Bathroom planning can be a nightmare if you don’t know where to start. This article is written for you if you are on a budget and about to embark on a bathroom refit and refurbishment of your bathroom.
The first rule of any refurbishment is to work out your budget. This is not your budget after you have visited Homebase or your local hardware shop but your budget before you’ve even started. There are some questions you need to ask yourself too; can you fit the bathroom yourself or do you need a plumber, are there any bits you could do yourself like the tiling and, if you are on a really tight budget, where can you get a new but radically reduced bathroom suite?
Now, once those questions are answered think about who is going to be using the bathroom- is it for you and your partner only, do you have children on the way, is a walk in shower important to you and what kind of storage do you need in the bathroom. Some people find that they are very relaxed whilst in the bath and so the bathroom can become a place for relaxed conversations; if this is you, would it be a good idea to have a sofa in the bathroom?
Next you might like to think about the costs of the bathroom suite. There are some suites available for under £200; always make sure that taps are included as you don’t want to be heading back to the hardware shop during the fitting process. This is even more important if you have a plumber fitting the bathroom for you as the price of the taps increases enormously if they have to go to fetch them. If a suite is not to your taste then you may want to look in reclamation yards for a free-standing bath, interesting tiles, elegant wash basins and the like. Remember that if you want a free standing bath that they are heavier than the less expensive plastic baths and therefore it may be prudent to have a survey done on your bathroom to make sure that it can take the extra weight. Also remember that you may have to get the bath upstairs!
If you want a better quality bathroom suite than plain-old plastic you will find that there are plenty of beautiful materials from which to choose from- glass, marble, ceramic and metal depending on your taste, depth of your pocket and the limits of your imagination.
Once you have your budget in place, an idea of whom the bathroom is for and what kind of style of bathroom you want, it is time to go shopping. Believe it or not, this is the most difficult part because no matter what you have decided upon you rarely find the fruit of your imagination within your budget but be strong and persevere as most bathroom sellers are willing to strike deals and they will know from the way that you talk that you have a specific price in mind and will not be swayed.
Bathroom re-modelling/re-fitting is a vital part of making a home your own or updating and refurbishing an existing bathroom.
Your bathroom is one of the most functional parts of your home; it is often the last place you will be in before leaving the comfort of your home as you enter in to the daily world. With this in mind it is one of the most important parts of your home.
In designing a bathroom to suit all your needs and requirements it is important to first think of the space as an empty cube and sketch out the dimensions to scale, the possibilities can be enormous and this allows a practical approach to space saving.
It is important to identify your needs and have a bathroom fitted that creates the correct solution given the restraints of the dimensions; do you have infants in the house that will need a bath? Do you need a walk in shower to save time in a busy schedule? Is there space? With the huge selection of sanitary ware and features available it is always possible to create a solution.
There is a lot to consider in your choice of sanitary ware both in terms of cost and materials. Designer suites and fittings can be bought to give uniformity in standard and look, however with the large choice available of sanitary ware and fittings it is quite common for people to create their own bathrooms by selecting individual items and bringing together with taps, fittings and finishes such as tiling that give a uniformity and style that is consistent. This can be done as simply as purchasing a stylish centrepiece bath or basin and using a standard same finish WC and other wares. This can be very effective and extremely cost efficient.
In today’s showrooms we are spoilt for choice with glass, marble, steel, ceramics and PVC’S all readily available to suit all budgets. It is important to consider the pros and cons of each.
Finishes are the icing on the cake in the transformation of your bathroom; there are lots to consider with regard to all the options available, it is quite common to see tiles, painted walls, plastic trims, marble, slate, mosaic tiles, tongue and grove wood panels or PVC panels. Again it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of each within the confinements of budget and dimensions.
Please find part 1 of this article here