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.