Some people say the kitchen if the heart of the home, but if that's true then the bathroom is definitely the soul.
A good quality bathroom is essential for quality of life. It's after all, where you start the day and relax from the day in the evening.
We outline some important steps beford briefing a tradesmen.
Work out your floorplan based on one of three 'wet wall' layouts. A wet wall layout is a design based on where the plumbing is required for the room. A one-wet-wall has the toilet, sink and shower along a single wall and is the cheapest layout for the room given the simplicity for the plumbing set up.
And you guessed it - a three-wet-wall uses three walls with a fitting per wall.
The simplest and cheapest approach is to keep your plumbing where it is currently, but just be aware if you move things to bear in mind the number of walls used.
But before you start any design work, stand back and consider if you want and are able to increase the size of the room.
Is there spare space on the other side of the wall. A large bathroom can add vaue to your house and if you are able to move a wall without encoraching too much on the adjacent room it is well worth considering before you start complex tile work.
Think carefully about lighting. Particularly where you are placing your mirror. You may decide to place lights above and to the side of the mirror to minimise shadows.
Before getting too carried away with design, the room has to be functional. If you have young children you will need to plan in a bath for those endless hours of splashtime.
If you're heading for retirement and the children have long gone, you may want a whirlpool.
Mosaic tiles make a great design around the sink area. While marble for the wider areas of wall and floor create impact if your budget can stretch to it.
If you can free up space for a shower consider building an open-concept shower area that doesn't need a curtain or door. Add a ceiling-mounted rain showerhead and/or a high wall-mounted showerhead that splashes less water will keep the area outside the shower dry. Your Bathroom Renovation Specialist will be able to advise you on the best approach.
Good lighting is critical. Combine halogen pot lights with wall sconces beside or over the mirror to achieve lighting minus the shadows. Remember to add dimmers.
Buy a loo that is fitted raised off the floor for easy cleaning.
If space is tight with potential traffic-flow problems due to how the entry door or shower door swings open, then consider putting your sink in the corner to free up space.
Because bathrooms are usually small spaces, splurging on a few higher-end materials and finishes can be a good investment that can make your space seem incredibly luxurious.
So before you issue a mandate that your bathroom will feature only the most basic affordable materials, look at some things at the higher end of the spectrum. You might find that adding one or more of these materials to a small portion of your bathroom is within your budget.
Not only can it make good use of a space that is little used but a modern shower (and there's some great designs around nowadays) can really update your bathroom.
So key in the things you need today and choose from our bathroom renovation specialists, and make that change for the better today!
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