Planning a new space can be a minefield of questions and difficult decisions. But there are some things you should not do when choosing a bathroom.
Choosing a new bathroom raises a number of options to consider. Do you need to redesign the layout and space? What sequence should be done? What comes first, lighting, plumbing or sanitary equipment? And what things do you really not need to downsize when it comes to budgeting?
1. Rush the layout – or make do with the old one
An effective layout that makes good use of the available space is the most important aspect of the bathroom. But so many of us will hurry and choose the first combination we can think of, or worse, copy the old one when it doesn’t work.
“The cost of the redesign of the layout has increased because of changes in plumbing and electricity, however, that is needed in some cases,” said Joe Debono, director of sales at Ashton & Bentley.
‘Most traditional bathrooms are not well planned – storage has never been considered, radiators are too large and not energy efficient, sinks are often placed under windows so that mirrors cannot be hung and toilets are in separate rooms. ‘
‘Rearranging the layout provides the possibility to incorporate design features that maximize space and functionality. Some examples are free standing bathtubs that open the floor and give the illusion of greater space, wall niches that create a place of advanced features to store bottles without taking up more space, or smaller, more energy-efficient radiators that can be installed above the bathtub so towels are easier to reach. ‘
2. Put your towel rail too far from the shower
“When designing a bathroom, I always start with the layout,” said Yousef Mansuri, CP Hart’s retail design head. “Much of this is determined by whether your pile of soil is positioned for the toilet and whether it can be moved or not.”
Toilets Toilets have tighter restrictions than moving pipes because of falling waste. Once you know where this position is, you can start deciding where the basin, bathtub and shower will go. ’
Ework Pipework tends to be more flexible in terms of repositioning. Once you have your layout, and therefore know how much you can have everything, the interesting part starts and you can start to compile your mood board and choose your product. ‘
Tip Top tip? Make sure you don’t forget the towel / heater rail when considering all this. One big mistake we often see is that after leaving the bathroom, people have to walk across the bathroom to reach for your towel. ‘
3. Install everything in the wrong order
With any bathroom installation, planning ahead is the key. Choose experienced designers who can manage the entire process from start to finish and ensure they provide dimensional drawings to help you visualize the space.
4. Put everything on one lighting circuit
“Bathroom lighting is as important as positioning sanitation equipment,” said Yousef Mansuri from CP Hart. The overall atmosphere and overall bathroom ambience is determined by this and this must be decided before signing any design. Make sure you consider lighting without relying too heavily on downlights.
‘Although this is fantastic in providing light coverings, they are not the most sympathetic and can often bring out charm from the room, making it look clinical. Try using two lighting circuits, one for the downlight and the other which includes more inventive lighting features. Such as recess lights, lamps under the basin, wall lamps, and marker lights mounted on the floor to turn on the bathroom lights. ’
5. Skimp on brassware
“The brass device is the most important part of any bathroom renovation,” said Yousef Mansuri, CP Hart’s retail design head. This is because these are the functional parts they have water that continues to flow through them and because of this they are the most widely used and have the highest potential for rupture.
‘Most often, people are afraid to renovate their bathrooms from leakage etc. and this really results in investments in high-quality brass equipment that withstands the test of time without breaking up.’
‘Another reason to invest in the best quality is because brass equipment is often mounted to the wall, which means there is no direct access to fix it; therefore, you need to ensure that what is on the wall is of high quality or faces greater work later on. ‘