Planning a Bathroom Refurbishment
There are many reasons why you might want to change your bathroom. Maybe it’s for practical reasons such as more storage or to make it more accessible. Maybe you’ve just moved into a property and the bathroom needs a re-design, or maybe your existing bathroom is just in need of updating. Whatever the reason there are several things to consider at the planning stage.
1.Layout of your Bathroom
If you already have plumbing to your bathroom, this is a good place to start. While you can re-locate soil pipes and supply pipes, this can be expensive. If you can leave your sanitaryware in roughly the same position as it is, it will help keep the cost down.
Check if your floors are wooden or made of concrete. It is often possible to hide or re-direct pipes under wooden floors which negates the need for above floor boxing or unsightly pipework. Likewise, it is easier to conceal pipes and electricity cables within stud walls than in solid walls.
Allow enough space to allow full and proper access to the sanitaryware. Make sure there is enough room to step out of the shower or bath with sufficient room for drying yourself.
Think about the room you’ll need for standing in front of your wash basin or WC. Also consider the space between each item in the bathroom, make sure there is enough room to clean down the side of shower screens, furniture and bath panels. Nobody wants a mouldy crevice.
If you are installing a new shower, consider the wall you want to put it on. A stud wall will more easily accommodate pipe work and concealed valves. If there is currently no supply or a cold water supply only, you may wish to consider an electric shower which just requires a cold water supply pipe and an electric cable. Electric showers can also be advantageous if your hot water tank is a long way from your bathroom as it will provide immediate hot water.
Wetrooms are a little bit more complicated. The shower waste will need to be under the floor so wooden floors work better for this. Wetrooms need to be completely waterproof so extra care needs to be taken here. While most sanitary ware is fine to install in wetrooms, any furniture required will need to be wetroom compatible as standard furniture is not made for this purpose.
The addition of furniture to a bathroom is a great way of hiding away toiletries and cleaning materials with the added bonus of hiding unsightly pipework. A run of furniture containing your basin unit and WC cistern will provide clean lines and much needed worktop space to hold your everyday products and ornamental items. Furniture is also a good way of adding colour and personal style to your bathroom.
Bathroom basins can be set into furniture either as a semi-recessed, under-slung or moulded basin. A popular trend is the vessel basin which sits on top of a unit or shelf, or alternatively you may prefer the more traditional style pedestal basin. Each has their merits but it will inevitably come down to your personal preference. Where space is tight, such as in a Cloakroom, wall-hung basins work well as they do not take up much space and the more free floor-space the larger the room will appear.
There are three main types of toilet. The traditional Close Coupled WC has the cistern placed behind the WC at either low or high level. A back-to-wall WC where the cistern is concealed in a stud-wall, a piece of furniture or within boxing. The third option is a wall-hung pan which creates the illusion of space. This option will require a frame and cistern to be concealed in the wall, so the depth of wall must be taken into account.
An illuminated mirror in a bathroom has many benefits. Not only do they look great but they usually have a built in demister pad to prevent them steaming up. Many have charging sockets for razors and electric toothbrushes and some even have Bluetooth so you can listen to your favourite tunes while cleaning your teeth. They are perfect for Ensuites to provide a less-harsh light in the middle of the night but can also create a cosy ambience while you’re soaking in the tub.
Whether you opt for an illuminated or plain mirror, do take this into consideration when planning the location of your wash basin. If you put your basin under a window, for instance, there can be no mirror above for shaving or applying make-up.
Once your layout is confirmed and furniture has been selected there are a few other options to consider. Would you prefer wall tiles or panelling on the walls? Both are completely waterproof and are ideal for bathroom areas. Wall panels do have the bonus of no grout lines, however this does often mean that joining strips are required to join the panels and in corners. In the end it will come down to personal choice.
As for the flooring, there are several options for a bathroom. Floor tiles have lots of choice but can be cold underfoot. A run of underfloor heating can make all the difference. The other option is a Vinyl flooring product, which comes in a range of tile and wood effect designs. These are generally cheaper and quicker to fit than tiles, are easy to keep clean and a little less cold.
While all these decisions may seem daunting, they are just a starting point. Your Bathroom Designer will be with you to walk you through the process, answer your questions and help you put the whole scheme together.
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