Successful bathroom remodeling. Planning a bathroom remodel the right way!
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in any household despite being one of the smallest. That throws up certain challenges when it comes to designing your ideal bathroom, but with manufacturers offering more and more innovative designs in terms of fixtures like showers and sinks and especially storage there’s plenty you can do to create a lovely but functional bathroom.
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Before you start though, there are some things you need to know that are required by law:
Did You Know?
• Bathrooms need external ventilation via a window or extractor fan connected to outside.
• Any room with a toilet can’t have a door opening directly into a kitchen, living, or dining room, but can open onto a bedroom or dressing room.
• If the only bathroom in the house has a door into a bedroom, it must have another access door from a different room.
• If the bathroom or WC is being installed as part of an extension to your home, you may need planning permission. Contact your local authority.
How do you want your bathroom remodel to look? Take your time here, as this is a significant investment and you’ll want to get it right first time and not spend years regretting your choices just because you didn’t spend enough time looking around.
Visit as many websites as you can, collect interior design magazines and bathroom catalogs, save cuttings of all the fixtures and fittings, layouts, tile options and color schemes you like, even create a scrapbook or folder to keep them in. It’ll be worth it!
Also make sure you visit bathroom showrooms as well, as being able to see the actual fixtures and fittings is far better than looking at pictures alone. You’ll get a feel for what will actually work for you and be able to rule out those things that clever photography made appealing to you at first!
Many showrooms will be able to help with the actual layout of your bathroom remodel using sophisticated CAD 3D bathroom design software. They will take the measurements of your bathroom and show you how to best utilize the available space with the various designs they have to offer. This is a great way for you to begin picturing how your bathroom will look when complete.
You will need to consider how you would like your bathroom to function.
Ask yourself the following questions:
• Is it a family bathroom and therefore likely to be a busy room that needs to cater to more than one person at a time?
• Will it need to accommodate a very young, very old or disabled person?
• Can your current system supply enough hot water and pressure?
This will help you when it comes to choosing what you need and what you don’t, as well as when you decide how much you want to spend.
Budget is going to be a big deciding factor, as is time, when you come to making final decisions. If you’re giving an existing bathroom an overhaul, then by keeping the basic layout the project will prove less expensive and quicker. Most things can usually be shifted around, including plumbing, doors, and windows, but the more you do, the more it will cost and the longer it will take.
With fixtures and fittings chosen, a layout planned and color scheme decided upon, the work can begin and not too long after you’ll have a beautiful, gleaming, functional bathroom to enjoy.
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in any household despite being one of the smallest That throws up certain challenges when it comes to designing your ideal bathroom, but with manufacturers offering more and more innovative designs in terms of fixtures like showers and sinks and especially storage there’s plenty you can do to create a lovely but functional bathroom.
Ian Grainger is writing on behalf of Nexus Design Software, developers of bathroom design software.
By: Ian Grainger