Buying a new bathroom isn’t always easy, no matter whether you’re building from scratch, refurbishing or adding to what’s already there. That’s why we’re here to help you avoid the worst pitfalls so that you can have exactly the bathroom that you want. In a successful project, preparation and planning are everything. Doing things right from the outset will save you time and money in the end. And of course planning your dream bathroom is great fun!
START WITH YOURSELF
Think about what you and your family need from your future bathroom. Consider how things are at the moment and give some thought to what you want to change. And of course, have a think about how much you want to spend. Be practical and realistic. You may well have to compromise, but never lose sight of your dreams. You want this to be a room to treasure, don’t you?
FIND THE RIGHT TRADESMEN
You can do a lot of the preparatory work yourself, but you have to use an approved electrician for all electrical work, and insurance companies require an authorised plumber to guarantee an absolutely watertight bathroom. Ask for several quotations that you can then compare. However, don’t just look at the price. Choose tradesmen who you trust and can discuss plans with and who can give good advice.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FIRST
Some decisions have to be made as early as possible as these determine both the budget and subsequent planning. You have to decide whether you want a wall-mounted or floor-standing WC unit. Shower and/or bath? Underfloor heating? What storage do you need? What lighting do you want? And is there anything else you’d like? While you’re at this stage, having a decent professional to bounce ideas off is invaluable. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a few simple tips on the next few pages to show you what you should be bearing in mind when choosing everything from a WC unit to furnishings.
NOTE THE LAYOUT OF THE ROOM
Rooms always have their possibilities and limitations. Of course anything can be altered – you can move walls, change the plumbing and so on – but this may cost a considerable amount of money. What you need is a general drawing of the room that you can use in your planning.
YOU´RE THE DESIGNER
On the drawing, sketch in the WC, wash basin(s), the shower, the bath perhaps, the furnishings and anything else you’d like. It’s worth coming up with several alternatives that you can then check against you and your family’s list of requirements. These sketches or drawings are useful to have when you talk to your designer or whoever’s going to compile the final drawing.
USE COLOUR AND DESIGN TO REALISE YOUR DREAMS
This requires inspiration. Visit as many bathroom and home improvement stores as you can. Magazines and the Internet also have plenty of inspiration to offer. Cut out or print pictures that you like and, just like a designer, create a number of mood boards. See which different styles best suit your home – and which ones you really like.