5 STEPS TO PLANNING THE PERFECT BATHROOM
It might be the smallest room in the house but when it comes to renovating, a bathroom can prove to be the most technical which is why accurate pre-planning is the key to success. If executed correctly, the bathroom can deliver one of the most impressive spaces in your home.
A bathroom renovation needs to deliver a well thought out mix of both form and function, the balance of which typically depends on your budget size & property type.
We’ve come up with 5 steps to ensure you get the best result from your bathroom project.
Step #1 | Analysis
Take a good look at your space and familiarise yourself with all the pipework which you can see along the ceiling and floor depths.
These constraints will impact what you can and can’t do, so it pays to know your limits up front and get the plumber in early to provide his expertise. Knowing what elements can’t move then makes it easier to plan around these things so you’re not disappointed later on.
Step #2 | Plans
Consider your bathroom's main functional zones - toileting/washing/storage and then think about your must-have elements and then the nice-to-have's.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you run out of space for all that’s on your list, but that is the benefit of taking the time to plan things out, so you can find out early enough what areas you may need to compromise on, rather than having the choice taken out of your hands later on.
Create a floor plan and remember that all bathrooms consist of one, two or three wet walls and the most cost-effective plan is when everything ‘wet’ is on one wall - toilet, sink and shower.
Step #3 | Technicalities
Now you’ve got draft plan to work with, it’s time to consider the technicalities. Things like ventilation, drains, water lines, wiring, space between and around fixtures, and the position of windows can all impact on your final plans and might mean making some revisions.
Nothing is impossible, but budget constraints may mean you avoid moving drains and pipes to make your plan work!
Step #4 | Practicalities
So, the plan is all good and works with your existing pipework, it’s got the sign off from the whole family, but does it actually work? Is there enough space? What about if two people share the bathroom and one open’s the shower door? Is there room to get around?
Consider where you will put a waste bin and a towel rail, rather than simply making them after-thoughts. These small details will make a difference to the functionality of the finished bathroom, so it pays to think about early.
Step #5 | Design
Once your bathroom is going to work in terms of practical spacing, you now need to decide on the look you're after. This should be the fun bit, so get as creative as you want to. Go around to as many bathroom supply stores as you can and grab ideas.
Bear in mind your architect will be able to help massively throughout these steps, and in particular with design/finishes, so it pays to strike up a strong relationship early on.
Bathrooms may seem like a lot of work initially but once you’ve got your bathroom up and running you’ll be thankful you spent the time on it. Nothing worse than spending money on a space to find it works worse than before.
As always, if you’re looking at getting a project off the ground in the coming months, we offer a full turn-key service, from initial concept design, right through to final handover, so get in touch to take the first step !