Everything You Need to Know When Planning Your Bathroom
We understand that planning your new bathroom can be a little daunting and the importance of getting it right. In this useful article, we’ll cover everything you need to know when it comes to planning your bathroom, be it a redesign or total new addition to your home.
ESTABLISH THE PURPOSE OF YOUR BATHROOM
Whether you’re looking to replace your family bathroom suite or just want an extra cloakroom toilet and basin downstairs for visitors to use, establishing the purpose and user of each bathroom is a good starting point for determining its layout and what is required.
Consider your current situation and any future plans in terms of growing your family, growing older or the resale of your property so you can future-proof all your hard work and money spent.
The main family bathroom is important in every home to both you and any future buyer. If you don’t have a family already, you may decide to have one in the future, and if you decide to sell your home in a few years’ time, think about the market your property may appeal to and ensure you’ve covered the basic requirements. A bath will be favourable to families with young children and is a popular commodity for the main bathroom.
Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may be able to have a separate shower and bath, or to better utilise the space, opt for a shower over the bath.
The size of your ensuite bathrooms will affect your overall bathroom design.
Small Bathroom Design
Create a list of what is important for your ensuite. You’ll need to cover the basics in terms of toilet, shower and wash basin but when it comes to storage, you can be clever and fill small spaces. Check out our blog post on Bathroom Storage Hacks for some neat tips and tricks. Wet rooms are a great way to save space and are a popular choice for creating modern bathrooms. If you don’t have enough space for a radiator, consider using an overhead heated towel rail or underfloor heating.
Large En-suite Bathroom
If your En-suite has ample space, you may decide to have a walk in shower and a bath, his & her double basins and adequate storage space. Much like your family bathroom, it’s best to invest in the design and quality of your En-suite bathroom as it’s likely to be used the most.
A guest bathroom is not likely to receive excess use and guests are often grateful just to get their own bathroom and not have to use the main family bathroom. It’s likely that a visitor would prefer to take a shower over bathing in a bathtub, and won’t require a lot of storage. A toilet, wash basin and shower is usually sufficient. Depending on the size of your guest bathroom, you may like to consider a shower cubicle, wet room or a walk-in shower.
If your bathroom needs to be designed with assisted living in mind, ensuring easy access and adequate safety measures are of great importance. Whether you need easy access showers and baths, wall mounted support rails or lifts and hoists, speak to your bathroom expert who will be able to offer professional advice on creating an assistance-friendly bathroom.
YOU AND YOUR BATHROOM
Do you enjoy lying back and relaxing in a bath full of bubbles with candles lit, prefer standing beneath a trickling rainfall or perhaps enjoy a shower that is invigorating and energising? Add the type of ambience you’d like to achieve to your list so your bathroom designer understands your requirements.
It’s easy to say you want a free standing bathtub in the middle of the room because you want a spa-like sanctuary but, if you on a day-to-day basis need to hit the shower quickly before running out the door to work, it’s not practical and it doesn’t serve a purpose that complements your busy lifestyle.
Be practical in your selection and think about how the layout of your bathroom fits in with your lifestyle.
UTILISING YOUR SPACE
Now that you’ve established the type of bathroom you’re designing and its intended purpose, map out the size and shape of your bathroom, marking where water and waste pipes are situated, bathroom windows and the swing-direction of doors that won’t be moved.
It’s important to say at this point that if you’re happy with your bathroom’s layout but it just needs a fresh new look, retaining your layout may help to keep the costs down as pipes won’t need to be relocated.
And if you’re happy with your layout for the most part, what are the things you would change? Small changes can be very effective in achieving a functional bathroom. Consider re-hanging doors or fitting a sliding door in small bathrooms to help maximise your existing space.
Mapping out your bathroom’s layout gives your bathroom designer a good insight into the available space and the configuration options available to you.
INSPIRING BATHROOM DESIGNS
There are many ways to discover ideas for your new bathroom. Create a collage using inspiring ideas in home décor and renovation magazines or why not check out popular sites like Houzz or create your own mood board of ideas using Pinterest?
You’ll soon discover a world of ideas for modern and period bathrooms, enabling you to find inspiring designs that complement your home and your style.
If you know somebody that has recently updated their bathroom, ask them what was important to them and if there are any changes they would make now. This is a great way to consider things that may otherwise have gone forgotten.
BATHROOM FINISHING TOUCHES
Bathroom tiles can make or break a bathroom and are the easiest way of creating a bathroom that is on-trend with the season’s styles. You may decide to have matching wall and floor tiles, walls that are half tiled and have painted, or even contrasting styles to add design features such as shower wall recesses for your toiletries to stand, or a strip of mosaic that will add colour or sparkle.
Be practical with your flooring choice. If you are designing a bathroom for assisted living, tiles are probably not the best option for you as when certain types get wet, they can become slippery. Non-slip flooring is a better-suited choice for assisted living bathrooms and can work in family bathrooms with young children.
Wood-effect flooring in your bathroom can add warmth and cosiness thanks its natural tones. Contrasting textures between high-gloss tiles and wood flooring can add depth to your bathroom and is often found in modern bathroom designs.
Taps & Shower Fixtures
Choose taps, shower controls and shower heads to complete the aesthetic of your bathroom. Think about the colour and finish that will complement your bathroom’s design. Rose gold and copper are particularly on-trend, high-shine or brushed chrome are popular choices, matt black is stylish and sophisticated, while brass is more traditional.
Bathrooms tend to be well-lit with ceiling mounted or inset-spot lights. Modern bathrooms often feature under cabinet coloured lighting that can be changed depending on your mood or to create ambience.
Many bathrooms have a light switch in the adjoining room which can often be left on by accident. Motion sensors are not only energy-efficient but practical too. Consider installing a motion sensor to your En-suite bathroom. If you need to make a late-night trip to the bathroom, it saves fumbling around in the dark to find the light switch.
Accessories for Your Bathroom
From toilet roll holders to towel rails, toothbrush holders, soap dispensers and bathroom mirrors, your bathroom accessories are the finishing touches to your bathroom’s design.
Bathroom mirrors now come with an array of integrated functions including Bluetooth speakers, LED lighting, de-mystifying technology, shaving points and motion sensors.
ALLOW FOR VENTIALTION
It’s important to allow for ventilation in your bathroom, especially if there is no outside window. Installing an extractor fan will help to remove steam, preventing a build-up of water residue in your bathroom.
DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET
You can help your bathroom designer by deciding on a budget before you meet to discuss your options. Once your designer knows your budget, they will be able to make better product recommendations that will help save you time and achieve a bathroom design you’re comfortable with.
Replace Your Bathroom have years of experience in bathroom design. If you need some help or advice, or ready to finalise your ideas, please contact a member of the team who will be happy to help.