Designing a Bathroom
From a large family bathroom project to a new en suite or a small cloakroom update, there are practical design considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure your space is utilised to its full potential and it functions to suit your lifestyle perfectly.
From spa-chic to minimalist designs, there are vast options of beautiful wood grain and high gloss finishes that are available for all storage needs within any budget. With designer style and space saving suite options, don’t forget to think about the practicalities such as ventilation and bathroom regulations. We have pooled together a host of our specialist expertise to help inspire your project, whilst considering the necessary practicalities and adding value to your home.
When planning a new bathroom, en suite or cloakroom, first draw out a plan on graph paper (using metric measurements) showing where the bath, sink, toilet and shower are positioned, noting the location of windows and doors. In addition, measure how far away the room is from the existing waste pipes, plumbing and boiler. Consider all of the different people who will use the bathroom from small children to grown adults and think about those who may need a little help.
Once you have a few designs shortlisted and you’ve made a final decision on all of the products you want to include, check to see what you can get for the best price but keep in mind that if your budget allows you, invest in high quality products for the long term saving.
If you don’t have much room to work with, look for products that can be fitted into a corner or are reduced projection. There are plenty of products to choose from that offer smaller dimensions than standard sizes. Wall-hung units can maximise floor space and give the visual impression that the room is bigger than it actually is. Heated towel rails will minimise the requirements for further heat and therefore you’re less likely to need to find room for a radiator.
Storage is fundamental in the bathroom whether it’s under or over a basin on the wall, ensure enough cupboard space is provided. Ventilation is also important, especially if there isn’t a window, so think about fitting an electric fan (and get it certified by a properly qualified electrician). If you can’t fit a bathroom or en suite anywhere near your waste pipe, then it might be worth investigating if you can fit a macerator toilet. They can be noisy, but are worthwhile if it means you get that extra flexibility.
An en suite or cloakroom can make a big difference when you have visitors and add value to your home. Look for dead space that you aren’t using for anything important and that is near the waste pipe. For example, you could use the space currently taken up by fitted wardrobes in a bedroom, or use a partition wall to divide the room.
Another option is to take space from two rooms rather than one; this is easier if the walls you want to use are partitions rather than structural. Make sure you can still fit a single or double bed in the remaining space, rather than losing a bedroom. If you want a downstairs toilet, think about any space you could utilise under your stairs or divide from the kitchen or utility room.
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Renovating a tired, dreary bathroom is not a difficult task if you can keep to the same basic layout. There are lots of ways to update your bathroom on a smaller budget. For a quick update, upgrade the bath and / or the basin. It might be that the bath just needs a good clean, or the taps and waste pipes need changing – this is easy to do and very cost-effective.
If you are lucky enough to have a cast iron bath but the ceramic covering has started to crack, consider buying a resurfacing kit or hiring someone to do a professional job for you, rather than replacing it. When you come to sell your home, buyers tend to rate period features.
For the final touches, accessorise and complement with new curtains or blinds, perhaps adding a new shower curtain or panel or putting down a new floor. A coat of paint on the walls will give your bathroom a whole new look (check out specialist bathroom paints for durability).
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It is best to purchase a bathroom suite of the highest quality as your budget will allow and it’s worth looking around, as there is a huge range of products to choose from. Look online for ideas or visit your local bathroom specialists to ensure you are getting the best deal for your money. If someone is quoting for purchasing the goods and fitting them, always check what it would cost to have these jobs done separately. To find reliable local tradespeople, Which? members can look on Which? Local where members list traders they’ve used who they can recommend have done a good job.View Bauhaus range of Bathroom Suites