Planning a new bathroom can seem like a daunting task especially when there are so many options when it comes to showers, baths and storage – where do you start and what about the plumbing!
As with most tasks the best place to start is with research and planning.
Begin with an accurate measure of your current bathroom and note where the existing fittings are. Next consider how it works for you now, what do you like and what would you like to change? Also think about what would be on your ultimate wish list, there are often cost effective alternatives to what you want.
Have a look around for inspiration, in magazines, on the web and find some designs and products you like. Take these to your local independent retailer. You will be amazed at how competitive they can be on price and you get so much more from them in terms of design expertise and customer care.
A good bathroom designer will help you look at all alternatives, the best type of furniture for your room and lifestyle. They can advise on the relative merits of different furniture, fitted, modular and free standing.
It is a good idea to think about how the bathroom needs to function before you consider the look and design. There is a wealth of choice when it comes to colours and finishes of furniture and this can be thought about once you know what you want the room to offer in terms of functionality. Your designer will add value by recommending what tiles and accessories will match your chosen furniture, ensuring a coordinated look.
Sanitaryware is next – the style will be dictated by the choices you have already made with regards to furniture. Things can get technical when it comes to taps and showers as the water pressure available in your home needs to be taken into account – this is where some expert advice can save you making a costly mistake.
Increasingly we are seeing customers that want advice on replacing the bath with a shower. There are many factors to take into account when making this decision. Should you go for a modern walk in power shower or a traditional freestanding bath that could be the focal point of a room?
There are a vast selection of new products that cater for your needs, so again an independent designer that recommends from a number of different manufacturers will give you the best choices.
Bathroom tiling is now an important part of the design and not just something that is added around the bath and as a splashback to the basin. Innovative materials offer manmade material that look and feel like natural stone, adding interest. Colours can be introduced to complement or contrast with them, again providing individuality in designs.
Finally lighting, a well-lit bathroom will cater for tasks and create an ambiance when you want to relax. It is possible to add lighting almost anywhere now, in plinths and wall recesses as well as in the ceiling and around mirrors.
The process should be stress free and fun – why not call in and speak with one of our experienced bathroom designers and begin your journey to a perfect bathroom.