Designing a new bathroom or renovating an existing bathroom can be quite a daunting task. Over 20 years experience with bathrooms has given us an insight into this process so here are some basic do's and don'ts to get you started!
Take a bit of time to consider how the bathroom will be used. Is it going to be the main family bathroom, an en-suite bathroom or a guest bathroom? Be realistic about the space that you have available and how the various bathroom fixtures will fit into the room. Cramming "His & Hers" sinks into a room will only make it feel a whole lot smaller!
Walls and Floors
More often than not, the wall and floor surfaces are what catch immediate attention. Choose surfaces that will age well in place and of course, surfaces that can be easily kept clean! Replacing tiles on walls and the floor can freshen up a bathroom however this is probably something that you don't want to do every few years! So choose something that you can live with for quite a bit of time. The in-vogue graphic ceramics of today might not be something you want to have in a few years time!
Agree on a budget and then you can plan on what to buy and what to pass over. If you are renovating an old bathroom then budget for the unexpected! Keep in mind all the practical stuff that can be easily overlooked! That "Rainfall Shower" or extra large bathtub will need a large water tank and large hot water cylinder. We can help you choose bathroom fixtures that will fit into your budget and advise you on all that "practical stuff"!
Function & Form
Your bathroom will need proper ventilation; don't rely on an open window! Keep in mind that sinks, tubs and showers all need access to hot and cold water and drainage outlets. Don't forget about storage; all those bottles, spare toilet rolls and toothpaste tubes need somewhere to call a home! Finally plan for the lighting in the bathroom and of course the "Must have" mirror.