Improving rather than moving is still top of the trends but research proves that the bathroom is one of the most daunting rooms in the house to renovate.
If you’re planning a bathroom makeover but are not sure where to start, here are some top tips from Heritage Bathrooms to get you started.
The most important thing is how much space you have so measure up the room and make note of where the plumbing is before you hit the showroom. This way you’ll be able to see what can fit where and how big you can go in terms of a bath, WC and basin. Wherever possible, it’s best to use existing plumbing as making changes can be quite a costly exercise.
Decide your budget
Plan how much you want to spend. Don’t forget to account for the taps, accessories, storage and even decorating equipment. Outlining this at the start will help you keep the entire job to budget.
Decide what key functions you need from your new bathroom. Is bathing the kids easily and safely the biggest priority? Or is it a luxury sanctuary that you’re looking for? Agreeing what you need your new bathroom to deliver ahead of starting your buying journey will save you a lot of time and heartache.
Space saving options
We’d all love to have a palatial bathroom but in reality, it’s often the smallest room in the home. If you don’t have much space to play with then look for wall-hung basins and WCs and use wall hung furniture to store your bathroom items. These will help make the floor area look bigger and create the illusion of space.
Thermostatic, mixers, electric, rigid risers, fixed heads, flexible handsets; there’s so much to think about when it comes to choosing a new shower and a lot of terminology to understand. Before you start, it’s worth taking a look at www.heritagebathrooms.com and read through the glossary so that you know exactly what your plumber is talking about.
Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time to make a decision about what type of shower you want and whether you want the shower to be over the bath or in its own enclosure, although obviously this will depend upon space. You’ll also need to understand what hot water system you have as that will have an impact on which shower will be compatible. Ask your local plumber for advice.
Your choice of taps and accessories is just as important as your suite – especially as they’re likely to be used several times every day. One of the most common mistakes people make is to splash out on their suite, but scrimp on their taps so make sure you reserve enough in your budget for these important final touches. Look out for taps made from high quality brass and set them off with matching accessories. Take a look at the Aster range from Heritage Bathrooms for inspiration.
Don’t get stung by Building Regs!
If you’re planning a major renovation requiring structural works, you’ll need to check with the Building Regulations which cover changes affecting floor structure, drainage, ventilation and electrics. More information can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk.