Renovating any part of your house requires planning, but none more so than your bathroom. Practical considerations like plumbing and waterproofing need to be addressed before you get too attached to any specific vision, but, by making smart design choices, you can still have the bathroom of your dreams. Here are a few things to consider when renovating a bathroom to make the process easier.
When planning any kind of renovation, the budget needs to be your first consideration. You don’t want to go too far down a specific design route only to realise you can’t afford it. Budgeting doesn’t mean you can’t create the bathroom of your dreams, but it does require you to be smart with your finances and plan ahead. Ask yourself what the essential elements of your ideal bathroom are and start from there.
One of the things to consider when renovating a bathroom is what space you have and how you can use that space creatively. There are plenty of bathroom solutions to help you keep the room feeling spacious, such as under-sink cabinets and storage solutions. Or, why not consider a wet room to really utilise the space?
Ask yourself who is going to be using the new bathroom. Is it an en suite just for you, or does it need to cater for the whole family? Do you like to relax in a long bath, or will it only be used for showering? Sometimes, a separate shower room can work well for a big household where everyone needs to get ready before the school run, and private bathrooms can be designed to be your own personal haven.
You don’t want to get so caught up in the logistics that you end up with something that you don’t love. It’s best to think about the realistic and the ideal in tandem, and constantly revisit whether all the practical changes you are making are still in keeping with the essence of your original vision. Even if you have to make lots of compromises for space or budget, there are still plenty of finishes and design choices you can make to put your personal stamp on the bathroom.
One of the key things to consider when renovating a bathroom is plumbing. If you are renovating an existing bathroom, the plumbing of your bathroom may dictate where certain fixtures need to go. So, unless you are willing to pay more to have the plumbing reworked, you may need to stay flexible with placement. If you are starting fresh with the plumbing, you have more options, but bear in mind that any alterations you make will come with plumbing costs.
The fittings you choose will make a huge difference to the finished look of your new bathroom. Consider whether you want to recycle any of your old fittings, such as faucets or shower units, and what new fittings you’ll need. Make sure you have considered where any towel rails, hooks and mirrors will go in the new bathroom before you pick them.
The lighting you choose for your bathroom will also significantly affect the final outcome of your design. Would you prefer spotlights, a single, central light source, or something a little different? There are plenty of stylistic choices to be made, but make sure whatever you choose provides enough light to fill the whole room.
Applying the final touches to your bathroom renovation can be a lot of fun. Plants, blinds, textured bath mats and wall-mounted shower caddies are just a few things you can use to add a flourish of personality to your finished bathroom. Consider having a ‘theme’ for your final touches, as this will really help to bring the whole room together.
If you’re considering installing a new bathroom and need some help or advice, why not give us a call on 020 7127 5235 to see how we can help?