The ideal bathroom renovation combines functionality, practicality and style at an affordable price, and your choices will be dictated by considerations such as the size, location and purpose of the bathroom – e.g. ground floor powder room, master ensuite or family bathroom?
To begin with, make some decisions about what style you would like, and the approximate budget for your bathroom renovation. You can get inspiration and advice for fresh looks and trends online or in magazines such as Home Beautiful, and there’s also a range of up-to-date bathroom renovation books with full-colour photographs that will help spark some creative ideas.
Draw up a realistic wish list and sketch out a rough plan (e.g. freestanding or built-in bath, separate shower enclosure or tub/shower combo, finishing touches like shelving, wet wall panels, LED lighting, tiling, taps and towel rails, plus luxury features such as full length mirrors, mirrored cabinets, window fittings, marble or mosaic splashbacks and frosted glass blocks).
These are two big factors, and are closely related, so let’s look at them together. While some homes are lucky enough to have a supersize master bathroom, most bathrooms are purely utilitarian spaces. Therefore tend to be fairly restrictive in size – rarely much bigger than 6 – 9 m2. Clever storage solutions (such as a recessed cabinet) keep all your shampoos, soaps and other essentials close at hand and yet hidden away. The installation of well-positioned lighting features and mirrors (such as LED mirrors, or mirrored tiles) can help make the smallest room in your house feel spacious.
Many bathrooms, in particular the smaller powder rooms and ensuites, do not have a window. This means no natural light and limited air circulation. An extractor fan is therefore essential, while recessed light fixtures in the ceiling will flood the room with light. A dimmer switch means you can have ‘mood lighting’ when full beam is a bit too much. Or you can choose to have independently-operated bulbs in each area of the bathroom, like one above the shower and another above the basin or bath. A backlit vanity mirror will be invaluable for those early morning shaves, evening make-up applications and night-time beauty regimes.
If your bathroom is on a top floor and the layout allows it, skylight windows are a very effective way of letting in natural light without compromising privacy.
If you wish to relocate or reconfigure a plumbing fixture, like change from the more traditional floor-mounted to a wall-hung toilet, this will significantly add to the cost and completion time of your bathroom renovation project. Relocation of fixtures means refitting pipes and vents, and this could potentially entail some structural work. However, the effort will pay off when your finished bathroom is gorgeously remodeled for maximum comfort, class and convenience. And if you’re going ahead with an overhaul of your bathroom, it’s the perfect opportunity to review and potentially improve its plumbing and drainage – the changes don’t always have to be drastic or exorbitant.
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