What makes a perfect bathroom is different for everyone. It might be a spa bath, lots of storage or a marble benchtop. However, a truly perfect bathroom is more than a single feature. If you’re building a bathroom, follow our tips below to ensure you make the most of the space and get the bathroom you want
Do the Research
While you might already have some ideas of what your perfect bathroom looks like, it can be useful to do deeper research into bathrooms in general. You’ll be amazed how many different options there are for fittings, finishes and surfaces. And the more research you do, the more inspiration you’ll get.
You’ll want to start your research online to save yourself some legwork. Start collecting images and links to fittings, fixings, surfaces and products you may be interested in. Once you have a list of things you’re interested in, you can start visiting some bathroom showrooms to have a closer look at different products.
While you might love the look of a clawfoot tub in magazines or online, it may not be as appealing when you see it in real life. You might consider new pros and cons, like that they do tend to be bigger than most standard bathtubs, but they can be a pain to clean around.
Part of your research should also include finding out your budget as well as how much space you have to work with. These will affect what you can do with your bathroom.
Before moving ahead with any plans you should consult a builder to find out if any permits are required for your project.
Plan your Layout
Now you can start working on the ideal layout. Don’t worry if this takes a while and you need to start over a few times. It’ll be worth it in the end. Having alternatives for key fixtures can be useful here if you’re struggling to get everything to fit or work together.
Once you’ve drawn up your basic layout, it’s time to talk to a builder. Show them your ideas and the space you have to work with and they can work with you to turn your ideas into a working design.
If you’re renovating a bathroom, remember that you’ll want to resist the urge to change up the plumbing. Try to stick to the original layout as much as possible, since that way you won’t have to make costly changes to the plumbing layout to accommodate the new plan.
Don’t forget Storage
As you plan your layout, don’t forget to include options for storage. At a minimum, you’ll need to be able to comfortably store everyday toiletries. However, you may also want additional storage for towels and linen.
Include natural Light
In addition to storage, your layout should incorporate as much natural light as possible. Natural light can help make a space feel larger and more inviting. Natural light also helps to freshen the air and prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
While a window is often easiest, you can also try using a skylight if wall space is at a premium. Large mirrors are a great way to increase the amount of bathroom light, as well as helping to make the space feel larger.
Ensure style suits rest of House
Finally, as your layout starts to come together, try to keep the style consistent not only in your bathroom but to the rest of your house as well. This will help keep a seamless feel and flow to your home.
Once you have your plan laid out, you’ll know how much space you have to work with. That means it’s time to start picking out the fixtures. This could include a spa bath, a stone basin or a rain shower stall.
Try and make sure that your fixtures work together and don’t compete with one another. Your bathroom should ultimately be a relaxing but functional space that can be easily kept clean. Settling on a theme or colour can be useful.
With your main fixtures chosen, you can also think about smaller items, like tap handles and faucets, even the toilet roll holder.
Have a list of options for each fixture in case one isn’t in stock and to make it easier to settle on a layout in the next step.
Designing a bathroom isn’t an easy task, but it can be done. Take the time now to get it right so you can enjoy your perfect bathroom for years to come.