We understand designing and building a bathroom is a daunting task. It doesn’t need to involve any stress, and can be tremendously rewarding provided that you approach it from the right direction and manage it properly. The key to a stress-free bathroom build is to know what’s involved, and to have a clear idea of what you want before you begin.
Choose a location
Choose carefully when deciding where to put a bathroom in your home. Ideally it should be close to other rooms where water’s used (kitchen and laundry), and not too far from the bedrooms. Just because the bathroom was built were it is doesn’t necessarily mean it’s is the best place. You will spend a lot on this renovation so the location will have an impact on not only its functionality but also your asset value.
Plan a basic layout bathroom layout
Everybody knows someone who has renovated so there will be plenty of people offering advise from granny to the mail man. So as to save your sanity it’s a good idea to start a scrapbook to keep all those ideas organised. If you decide to get a designer involved this will give them a good understanding as to what you like and want.
Tip: If you keep an image of something you like, make notes as to why you like it and exactly what in that picture that you liked.
Settle on a style
Deciding on a style is where a lot of people come unstuck and budgets begin to spiral out of control. Showrooms and catalogues are designed to entice, and it’s very easy to get carried away with trendy, expensive fittings and fixtures.
bathroom designMatching the design of the room thematically with the rest of the house can also be difficult. There are staggering amounts of styles for bathrooms, and visualising them all working harmoniously is not always easy.
Many engage a bathroom designer for this reason. It might cost extra, but a designer can save you money and headaches in many other areas. Any designer worth their salt will be able to show you a folio of their previous work, and will be able to offer a variety of levels of involvement, from basic design consultation to managing the entire project. They will also have good connections with suppliers and tradespeople, which can help you save money in other areas.
In due course, you will make decisions on what materials, fittings and surfaces for the renovation. When you’re deciding, take into account not just how things work and how they look, but also how easy they’ll be to clean and maintain.
Large mirrored vanity bench or cabinet surfaces, for instance, will show up fingerprints and grime far more obviously than light, textured, or matted surfaces. Likewise, intricate taps and wastes can be far harder to clean in and around.
Keep track of what’s been agreed upon so you can update the budget accordingly. Keep pictures and colour swatches together in a folder; this will help you visualise the finished product much better. Draw rough sketches if it helps.
Finding a designer
If you decide to get an expert involved be clear as to what you are getting and how you will be charged. Hourly rates should only be used if the projects are very complex. Most designers are able to give a fixed price however the first consultation is often charged for. There are some companies that send their designers for free. Be mindful there are lots of products out there and you need the products that suit you not products that subsidise the designers time.