A checklist for renovating your bathroom
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Starting a bathroom project can be daunting – especially if this is a journey that you’ve never embarked on before. We are expects in bathroom design and have years of expert knowledge to help make the process easy. Here are some useful tips and points to consider to help create the perfect space.
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Bathrooms are more complex than people realise, having lots of moving parts, varying suppliers, as well as infinite design options – we take our hats off to anyone who wants to brave the journey alone!
“Can I buy the parts I need online myself? My builder has told me that he can source what we need and install”
Our answer is “yes, it is possible to approach a bathroom this way, but the quality of the design and the final finish may not be what you had hoped for”
“Our designers will help you to bring all of your bathroom elements together aesthetically, while ensuring product compatibility and technical expertise. We will provide technical drawings to your contractor on site, so you will have the confidence that your dream bathroom can become a reality”
Below is a snapshot of the key things our designers will consider when designing your bathroom:
- Water pressure – some taps need a minimum pressure to function
- Slip ratings for tiles – this is usually referred to as an ‘R’ rating
- Tile details, tile trims and grout colours can completely change the effect of the tile.
- IP ratings for bathroom lighting – to comply with regulations
- Brassware compatibility, controls and positions
- Wet-room/ walk-in shower solutions
- Heating and extraction
We collaborate with you to create a bathroom that is individual to you.
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Consider your brassware
We believe that quality matters especially for wall or ceiling mounted brassware. If your budget allows, we’d highly recommend that you invest in good quality brassware for your taps, shower heads, and shower controls as it increases longevity. If not, you could be paying out more later along the line when things go wrong e.g., tarnishing or a change in texture.
Don’t forget, concealed parts are the most difficult parts to change and/or
swap out as they affect water conditions, décor, and tiling.
Here are a couple of things to consider before purchasing your brassware:
- PVD finishes Vs plated finishes
- Having watertight concealed parts
Cleaning and maintenance
You’re in it for the long run, therefore you need to consider the right materials for you to compliment the way that you want to live- you don’t want cleaning to become a headache.
It might be ok now, but will you be happy to continue the same cleaning routine in a couple of years down the line? From everything between heavy duty cleaning products to hair dye, bathrooms can take a battering and you must consider your choices. Design a bathroom to suit the way that you want to live. Here’s some things that we have learnt:
- Matt black brassware – If you live in a hard water area, matt black brassware might be one to reconsider. Hard water produces more limescale, therefore it is more likely to stand out unless you have installed a water softener at the water source.
- Porous or encaustic tiles – If you plan to put porous or encaustic tiles in a high traffic area, please be aware that there is a higher chance of wear and tear. We also recommend avoiding these tiles on bathroom floors which young children have access to. (Let’s just say, encaustic tiles don’t do well with uric acid!).
- Be aware when using new cleaning products – If you are lucky to have a cleaner, make sure to talk them through which products are appropriate to use on your new bathroom. If in doubt, double check with the supplier and test in an inconspicuous area first.
A bathroom project is a significant investment, so it worth considering what more you can get from your space and for what you might need in the future. Who says a spa is just for a getaway? Steam rooms, saunas, aquapressure & Kneipp therapy can all be a part of your new bathroom. It’s a room you will use every day so make it an experience.
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Storage and surfaces
A beautiful bathroom without adequate storage solutions won’t stay beautiful for long. Consider how you will be using the space- are you religious about your skincare with lots of product? Do you like doing your makeup on the run or keeping that beard trimmed? It’s important to discuss with your designer how you live, so that the design supports this and provides you with what matters the most.
Top Tip: If you’re not sure how much storage you’ll need, take pictures of what you have stored (or not stored) and share with your designer. This will be super helpful for both of you.
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