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Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

Planning your bathroom reno

Renovating your bathroom can be a daunting task. You want to get it right first time, and you want it to last, so it needs to be beautiful and functional. But there are so many decisions to make. What's the best way to use the available space? What types of fixtures and fittings should you use? And what about all those extra comforts, like lighting, heating, ventilation? If you're about to embark on this journey and need some help getting started, our bathroom experts have compiled a range of tips and advice that will inspire you to create your perfect bathroom.

Planning your bathroom reno

Renovating your bathroom can be a daunting task. You want to get it right first time, and you want it to last, so it needs to be beautiful and functional. But there are so many decisions to make. What's the best way to use the available space? What types of fixtures and fittings should you use? And what about all those extra comforts, like lighting, heating, ventilation? If you're about to embark on this journey and need some help getting started, our bathroom experts have compiled a range of tips and advice that will inspire you to create your perfect bathroom.

While it's common knowledge that the key to a hassle free renovation is good planning, what constitutes good planning may not be so obvious. Things like where to start, what order to do things in and when to talk to who about what can be a daunting experience for the first-time renovator. So, here are a few tips to take you from A to Z:

1. Get to know your bathroom

Spend a week really getting to know your bathroom, including all the things you may not notice on a daily basis. Are there areas you don’t use? Do you keep hitting your big toe on the leg of the vanity? Consider things like the floor space, whether the fixtures are positioned in easy reach, the depth of the bath, the height of the mirror, even the position of the toilet roll holder, then write it all down.

2. Choose your style

Consider the rest of your home and the individual personalities of your household. Think of colours, styles and what type of atmosphere you’re trying to create. Have a look at our Guide to Bathroom Styles for advice, mood boards and lots more.

3. Prioritise

Decide on what’s most important to you. How do you use your bathroom? Does it need to be sturdy, solid and built for combat to cope with high traffic chaos and bath-time battleship wars? Or a cozy haven for peace and relaxation? Write down your top three priorities, and then use these as your guide when making every decision throughout the renovation process.

4. Practicalities

Now you’ve had time to conjure up your dream bathroom, it’s time to look at the nuts and bolts of the situation. This is a good time to call in the licensed builder or plumber you'll be using to see if your ideas will translate into reality and, of course, how it will impact your budget.

5. Budget

Set a budget and make sure you update and refer to it regularly throughout the renovation process. Remember to include contingency plans to compensate for the unexpected.

6. Selecting Products

Finally, you get to go shopping! As well as style and price, it's a good idea to consider product warranty. When it comes to what to choose first, start with your must-have signature piece (if you have one), then move on to tiles, then the vanity unit, tapware, toilet, bath, shower, and finally accessories. Don't forget the luxury of heating with heated towel rails and underfloor heating.

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