We all love a bit of DIY, but it’s vital to plan out your design and build thoroughly to ensure you don’t end up with issues further down the line. At the end of the day, some things are best left to the professionals…
We’ve put together a list of some of the most common design errors people make when it comes to remodelling their bathroom, so that you can avoid doing the same!
It might be tempting to try and save money by installing things yourself, but beware! Investing in professional fitters will most certainly save you time, money (and your sanity!) further down the line. You might be a DIY whizz but bathroom fitting no no simple task and not only can mistakes be frustrating but they can also be dangerous; with a mix of electricity, water, slippery surface and glass fittings it could be a recipe for disaster!
Whether you’ve got a small cloakroom space or a large open plan bathroom, you need to think carefully about your storage options - nobody likes a cluttered bathroom! Installing space saving combination units such as a mirrored cabinet or a vanity unit is both functional and stylish. Think also of the wall space available to you and install adequate shelving, wall hooks and maybe consider a wall-hung radiator/towel warmer.
Proper ventilation is absolutely vital in bathroom design. If your bathroom is not well ventilated, you will soon end up with unwanted mould and mildew that is difficult to keep clean and can have a negative effect on your health. If possible, you need to install an extractor fan to remove lingering moisture from the room. If this is not possible, you need to at least make sure that the room has s good-sized window that you can open to allow steam to escape.
When it comes to design, you need to think about the long term, not just the current trends. One day you may want to sell your house – is a purple bathroom to everyone’s taste? Will you still love it in 3 years time? Stick to the classics when it comes to your decor and add bursts of colour with your accessories for a timeless look.
You need to be realistic when taking on a project such as a bathroom remodel. There are bound to be issues that crop up along the way and you should be prepared for them. If you are tiling, then make sure you have at least 10% more tiles than you calculate you will need. Similarly, if you are painting the walls make sure you buy more rather than less – you don’t want to run out half way round and then discover there’s no more of that colour in stock! Problems such as these can sneak up on your, so over-budget by a minimum of 15% and ‘ll have a cushion for when they do.
Planning for an environmentally friendly bathroom before you begin will stand you in good stead for the future. It will be a major plus point if you ever decide to sell and it will reduce your bills in the here and now. Advances in technology mean that designing an eco-friendly bathroom is easier than ever. Dual flush toilets will help save on water, as will choosing a shower over a bath. Under floor heating is also a good investment, as it is a more efficient way of heating your bathroom than a conventional radiator.
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