Are you planning a bathroom renovation this year? It can be one of the trickiest and most costly rooms in the house to update, so naturally you want to make sure you get it right first time. To help you create the perfect new bathroom for your home, check out these tips on how to make the project a big success.
Make a wish list
I think this should be the first step in any new bathroom project. Spend some time really thinking about the people who will be using the bathroom, and the ideal features to suit them. For example, if mobility is an issue an easy-access bath or shower would be a priority (click here to see the Bathing Solutions product range designed for this particular need), or you might have your heart set on a supersize bath or lots of hidden storage. Aim to create a list of ‘must-have’, a list of ‘nice to have’, and a list of ‘not necessary’. This will help you stay focused on the products that really matter, and also help you stick to your budget when those wow factor products pop up!
Do your research
Once you have a clear idea of the features you’d like in your new bathroom, you’re in a good position to start browsing for ideas. Have your bathroom’s measurements handy, so you can quickly sense-check any ideas you like. You can find lots of inspiration online to help you firm up the look you’d like to achieve – I love Pinterest for this kind of project – and interiors magazines are great too. You might even want to create a mood board for your new bathroom, covering things like colour palette, style of fittings and accessories; this is a great way to get creative and get a feel for how the finished room might look.
Set a budget
This sounds obvious, but if you’re not careful, costs can quickly escalate on projects like this. Set a realistic budget at the start, and aim to stick within it. It’s worth including an amount within your budget for unforeseen costs too; that way, if something goes wrong you won’t need to find extra money, and if you end up not needing it then you have some spare cash for your next project!
Get professional advice
If you’re using a professional to fit your new bathroom, it makes sense to use their knowledge and expertise right from the start of the project. They will have fitted a lot of bathrooms, and will most likely have some helpful suggestions on things like layout, position of lighting, and best use of storage space. Build all this into your wish list and you’ll be in a great position to find fixtures and fittings that are truly suitable for your space. Always ask your fitter to check the suitability of products before you buy too; it’s so easy to make mistakes on things like measurements and position of water pipes, and your fitter can help you avoid costly errors.
Think about the finishing touches from the start
With a big project like a bathroom refit, it’s easy to focus entirely on the expensive fittings and fixtures, and only turn your attention to the smaller accessories at the end of the project. But it’s the accessories that really pull the whole scheme together, so plan your robe hooks, towel rails, storage baskets and mirrors into the design right from the start. Doing this will help you achieve a really polished look and give your new bathroom real wow factor.
What are your tips for choosing a new bathroom?
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