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It is easy to obsess over how your bathroom renovation is going to look, while forgetting the importance of functionality!
A well-planned bathroom renovation will not only guarantee your space is enjoyable to use, but that it shouldn’t need remodelling any time soon. No one wants to renovate the same space twice!
Who Is Using It?
It might seem obvious, but you should never forget to think about who will be using the bathroom and at what time. For example, if the users of the bathroom often get ready at the same time each day, a double sink might be most practical, and if small children are using it a bath may be an important asset in the room.
Vanity and Basin
Deliberate if the following tips would benefit your bathroom: evaluate if your existing vanity needs more bench space, maximise storage by installing draws rather than shelves inside the vanity, and increase spaciousness mounting a floating vanity.
Always consider the location of your toilet first – will it be held in a separate room or integrated into the bathroom? As with the vanity, a floating toilet is a great way to amplify the space in a room – as is a concealed cistern.
Bath and Shower
There are so many options with the bath and shower – you may have the space to fit both, you may combine the two, or you may choose just one. For the bath: does your plan include one, do you want it to be free-standing, does it need to accommodate more than one person, and do you want a spa bath? For the shower: you may favour a glass shower screen or a low-maintenance tiled, walk in design.
Most bathroom renovations require that you update the hardware. From robe hooks and towel rails to taps and mixers to a rain shower head or shower rose, there is a lot to decide.
Don’t forget to account for plenty of storage in your bathroom. Not only do you need space for your toiletries, but also your bathroom scales, dirty laundry, a rubbish bin, a lockable medicine cabinet, and a few spare toilet rolls. Also consider an open shelf to display your favourite things, and mirrored shaving cabinets to incorporate above-vanity storage in small bathrooms.
The ideal light in a bathroom is a combination of natural light and some smart task lighting. Skylights are definitely something to consider for bathrooms without windows, and those with windows should debate the privacy of frosted glass with the nice view of clear glass.
Power and Heating
Easily accessible power points are a must for bathrooms. Similarly, heat is important – when fitting a new hot water tank consider whether it will be electric or gas, and will it be an instant water heater? If you live in cooler climates, consider floor heating and heat lamps as well.
Prevent the build-up of mould and allow your towels to dry, with ventilation. Air vents and extractor fans are vital in such a damp space.