Before getting started
- Divide your bathroom into three functions: one for toiletvisits, one for full-body care (i.e. baths and showers), andone for grooming – hands, teeth and face.
- A large family may need a separate toilet. Is there someunutilised space in your home that would be suitable fora separate WC? A toilet in the same room can beseparated off by installing a partition wall.
- Do you want to fit a bath, a shower – or both – in your bathroom? The younger family members will probably monopolisethe shower – so is there space to separate it off?
- Base your ideas on the actual size of your bathroom and ask yourself: where can I change nappies? Where can I store the clean nappies? Do I need to make space for the washing machine and tumble dryer?
- Remember the lights! Weak light – or excessively brightlight – will make the bathroom environment dull and sad. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one light for “general lighting” and one directed light for “face work”. Include mirrors in your considerations; they reflect lightand increase the sense of space in the room.
- If the drain installations need to be moved, are the ones for the WC and washbasin to be installed in the wallor the floor? You can install wall-mounted porcelain eventhough the drain connections are in the floor.
- Ventilation is important. Good ventilation – ideally combined with under-floor heating – helps the bathroomto dry quickly and reduces the risk of moisture damage.
- The preparatory work beneath the floor and behind thewalls – i.e. the work involving the pipes – is crucial inpreventing moisture damage. We strongly recommend that you engage professionals for this work.
- Light colours make the bathroom seem bigger. They alsomake dust, soap marks and water splashes less obvious. Go with timeless colours that you will not tire of.