Alongside a gorgeous kitchen, a bathroom is a drawcard for many families and buyers alike, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re looking to create your dream bathroom, there are some important considerations you’ll need to make before you get started. Here’s our top list:
Size does matter
When developing the plan for your new bathroom, it’s important to make decisions based on the space you have, not the space you want. While most factors are up for grabs, the size of your room is something that isn’t going to change – unless you’re planning an extension project as well. When considering the space, you’ll need to decide on the main features of your bathroom, including that dreaded shower vs bath debate.
If your space is on the small side, it’s important to consider some space savings options such as hidden storage behind mirrors, drawers instead of cupboards and a shower over the bath combo if you’re still set on enjoying both. You may also want to consider design options ideal for smaller rooms such as larger tiles and mirrors, which give the illusion of space.
Assess your plumbing
As you might expect, your plumbing will play a large role in your new bathroom. While the placement of plumbing is essential in deciding on the configuration of your space, the condition of the pipes will also need careful assessment. If your plumbing is old, it might be worth considering upgrades such as wider drains to reduce clogging.
A bright bathroom is an inviting bathroom so it’s important to consider the lighting of your space. For a natural solution, skylights and frosted glass windows are a great option. However there are a number of ways to incorporate light in other creative ways too, including behind the mirror lighting or intricate lighting fixtures.
Know your limitations
A part of organising your design and budget will be determining how much, if any, of the work you plan on doing yourself. While DIY projects can be completed for less, that doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Have a hard think and be realistic about your limitations; leave those difficult aspects such as plumbing and electric to the professionals.
If you’re set on doing some things yourself, consider the order you complete the renovations. By working from the top down – ceilings, walls then floors – you’re more likely to prevent damage and unnecessary clean up.
Consider the resale value Even if you still plan to live in this home for years to come, it’s important to consider the resale value of any work you do to the property. While your new bathroom should reflect your needs and personality, it should also tick those common boxes that buyers are after too. Design and functionality need to go hand in hand and it’s important to find a new bathroom setup that will not only appeal to you, but to the masses when you choose to sell.
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