Creating and planning a new bathroom from scratch can be a challenging project, from deciding on the layout to which type of fixtures and fittings to choose, there is a lot to think about. It is a good idea to decide what kind of look you want to create, do you want a practical, family bathroom or something more sleek and minimalist, plan your new bathroom around this concept.
Here is a handy guide for planning your new bathroom:
The first step in creating your perfect bathroom is to accurately measure the room and make sure you note where the pipework, doors and windows are etc. and draw an outline on graph paper of the space. Remember to check the dimensions on any chosen fittings such as the toilet and basin and leave enough space around each piece. Make sure there is enough room for doors to easily open and it is recommended that there is at least 70cm in front of the toilet and 21cm each side, for the basin, again leave 70cm in front and 15cm on each side.
Next decide on the type of heating you would prefer, creating a bathroom vanities will provide you with a welcoming space. If you have the budget consider under-floor heating or if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, a heated towel rail or radiator is a fantastic alternative.
Decide on the style of lighting, whether it is a basic ceiling light or spot lights, the right type can make a huge difference and think about any other electrical items such as an extractor fan and shaver sockets.
Plan the type of flooring and tiles to use, it is a good idea to bring home any samples and try different combinations. Think about how high to place the wall tiles, a good height is around the basin.
Ask a plumber to come and check the water pressure to ensure your chosen fittings will work.
Order your bathroom fittings such as the taps, bath and toilet etc.
If you are ripping out the old bathroom yourself it is a good idea to order a skip and store away your new items in a dry place.
If needed book any tradesmen such as a plumber for example and explain your plans with them.
Make sure you carefully check everything over when your new items have been delivered. If you discover a problem later if will only cause delays.
When taking the old bathroom out check the empty room over as unexpected problems could occur, make sure you have extra money in your budget to allow for this.
Install the pipework and just loosely fit the basin and toilet to make sure the plumbing is in the correct place, but don’t permanently fix in place until the flooring and tiling has been completed. The pipework can be boxed in once it has been fitted.
Hire a certified electrician if you require any electrical items fitting.
If you have opted for under-floor heating install the cables or piping before laying the flooring.
It is a good idea to get your walls plastered if you have completely ripped out the old bathroom, so you have a smooth, even finish. Before painting or tiling make sure the plaster is completely dry.
Fit your new flooring, if you are using natural stone you will need to seal it once it has been fitted.
Tile your bathroom walls and ensure that the walls of the shower enclosure are waterproofed especially if you have chosen a power shower.
Once you have completed the flooring and tiling, the basin, toilet and bath can be permanently fitted.
Last of all give the bathroom the finishing touches such as a mirror, shelving, cabinet etc. and enjoy your stunning new bathroom!