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REVAMPING YOUR BATHROOM

by Kevin Cain

The New Year is upon us and already January is a distant memory in the past, how quickly time seems to move these days. Many people seem to make serious life changes at the turn of a New Year and this often includes that of habitat either to actually move home or to redecorate and redesign their existing property.

It does not really matter if you live in a house, condo, apartment or studio there are certain rooms / areas that bring an immediate wow factor to your abode. The most striking being ; the kitchen, living room and bathroom.

In this article we will discover ways and means of transforming your existing bathroom into a lavish, luxurious and spectacular living space.

In many older homes the bathroom is almost an afterthought and often granted just the smallest space of all the rooms. This does not mean it cannot be upgraded into something quite extraordinary. However before you start there are some basic considerations to bear in mind:

 

PLAN YOUR BATHROOM

It is a good idea to sketch out a plan of your new layout drawn to scale on graph paper. If you do this it will give you an indication as to how the space will flow. Include absolutely everything: outlets, entrances, windows, fixtures and cabinets.

BASIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR UPGRADING YOUR BATHROOM

It can be difficult to cram all the features you desire into your bathroom whilst still achieving a credible layout and style. A great deal depends on the circuitry and plumbing that already exists as it will be far less hassle if you do not have to re-plumb or re-wire.

Make sure whatever you do complies with any building legislation that exists and take into consideration fire codes.

Firstly consider the layout you currently have and which are the urgent areas that require the most attention. Then inspect the plumbing and see what remedial work is needed there.

Also a lighting plan should be drawn up at this point as circuitry is one of the first jobs to fix first.

FIXTURES AND COMPONENTS

Now it is time to consider what look you want to achieve for your new bathroom, it is a good idea to visit showrooms and trawl through the internet and magazines for inspiration.

Bear in mind a few tips; the easiest sinks to install are those which hang from the wall. Also will your sink be self-rimming or rim less, flush or framed ? Most toilets are of 2 pieces, a tank and the bow but there are also single piece toilets available. Also, you must choose between a reverse trap toilet and a siphon-jet which is more modern and efficient.

At this point the most diligent of renovators will construct like size models of the fixtures and fittings out of cardboard just to reassure themselves that the proportions of the new bathroom fit before actually purchasing the fixtures and components.

PLANNING

Firstly plan the space for your tub, shower or both, normally located on the rear wall to allow maximum space elsewhere. Once done, plan where to place the sink and vanity mirror leaving a 30-inch clearance for the sink and a 20-inch clearance for the toilet.

Once you have the large fixtures planned then it is time to consider wall units and other storage, followed by lighting fittings.

FINISHING THE DESIGN

Planning the finishes will give the final effect you want to achieve, most people have this in mind first. That is to say people often imagine the finished look before they have actually planned anything; minimalistic, opulent, modern, traditional, Eco-friendly etc.

Consider the look and the personal tastes that you have, then prioritize the objectives before sketching the final design of the finish. Again do thorough research before you complete the task.

CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD

This is the time that you may want to opt for somebody to overlook the whole build as it is the most complex part of any major refurbishment or new construction. Ensuring materials arrive at the same time as the tradesmen is a tricky business.

There is no point having your bathroom cluttered with pipes, cables, bricks, fittings etc whilst workmen are trying to install the equipment. And by the same token, having workmen standing around when there is nothing to install is a costly business.

Appointing a project manager might save money in the long run and will give the flexibility for you to concentrate on design and aesthetics. Having a professional running the job will ensure the work and building practices conform to the relevant standards and legislation.

Taking all these points in mind will help the build throughout it's different stages. The key to a successful revamp or new construction is planning. Spend as much time in the planning of your project than the actual build.

If you do this then the problems will be minimal and the whole project should go without any major glitches. Your new bathroom will be as awesome as you first imagined and the finish will be professional and to “Show Room Standard”.