It’s that time of year again – when there is a mad rush to spruce up the house in time for Christmas. And for some, that means finally getting around to that long-planned bathroom reno, powder room update, or new ensuite in time for all the holiday visitors.
If you’re thinking of doing a last-minute bathroom update, the time left to arrange it is fast disappearing. In particular getting hold of a tiler at this time of year is likely to be your biggest challenge.
However, if you are going to dive in and do it now, getting your bathroom right is all about good planning.
Start by mapping out your room size and work out what you need, remembering to allow space to comfortably move around, particularly if two or more people will be using the bathroom at once.
Things to consider . . .
Are you are contemporary? Traditional? Country? There’s so many different options that you’ll probably need to have a good lie down after visiting any bathroom or tile shop.
The best way to approach it is to start a “look book”, trawl magazines and websites and compile photographs of the looks you like. And then research tiles and fittings that help you build that look.
Be wary that in every shop you go to the sales assistants will not only be trying to sell certain products, they’ll also have their own tastes. Which may be very different to your own.
A good place to start online is houzz南京夜网 – there’s thousands of pictures of “real” homes.
Can you fit a bath? Or will you have to opt for a bath-shower combination? In the interests of space, you might be better off to do away with a bath altogether if you just have a small bathroom.
Will you need heating? If so, you’ve got the option of either an overhead Tastic-style heater, or the increasingly popular underfloor heating.
The latter is great for cooler climates, and you don’t have to run it all day, just a couple of hours in the morning and night is plenty to keep the floor warm 24/7.
If you want heated flooring, you’ll just need to factor it in early so provisions can be made for the wiring to be in the right place.
Do you want a big, roomy, shower or are you happy to have something a bit more compact? Walk in showers look fantastic but remember to take into account the splash zone, and the extra waterproofing that will be required.
Steam be gone
Remember you’ll need to include a ceiling or wall exhaust for the steam. Many are ducted to the outside these days, or you can buy ducting kits from the hardware store.
Look for options with draught stoppers, which are simple plastic flaps that help to keep air in or out when you want to, increasing your home’s efficiency.
You can also buy steam sensors, which turn the exhaust fan on when needed.
Take your time
The worst thing about rushing is you can end up with something you really don’t like, chosen in haste. Do you really need the bathroom done by Christmas, or could it wait until next year?
Unless you’ve got stacks of cash to burn, you’ll probably be living with the bathroom for at least the next 15 years, and you want it to last the distance, which means choosing well in the beginning.
Consult your experts
Before spending a cent, have a talk to one, or several, tilers, plumbers and sparkies to see just what is possible and to get an idea of costings.
Exactly how you do your bathroom is up to you – you can either engage each trade separately, or have a bathroom renovation company do the lot. Similarly, many tilers will also bring a plumber and electrician as part of their team – just be aware they may charge extra for doing so.
Remember to ask your tradespeople if they have trade accounts with tile, plumbing and electrical suppliers, and if so, are they able to access a discount. Many are happy to do so in part, or full.
Seek your own, separate quotes from stores to check if the price the tradesperson is offering is cheaper.
Have you renovated a bathroom? What are your tips?
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