Through these last few months, I’ve still had plenty of projects moving forward in terms of the renovation and construction aspect. This bathroom at a client’s home on the lower northshore was no exception. If you haven’t been following my stories on social here’s a little look at what we did below. I also wanted to share with you the process I go through when designing a bathroom for a client. It is probably the most complex room in the house, with the biggest investment per sqm, the most amount of trades passing through and also the greatest amount of choices in terms of materials, fixtures and finishes. A lot goes into a bathroom, so here’s how I work it.
This is the time where I work through inspiration for the look and feel of the bathroom with the client, in addition behind the scenes I’m working up new and better layouts for the space. If we are able to move plumbing, then I look at how I can improve on what’s existing. Do we need to move a window or door? Or even a wall to make better use of the space. And then what about the shower, toilet, vanity and bath if there is one, where are those best placed? I work through all of this with simple drawings providing options and narrative around pros and cons for each.
Now we probably have a good idea on floor plan we start working on tile design, choosing our floor and wall tiles, any feature tiles that we might like to use and I advise on what should be placed where and how. Whilst this is happening, I’m pulling together a schedule of fixtures and finishes in line with our inspiration and floor plan.
I get our ideas and plan drawn up into scale CAD plans with lots of technical details and notes around lighting, waste placements, tile placement, height of tapware and showers all shown in a floor plan and wall elevations so my clients can really see their space come to life. By this time, we’ve usually signed off on tiles and fixtures too.
If my clients need a little more visualisation then I get the bathroom rendered up into a colour 3D elevation. This is almost photo realistic of what the bathroom will look like, tile design, placement of all of our pieces and room plan and dimensions come to life. From there my client is ready to sign off.
Whilst all of this has been happening, I’ve been pulling the budget together with costings from my suppliers and also working with one of my teams to gain a quote to carry out all of the works. So, at the end of the process my clients have a clear idea on how the room will look, feel and function and what level of investment is required to achieve this.
It’s really worth going through a vigorous process when it comes to designing any space in your home, especially when we are talking fixed elements and trade works. I have a service specifically dedicated to kitchen and bathroom design, check is out here.