As some of you may know, the bathroom is the most expensive room in your home to renovate. With the concentration of trades, materials, and fixtures that go into this small space it’s hard to believe but you should be looking at spending anywhere from $20,000 for a good renovation.
This is why it’s so important to make the right decisions both around layout and therefore function, and aesthetics. Below are some top tips to consider when re-designing your bathroom.
- When working out your floor plan try to ensure the toilet is as hidden as possible. In most designs I make sure that it isn’t the first thing you see as you walk into the room, preferably this should be the vanity or a feature bath when space permits.
- Storage is key in a bathroom, if you have space above your vanity for a shaving cabinet that runs the whole width of a wall then use it, it’s worth investing on a custom size cabinet to give you that extra storage.
- When enclosing a shower I like to try and use just fixed panels of glass with an opening for access, frameless and sleek in design. This is super practical for cleaning and looks great. Avoid hinged doors or sliding doors unless you absolutely need them. For instance in a smaller space you may need a door so that what little floor space you have doesn’t get wet.
- Ventilation and heating are so important. If you don’t have a window then ensure you install an excellent extractor fan. Think about installing under floor heating right through into the shower so on those cold wet days the whole area still dries quickly avoiding mold and mildew build up.
- When thinking about tile design the options are endless. So do you want to keep it simple with a simple wall and floor tile in contrasting colours? Or do you want to create a feature? This can be done with an interesting floor tile, or perhaps a whole wall of colour, pattern, texture in the shower or above the vanity. Take a look below for some inspiration here.
- Great placement of a mirror can make the space feel twice as big. Something simple and frameless that runs the width of a wall, or a feature piece can help you achieve this.
- Finally take lots of advice from your suppliers, builder or designer when it comes to finishes. You need to understand the best materials to use for you vanity, grouts, tiles and accessories so that they don’t look old and damaged before their time.