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Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning for a New Bathroom

1. Who is going to use your bathroom?
This might sound a bizarre question, but if you consider the amount of people who are going to use the bathroom you can gauge whether you need a single or twin washbasin, a separate bath and shower or a combined bath/shower solution. Considering the traffic at the start can lead to a more satisfying and practical result at the end.

2. Room layout and dimensions.
Carefully measuring the room’s dimensions and your water inlets & waste outlets alongside radiator pipes; and designing your bathroom around these can help by reducing plumber’s bills for the install. Consider using fitted bathroom furniture to hide unsightly pipe work and waste pipes from the toilet behind plinths fitted to the furniture.

3. Plan useful storage and accessories.
Using fitted, modular or wall hung furniture such as washbasin units or mirror wall units add valuable storage space and help to increase the feeling of space in a small bathroom by hiding away clutter. ‘Reduced depth’ bathroom furniture takes up very little space and adds vital storage that you will find indispensable. Some manufacturers will also have a range of bathroom accessories designed to complement their furniture.

4. Choose your flooring carefully.
A bathroom environment is unusually tough on floors so decide in advance what you need. Choose tiles for durability, but make sure that they are laid professionally and they will give years of long hard service. Alternatively, you can choose a laminate or composite finish. Now is the time to decide whether you want to include under floor heating as an option to ward off those post shower cold toes. kho lanh cong nghiep

5. Wall colours and finishes.
Remember that if you are tiling your walls, the tiles may be there long after you have sold your house. Choosing simple, neutral colours that last the test of time will help when selling and will be less garish when compared to high fashion colours. Professionally tiled walls look fantastic and are worth the expense.

6. Bath versus shower.
Again, consider who is using the bathroom. Many people enjoy a shower, but if you exclude a bath you may find yourself at a disadvantage when it comes to selling. There are many options for combining a bath and a shower – most offer a more than adequate showering area along with a stylish shower screen. It’s worth noting that part G3 of the building regulations states that any new refurbishment of a bathroom needs a thermostatic mixing valve installed to guard against scalding. If you don’t want to go to the expense of fitting a TMV then you can use an anti-scald bath shower mixer to do the job instead.

7. Brassware.
When choosing bathroom taps, check whether they are suitable for your type of system. Ensure you know whether you have a high or low pressure system and make sure that the taps are suitable. As a rule of thumb, if you have a combi-boiler then you should have a high pressure system and if you have a hot water tank and a cistern in your loft your system will be lower pressure. However this is only a guide and it is worth checking with a professional before making your choice.

8. Lighting and mirrors.
Most British bathrooms are quite small, on average not much bigger than a double bed, so it is usually worthwhile trying to introduce as much space and light in as possible. Careful use of mirrors and mirror cabinets will help to create a feeling of space and hide away unsightly mess. Spotlights have a limited cone of light and can create harsh shadows, so you may need to use more of them than you thought. Eye level lighting such as illuminated mirrors and over cabinet lights helps to create useful lighting that illuminates the whole room. Some premium mirrors and mirror cabinets now come complete with LED lighting and de-misting capability.

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