Are you thinking about a bathroom reno? Our guest contributor Emily, has compiled a list of things to do when redesigning your bathroom.
Seek professional advice
First and foremost, seek proper and realistic plumbing advice and quotes. This will help you to create a workable and practical floor plan and bathroom layout and also give you an idea of what a realistic budget for a mini renovation or a complete overhaul would be. Once you’ve gone through the process of finding a reputable plumber in Melbourne, you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect bathroom!
Make a plan
Planning the layout of your bathroom is the very next step in a redesign. You might not have a lot to work with if you don’t want to pay the expensive costs of re-routing all of the pipes, but ultimately you should do what you can to get the layout that you want. If you are limited by layout, you can play with the size of the sink and the shower to make the floor plan feel different. A smaller sink or glass shower will open up the room, making it feel bigger. Consult with a plumber and a builder to get an idea of what your options are. Once you’ve nailed down your layout, it’s time to start selecting your features!
Select your sink
When it comes to choosing a sink, you will need to consider who uses the bathroom and what your habits are. If you’re renovating a powder room mostly used by guests, you might want a more decorative sink. If the bathroom will be shared by all of your kids, you might want a decent amount of storage beneath the sink and a more functional style. For a master bathroom, couples usually choose to have a double sink so they can each get ready in the morning or for bed at the same time and have their own areas.
Lighting decisions will also require a plan, and possibly an electrician to rewire your current setup. You will most likely want both - some sort of overhead lighting that illuminates the whole space, as well as lights around the mirror. Lights should be mounted on either side of the mirror in order to shine the best light on your face. Your overhead light fixture is where you can be a bit more creative and let your personal style shine with a more decorative piece.
The tub or shower debate
When it comes to choosing a shower, people can have strong preferences. Some people prefer to have a bath tub with a shower overhead, other prefer an in ground, enclosed shower with no bath tub, while others still prefer a separate shower stall and freestanding decorative bath tub. Again, this largely depends on who will be using the space. Having both a tub and a shower can be a luxurious choice for the master bath. It really just depends on your budget. You could even treat yourself to a spa tub!
The tiling dilemma
Tiling is where you can really let your style choices pull the room together. Tiling can be used on the floors and walls to give the room a cohesive look, as well as being practical since the bathroom is a wet area. When it comes to tiles, there are a wide variety of styles, sizes, shapes and colours, which can all be combined to create interesting and unique patterns.
When it comes to tiling your bathroom, one option could be to choose a neutral tile for the majority of the space and use a bright colour or pattern as a border tile or why not go for a simple white tile with a coloured grout?
Whatever your style is, there will be plenty of furnishing and design options for you to choose from. A bathroom redesign is a great way to refresh a functional space and turn it into your own spa-like retreat at home.
So are you inspired to get started on your dream bathroom or a glamorous powder room? What are your main concerns when it comes to redesigning or renovating a bathroom? Share with us in the comments below.
Till next time... take the first step towards the perfect bathroom!
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Rebecca is a writer living in Melbourne with expertise in creating witty, insightful and engaging content. Her articles have been published widely and she is a prolific contributor on social media platforms.