Top 5 things to think about when planning a bathroom

On average people spend upwards of £5000 on a new bathroom. Because of this, it’s key that you properly plan your bathroom well to make sure that everything is planned well before the plumber starts work!

Having installed a lot of bathrooms and shower rooms over the years, there are 5 key things I consider BEFORE work starts to make sure that there aren’t any expensive mistakes that's pop up - which might have been avoided!

  1. Lighting

  2. Heating

  3. Who will use the room

  4. Storage

  5. Privacy


1.Lighting

Lighting is such a key part in terms of setting the atmosphere and also enabling you to wax those chin hairs that seem to grow an inch over night 😉.

Bathrooms tend to be used at different times of the day for different activities. So it might be a good idea to write down what you do over the course of the week and pay attention to the kind of light that would be helpful. I always have different types of light that are controlled on different switches.

For example, my husband needs to get up early when it’s dark to shower and shave and he needs bright overhead lighting like recessed spots and lights around the basin. Personally I like a relaxing soak in the tub at the end of the day and having soft lighting is really essential.

Things to consider are:

  • How much natural light comes into this room? is there a window? Is the room dark?

  • Consider different things you will be doing in the bathroom and at what times of the day.

    • Examples: bath - soft lighting, makeup/shaving - task lighting

  • Design scheme, are you going traditional, contemporary - choose fixtures that will complete the look.

  • Do you use the bathroom in the night - would you want an automatic low light that gives just the right amount of light as you walk in the room?

  • Lighting will need to be thought through before you begin in order that the right points are in place before the tiler starts and the plumber positions the sanitary wear.

Jim Lawrence -Cheltenham wall light in antique brass (£166.40)  Link here  - Inspiration taken from IG @debbies_house

Jim Lawrence -Cheltenham wall light in antique brass (£166.40) Link here - Inspiration taken from IG @debbies_house

Jim Lawrence - Ava pendant light in antique brass (£157.50)  Link here  Inspiration taken from IG @debbies_house

Jim Lawrence - Ava pendant light in antique brass (£157.50) Link here Inspiration taken from IG @debbies_house

Soft lighting | John Cullen Lighting  Link here

Soft lighting | John Cullen Lighting Link here


2.Heating

Although in the summer you will probably want to lie on the cold tiled floor to cool yourself, in the winter it’s another story. There is nothing worse than a cold bathroom which should be a place of relaxation (and sometimes contemplation 🚽).

Heated towel rails are a popular choice to both heat the bathroom and dry/warm the towels and occasionally dry your smalls. However, beautiful some may be, depending on the size or direction the bathroom is facing they may not be adequate to heat the room. Speak to your plumber to check the BTU size required for the dimensions of the space.

Underfloor heating is a good option if the room is particularly cold in the winter, or you like a very warm space. You can install electric which is on a separate thermostat and can be set to come on when you require it. You can also install wet underfloor heating connected to your central heating system.

Things to consider are:

  • How hot or cold the room gets

  • Size of the room (BTU conversation needed with plumber)

  • Design scheme, are you going traditional, contemporary - choose fixtures that will complete the look.

Soak Large Traditional White Towel Rail (£341.99)  Link here

Soak Large Traditional White Towel Rail (£341.99) Link here

Soak Chrome Designer Towel Radiator (£362.99)  Link here

Soak Chrome Designer Towel Radiator (£362.99) Link here


3.Who will use the room?

Most bathrooms serve the whole family, but there will be instances where you may be more mindful about who the bathroom is going to serve. Think about who uses the space and what their needs may be, such as children, adults or those with limited mobility.

Fun use of colour with large double basin -  Link here

Fun use of colour with large double basin - Link here

Bathstore walk-in-shower (from £599)  Link here

Bathstore walk-in-shower (from £599) Link here

We’ve all heard horror stories about overflowing baths coming through the ceiling. Recently someone suggested to me that it would be a good idea to install a grate, linked to the waste pipe in an upstairs bathroom. Then, if the worst should happen and the tub overflows, the water will be able to drain away without causing too much damage to the room beneath.

Image from SimplifiedBee . com

Image from SimplifiedBee . com


4.Storage

You always need more than you think. Ignore all those beautifully styled bathrooms on instagram with a glass tray, succulent and scent bottle and be realistic!!

Make a list of things to store, such as: 9 rolls of toilet paper, towels, potions, make up, bathroom cleaner, men’s potions, children’s toys, medicines, more potions etc.

Things to consider are:

  • What type of storage do you like? drawers under the basin? vanity cupboards?

  • Consider glass shelving

  • You may want recesses installed in the bath or shower area - but this will need to be decided before you start, and depending on the size of the space may or may not be a viable option.

  • Design scheme, are you going traditional, contemporary - choose fixtures that will complete the look.

White Company Ladder storage (£295)  Link here

White Company Ladder storage (£295) Link here

Luxurious storage option by Diff London -  Link here

Luxurious storage option by Diff London - Link here


5.Privacy

Unless you are an exhibitionist, don’t forget the all important locks on the doors and window treatments.

Make sure that the door lock can be opened from the front in an emergency to avoid having to break the door.

If you have obscure glass, you may feel this is sufficient, but if you want to dress the window you may consider plantation shutters, roman or roller blind or even curtains.

My personal favourite is plantation shutters because they are quick to open and close, can direct the outside light if it’s very bright and are more moisture resistant than using a fabric.

Things to consider are:

  • Do you need to update your locks? Teenagers in particular want more privacy as they grow and should be afforded it by being able to lock the door.

  • Do you have obscure glass - if not, vinyl may be a good budget-conscious option so you don’t have to change your whole window

  • Is the window close to the bath? You may be more limited in options

  • Design scheme, are you going traditional, contemporary - choose fixtures that will complete the look.

Hannah Nunn Allium window film (from £30) -  Link here

Hannah Nunn Allium window film (from £30) - Link here

Just Shutters (£POA)  Link here

Just Shutters (£POA) Link here

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