Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Planning a Bathroom Makeover

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Apart from having a vital function, the bathroom along with the kitchen should be rooms that really are statement pieces in your house. ItÂ's important therefore to plan every aspect of each room carefully. For example, in the bathroom you should concentrate on things from the bathroom suite itself through to the wall finishes and floor coverings. Always take your time when choosing bathroom suites to make sure you get the right one to suit your space and family needs.

The Future Value

However when youÂ're planning a bathroom, you must not only think about your familyÂ's needs but also what will be attractive to future buyers of the house. Opting for a shower in place of a bath may put off some people for example so fit in both if you can. Think about how to use the space most effectively too. If you have a large room double basins are an attractive and practical feature. You can also look at building in storage space with a vanity unit instead of a normal pedestal basin. This gives you cupboards or drawers so you have somewhere to keep clean towels, spare toiletries and so on without the room looking cluttered.

ItÂ's Bigger on the Inside

If your bathroom is small you can use various tricks to make it look bigger. Choosing the suite to make the best use of the space is vital, look at things like corner baths and basins for example. More general tips include using mirrors and bright lights along with paler colours for tiles and floor coverings to give a greater sense of space.

Take your time at the planning stage as itÂ's easier to identify problems before you start work and it helps you ensure you buy the right fittings for your needs. Draw out a plan on a piece of paper – or there are websites that can help you with this – and identify things like waste pipes and radiators so you know how much space you actually have to work with. The waste system is most important to get right as pipes must slope down to the soil pipe so you need to take account of this in your planning. Because bath and shower outlets are generally low down waste pipes may need to run under the floor or you may need a raised platform in order to get sufficient fall on the pipe. Showers need careful selection too, make sure you get one thatÂ's compatible with your water supply and decide if you need a pump to give extra pressure. Remember that Building Regulations apply to bathrooms so make sure that all of your fittings conform to the right standards.

Of course whatever you do itÂ's important to ensure you get a professional job. Plumbing and tiling need professional expertise if theyÂ're to be done well. It pays to get a professional in as a botched job is likely to prove expensive to put right.

Turn your bathroom into a statement piece, creating a stylish space by installing beautifully built bathroom suites and make your room feel bigger on the inside. Not sure where to start then try one of the many online specialists for advice and help.

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