Designing a bathroom may sound like a daunting task. From plumbing to aesthetic design, there are many things to consider. There is a lot that can potentially go wrong when designing a bathroom, so we have come up with a few tips to help you out!
Bath or shower?
Deciding whether to have a bath or shower is one of the most important decisions when designing a bathroom and this will affect every other aspect of the planning process.
If you have the space for it, a bathtub can be relaxing and aesthetically pleasing. If you want to have a tub but save on a bit of space, a bathtub with rounded edges usually takes up less space than a rectangular tub.
If you are short on space, a shower is probably a better option. Modern showers can be almost as luxurious as a bath! If you want the best of both worlds, a bath/shower combo is an ideal solution.
Always make sure that your bathroom is correctly plumbed! Plumbers like Maintracts Services can help you with this.
Sink and toilet placement
The sink should ideally be placed as close as practically possible to the toilet. If it is too far away, it will be inconvenient for people to wash their hands after using the toilet. The sink and the toilet are usually best placed as far away from the door as possible.
You may even want to have the toilet in a small water closet next to the main bathroom. This can be a good solution if you live in a busy house full of people who may want to use the toilet while somebody else is taking a shower or bath. If this isn’t possible, you may be able to place a small dividing wall between the toilet and the shower/bath in the same room.
Establish a “wet zone”, where the floor may get wet as people step out of the bath or shower. Ideally, this should be between the bath/shower and sink, and as far as possible from the door and towel rail. The entrance to the bathroom is usually best as a “dry zone” so people do not have to walk through puddles when entering the room! Keep a bathmat in the wet zone to avoid puddles spreading.
Lighting and design
Of course, aesthetic design is subjective. You may choose a sleek, ultra-modern look, or something more rustic. Whatever you choose, make sure that the materials are hygienic and ideally not prone to rust or mould.
Ideally, a window should let in natural light. However, frosted glass is usually best for privacy. If you can, a skylight can let in plenty of natural light while keeping your privacy! A mirror is not only useful when getting ready in the morning but can also make the room seem more spacious.
You will probably have various toiletries to store in the bathroom. A common space for shelving is above the sink, and many sinks also have a cupboard underneath, A wall-mounted cabinet is also an excellent storage solution if you have space.
After planning your ideal bathroom, it is usually best to show it to a contractor so you can check that your design is feasible and optimal.