Bathroom planning checklist

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It might be easy for you to choose the look of your bathroom – but have you thought about its function – what goes where and what type of product to purchase? There are a lot of factors that determine how the space is going to turn out, so HomePrize have put together a list of what you should think about before diving in full throttle into planning your bathroom.

Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning. Consider if each item is essential, optional, or not important:

  • How many of you use the bathroom, any special needs?
  • How many will use the room at the same  time? 
  • New vanity – more bench space, drawers, special tops?
  • New basin – double basin, wall hung, what height? 
  • New toilet – wall hung, separate toilet room?
  • Bidet – wall hung? 
  • New bath – spa bath, room for two, any special style?
  • New shower – walk-in, room for two, tiled surface? 
  • Shower head – water saver, massage unit?
  • New taps, mixers, faucets for shower, bath, basin
  • New hot water tank, electric/gas, instant water heater?
  • Towel storage – rails, heated rail, shelves? 
  • Dressing – full length mirrors, robe hooks
  • Make-up – storage, mirror with lighting, bench space
  • Shaving – storage, mirror with lighting, shaver point
  • Hair drying – storage, RCD power point 
  • Laundry area for dirty washing, ironing, cleaning items? 
  • Room for exercise equipment? 
  • Shelves for display
  • Space for other items – bathroom scales, rubbish bin, radio
  • Lockable medicine cabinet
  • Heating – under floor, radiator
  • Ventilation – vents, an automatic fan
  • Showerdome? 
  • Natural light – windows, skylights, glass bricks
  • Windows – view to outside or frosted glass?
  • Other privacy considerations – part-wall or frosted glass? 
  • General and mood lighting, task lighting dimmers
  • Wiring – for RCD power points, new lighting, appliances
  • Wall finish – wet surfaces, paint, paper, tiles 
  • Floors – tiles, wood, cork, vinyl 
  • Window treatments – blinds, shutters 

Make a small space look bigger

  • Choose wall hung fittings – they make it easier to clean the floors too.
  • Use large size floor tiles rather than small ones – they add drama and thick the eye. 
  • Make the room light – pick light colours and fittings, add a window or skylight. 
  • Add a big mirror – putting another one on the opposite wall magnifies the effect. 
  • Visually extend the room by giving it an outlook – a window or screened off garden perhaps?  

Interested in renovating your bathroom? Want inspiration? Have a look at our Bathroom projects.

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This article featured on page 44 in Issue 020 of Renovate Magazine. Renovate Magazine is an easy to use resource providing fresh inspiration and motivation at every turn of the page.

This bathroom planning checklist was provided by Homeprize.

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