There are four stages to planning a bathroom:
- Measuring up and noting the position of the existing services, windows and doors. (It is vital to know where the soil stack is).
- Working out the plan to get the bathroom fixtures where you want them. (Workable space between the items is imperative).
- Deciding upon any structural work which needs to be carried out - creating new or moving existing walls, doors or windows.
- Deciding on any changes to the services (electricity, water, drains) you need.
The bathroom should be a place in which you can feel at peace and relax. Very often the bathroom can be the coldest bleakest room in the home-especially in the depths of winter. With a little thought and a minimal cash outlay, you can transform any bathroom into the comfortable room it should be.
You may be lucky enough to be designing a new home, an extension to include a bathroom or upgrading a property which has never had the proper facilities (yes, even in this day and age). Any of these allow you to greatly influence the size and layout of the bathroom in your home.
Even if you are remodelling an existing bathroom and are restricted to the physical size of the room, you may be able to work wonders. If you're replacing the bathroom suite, you do not need to install the new suite in the same position as the original. You can design the grand bathroom you dream about - but it's actual installation will depend on how much money you are willing to spend and how much inconvenience you are willing to tolerate.
The golden rule is - keep the design simple - and remember that the bathroom can be a selling point for a house.
You should always consult a qualified plumber/bathroom installer to ensure you plan is practical and can be fitted.