There is no doubt that bathrooms are very personal. Aside from the fact that it is the room in the house that every member of a household will use on a daily basis, the bathroom is a true reflection of a home. The fact is, aside from being a functional part of a home, bathrooms can sell houses.
After all, an unkept bathroom implies that the rest of the house is uncared for, too. Whether you are looking to make your home more saleable, or you want to create an indulgent, relaxing space for you and your family to use, take a look at our advice on planning your bathroom installation.
When considering a new bathroom there are three main factors that you need to consider: your budget, your needs and, of course, your preferred bathroom design. The choices of bathroom design are almost limitless, as are the prices. So, first off, work out what you can afford. This will stop you from getting over excited and falling in love with a bespoke marble wet room, fit for a king and with a price tag to match! Once you have set your budget, start considering the following:
- Who will use the bathroom? Is it a guest bathroom, an ensuite or a family bathroom? If more than two people will be using it, you will want to consider additional storage to help minimise clutter.
- What do you need? A loo and sink are, of course, a given, but do you really need a bath, or will a larger shower do? If this is a main bathroom, consider having a bath, even if you rarely use it – a family home with no bath is surprisingly hard to sell! A shower over the bath is a good space saving option for smaller rooms.
- What will the bathroom be used for? Aside from the obvious, if the bathroom is likely to be used for shaving, dressing or make up, good lighting and a mirror are essential.
Once you have established what you need in your bathroom, you can start looking at designs. Try to stick to your budget and, if in doubt, consult a bathroom installer as you go for tips and insights. For example, some bathroom installation specialists don’t recommend fixed tiles on bathrooms unless they are on the ground floor – this is because, if there is a leak under the floor, the tiles will have to be ripped up. Each bathroom is different, and its suitability will vary according to your needs and your home, so consulting a professional will help you to avoid making costly mistakes.