Bathroom planning: tips and trends

If you plan to remodel your bathroom through construction or renovation - whether you’re looking to create a wonderfully spacious, simple and functional space, or a relaxing spa - it makes sense to have a plan in place.

When planning a bathroom remodel there are questions that should be taken into consideration. From small considerations, such as the style of the bathtub you want, to much larger concerns regarding the amount of space you have available, everything needs to be meticulously planned out before any work begins.

This is why we’ve decided to simplify the process for planning a new or revamped bathroom by providing you some tips and questions to ask before you begin.

Bathroom planning with a freestanding bathtub

Who will be using the space?

Before we can start the actual planning of the bathroom, ask yourself a few questions that will help determine what you will actually need. The last thing you want is to be disappointed when the room is finished!

First and foremost, it’s important to ask yourself, Who will be using the bathroom? Will it just be you? You and a partner? Or a large family? Will guests need to use it as well, if you have no separate bathroom? Next, you consider the ages of the primary users, as elderly occupants might need extra support in place, while younger occupants could be a safety concern. Remember that not every bathroom is suitable for every person.

What needs to be included?

People typically want their bathroom to offer plenty of storage space to accommodate towels and toiletries, but this is not the only concern. Color schemes and furniture styles are important as well. When it comes to your bathtub, do you want a freestanding bathtub or a built-in bathtub? Would a shower better fit your needs? How many vanity units are needed?

Freestanding Bathtub

Instead of focusing on removing unwanted items, spend time thinking about what inclusions would add to your quality of life and work around them. In the example below, the residents have clearly decided that a mineral casing bathtub would be a perfect combination of style and comfort for them and have sought to showcase it as a major feature of the space.

Make a scale drawing

Bathtub Template

Once you’ve decided what you need, you can begin planning the layout of your bathroom. A very important step at this stage is to have on hand the dimensions of your chosen sanitary ware and cabinets, so that you can easily mock up a scale drawing of what the room will look and feel like. This will help you visualize your new bathroom and allow you to move or reconsider any components that you may not like.

There are plenty of layout planning tools online and many companies provide templates of their products, to make the process simpler.

Use quality products

When undertaking bathroom planning, nothing is more frustrating than worrying about the lack of quality once the job is finished. It will be too late to change your mind and you will be stuck with items that you find sub-par until you next remodel. What a nightmare!

You should rely on quality products and goods from the beginning, and though this may seem expensive at first, it will save you money in the long run, as premature repairs or replacement will be avoided. Make sure that the provider you have selected offers a guarantee, so you will be able to sleep at night knowing that your fixtures have a warranty.

When purchasing fixtures, it’s important to have the ability to return them if you need to. Before purchasing your bathroom fixtures, it’s always recommended that you visit a showroom to see them in person. Though this mineral casting wash stand looks breathtaking in a picture, it will give you peace of mind to see it in person.

Think about materials

Freestanding bathtub material

When planning a bathroom, do not underestimate the importance of the materials when it comes to sanitary ware. The times of earthenware and wooden tubs are long gone and cast iron, metal and porcelain are fast going out of style too, even in older properties. The most widely used materials in today’s bathrooms are steel, enamel and plastic sanitary acrylic; however, material development doesn’t simply halt when something becomes popular, and new developments are cropping up all the time.

Although this material has been on the market since 1967, the mineral-organic composite Corian is a great choice. Corian is durable, easy to clean and offers a sophisticated look, with a virtually seamless surface where dirt and mold can’t settle. Mineral casting - a composite of acrylic polymer and natural materials - is similar to Corian, but costs significantly less and is therefore suitable if you are on a budget.

Mineral casting is as durable and easy to clean as Corian and offers a highly insulating effect, which ensures a pleasant feel on the skin. The material is available in matte and gloss finish and it can be used for a bathtub as well as a mineral casting sink.

Consider how to complete the installation

Freestanding bathtub installation

Once you have decided exactly how you want your bathroom to look and have selected all of your new components, it is time to carry out the installation. We know you are probably thinking that this is where the process becomes expensive, but it doesn’t need to, as you can complete it yourself with some skill and patience.

The installation of the bath is divided into three tasks. First, it is important to prepare the stand space. This includes ensuring it is thoroughly cleaned and free from irregularities (as far as possible). Then the freestanding bath can be positioned in the appropriate place and realigned as desired. With the bath in the desired location, the tap and drain can be connected together.

It is important to ensure that the threads engage properly and that the pipe is flexible enough to properly bridge any gaps. Have a professional plumber carry out some tests to make sure there are no leaks. Remember, you can always hire someone to complete the installation process.

Invest in aftercare

Freestanding bathtub care

While you may think that all the hard work has been completed during the installation process, it is the aftercare that really needs commitment! Since bathrooms are used daily and by more than one person in many cases, cleaning your new bathroom regularly is essential.

Today’s bath materials are all pretty easy to care for, but nevertheless, there are some tips and tricks to make sure that you can enjoy their longevity. One tip is to always rinse a bath or shower as soon as you have finished using it, to remove any dirt and abrasive materials.

The aforementioned mineral casting is incredibly easy to maintain and can be cleaned with conventional home cleaning products, though be aware that some items may contain acidic agents that can damage the surface, so make sure to avoid them. Scratches and chips can be fixed with sandpaper, polishing or an appropriate repair kit, making mineral casting a product that will last for many years to come. If you are always on the lookout for bathroom inspiration, take a look at this idea book: Bathroom Shelving.

Are you feeling ready to take on some bathroom planning of your own? What’s the most important feature for you?

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