What To Think About When Installing A New Bathroom

March 24, 2015 2:38 pm

Getting a new bathroom is an exciting proposition. It will handsomely add value to your house, you will have sparkling bathroom to relax in and you may look forward to a more satisfying shower to wake you up in the morning. However, it is not an undertaking that should be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider before installing your new bathroom. Here are a few considerations to bear in mind before you commence the project.

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Set your Budget

A new bathroom is never a cheap development to your home. Making a decision early on about how much you want to spend on the renovation is probably the best way to guide you through the process of planning and building your new bathroom. A lot of the following considerations will be informed by this element.

DIY or Professional?

While there is lots of advice on the internet about everything including installing a new bathroom, most people will opt to hire in a professional to do the job for you. When it comes to hiring a plumber for this job ensure you put in the research and aim to get as many recommendations as possible.

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Comparing Quotes

The famous tactic for getting quotes is to gather three and go for the middle one. The idea being that this isn’t the most expensive so you are not shelling out more than you need to, but it is also not so cheap as to question the quality of the work.

Design v Function

Function has to come first when planning your bathroom, therefore ensure you consult a plumber on elements such as water pressure and waste pipes before choosing the layout and appliances you wish to install.

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Where to Shop

With most high street shops now having an online present you can get a good idea of what style of bathroom you would prefer from the comfort of your own home. Browse a site such as Ideal Standard to see the latest styles and get an idea of price of units.

Resist Damp

A key job of any bathroom design is to be resistant to damp and mould. Good ventilation should be central to your anti-mould strategy but you also need to consider anti-damp paint, tiling or if you prefer, varnishing wallpaper.

Lighting

According to the experts, 4 watts of incandescent lighting per square foot is advisable, but you should always try and maximise natural light in your bathroom space. However, this can be difficult when, as often is the case, the bathroom is the smallest space in the house.

Eco Factors

Hopefully, this is something you are conscious of whenever you are making large changes to your home. There are plenty of options for your bathroom to ‘go green’. Even if you are not concerned with the environment, something like a low flow toilet will save you money – something which everyone can get on board with.

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