The bathroom has to be a luxurious retreat, a calm oasis in a hectic world where you can feel like a prince or princess. But it also has to be super functional and practical. Renovations can be a daunting process with lots of decisions to make along the way. So, to help guide you, we’ve come up with six essential tips to ensure your renovation project goes smoothly.
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Tiles That Stun
In addition to protecting walls and floors from water damage, tiles play a key role in setting the look, mood and feel of a bathroom. They can open up a space and create your desired ambiance, such as warm and soothing or fresh and revitalising. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a fortune to create the vibe you want. Floor and wall tiles do not have to be expensive, just interesting or textured, anything that keeps the backdrop interesting.
If your budget doesn’t extend to tiling the entire bathroom, no worry. Tile half of the space or just tile necessary areas only.
Installing new cabinet hardware can easily update your space. You may be surprised at just how much one or more cabinets can enhance the style of the room. Strong geometric shapes, clean lines and bold finishes make a bold statement and vamp up your space. Don’t aim to buy the most expensive bathroom cabinets because the most important thing is to ensure they’re fitted well. You may be drawn to flashy designs, but it’s a good idea to keep them light and neutral so that you’ll never tire of them. In addition to thinking about the look, make sure you provide for all your storage needs. This is often left to the last-minute but needs to be considered early on in the process.
Splash Out on Your Shower
Whether you like a refreshing blast to wake up in the morning or a long hot shower to unwind after a busy day, showering is one of life’s simple pleasures. When it comes to buying a shower for your renovated bathroom, don’t buy a cheap unit to save money because it will end up costing you in the long term with leaks, slow draining, and a pan that is prone to cracking. Also, a great shower unit can help to increase the value of your home.
As the old saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Before you start ripping out the old fixtures it’s best to plan carefully. Think about what you like and don’t like about your current bathroom, put together a list of new fixtures, fittings and features you’d like, collect tiles samples and colour swatches to see how colours and textures will work.
Consider how the current electricity and plumbing are positioned and whether you need to reposition. The less you need to reposition, the more money you’ll save. Measure accurately to work out how much space you’ve got to play with and think about finishing touches such as shelves for candles and heated towel rails.
Plan your bathroom carefully because it is a long-term investment, and it will be in situ for a good few years. Maybe invest in the help of an interior designer to help you space plan and to add a few exquisite designer touches.
Get a handle on exactly how much your dream bathroom renovation will cost. A lot of people underestimate the final bill, but it’s not just the fittings, fixtures and a few extras that can cause a bigger dent in the wallet. It can also be the preliminary work such as demolishing the existing bathroom space, site preparation and floor protection. Make sure you have enough funds for the entire project, which should include budgeting for any hidden problems you may encounter.
Let There Be Light
Proper lighting is essential to make the most of the space, but not all bathrooms have an abundance of natural light. For obvious reasons, functional lighting is imperative, but also think about ambient and decorative lighting to help you create your oasis. This doesn’t mean you have to go with fancy and expensive lighting options. Consider basic warm or cool lighting in recessed units and fittings discreetly placed in the ceiling.
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If you are looking to revamp your bathroom or planning new, from design to build, contact Tracey Andrews Interiors for advice and complimentary consultation.