Before embarking on a bathroom renovation or new build project, you must design the bathroom first. A good (or bad) design can make or break a project: not only does a well-designed bathroom look amazing (and increase the value of your property), but it also means your bathroom will work for your lifestyle.
This article discusses the critical factors involved in bathroom design – and why engaging a bathroom expert at this stage of the process pays dividends.
Step 1: What do you need?
What do you want your bathroom to accomplish, and who will use it? Will you be using it as a primary bathroom a guest bathroom, or are you planning an ensuite? The requirements (and budget) will likely vary for each purpose.
What fixtures and fittings will you require? For example, do you need a bathtub, or will a shower suffice? How much storage space do you require – and what about power points?
Asking these questions at the beginning of the design phase will help develop a clear bathroom concept and its key features.
Step 2: Plan the layout
Your bathroom layout should be designed to maximise space and functionality. You should consider where to place the shower and/or bathtub, sink and toilet so that your bathroom flows intuitively. An experienced bathroom designer will help you make the most of your space by highlighting common bathroom mistakes; they may even use 3D models to help visualise and try out different layouts.
Step 3: Select your fixtures
The fixtures you choose for your bathroom are critical for its overall design and functionality. You should select fixtures that are both practical and which suit your taste while being conscious of your budget.. For example, you could choose between wall-mounted or freestanding vanities, walk-in or alcove showers, and bathtubs. You may also wish to consider factors such as water efficiency, sustainable sourcing and durability when choosing fixtures for your bathroom.
Step 4: Choose the right materials
The materials you choose for your bathroom also significantly impact its aesthetics and longevity. Many materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, natural stone and glass, can be used for bathroom floors, walls and countertops. A specialist bathroom designer can help you choose the best quality materials for your bathroom based on your preferences and budget.
Step 5: Lighting and ventilation
Lighting and ventilation are essential – but oft-forgotten – factors to consider when designing a bathroom. Well-placed LED lighting enhances the appearance of your bathroom while reducing your energy bills – not least by complementing and making the best use of natural light. Adequate ventilation is essential to prevent mould and mildew growth over time, which is unsightly and can lead to health issues.. An experienced designer will ensure your lighting and ventilation are tailored to your requirements.
Why engage a specialist builder?
As the above steps show, designing a bathroom can be complex, especially if you’re inexperienced in construction or design. Good bathroom design is about more than just choosing a vanity, a bathtub and tiles. A hundred different decisions must be made, all of which add up to a perfect bathroom for your lifestyle. Get it wrong, and you’ve potentially wasted thousands of dollars on a room that doesn’t fit your needs.
Engaging a specialist designer and builder helps you avoid costly mistakes and ensures your bathroom is designed specifically for you. Here are some of the main benefits of engaging a specialist builder for your bathroom project:
An experienced bathroom specialist has the knowledge required to design and build a functional, aesthetically pleasing bathroom that makes the most of your space. They’ll also be able to bring innovative solutions and creative ideas to your design, which you may not otherwise consider.
A specialist builder will recommend high-quality, proven materials and fixtures that look great and last years. These may be at a preferential price or even unavailable to the general public.
A specialist bathroom builder will project-manage your renovation, using trusted tradespeople and ensuring minimal hassle or disruption. All you should need to do is enjoy your fabulous new bathroom!
Expanse Builders are your local experts in bathroom design. We’ve designed and built bathrooms in Bayside, Melbourne, for over five years. We ensure every detail is considered before we even start. We use an innovative 3D model that lets you see what the final product will look like and then deliver your dream bathroom with minimal disruption for a fixed total cost.
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