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How to begin planning your bathroom

It is true that nobody likes an old an outdated bathroom, but many who may have one, wrongly believe that it will cost a fortune to update it to a modern one, it does not have to. First things first, you will need to carefully plan your bathroom before any work begins and you buy anything. The first thing to do is to draw out a plan on graph paper and metric measurements are really advisable as most bathroom

items are now quoted in metric sizes. This should not show the present position of all the pieces in there at the moment, but where the existing pipework is. If the present bathroom is small, you could consider using corner sinks and toilets, also there are now many items which are smaller than standard and look at wall

hung toilets as an example of saving floor space. Once you have the size and position of existing pipework you can begin to look at what you would ideally like in the room and estimate the possible cost. Remember, the bath and other items do not necessarily have to go where they where previously. Essentially you should have a budget in mind and try not to go over this

limit, make a list of priorities, what you need and what may not be essential. A heated towel rail means you don’t need to make room for radiator. Whether there is a window or not, ventilation should be budgeted for not just to remove any smells, but to prevent damage from condensation, remember this work must be carried out by a fully qualified electrician and certified. If you do not have the space for a shower, you have two options, you can omit the bath tub completely and have a shower enclosure or a wetroom, and alternatively if you feel a bath is essential, then you can either have a shower over the bath, or choose a modern shower bath. Finally you will have to consider whether you fully or part tile the room, or have splash backs. Accessories will complete the bathroom, and will include storage such as bathroom cabinets with mirror and lighting. Whatever your final choices are, initial early planning is the most important.

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