Lockdown has probably forced a lot of us to give a long hard look at what does, and what doesn’t work in our homes. It’s also given us the perfect opportunity to plan those renovations we have had on the back burner for some time. And nothing needs forward planning as much as a bathroom renovation! In fact, whether you are planning a new bathroom or renovating an existing scheme, there are a number of considerations to make before you begin to ensure a smooth process. I also believe in picking the brains of the experts whenever possible, so Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C. P. Hart, shares here his five steps to design the dream bathroom.
When planning a bathroom, always start with the layout. This layout of the scheme is primarily dictated by the position of the soil stack pipe for the WC and whether it can be moved or not. The toilet has stricter limitations than moving pipework due to the fall of the waste. Once you know where this is positioned, you can start thinking about where the basin, bath and shower will go.
Once you have your layout and therefore you measurements, the exciting part starts – you can create your moodboards and choose your products. Don’t forget about towel rails and heating when considering all of this. One big mistake we often see is once having left the shower, people have to walk across the bathroom to reach their towel.
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Bathroom lighting is as important as positioning the sanitaryware. The overall mood and atmosphere of the bathroom is dictated by the lighting scheme, so this should be decided prior to signing off any designs. Make sure you consider lighting without relying too heavily on downlights. Although these are fantastic at giving an even covering of light, they are not the most sympathetic and can often take the charm out of a room, leaving it looking clinical.
Try using two lighting circuits, one for the downlights and another which includes more inventive feature lighting. For instance recess lights, under basin lights, wall lights and marker lights fitted to the floor to uplight the bath.
Showers and Wetrooms
The first thing to consider with a shower is the type of floor you have. Whether you choose a shower tray or a tiled floor, an anti-slip option is essential. Many steel trays offer an anti-slip surface and composite trays are often matt in finish for additional grip. If you are tiling the shower floor, it’s incredibly important to choose a matt finish tile, rather than a gloss finish which could be dangerous.
If opting for a wetroom, there are several designs available. You can choose ultra-minimal frameless options to the bold black Crittall styles now popular. It’s important to note that if the width of the panel is larger than 1100mm you will require a bracing bar for stability. These can either be fixed to the wall or the ceiling depending on the design. Some homeowners however, prefer an entirely enclosed shower rather than a walk-in. The benefit of this is that the heat is kept within the showering space.
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Baths come in many different shapes, styles and materials, and consequently there are baths for every budget, style and need. Freestanding stone, composite, and cast-iron baths are at the high-end of the price spectrum and offer substantial benefits compared to inset steel and acrylic tubs. Composites ar warm to the touch and can be repaired easily, while cast-iron baths arguably have the best heat retention properties.
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Brassware is one of the most important elements of any bathroom. As working parts with continuous water flowing through them, they need to be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Of all the elements that make up a bathroom, we recommend investing in quality brassware to ensure longevity. Most brassware is wall mounted which makes it harder to fix. Therefore, paying more for brassware at the beginning will pay dividends later on.
It’s also important to pick products that suit a property’s water pressure. Older Victorian properties for example, typically do not have suitable plumbing to give enough pressure for large overhead showers.
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It might be worth noting that the C. P. Hart Design Service is open for virtual consultations. From initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to style advice and installation.
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