If the kitchen is the heart of a home then the bathroom must surely be the soul. A beautiful bathroom layout can be a sanctuary and a place of solitude where you can wind down at night with a long soaking bath or energise yourself with a refreshing shower in the morning.
Redesigning your bathroom can be a daunting task when you consider how much it involves – from the overall design to details like the size of fixtures and types of materials used for the walls and floors. However, it can also be exciting to shop for all the beautiful and innovative fixtures and stunning floor tiles and wall coverings available on the market today. So where do you begin? You first would probably want to see what has to offer Zen Stone.
• Sizing it Up
Designing your dream bathroom layout to perfection is a fundamental step to ensure that it will not only last for many years but also provide you with the luxury and comfort needed to create a great bathroom experience. Sizing is very important so make use of a good tape measure to accurately determine the exact dimensions of the space. Accurate measurements will be invaluable when choosing the type and size of the units you wish to install in your new bathroom.
• Choosing a Layout
The most common bathroom floor plans tend to fall into three main categories: One, Two, or Three-Wet-Wall Layouts. A wet wall refers to where fittings like the bath, shower, basin, and toilet will be plumbed into a wall. A wet wall layout is used to determine where to run the pipes and plumbing lines attached to the fittings.
- A One-wet-wall layout will have all the fittings arranged along the same wall. Because the plumbing required is less complicated it will be more cost-effective compared to Two or Three-wet-wall layouts. A downside to this type of layout is that you will have less choice when designing your perfect bathroom suite.
- A Two-wet-wall layout will give you more options. For example, you can have the shower plumbed into one wall and the toilet, sink, and bath into a second wall. This is a more expensive option, however, it gives you more choice.
- A Three-wet-wall layout enables you to plumb your fixtures into three different walls. This is obviously the most expensive option but it does give you the luxury of designing design your ideal bathroom.
It is always worth taking into consideration the existing bathroom plumbing that is already in place as moving pipes around is a complex process that will certainly increase your costs.
• Getting the Lighting Sorted
When designing your bathroom remember to factor the lighting into your overall costs. Where you place the lighting is important to create the right ambience you need. You should also consider using the existing wiring you have as it will save you money. If the bathroom mirror will be used for grooming purposes you may want to consider installing appropriate lighting above and on either side of the mirror to maximise illumination and reduce shadows.
• Renovating the Space
A small, pokey bathroom space can be transformed into a modern, sparse bathroom suite by ripping out the bath and shower fixtures and replacing them with a simple walk-in shower that will create more space. Bathrooms in the UK are usually small which is why shower baths have become a popular option that combines the flexibility of a bath for the occasional soak and the convenience of a shower for everyday use.