Posted by: Fonte Dei Marmi | August 18, 2010

Top five things you need to know before you start designing a bathroom

Starting our series of bathroom design, installation and maintenance blogs we’re kicking off with the basics; the things you need to know before you even start designing. With this information, either on paper or in your head, you can confidently start the design process and get practical, relevant advice and assistance. Without this information you can walk into a bathroom showroom and lose a day and quite possibly, your mind! With it, you can be in and out in an hour with a very good idea of what you can have, how it will look and when you can be enjoying the bathroom you want.

Know the size and shape of the bathroom1. Know the shape and size of the bathroom – know what it is you’ve got to work with. Is it an existing bathroom, an entirely new room as part of an extension or a room converted from a different use? If the room is an odd shape you need to consider whether or not you will be squaring it off. Will you be constructing any new walls or partitions? Know the measurements of the bathroom, as it will be after any changes. Measurements are key. Be sure to take into account window positions and include their height.

Know your boiler type, water pressure and flow rate2. Know your boiler type, water pressure and flow rate – these are things often overlooked when starting the design of a new bathroom. It’s a good idea to get a plumber to test your water pressure (measured in ‘bar’) and your flow rate. Knowing your water pressure will give an indication to the type of brassware (taps and showers) you can have. Knowing which type of boiler you have will also determine whether the water pressure can be enhanced using a pump should your needs require.

Know the location of existing pipes3. Know the location of existing pipes – this sounds obvious although often forgotten. In many cases, depending on the floor, pipes can be moved so you will have a lot of flexibility with design of the room. The position of the soil pipe will determine the position of the toilet unless you use are going to install a macerator or extend the soil pipe internally, which may require boxing in.

Know the application4. Know the application – who is going to use the bathroom and how will it be used? Will it be a family, guest, en-suite or kids bathroom? Is it a wet room you’re after? Will elderly people use it? Consider if the user is advancing in age, they may be fine to jump into a bath now or turn sleek smooth taps but what about in 5 or 10 years time? Is the property one in which you will be living for a number of years? Will it be rented out? Or short term, perhaps doing it up to sell.  Being clear on this will give a clear indication of the types and styles of the products you need in your new bathroom. 

Know the existing floor construction5. Know the existing floor construction – If you don’t already know the type of floor you have then this is a good time to investigate, you may have to lift a couple of tiles, some carpet or whichever flooring you have now. A pain? Yes! But it will save you a lot of time, effort and perhaps cash, if you know what you’re working with.  You will know if there are any limitations; such as moving pipe work, shower trays or floor coverings. Your most important consideration at this point is whether your floor is joisted or solid (for example, concrete).

In our next blog we will be continuing with aesthetics, maintenance and safety considerations.

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Responses

  1. Great post… some sensible advice, I particularly like the way it covers the important stuff that is often overlooked.

    Thanks
    Steve Hatch
    Twitter name – SteveAtCastles

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