Things to consider at the beginning of your project and factor in early on in the planning process.
◇ Allow delivery time for products and installation schedules.
◇ Some works may require a permit, allow for application and approval time.
◇ The service supply of water pipes and drainage will be a determinant of the bathroom layout.
◇ Installation of proper moisture extraction and efficient ventilation.
◇ Niches, they seem a small detail but play an important role in the function of a modern shower and bathroom, keeping bottles from cluttering the shower base or a convenient foot rest shaving shelf. They are part of the early planning stages.
◇ When choosing a heat source - The installation of an underfloor heating system. Heated towel rails require timber fixing points and electrical supply.
◇ Mirrors should be considered early on as part of an overall harmonious composition with the vanity, basin and other details and to create the illusion of a larger space in smaller bathrooms.
◇ Lighting, whether aesthetic or functional, the type and location will need to be determined early on.
◇ As part of the layout and construction process, storage options and design are an important feature.
◇ If tiling, it’s worth spending the extra to have walls properly prepared by straightening timbers to remove lumps, giving an even and lasting finish.
◇ When installing a rain shower or certain shower hoses, bear in mind the size and capacity of the hot water cylinder to supply a higher volume of water.
◇ The project must be managed efficiently ensuring all trades are scheduled to minimise the time and inconvenience of being without the use of your bathroom.
By Maxine Young, Manro