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Bathroom project checklist

Planning a bathroom renovation can become overwhelming, so a checklist is the perfect way to get organised. To help you navigate the tricky planning stages and to ensure you’ve got everything covered before you start, we’ve put together this handy checklist.

You don’t have to complete the full list straight away; you can print it and take it with you when you visit one of our stores or save it and print it later. Whether you finish it quickly or take your time, researching thoroughly as you go, we’re sure it will help you decide what you’re looking for in your bathroom renovation!

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What kind of bathroom are you creating?

Bathroom type

When building or renovating your bathroom, it’s important to establish what kind of space it is that you are looking to create. This will help you determine how much room you have to play with, as well as crucial details, like who will be using the bathroom, how much wear and tear you can expect in it or which fittings will need to be included.

Having a clear idea of what kind of bathroom you are looking to design will help define exactly what you should be considering when beginning your search.

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What is your preferred style?

Style

There is a range of different bathroom styles available to suit everyone’s taste. Modern bathrooms include clean lines and streamlined finishes, whereas traditional bathrooms will typically have Victorian or Edwardian-inspired features, like a roll-top bath. Classic bathrooms are simple yet elegant, and they’re less likely to date.

Tip: If you want more specific advice for planning the style and design of your bathroom, why not investigate our design consultation service?

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Have you created an inspiration mood board?

Inspiration

You’ll need tonnes of inspiration in order to design your dream bathroom, so why not create a mood board – a scrap book of ideas that includes images, swatches of fabric and colour schemes – to inspire your new design?

Creating a mood board is a fun and easy way to discover new ideas for your bathroom; you can gather ideas from our Inspiration Gallery or from pictures in magazines. Alternatively, if you want to take a look through our brochure, you can request one for free here.

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What do you like/dislike about your existing bathroom?

Design

Think about your existing bathroom and what currently works and doesn’t work for you. For example, do you like the layout or is it impractical; do you have plenty of storage or not enough; is it easy to clean or too much of a chore? Perhaps the style isn’t to your taste, or maybe the whole bathroom just doesn’t suit your needs. Before you get stuck into a redesign, make a list of the things you love and loathe about your current bathroom.

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Can you use your existing plumbing?

Plumbing

Plumbing is a crucial component of a bathroom, providing the all-important functionality of the fixtures. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not your existing plumbing system needs changing to fit in with a new design, or if it can remain as it currently is.

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How long will you need to complete your bathroom renovation?

Timeframe

Depending on how big a project you’re planning, a bathroom renovation can be quite a hefty undertaking. Therefore, you need to consider how long you think the project will take and when would be best for you to carry out your redesign. Perhaps you’d like to get it done before the family come at Christmas, in preparation for putting your house on the market, or maybe you need to avoid the summer months when the kids will be at home.

Figuring out how much time you have to play with will help you finalise your schedule and make sure your project is carried out as efficiently as possible.

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Have you considered a budget for your project?

Budget

There are a lot of things that go into a bathroom project, including sanitary ware, taps, furniture, plumbing, installation and accessories. Knowing how much money you’ve got to play around with will help you to prioritise what is most important in your renovation, whilst also helping our experts to create the perfect design for your dream bathroom! To get you started, our design consultation service is totally free.

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Have you measured your bathroom?

Measurements

Measuring your bathroom is essential before renovating, so you can decide which fittings will work in the space available. It will also provide our experts with the right information when you come into store. If you’re not sure how to measure the space, then take a look at this article in our buyer’s guides.

Tip: The location of your existing plumbing impacts your design too, so it’s useful to bring a few photos of your current bathroom when visiting one of our stores. Try taking pictures of your existing sanitary ware, as well as a few shots of the entire bathroom from different angles (i.e. from the door, from the back wall) to help make your in-store appointment as productive as possible.

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Which of these best describes your water system?

Water system

By knowing what type of water system you have at home, our experts can recommend the products that will work best in your bathroom. Don’t worry, we don’t expect everyone to have expert plumbing knowledge, so just pick the option that you think best describes what you currently have.

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What do you consider important when it comes to bathroom heating?

Heating

There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a warm bath or shower into a cold bathroom, so it’s worth thinking about how to heat your space. Underfloor heating gives you the luxury of stepping onto a warm floor, whilst also helping puddles of water to dry quickly – especially handy if you’ve been bathing the kids, or in a wet room. Heated towel rails are an ideal choice for both heating the room and ensuring you always have a warm fluffy towel to hand. If you’re not sure where to start, why not check out our heating buyer’s guide?

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Will you be tiling your new bathroom?

Tiles

Tiling your bathroom can give it a clean and classic look that will not date quickly. Tiles are useful for more than just your bathroom’s style, though; floor tiles, for example, can be textured to make them slip-resistant, whereas the majority of tiles are very easy to clean, (porcelain tiles in particular are resistant to stains), so they’ll continue to look great without too much effort!

Tip: There’s a huge range of different tiles available at bathstore, so why not check out our tiles buyer’s guide to discover which ones are right for your needs and taste?

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Which core fittings are you after?

Essential sanitary ware

It’s important to plan your bathroom around your life, so it’s well worth getting the right fittings and style to suit your needs and lifestyle, both now and for the years to come. When considering whether to go for a shower or a bath, for example, perhaps one or the other suits your situation better: Couples or young professionals might find they only want a shower, whereas a bath might be a necessity for families.

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Will the bathroom be used by small children, elderly people, or someone with restricted mobility?

Mobility

If your bathroom is used by someone with restricted mobility then the space should be built to accommodate for their needs. For example, choosing a low profile bath, can help them get in and out of the bath with ease. If this is what you’re after, there are options in our Comfort range which have been specially designed for those with mobility issues and young children. You might also want to consider additional fittings, like grab rails or a lower toilet, to make moving around the space easier.

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What kind of taps have you chosen for your bathroom redesign?

Taps

On both your basin and your bath, taps can add real flair to the design as well as being practical or helping you save on your water bills. The two main types of taps that you can choose between are pillar and mixer. Pillar taps come in pairs whereas mixers have one spout to combine hot and cold. There is another option for over-bath showers (bath/shower combination mixer), which has a single tap fixture to control the water flow for both the bath and shower. Alternatively, bath fillers may be the ideal minimal solution for a tub, keeping the design sleek and sophisticated.

Bath and basin taps are available in a range of styles, from traditional and period-inspired to modern. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, then check out our taps buyer’s guides for ideas and advice.

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How much storage will you need?

Storage

Lack of storage is typically one of the biggest complaints people have about their bathrooms, so don’t forget to factor it into your plan! You might want somewhere to simply store cosmetics, (in which case a mirrored cabinet over the basin might be ideal), or maybe you need more space for towels, bathroom linens, kids’ bath toys, and cleaning products – in this instance, a larger freestanding unit will be better suited to your needs.

The appropriate storage will help keep your bathroom neat and tidy, and help you house all your essential items.

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Do you have a window in your bathroom?

Ventilation

Ventilation is a must in any bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, then you’ll need an extractor fan to allow moisture and steam to sufficiently dissipate.

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What type of lighting will you be installing in your bathroom?

Lighting

It’s vital to have good lighting in your bathroom, especially since many of us use this space for getting ready in the morning, whether that’s shaving or applying your makeup. Consider your lighting options in your plan, particularly if your bathroom is windowless and lacks natural light.

Tip: Halogen or LED spotlights are ideal for general illumination in the space, but you might also consider wall lights for more subtle lighting. We also have a number of innovative, illuminated, demisting mirrors, so you’ll always be able to catch your reflection even if the room is steamed up. (Check out our lighting buyer’s guides for more ideas).

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Have you picked bathroom accessories to finish the look?

Accessories

Accessories are often overlooked, but provide a real sense of style and character in the design, not to mention that all-important functionality. Wall-mounted accessories, such as wall-mounted toilet brushes, can be excellent space-saving options for small bathrooms. For bathrooms of all sizes, you might want to look at some essential accessories such as mirrors, towel rings and shelves to help complete the room.

Accessories may be the last thing you pick up after the much bigger items, but no bathroom renovation is complete without them.

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Who will be installing your new bathroom?

Installation

Turning your dream bathroom into a reality isn’t just about getting the right fittings, but having them expertly installed, too. You may already have a contractor in mind, but if not, then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! How about getting a free, no obligation installation quote from us? Find out more about our expert installation services here.

Tip: Did you know that we have a Gold Installation Certificate from the Furniture Industry Research Association and that our installations come with a five-year craftsmanship guarantee?

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