Planning your dream bathroom with Naomi Cleaver

Project checklist

Designing a bathroom from scratch can be an overwhelming task, especially if you haven't done it before. But don't worry! Naomi Cleaver takes you through a step-by-step guide on how to successfully plan and design your bathroom. We have even created an easy to follow checklist that will help you make your dream bathroom beautifully simple.

Click here for a copy of the checklist.

Using Common Sense

Designing a bathroom from scratch can be an overwhelming task, especially if you haven't done it before. But using your common sense is the very best way to start, where logic will be your friend.

Bathroom Planning Basics

So the first step to success is to simply familiarise yourself with the basics. For example the dimensions of the space you have to work with, including any ducting or boxing – as maybe, in your new scheme, you can get rid of this to create more space.

Identify the location of the soil vent pipe too, the drain from the loo, which will influence the position of your WC. You want them to be close to one another. You'll also need to know what water pressure you have, as this will either dictate the kind of brassware, or taps, you can use, or help you decide whether it's worth upgrading your plumbing system. Just call your local waterboard to find out.

What about heating? Do you want radiators or toasty under floor heating, which in a bathroom is really cost effective. And when it comes to towel radiators do you want your rad to run through the summer? In this case you'll just need to decide whether you want what's called a dual fuel rad, that can run off electricity in the warmer months, or off your main heating system, off what's called a secondary.

Perhaps you even fancy a TV?

Windows and the quality of natural light in your bathroom are also really important factors in developing a design scheme. You might not have a window at all, in which case you will need to be creative in how you light your bathroom, though you'll need to be sure all the fittings you want to use are correctly IP, or "ingress protection" rated. In other words water-proof.
And if you do have windows it's likely you will need to think about how you make your bathroom private – with either obscured glass, blinds or smart shutters.

Purpose of your New Bathroom

Next you need to decide the purpose of your new bathroom: is it an en suite bathroom and a place of sanctuary? Or is it a family bathroom for all to use?

The answers to these questions will also inform the style you choose. Would a super-efficient wet-room suit? Or a bathroom with a lavish stand-alone bath? You'll also want to have a bit of a think about how your new bathroom will relate to the rest of your home. If you live in an historical building do you want this new space to be in the same style, or be an eye-catching, contemporary contrast.

To help answer these questions do some research. Look at friends and families bathrooms, even hotel bathrooms, and take notes. This will help you to distinguish what you like and dislike when it comes to selecting the look of what you want for your own bathroom.

I also recommend looking through catalogues, brochures and magazines and cutting out the items you like to make a mood board. This will help you to develop your ideas and understand want you really want to achieve.

Bringing your Idea to Life

Once you have a good idea of what you want, create a basic design – either using graph paper or one of the great online tools to help you with this – and bring it in to your local bathstore.
bathstore's helpful staff will then create a beautiful 3D model for you using their state of the art articad system, which will give you a realistic glimpse of how your bathroom will look when finished.

Once you're happy with how it looks, you will need to decide on how you want it installed.

Here at bathstore, they have their own teams of qualified installers ready to go to work. Or, if you prefer to install it yourself, just go to bathstore dot com, where there are some great installation videos to aid you.

Good luck!
Naomi x

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