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7 Bathroom design tips your plumber wants you to know


Plumbers spend their days fixing problems. They get to see hundreds of bathrooms each year. With all that experience and exposure to bathroom design I thought it would be a good idea exercise to ask a plumber for some tips. In particular, bathroom design tips and guidance on what you need to think about when designing your bathroom.

Save time by starting out fresh

Strip out all the old bathroom fittings and sanitary ware. This will reduce the time needed to fix or connect to the old fittings, pipes or sanitary ware. A bathroom done correctly is never a quick job. It takes time to fit and check every little joint to make sure all is done correctly.

Think carefully about the layout

Make sure everything fits comfortably with enough space for you to move around. You do not want everything crammed together. In a small space; if you might want to get a a basin, toilet, bath and separate shower, it’s going to be a tight squeeze. Rather buy a larger bath, or a luxurious large shower instead of both

Buy quality fittings

Buying cheap today is not always going to save you money in the long run. A bathroom is an investment and adds a lot of value to your property. Good quality products are available at reasonable prices. Buy well known and established brands as they will always have spares for the future and have a good back up service.

Plan your storage needs

Make sure you know what you want to store in your bathroom and plan for enough storage. Use glass shelves for extra storage and somewhere for decor accessories. Using glass is a great idea as the light shines through it so it doesn’t make the bathroom look cluttered.

Take time to choose accessories

Chosen correctly, towel rails, soap dishes, mirrors etc will help to enhance the materials and design of your bathroom. Take your time to choose these accessories.

Ensure you have ventilation

You need airflow through your bathroom. Any condensation that stands and does not dry quickly will eventually form into that dreaded black mildew.

Aim for clear communication

Good communication is necessary between all parties involved to plan and coordinate the job correctly from start to finish, on time with no problems. Your plumber is there to help you, include him in the designs with your bathroom designer or better yet, ask him to help you plan your bathroom.

It’s always a good idea to involve your plumber in your bathroom design project. They come with so much technical expertise and can really help you and your interior designer create a better bathroom. Hope you found these bathroom design tips useful.

If you are looking at updating your bathroom, book a free interior design consultation with me.

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