How to create the perfect bathroom

Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I had a great time catching up with Family and friends. Today I would like to welcome Mark to the SBD blog! He is going to be bringing us some expert advice on designing the perfect bathroom yourself. He has some great tips to share on what to plan for, what steps to take and all of that good stuff. I hope you enjoy!

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There are few feelings more satisfying than being complimented on a room which you have designed from top to bottom.

As one of the key rooms in your house, the bathroom is one that all of your guests will end up visiting eventually.

 Designing your own space can seem like a daunting task, but by following these simple tips you are sure to be onto a winner:

 1) First Steps

 Start off by measuring your space. This will give you a better idea of what you have to work with. You can then draw scaled plans on graph paper, showing where your bath, shower, sink and toilet will go. As you do this, remember to take into account where your existing plumbing is located. Having to move it all can be costly.

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 2) Plan your Budget

 When you have an idea of where everything will go, the next step is to plan your budget. Prioritize the necessary items; additional features can be added at a later date.

 3) Choose your Flooring

 Avoid carpet like the plague. A throwback to a time when rooms were much larger and when carpeting was needed for warmth, it now doesn’t perform well in humid environments. It can easily become damaged or moldy. Stick to laminate, marble or tiled floors. These are a great way to add character to your room whilst still remaining practical. These kinds of flooring are also easy to clean, which is a big plus!

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 4) Select your Fixtures

When it comes to choosing your fixtures, you want to select those which are practical as well as stylish.

 Remember to sit in your bath before you buy it! The last thing you want is to spend time installing a bath only to find out that it is unsuitable.

Look out for a bath with feet rather than one which is built in. This will make your bathroom seem more spacious - great if you only have a small space to work with!

 If you are short on room then a shower/bath combination is also a great idea. If you do not have the space for a sizeable bath, then opt for a large shower; this will help maintain an illusion of space.

 5) Experiment with Lighting

 Lighting can make or break your end result. Try different approaches, such as lights on the floor. These are great for late night trips to the bathroom, as they will protect your eyes from bright lights whilst still enabling you to find your way.

 During the day, natural light is always preferred to artificial. Make sure your bathroom is adequately lit. This will help to save on electricity costs as well.

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 6) Pick the right fixtures

It is important to get your fixtures right. They will definitely be noticed as everyone who visits your bathroom will use them. Choose your fixtures in a style which matches the rest of your bathroom, not on which ones are the cheapest!

 Many companies will offer a 3D rendering service, which will allow you to see what your bathroom will look like when it is finished. Take advantage of one of these services to avoid making any costly styling errors.

 This piece was written by Mark Enright, a writer for http://www.victoriaplumb.com”>Victoria Plumb</a>, suppliers of high quality bathroom fittings.

All sources can be found on my Pinterest "Bathrooms" Board.