Planning your bathroom
Bathroom is no longer for hygiene. We make sure ours is beautiful and stylish, and the devices and equipment designed with environment and budget in mind. Sanitary ware and decorative accessories allow for any interior design dream and vision come true. No limits. Have a precise plan though (not necessary professional one), you will avoid chaos, miscalculations and technical errors – no failures means less spending. Let us being then.
Pro or diy
Let us start by deciding if we want to do everything ourselves or hire a professional. An interior design architect will come useful when planning a large bathroom, or a complex one. We can be sure that the materials will be enough and the whole picture seamless. An architect also means no technical problems. Such a professional usually charges 70-80 pln for a square meter of interior design. Also, computer savvy investors can try and use free interior design software themselves.
Using plotting paper will allow us to fine tune the arrangement of not only sanitary devices, but furniture and accessories as well. It will let us see how much space have we got left after placing all elements and allow us to plan the bathroom with safety and comfort in mind. Measure up and mark all necessary sanitary devices. Remember where the pipes and drains go, where the outlets and inlets are! Water toilet, shower basin and the bath needs to be in the vicinity of the main drain, other equipment up to 3 metres away. If you have enough space, you may want to separate the sanitary space from the recreational one, and even mark a niche for the washing machine.
Sink – leave 30 cm free to either side, optimal height is 80-85 cm, keep at least 20-30 cm distance from other appliances and 100 cm empty space in front of the basin.
Bathtub – a maximum height of 60 cm and 100 cm of empty space in front will offer most conveniant and comfortable use
Shower cabin – 100 cm of empty space in front of it will allow for a convenient access to the shower. Remember to let the doors open fully, they cannot hit any other devices, furniture, décor or other doors.
Toilet bowl – leave an empty space of 20cm on the wall side, optimal height is 40-45 cm and there should be about 80cm of empty space in front of the toilet. Remember to place the bidet nearby, if you plan having one.
Bidet – leave 30cm of empty space on the wall side, make it not higher than 40-45 cm and allow for at least 100 cm of empty space around it
Bathtub or shower cabin?
We adjust our sanitary devices to our bathroom’s size. Mores pace means more options. In case of smaller bathrooms, it is better to choose multifunctional devices. A bathtub can be substituted with a shower cabin with a tray. There are different cabins on the market, with water massage and seats, guaranteeing comfort no lesser than in a traditional bathtub. If we really need a tub and at the same time lack space for a traditional one, we can choose a corner bathtub.
Choosing the colour for walls, tiles and wood is perhaps the most pleasant stage of designing a bathroom. We can let our imagination run wild and design the perfect bathroom of our dreams and wishes. Traditional tiles are easy to clean and very durable, yet they lack coziness. This is why wood is more and more popular in bathrooms. Exotic wood is the best for this purpose. It is perfect for decorations and furniture, but also for floor and wall panels. Soft colours are most popular, as they help with relaxation. Natural colours ? beige, brown, green and blue ? are the best choice. Bright ones will make the bathroom seem larger, dark ones – more elegant and tidy. A large mirror also makes the bathroom seems bigger. When choosing a heater, pick a pipe heater, not a rib frame one. A pipe heater will both warm the room and dry your towels.
When choosing lamps, remember about the various functions of the room. A soft light will help to relax while bathing, bright lights will help with everyday hygiene and a more powerful spot light will help with make-up. Remember to have each type of lights.
Furniture and decorations
Space in a bathroom is precious. It means we should re-use space that seems already occupied, e.g. we put a cabinet under the sink, place niches in walls and hang shelves over the washer. Try not to place things on the floor, it would compromise the space and tidiness of the bathroom. Do not put too many decorations, they will hinder movement and cleaning. Modern sanitary devices are decorative on their own. Try therefore to make the view from the bathroom doors to include the most visually attractive element, e.g. washing bowl with a decorative mirror overhead or a stylish bathtub.
Plan your budget, take into account materials, services and labour. If you do not have a trusted renovation crew, request for quotation from several companies. Ask for estimated budget, length of works and a guarantee.