A well-designed bespoke bathroom will significantly enhance your home. Nobody enjoys spending time in an old, slightly grubby bathroom with cracked tiles, mouldy grout and an avocado bathroom suite. If you install a beautiful white suite with a walk-in shower, chrome towel rail and designer tiles, it’s a very different scenario: instead of rushing in and out, you will want to spend lots of time in there!
Designing a bespoke bathroom is way to achieve the right bathroom for your individual requirements. It can sometimes be tricky to make the most of what space you have to work with, so it pays to consider the layout practically as well as aesthetically when planning the perfect bathroom.
Create a 2D Bathroom Plan
Draw a plan of your bathroom and carefully measure up each dimension, making a note of where doors and windows, soil pipes, extraction vents, etc. are. You will already have various fixtures and fittings in place, but unless you are retaining any of these, start with a blank slate.
There are many things to consider when designing a bespoke bathroom.
Think about whether you need storage. Many older bathrooms don’t come with any storage, so you end up with bottles left on the side of the bath and towels stored elsewhere, which is not convenient. Incorporating storage in your bathroom design will lead to a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing bathroom.
This can be achieved in a number of ways. Sink vanity units come with storage in the form of drawers and cupboards. Alternatively, you can go for a fitted unit along one wall that includes a sink and a toilet – this type of design maximises space, which is useful in smaller bathrooms. Fitted units can be built to suit any space; even awkward spaces in non-standard shaped rooms. This is a popular choice for modern bathrooms, as it allows you to select from a range of doors and worktops.
There is nothing worse than stepping out of a hot shower into a glacial bathroom, so think carefully about what type of heating you want. Radiators are typically used to heat a bathroom, but underfloor heating is also useful if you want the floor to feel warm underfoot. A heated towel radiator is a stylish and attractive option for a bathroom, plus it will keep towels nice and warm, but on its own, a designer towel radiator may not give out enough heat for a larger bathroom.
Fixtures and Fittings
Think about what sanitary fixtures and fittings you would like. Standard bathroom suites include a bath, toilet and sink. However, if you never use the bath, consider installing a walk-in shower instead. Or, if you have the room, how about a roll top or freestanding bath together with a shower cubicle? There are many options available, so be creative!
Water pressure is also a major consideration when designing a bespoke bathroom. Gravity fed central heating systems don’t deliver sufficient water pressure for a power shower, so this will directly influence your choice of products.
Floor and Wall Tiles
Tiles are a practical choice for bathrooms, as they are hygienic and cut down on maintenance. Colourful, patterned tiles go well with plain bathroom suites, but neutral colour schemes usually work best if you plan on selling the property.
Lighting is also important. Ceiling spotlights work well in bathrooms, but don’t forget to include extra lighting around mirrors.
It is always advantageous to take advantage of a free bathroom planning service offered by bathroom retailers. They can help you get a good feel for the space and suggest things you might not have considered. You are not obliged to use their products or installers, but do make sure you use a professional bathroom fitter when you are ready to have the work done.