When it comes to plumbing, electrical and sanitary connections there is a real risk of causing accidental damage to your property which may not be covered by your home insurance unless you have taken separate renovation cover. Using a registered builder means you will be covered by their public liability insurance against any accidental damage and they will provide a guarantee for their workmanship.
- Tiles are an obvious choice of material here but wooden or concrete floors and painted walls have their place (carpet is not recommended, however).
- The fashion is for larger tiles rather than smaller and these help convey a sense of a larger space when the room in small; conversely, small mosaic tiles are still very fashionable and work well in small spaces, too.
- Fixtures come in a range of materials – examine the performance characteristics before making decisions.
- Tapware is important to the look and feel of your room and modern built retro designs are an option along with modern designs; consider large mirrors to make small bathrooms look bigger.
- Don’t forget ventilation and heating – especially underfloor heating (very nice in the winter!) and the room must be able to be fully dry within 30 minutes.
- The towel rail should be as big as you can afford and fit – more people, more towels.
- The waterproofing is essential so don’t scrimp – even though you can’t see it, incorrect application will cost you a fortune in repairs.
- Showers should be tempered or toughened glass to NZ Standard. If using imported products, ensure the glass is up to standard.
- Lighting is important, from task lighting for makeup application, to soft non-directional lighting for relaxing baths or midnight visits.
- Can you fit two basins in, or one large on with two taps, so that two people can use the basin at the same time?
- Is the tapware correct for your water pressure - check with your plumber before buying?
- Does the layout work – can you open the shower door without hitting anything, or bend over the sink without bouncing off the wall behind you?
- Is access to the shower and bath easy? Does the door open the right way?
- Do you have sufficient storage for everything you want to keep in the bathroom (makeup, first aid, personal products, medicines (not recommended because of temperature and moisture fluctuations), bathroom supplies)