Another exciting part of the project is creating your bathroom. The kind of environment you want your bathroom to have is dictated by materials, space and finish.
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)