How to Plan Your Bathroom Renovation With Bespoke Joinery
Planning a bathroom renovation can seem like an insurmountable task before you begin, but with the right approach you can make it through your renovation project – minus the stress.
Without a clear plan, bathroom renovations can blow out on time and budget. Before you jump into updating your bathroom with bespoke joinery in Sydney, make sure you have given consideration to each of these elements.
1. Put function first
Who and how you use your bathroom will play a large role in what direction your renovation takes.
Things to consider include how you like to use your bathroom – is it shared with the laundry? Do you need a space to sit and apply makeup? These questions will influence how you plan your new bathroom.
Similarly, who will use your bathroom? One element many homeowners forget, for example, in the bathtub – a bathtub for a family versus a bathtub for a couple looks quite different to one another.
How many people use your bathroom will also influence your cabinetry. A couple might love tall, shallow cabinets above the vanity to store products; whereas a family may need a double sink vanity with deep cupboards to house cleaning supplies and additional towels.
2. Decide on a layout
The layout of your bathroom will be influenced at least in part by the shape of the space.
Long narrow bathrooms are best suited to have the shower occupying one end of the room, whereas square rooms allow more flexibility but can also lead you into the trap of wasted space.
The main elements you’ll want to place in your bathroom are the shower, the bath (for larger bathrooms), the toilet and your vanity using bespoke joinery in Sydney.
Plumbing can be moved if your current layout doesn’t match your new floorplan, though be aware the costs for this can add up quite quickly.
3. Designate wet and dry areas
Too often we think of the bathroom as a ‘wet room,’ and forget to account for defined wet and dry areas within the space.
Keep showers and baths away from the bathroom entry as a high traffic area, minimising the risk of slips and trips. Toilets and vanities work better close to the door, but be mindful that it’s unlikely your guests want the toilet to be the first thing they see when walking in!
The type of shower screen you opt for will help to keep wet and dry areas separate. Keeping your towel rack close by also ensures that your dry areas stay dry.
4. Choose your design theme
The design elements you choose for your bathroom are a great way to inject some personality into the space.
Many homeowners choose to mirror or complement the kitchen design by including bespoke joinery in Sydney. This helps to make your home feel cohesive and is a good point of reference if you don’t have a solid design style in mind.
Other design decisions include:
- Palette: do you like a bright or dark bathroom?
- Materials: what bench surface do you want for your vanity?
- Finishes: what style of hardware and tapware do you like? Will this match other rooms in the house?
- Lighting: what role will lighting play in your bathroom?
5. Decide on a tile
As a predominantly wet area, tiles play a crucial role in your bathroom. Choices like tile size and grout colour may seem relatively small but can have a big impact down the track.
As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the tile, the easier your bathroom will be to clean. Grout accumulates dirt and grimes the fastest, so naturally will need more frequent cleaning.
Opting for a grey grout colour can help to offset the appearance of any grime that does build-up, whereas white grout will be a lot harder to keep clean.
Last but certainly not least, planning out your storage is a decision that will pay for itself many times over.
In smaller bathrooms where every inch of space needs to be functional, medicine cabinet-style cupboards behind your mirror can be a clever way to add in some additional storage space.
Where your vanity is quite deep against the wall, consider how a drawer may be more functional than cupboards where the back might be harder to reach.
Recessing a shelf in the shower is another way to integrate storage without cluttering the overall aesthetic.