New Bathroom Renovation Guide

Bathroom Renovation Guide

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Bathrooms and en suites may be the smallest rooms in the house but to carry out a refurbishment involves almost every trade from plumbers to tilers, painters and plasterers. And the key to getting it right is organisation. These small projects have a tendency to drag on, so to ensure the contractor and his crew are out of your hair as swiftly as possible make sure you have bought everything before the builder starts. This means all materials can be delivered as soon as they are needed on site. This will avoid unnecessary delays. Think about the details that you would like to include and discuss all of them before work starts. For example, if you want a recess in your shower to hold shampoo and shower gels, be clear about this from the outset as it will be difficult and costly to install after the tiler has started.

Calculate the floor and wall areas separately and allow a minimum of 10 per cent extra for wastage. When getting a quote for tiles make sure that the supplier includes grout adhesive and tile trims as this can be an unwelcome extra cost once you have committed to a particular tile.

When choosing shower doors there are a number of options: off-the-shelf or the bespoke frame-less glass screens and doors that are made to order and need to be measured once all of the tiling is finished.

Another important consideration is the power source for lighting around mirrors and shaver sockets. A great idea if you are fitting a mirrored cabinet is to get the contractor to install the socket inside the cabinet so that your toothbrush or shaver can be stored inside while charging keeping surfaces free.

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The Importance Of Bathroom Hygiene

Our guide to help prevent you from getting the flu or cold this winter 2014.

Germs get into our homes all the time – on people, food and pets and sometimes through our water supply. It is difficult to know whether there are enough germs to create or cause an infection as it depends on each individual, how contagious the germ is and if the conditions mean it can spread easily. You should clean the kitchen before the bathroom and you should clean the sink and shower first and the toilet last. You should also have separate cleaning cloths for the kitchen and bathroom, and for the toilet and the bath/sink. The bathroom is a high-risk area for infection. There are a lot of things in the bathroom that carry germs and if you touch these things the germs can get onto your hands and move to another area, such as the kitchen, or onto another person.

To prevent infection you should:
• Always wash your hands after using the toilet or bathroom
• Make sure you keep your bathroom clean
• Use hot water and detergent for cleaning your bathroom
• Use separate cloths for cleaning the bathroom
• Clean your sink first and your toilet last
• Clean the areas that you touch regularly, such as your toilet, flush and taps
• Clean your toilet bowl regularly with a lime scale remover. You shouldn’t use bleach as it can stop good bacteria breaking down solids if you have a septic tank or bio-unit.




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Planning Your Dream Bathroom

Planning Your Dream Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. Careful planning is required to ensure you end up with a bathroom to suit your needs.

Fitting a new bathroom is a chance to review what you want from the room.

  • Think about who uses the room and how it is used:
  • Do you prefer to have a quick shower and wash?
  • Do you like to luxuriate in a bubble bath?
  • Is a shower over the bath good enough or would you prefer a separate shower and bath?
  • Do you need storage for all your towels, toiletries and essentials?
  • Do you need to consider the needs of young children or the elderly?
  • Get a good idea of what you want from your new bathroom before you start and it will make your planning that bit easier.


Draw a scaled plan ideally using graph paper, and mark on existing plumbing points, such as water supply and soil outlet. Re-positioning items is possible, but can be costly if the plumbing needs to be changed, so bear this in mind when planning the room. If in doubt consult a qualified plumber.

Don’t forget about:

  • The position of doors and the way they open
  • The position of windows and their height from the floor, also the way they open
  • The type of water supply system you have and where it is located
  • Heating and ventilation – consider an extractor if your bathroom is small or has no windows
  • Storage space – fitted bathroom furniture can make a bathroom look sophisticated and clutter free whilst covering unsightly pipes
  • Safety – you may want to consider handrails and non-slip surfaces if you have elderly family members
  • Cut out shapes of the bathroom suite you like and play around with them in the room, you will see how well they fit into the space and it may give you ideas. Make sure you have enough activity space around each item, as a rough guide allow 700mm in front of a toilet and basin andat least 1000mm in front of a bath.


If you have a small bathroom you may need to think more creatively about your space.

Consider the following tips to help you turn less into more:
Move or re-hang the door

  • If you have an airing cupboard could it be moved into another room?
  • Move or change the radiator, many different sizes, shapes and styles are available now, from tall and thin to short and wide and even spiral! Another option to consider would be under floor heating
  • If you find that one bathroom is not enough for your family consider other options, could you install an en-suite shower room in a corner of your bedroom? Or perhaps a cloakroom under the stairs?
  • Some bathroom suites have been designed to fit into small and awkward areas, the Space range from Ideal Standard includes a corner wc and basin, a specially designed shower bath to give you a larger showering area and even a range of furniture to fit into smaller rooms.

The style of your bathroom will influence your choice of suite, think about your tastes, do you prefer sleek and sophisticated, classic and contemporary, traditional or even something a bit different? Bear in mind the size of your bathroom, suites are available in all sorts of sizes.

Basins for example usually vary from a roomy 65cm to a petite 45cm. They can have a pedestal or semi-pedestal For use with wall mounted washbasins. The semi-pedestal is fixed to the wall under the washbasin and clear of the floor. The semi-pedestal does not support the washbasin but is used to conceal the pipeworkor can be fitted into a countertop. Corner basins are also available. Consider having two basins to cut down on queues for the bathroom!
Baths can be anything from a compact 150 x 70cm to a luxurious 180 x 90cm. They can be rectangular, free standing or fitted into a corner. You can fit a shower over the bath and install a shower screen or curtain. Whirlpool and Airspa versions are available.
Showers can be fitted over the bath or if you have the room in a separate enclosure. Wetrooms – where the whole room is a wet area for showering in – are becoming increasingly popular, but need special installation by professionals.
Wcs can be close-coupled – where the bowl and cistern are next to each other and look like one unit – back-to-wall – where the cistern is hidden behind furniture or ducting – or wall-hung – where again the cistern is hidden but the wc is actually set off the ground to give a clean look and more floor area.
More traditional high and low level The cistern is mounted on the wall at low level with the operating lever at hand height. The cistern is connected to a wash down bowl with a flush bendcisterns are also available if you want a period look.

Don’t forget to build in space for storage. Think about what you need to store – toiletries, towels, cleaning materials. Fitted furniture will provide storage space and hide ugly plumbing. Also consider shelving, boxes, free standing or wall mounted cupboards or even trolleys on wheels.

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