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The bathroom basics: Key questions to ask yourself before starting a project

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Take a look at our questions below before you dive into your next big bathroom project!


Before calling an interior designer or booking a builder, run through our list of questions below to firm up what you want out of your renovation.

Remember: It’s better to do the job right the first time!

Want vs. need

One of the most important exercises in any renovation is the want vs. need list. It’s easy (and expensive) to fall into the trap of buying underfloor heating when what you really need is a new bathtub. Draw up a simple list with two columns and get writing! This is also a useful document you can take to a kitchen designer.


Will your needs change?

If you’ve got a growing family, you may want to think about how you’re likely to use your bathroom in the future. You may not need a bathtub now, but it’s essential for children.

What’s your budget?

You’ve likely heard the horror stories of renovations costing twice as much as the initial estimates – they’re not uncommon. So how do you renovate your bathroom without blowing your bank account? With careful, considered planning.

What are your ‘must-haves’?

It’s important to have good, long think about the things you can’t live without. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to mull over:
  • Towel rails – Do you want a place to warm your towel up in winter?
  • Electrical sockets – Don’t skimp on slots to plug in a hair straightener or electric razor
  • Shower head – Do you want a shower head that massages? One that rains water?
  • Storage – Have you got enough room to store shampoos, soaps and other miscellaneous items?
  • Ventilation – Make sure you have appropriate ventilation in place to keep your bathroom dry

First published date: 26 July 2017

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