Buying and fitting a bathroom can be quite daunting. It can often involve many trades – plumber, electrician, handyman, tiler, painter, designer.
So it's understandable that many of our customers are often afraid to get started. They look around and decide what they want. They can see their chosen bath and sink in their own bathroom and start to get excited.
Then the excitement turns to fear about where to start. Well, the place to start is here.
This guide will explain everything that you need to know about creating your own bathroom so that you can be safe in the knowledge that you're choosing wisely.
Here are our top 5 tips that you should do when you're planning on changing your bathroom DIY Style.
You need to visualise what your bathroom is going to look like. So every good designer (that's you) creates a plan of the room, ensuring to mark out any doors, windows and radiators.
If you are re-designing an existing bathroom, don't forget to mark out any existing plumbing and electrics including the water pipes, sewage outlets, ventilation ducts & light switches. If you are keeping any existing features, draw out their position and size to ensure you choose the right size of sanitary ware, furniture & shower enclosure.
Once you've done your drawing, then it's time to measure up. As all good carpenters say “measure twice and cut once”. Measure the size of the walls, the window frame, the shower enclosure, the sink pedestal, ventilation, pipes, electrical switches etc. And then measure again. That way, you'll know whether your chosen bath or sink will fit in between the radiator and your window for example.
Now that you have a clearer picture of the space you have to work with, you can start to think about the style you want for your bathroom.
And our advice here is to be realistic. If the bathroom is going to be used day-in and day-out by all the family, then don't choose a bathroom that would suit a showhouse. You can still have a gorgeous bathroom but be practical. You don't want to be frustrated if a towel rail has broken off because it wasn't sturdy enough to last a young family for example.
So some questions to ask and truthfully answer here are:
Now that you have a definite idea of what you want, now is the time to start browsing through the catalogue. If it's modern bathrooms, you want simply select that from the menu. Similarly, if you don't want a bathroom but simply a new change of basin and pedestal, browse through the catalogue.
Follow our helpful glossary of terms – just to make sure that you know exactly what the industry term is. (Link to glossary here to open in separate page) All sizes of products are available on the site with a comprehensive description.
Once you know what you want but just need a few questions answered, mail us or call us for that last bit of advice. With all the research that you have done already, you know so much already. We know that so don't be afraid to call. Our customer service team is on hand to help you clarify things. Armed with these five tips, you now have the confidence to purchase your new bathroom fittings and accessories. Your bathroom can now be transformed into the haven that you wish it to be.