Bathroom renovation 101

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1 May 2022

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Design & layout

  • Plan where main features will go, and don’t change an existing layout just for the sake of it – moving plumbing pipes is costly.
  • Layout is largely determined by function. A family bathroom is more likely to require a bath, while an en suite may be more suited to a walk-in shower or wet room.
  • Redoing old tiles, repainting walls and replacing dated fixtures with modern updates is an easy way to refresh and overhaul without the expense of a full refit.
  • Switching to sliding or barn-style doors can be an excellent space-saver.
  • Allow plenty of room in your bathroom design to move around, and keep in mind that slimline heated towel rails and wall-hung toilets create more visual space.

Storage & organisation

  • Store bathroom accessories out of sight in vanity cupboards. If space is an issue, a sleek trolley makes an excellent alternative.
  • Wall-hung vanities with plenty of space underneath make it easier to keep floors clean as they are easily accessed by mops and vacuum cleaners.
  • Mirrored cabinets allow for hidden storage – it’s especially useful if they include power sockets for electric toothbrushes and razors.


  • Consider lighting at staggered positions and heights for different tasks. Choose brighter styles over mirrors, and low lighting – think strip LED lights – under vanities and shelving.
  • Don’t forget good ventilation for health. Invest in a decent fan.

New bathroom checklist

  • Lighting
  • Tiles
  • Vanity and other storage
  • Basin
  • Tapware
  • Shower
  • Ventilation
  • Bath tub
  • Heating
  • Doors and handles
  • Towel rails and hooks
  • Electrical sockets
  • Mirror
  • Bath mat
  • Waste bin
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Hand soap
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Bath mat
  • Clothes hamper
  • Storage baskets
  • Toilet roll holder
  • Toilet brush

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