A good bathroom is a major selling point. Shaynna fills us in on a few basic do's and don'ts.
- Firstly, have a plan. An end result will help you stay on track financially, and in terms of design.
- One of the most expensive things to change in any bathroom is plumbing. So better to avoid moving it if you can. And remember try to keep pipe work accessible – you may need to do repairs in the future.
- Small changes can have a big impact. Updating fixtures and fittings is sometimes enough to give your bathroom a new lease of life.
- Choosing the right colour palette for your makeover is crucial. You don’t want to have to redo the whole thing in a couple of years.
- For the permanent elements like tiling, vanities, sinks, baths and toilets go for neutral tones. You can always introduce accents of colour with accessories.
- If you plan to install a bath, make sure the floor has enough support. Factor in the weight of the bath, then add the water and a person. That's pretty heavy.
- Don’t forget storage and be clever about where you put it. Using a vanity under the sink or overhead cabinets will hide clutter behind closed doors and give the illusion of more space. Glass or frameless shower screens will do the same thing.
- The most important thing when it comes to renovating bathrooms is not to cut corners. It may be tempting to save a few dollars with low quality materials, but in the long run it could cost you.