Bathroom Renovation

There’s no one-size-fits-all for bathroom renovations

For some, the bathroom is a sanctuary, a place to relax with a glass of wine after a long day at work. For others it’s an area where parents wrangle their children in and out of the bathtub and where splashy water-play rules! Although the ultimate objective of a bathroom is for everyone to eventually emerge nice and clean, here are a few design tips to help ensure your bathroom renovation results in a space that you are happy with.

The number one question these days when renovating a bathroom is whether to include a bathtub or not. And the short answer is, there is no right or wrong. If you have young children or are planning on starting a family soon, a bathtub can be very handy. However, when choosing your tub, try a few on for size by kneeling down beside them and pretending to wash your child. Leaning over the edge of a bathtub can be a very uncomfortable position, especially if it’s too deep or the edges are too wide.

If your home has been designed more for those who are child-free, the decision about whether to include a bathtub comes down to your personal preference. Do you like to take a long, hot tub after a big day, or would you prefer to spend your money on a no-threshold shower? Doing away with a raised ledge is certainly worth considering if you have limited mobility and find it tricking stepping into or out of the shower.

Bathtubs aside, have a think about the height you’d like to position your vanity. Does it need to be low enough for small children to reach or for a chair if you like to sit in front of the mirror when applying your make-up? Would the convenience of having two hand basins make that morning rush to work slightly less stressful?

And finally, don’t forget to include adequate lighting, ventilation and drainage! Getting these factors right is critical to a good bathroom renovation.