Bathroom Designers

If you are considering remodelling an existing bathroom or building a new one, a bathroom designer can help you save time by developing an effective and attractive space. A designer will help you look at various designs and develop your ideas. Using a designer will help you choose a bathroom style and layout that matches your personal tastes while complementing the rest of your house and providing a functional space for you and others to use.

Choosing the Right Bathroom Design

While being aesthetically pleasing is important, a bathroom layout must be functional and efficient in order for the space to be truly successful. The layout of your bathroom will primarily depend on how you indent to use the room. Space is an important consideration. There should be sufficient room for you to use your bathroom, including when removing and putting on clothes and when drying yourself off after a bath or shower. There also needs to be enough room for storage as well as counter space. Another consideration to ensure a good bathroom design includes having access to natural light. When this is not possible, the space should be well lit. For new builds, the bathroom should also be located in a relatively private spot relative to the floor plan of your home yet be within easy reach of your bedrooms.

There are hundreds of possible layouts for your bathroom. While smaller bathrooms might only have a toilet and sink along with a shower or bath, a master bathroom will have more space that allow you to create a larger space for bathing separate from the vanity and toilet. If there is enough room, you should also consider dividing the room into 'wet' and 'dry' zones. Wet zones close to the bath or shower where the floor is likely to get wet should be out of the path of dry zones, such as the area around the sink. A bathroom designer will help you create a layout that respects the amount of space you have available as well as the space you need to ensure the bathroom is functional. At the same time, they will create a theme and design that leaves you with a beautiful space to relax and enjoy.

Bathroom Styles and Materials

Bathroom styles often depend on personal tastes. Classic or traditional styles feature period details and touches for fixtures, tiles and colours. Examples of more traditional bathroom styles include rustic and country style designs as well as period designs that use Victorian, Romantic and other historical styles. Modern or contemporary bathroom styles are less conventional with angular corners and curves. Contrasting colours, patterns and textures are often used. Some designs are more eclectic and combine striking and visually compelling design elements. They also tend to have fixtures with simple lines and modern materials, such as chrome and stainless steel fixtures. Bathroom designs can also follow more regional styles, such as Tuscan designs with earthy tones and terracotta tiles or French designs with elaborate tiles along with wooden furniture and contrasting colours.

When deciding on a bathroom style and materials, do research to gather ideas and narrow down options. Looking at different styles and materials will help you find attractive and effective details and finishes for your bathroom. Visiting showrooms can be a great way of looking at different styles, materials and fixtures that you can use for your bathroom. A designer can help refine and develop ideas, and incorporate your own character and tastes into a beautiful yet functional design. They also assist with choosing materials and fixtures that complement and respect your bathroom design objectives.

Finding a Bathroom Designer

Finding the right bathroom designer will ensure your work is done to the highest of quality standards. A great way to find a designer is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Look for someone local that has an office or showroom close to your home that you can visit. Have a look at online reviews to help you narrow down your choices. Before choosing a designer, ask for proof of insurance and qualifications. In addition to being qualified in bathroom design, reputable designers tend to be members of a trade or professional organisation such as the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA), the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) or the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD). Always request at least three different quotes. Using costing information as well as other details about the quality of the designer's work and service will help you make an informed decision.

If using a plumber, make sure the tradesperson is qualified and registered with a government-recognised competent person scheme. Most reputable plumbers are members of a trade organisation or association. The main bodies for the plumbing industry include the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) in England and Wales, the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the FairTrades Plumbers' Association, and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. Members of these organisations generally adhere to high service and workmanship standards. Make sure that plumbers are registered with or have certifications from one of the government's recognised competent person schemes for plumbers, such as the APHC. Other schemes include Benchmark, BESCA, Certsure, HETAS, NAPIT and Stroma.