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4 Key Things to Consider Before Installing a New Bathroom


Adding a new bathroom to your home can make a world of difference. Not only will it put an end to family squabbles over limited bathrooms, but it can also boost your home's value by around 5%!

Of course, to make the most out of your new bathroom, it's essential to plan out its design ahead of time. This will help you create a space that's practical, visually appealing, and tailored to your family's specific needs.

Before you reach out to an installation company, there are a few key things you'll want to keep in mind. Here, we'll walk you through the four most important ones to consider before taking the first step toward your brand-new bathroom.

1. Budget

First things first, you need to figure out your budget for the entire bathroom project. Installing a new bathroom can be a big investment, usually costing around £4,500, so it's important to have a good handle on the potential costs and whether you have the financial flexibility to cover them. After all, you don't want to end up with a bathroom that's only halfway done!

As you're planning your budget, remember to not only consider the costs of fixtures and materials, but also labour, permits, and any unexpected expenses that might pop up along the way. Keep in mind that the final cost can also be influenced by the extent of structural and renovation work required, such as knocking down walls or removing built-in fixtures.

Establishing a realistic budget will help you make well-informed decisions and avoid any budget-busting surprises.

2. Appliances and connectivity

With a budget in mind, it's time to dive into the fun part: deciding what features you'd love to see in your new bathroom!

Think about what fixtures you and your family would benefit from the most. Would you prefer a bath, shower, or both? Maybe you'd like to explore some added luxuries like a heated towel rack, extra sinks for a shared space, or even a bidet.

After you've painted a picture of your ideal bathroom, think about your existing plumbing and electrical systems and whether they can support your chosen appliances. If not, you may need to make some adjustments during installation.

3. Layout and space

Next, you can move onto assessing the available space and planning out the bathroom layout. Make sure there's plenty of room for key fixtures like the toilet, shower, and sink, and ensure that moving around in the space feels comfortable. It's important to keep accessibility and ease of use in mind, as a cramped or poorly arranged bathroom can be inconvenient and potentially unsafe.

4. Style and design

Of course, you can't forget about the visuals! Choose a bathroom style that reflects your taste and complements the overall aesthetics of your home. This will make a big difference in creating a sleek, modern oasis versus a dull, industrial-style square.

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Colour scheme: Choose colours that will create a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Blue, white, and grey are popular choices, but there are plenty of others out there.
  • Tile and panel options: There are many different options available, from classic ceramic to natural stone. Consider the style of your bathroom and the overall look you want to achieve when choosing tiles.
  • Lighting: Good lighting is essential in any bathroom. Choose fixtures that provide both task lighting and ambient lighting.
  • Storage solutions: Bathrooms need to be functional, so make sure to include plenty of storage solutions for towels, toiletries, and other items.

Talk to the South's leading specialists in bathroom design

Now that you've got your perfect bathroom in mind, the next step is to choose a skilled, reliable design and installation team to bring it to life – and that's where we come in!

At M J Burt, we've been creating stunning, contemporary bathrooms for over 35 years. We're longstanding members of the Painting and Decorating Association, and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, professional approach, and outstanding results. Whatever the size or style of bathroom you're looking for, we'll make it a reality.

Our services cover all Poole, Bournemouth, and the surrounding areas. If you're ready to kick things off, you can get a quote online or give our team a call on 01202 721955 today!

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