30 Mar 2017

How to design a bathroom in a period property

According to Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, good planning is key when it comes to designing the bathroom for any style of property.


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Before you visit a showroom to buy your new sanitaryware, measure your bathroom and draw out a rough plan – to scale if possible. Make a note of where all your services, such as soil pipes and water inlets, are located, as well as the heights and widths of windows and the position of any existing radiators you may have. This will help you and/or your bathroom designer suggest products that will enhance and make the most of the space you have available.

The size of your bathroom will play a big part in the layout and choosing products that make the most of the space you have available is key. For example, if your bathroom is short on space, compact, slim-depth vanity units that incorporate a basin will provide much-needed storage space and will help to keep the room clutter-free. As well as freestanding formats, many will have a wall-mounted option, which will free up valuable floor space.

As well as thinking about the look of your new bathroom, make sure you really consider how you want it to function as this can help you save money in the long run. It might seem obvious, but ask yourself key questions such as who is going to be using the space, as this will impact on its design and the products you ultimately decide on. For example, while many people like the thought of having a bath, we’re becoming a showering nation and streamlined shower rooms or wetrooms can be a great addition to a property and a fantastic facility for those with limited mobility. However, bathrooms incorporating a bath are incredibly versatile and family-friendly and can also feature an over-bath shower, meaning you can have the best of both worlds.

Complementing your home’s style

The sanitaryware you pick should complement the style of your home. Basins featuring a full pedestal, which hide unsightly pipework from view, have been an incredibly popular design choice in the UK for many years and are particularly suited to period-style properties – there are now also a variety of contemporary and traditional designs available. If space is no object, why not opt for his and hers washbasins, which are on-trend and will add a luxurious touch to any bathroom.

Traditional-style bathroom products provide a timeless, classic look that will never go out of fashion, making them both a stylish and safe investment for those self-builders who want to create a bathroom that will add value to their home. Traditional bathroom products also offer a softer alternative to the stark minimalism of contemporary design and many people find that easier to live with on a day-to-day basis.

Planning for longevity

Investing in and buying good quality products makes good economical sense. They are a pleasure to use and will last a lot longer than cheaper alternatives. Good design is about using materials that are fit for purpose and sanitaryware that is manufactured using the finest raw materials, including English china clay, will stand the test of time. Given that purchasing a new bathroom requires a sizeable investment, consumers should seek out companies which offer guarantees on their products for complete peace of mind.

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