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Benefits Of Repairing Or Replacing an Aircon During A Home Renovation

The idea of spending scorching summer temperatures without the comfort of air conditioners is almost unthinkable for homeowners. These appliances have become indispensable in every household, particularly in regions with extreme heatwaves.

Therefore, the worst nightmare of every homeowner is dealing with a faulty air conditioning unit on a boiling summer day. Some people decide to employ their DIY skills in the repair process, while others hire professional assistance.

Renovating for comfort

During home renovations, it can also be the ideal time to add these sorts of comforts or even upgrade your current systems or have to adjust placements as you change the way the flow of a certain room.

In some cases, it can be done by your renovator, and in other cases, you may need to secure the services of AC technicians that are trained and experienced in handling a wide range of defects in a safe and effective manner when moving or adjusting your air conditioning system. 

Greater convenience

Perhaps the greatest benefit of having a home renovator handle aircon replacement or repair is the greater convenience in comparison with performing the job on your own. Most of the homeowners that employ DIY methods in the hope of repairing the defect of their air conditioner usually end up wasting plenty of time on creating even worse defects. 

Professional AC technicians or renovators, on the other hand, are armed with the required knowledge and an extensive record of experience, which enables them to perform the repairs amazingly quickly and effectively. These professionals waste no time on detecting the unit’s problem, as they have already come across a myriad of faulty air conditioners. 

Consequently, your air conditioning unit will be as good as new much sooner than you’ve expected, which is extremely beneficial in the course of scorching summer days. 

Greater safety

Another incredible benefit of hiring professional AC repair services is minimizing the risk of injuries and property damage that might take place during the repair process. Unlike homeowners, reputable AC companies and home renovators, abide by all safety codes and regulations that need to be followed while doing repairs. These technicians have the right training and equipment to perform the job safely, without causing any further damage. 

Conversely, due to the lack of experience and expertise, homeowners are more likely to endanger their safety while repairing their units. There is a great likelihood for some of them to get injured or cause property damage when pretending to be repairmen. Therefore, instead of risking potential injuries, trust your unit in the hands of experts that follow safety protocols. 

Enhanced longevity

Apart from providing clients with repair services, AC companies offer regular maintenance to homeowners who wish to stay on top of the work of their air conditioning units. Although most homeowners consider maintenance check-ups as just another way of splurging money, these services are capable of prolonging the lifespan of AC units. 

Moreover, by regularly replacing the filters, fins, and coils of air conditioners, professional technicians improve the performance of these units and significantly reduce the risk of defects. Bear in mind that the decline in performance results in an increase in energy use, thus considerably increasing the cost of your energy bills. 

Nevertheless, regular AC maintenance prevents severe defects from occurring, which in turn saves you money on costly repairs. Also, your air conditioners will be less likely to break down in the middle of summer, when the need for cool indoor air is of indispensable importance.

 Better cost-effectiveness

Despite the scepticism of homeowners, hiring professional AC repair services is more cost-effective than performing the job by yourself. These technicians are equipped with a variety of tools, which are necessary for handling different types of defects. 

Conversely, since homeowners lack most of these tools, they’d have to spend a large portion of their budget on purchasing or renting the required equipment. 

Furthermore, regular maintenance can reduce the high cost of energy bills by optimizing the unit’s performance and minimizing the risk of future defects. Most homeowners fail to realize that the increased cost of their utility bills results from the improper work of their air conditioners. Click here for some useful tips about using your AC unit more effectively. 

Keep cool indoors

Home renovations are not only a time for design changes but also a great excuse to do so much needed repairs to your home. Repairing items one at a time can turn out to be time-consuming and costly, so instead of wasting your precious time, make sure you hire real professionals to take care of the problem and get the job done in one big revamp! 

 

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How To Tell When It’s Time To Renovate

So your house is starting to look a little like that old, dusty, crumbling house straight from the corner of your least favourite horror film. And naturally, you’ve been thinking about renovating for a while now.. But even so, you’re still not quite sure whether or not now is the right time. But, if now isn’t the right time, then when is? 

To help you make the right choice, we’ve put a few simple steps together on how to evaluate whether your home is ready for a renovation, or not:

Home renovations can be expensive, time consuming and require extraordinary, superhero-like courage. But have no fear, we are here to make these steps seem like a walk in the park.

Step one: Property valuation

It’s hard to think about selling if you’re about to spend a small fortune on a place you’re already living in (unless your plan is to Hulk it out and flip the property), but you should know what your property is worth. Moreover, what it can be worth after the renovation, and what houses typically sell for in your neighbourhood.

You don’t want to spend R1 million on a house that’s already worth R2 million in an area where the biggest property sale in the last five years was R2,3 million.

Consult your real estate agent or contractor about what the housing market looks like, and, whether or not they foresee an uptick in demand. This can be six months to a year from when you wish to begin. And, while they’re at it, they can tell you which parts of your house need improvement and will yield the highest returns, in terms of raising your property’s value.

Step two: Visualise

This is an entire topic on it’s own. It’s the fun part. Envision exactly what needs to be done, down to the very last tile or piece of wallpaper. Figure out every cost, like building materials, paints, finishes, contractor’s and draftsman’s fees, and absolutely everything in between. And in your evaluation, it’s also critical to figure out how long it will take – bearing in mind that you might need a little wiggle room.

Your home will be your new canvas and a great way to build your vision before laying down any work is to create a 3D model of your idea.

Step three: ‘Tis the season to be building

Obviously the best time of the year to do any building is in the summer, when construction won’t be halted due to bad weather conditions. Yet, this also depends on what you’re doing. For example, kitchen countertops or light fixtures can (and should) be done in winter. It’s all about supply and demand.

Furthermore, window installations in February can cost more in terms of building materials, as well as a contractor’s labour fees. They might have more work in summer, and have less during the winter. It’s not advisable, however, to actually do the work during winter, because rain will undoubtedly interfere (unless you’re in a part of the country with summer rainfall).

Opt for narrowly off-season periods, like April or May, when the busy summer period is slowing down. However, when it comes to materials, nothing is stopping you from buying them in July and simply storing them until it’s time to begin.

Every superhero requires a mapped-out plan and vision before he or she can take on the world. Successful projects are the ones which have been well-thought-out, where most of the planning and logistics are out of the way, long before the grind even begins.

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Bring the Beach Home with a Sea-Side Inspired Bedroom

Gone are the days of jumping through hoops and chasing sheep in the hopes of also catching some decent sleep. Instead, we’re heading out of the fields, and onto the sandy shores of beach-inspired design. It’s time to hop on board and ride the wave into the new year, opting for a relaxing seaside home renovation.

Ready? Set sail!

It can be easy to want to set sail into different directions when your compass is not set on a specific end-goal. First, hone in and anchor your design before you start implementing any serious structural work. Beach-inspired homes are popular amongst ocean-lovers, so it can be easy to become tangled between too many ideas.

Gather your resources.

Time to act out that favourite movie of yours. Yes – the one where the hero is suffocating by his surroundings and, in the end, lands up making some pretty nifty stuff to survive. A tired-looking bedroom can feel like this, too. But, just keep swimming! Time to gather your resources, literally. You’ll start seeing results in no time.

Function vs. Decoration:

Collect wooden-planks, rope, shells, bottles, and anything from the ocean which brings you joy. However, stay afloat by avoiding clutter! Choose only that which serves a functional purpose, with the odd exception used as decoration. For example, a thick, brown rope is great for “panelling” mirrors and walls. Rounded mirrors work well to encompass that “ship-inspired” feel, whereas rectangular shapes work well for walls.

Furthermore, bottles can serve as both functional and visually pleasing pieces. You can use them as candle or plant holders, fill them with shells or beach sand, or even clear fairy lights to add an extra grain of magic. Use driftwood to inspire your headboard. If you can’t find driftwood, use a ”white-wash” paint effect to create the appropriate level of rustic “ship-wrecked” or classic look and feel.

Set-up, step-up.

Wooden stairs built around beds are a great way to experience that covered “cabin” feel. Not only this, but you can use them to create “decks” above beds for additional storage or seating or even sleeping space.

Furthermore, you can use thick sailor rope to suspend your bed from the ceiling. Not only will this make you physically feel the sway of the ocean, but also gives the visual impression it’s floating. In addition to your bed, hammocks are also a great way to paint that relaxed, ocean experience.

Colour:

When it comes to colour-combos in ocean-inspired bedrooms, it’s no secret that shades of blue, brown and white complement each other well. Opt for large windows to allow for blue skies and light, with wooden panelling where possible. As mentioned, you can white-wash wood for a more modern feel, and leave them natural for more of an aged approach. When it comes to decor, add touches of coral reds and burnt orange in the room to bring in the ocean floor.

Lighting:

Old-school, industrial or copper lighting will help to further create that “beachy” vibe. For less direct lighting, opt for thin wooden shutters. This will give off an impression of palm-trees and add natural shade. If curtains are more your thing, choose airy, white fabrics. White or white-washed wooden flooring will further add light to your beach-inspired bedroom.

Whatever you do, don’t jump ship.

We’ve come a long way on our journey in the design world, and yet the general feeling towards beach-inspired bedrooms remains the same – they’re relaxing, inspiring and timeless. So, what are you waiting for? All aboard!

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Simple Ideas For Renovating On A Budget

Is your home starting to look a little dusty and dated? Sure, that’s okay when Halloween is just around the corner, but those cobwebs don’t have to be! Modernising doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. Creating a fresh look, without bringing out the sledgehammers or breaking the bank, is a lot easier than you think.

Here are a few basic renovation ideas to elevate your property’s value, and make your run-down room look brand new.

Clean, de-clutter & depersonalise

Firstly, get rid of all personal items, as well as any random “stuff” laying around in your rooms. These things are just taking up space and become an eyesore for potential homebuyers. Once you’ve de-cluttered and depersonalised, wind-up some serious elbow grease!

Nobody wants Mr. Mould Patch watching them shower. Only once you have a clean, blank canvas, will you be able to truly start your new creative adventure with all its potential.

Let your ‘walls’ down

Ever noticed on home renovation shows that the first thing to be changed, are walls being broken down? By doing this, living spaces instantly appear significantly bigger.

Furthermore, the entire face of the home changes. If it’s in your budget to make radical changes, you can never go wrong by opening up your floor plan.

However, if you need a cost-effective renovation, you don’t always need to start with demolishing. Moving furniture around can change your perception of a room, by opening spaces on a more visual level.

New skin

When last did the walls get a fresh coat of paint? A fresh ‘splash of magic’ can change the tone of a room, make it appear lighter and even look bigger – if you pick the right colours. Fresh fittings can instantly modernise a home.

Moreover, revitalising changes like lifting old carpets and sanding wooden floors, are also an option. However, don’t be fooled, these are where your biggest expenses will be in your home’s facelift.

Taking your time and spending the money will be worth it, though, because this is what will completely restore your aged property and make it feel brand new.

Trim the hedges

Before anybody puts a foot into your house, they go through your garden. An unkempt garden is a realtor’s worst nightmare. You should make sure your garden, whatever size it is, has been weeded, lawn-mowed and given a good all-round polish.

No need to bring in landscapers, but your home will look a whole lot more attractive to potential buyers if your garden looks pristine.

Restoring an aged home is never easy and requires a lot of imagination. Furthermore, it’s even harder to do so on a small budget. Having said this, follow our simple, cost-effective renovation ideas and you’ll be well on your way to creating a fresh-looking, modern, revitalised house that you can be proud of.

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Bathroom Remodeling Guide: Where to Use Ceramic

Ceramic has been used to build and decorate homes for thousands of years. Archaeologists continue to discover ancient pieces of ceramic buried deep in the Earth. It’s a durable material that is also gorgeous to look at. Ceramic tiles can be used for flooring, backsplashes, or even to decorate your shower.

If you are in the process of remodelling your bathroom, you’ll want to consider using these unique and beautiful materials.

We’re going to talk about where you can use ceramic tile in your bathroom and the benefits of selecting this material for your renovations.

Durability

You’d probably think that ceramic tiles can be pretty delicate. But ceramic can be very strong and durable. Suppliers, manufacturers, and contractors use the Porcelain Enamel Institute abrasion test to rank ceramic tiles based on their hardness and durability.

The scale ranks from zero to five. Tiles carrying strength of one and two are often strong enough to handle use in a bathroom, especially for flooring.

However, if you have young kids or a large family, you might want to consider purchasing a stronger tile. Ceramic tiles are also water-resistant. It’s a perfect option to use in the bathroom.

Some tiles are heavier than others. You’ll need to reconsider your tile selection based on your project. If you are using ceramic tile for a backsplash or countertops, you’ll want to choose a lighter tile. Projects that include flooring can use a heavier tile.

Cleaning

Ceramic tiles offer another perk to those with busy families. It is extremely easy to keep your ceramic floors, showers, countertops, and backsplashes clean.

All you need is some warm water, soap, and a mop. Simply sweep or dust the tile every day while mopping or wiping down the counters once every few days.

Most heavy-duty cleaners and soaps will not damage the ceramic tile. You can also get a special grout to make cleanup even easier.

Ceramic is a non-porous material that does not stain easily. It’s also a great, hypoallergenic option for those with allergies. The hard tile does not trap irritants like dander, hair, or bacteria. You can also glaze your ceramic tile floors, countertops, or backsplash once you’ve finished the installation.

This will add another layer of protection from dirt, stains, and scratches. If you do manage to crack one of the tiles, it is easy to replace the one damaged tile while preserving the rest of the floor or countertop.

Staying Warm

Ceramic can stay cooler for longer periods of time. While this might be ideal during the summer, ceramic floors and countertops can create a chilly environment in the winter.

You can fight the cold by purchasing rugs and mats for your bathroom floors.

For those with a larger budget, an underfloor heating system can be installed between the floorboards and the ceramic tile. This will add an additional layer of heat in your bathroom and save your feet in the colder months.

Colours and Design

Ceramic tile comes in thousands of colours and designs. Traditional colours include shades of white, grey, and blue.

You can also find different patterns like floral, paisley, or stripes. You can get creative and use different styles of ceramic tile to provide a unique look. However, you’ll want to limit yourself to three different tile designs for your bathroom.

Coloured ceramic tiles paired with all white walls can provide a striking look in your bathroom. This design can make smaller bathrooms look larger. You can also purchase tile in different shapes, like hexagons or rectangles.

If you are concerned about recycling, you can purchase ceramic tile that has been leftover from previous projects. You can usually get this type of tile at a discounted rate as well.

Price

Ceramic tile can be more expensive compared to linoleum and carpet. However, the sturdy material is more durable and will last longer over time.

Choosing ceramic tile will also help you out in case of a water leak. Water can seriously damage linoleum and carpet while ceramic is water-resistant.

Ceramic tiles are also cheaper than natural stone tiles like marble, granite, and quartz.

Installation

It is possible for an amateur to install their own ceramic tile. However, it is a tedious process and if you can afford to hire a contractor, it’s best to hire a professional.

There can be a lot of factors that impact your final bill. This includes the type of tile you purchase, how much is needed, and the difficulty of the project itself.

If you do decide to go down the do-it-yourself route, you’ll need to follow the step-by-step process. This includes taking the proper measurements, cutting out the supplies, and purchasing materials.

You’ll need underlayment, grout, mortar, and the tiles itself. You will also need a tile saw and several other tools.

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Bathroom Renovation vs. Bathroom Refurbishment

When delving into the realm of interior makeovers, face-lifts and general home improvements, one can easily find themselves tangled in terminology. So, to renovate or to refurbish? What’s the difference? Here’s a quick breakdown of both routes, with a couple, added bonus bathroom design tips!

A ‘Mish’ to refurbish?

At first glance, this word might sound like the doorway to a never-ending, tedious travel towards your new bathroom. However, the process is rather the opposite and much closer resembles the ease of the word rolling off your tongue. In fact, a refurbish has a lot more to do with the restoration of what you already have.

Rather than hack-away at your entire space, refurbishing acts as a general face-lift for your home instead. Sound more up your alley? Well, if you’re looking at refurbishing your bathroom, you’re most likely looking at things like redecorating and “adding” rather than resurrecting completely.

Redecorating

When redecorating your bathroom, one might opt for new light fixtures, a new paint job, some fancy new copper basin taps or even adding some modern cabinet doors to replace the existing ones.

Quick design tip: Refurbishing will naturally clean-up your space, but be sure to keep to a clean bathroom design too if you’re looking for a real “wow” transformation.

Retrofitting

This term isn’t nearly as retro-old school as it might sound. In fact, retrofitting falls under refurbishing and is often necessary to bring your bathroom into the modern age. This includes adding improvements mostly based around installations. Think heating, adding improved piping fixtures and anything which essentially makes what you already have, work better.

Quick design tip: Keep your light fixtures close to your bathroom mirror, and opt for timeless pieces which will blend with the rest of your home.

Next up, renovation station!

Rather than restoration, this term deals more closely with a complete bathroom re-work and resurrection. And yes, it can be just as daunting as it sounds. Don’t worry though, with the help of a team of trusted renovation experts, the efforts of heading this route can be most rewarding.

Okay, so plainly put, to renovate is the opposite of a face-lift. Instead, it is to commit complete surgery on your bathroom space.

When looking to renovate your bathroom, one might look at stripping everything clear and starting anew on a blank canvas. This leaves multiple options for an entirely new bathtub, flooring, walls, storage-space, shower, or even storage-space IN the shower! The possibilities are endless.

Quick design tip: When you are installing a new bathroom, pay close attention to the heights of things. Make sure they are both beautiful AND practical. Also, be aware of future water-damage when choosing materials to work with.

If done well, then no matter which route you go, both are bound to give you the boost your bathroom deserves. Happy designing!

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Benefits of a Kitchen Island: What Are They?

It’s pretty safe to say that having an island in the kitchen, not only looks visually pleasing, but its benefits also reach far beyond just the visual aspects. And no, we aren’t talking about a tropical vacation in the middle of your home. We are, however, most definitely talking about adding a splash of kitchenware paradise and festivities to bask around.

When looking at any kitchen, it’s always clear that the kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. The kitchen is the one area which accompanies you on sleepless nights, the room which hosts the sound of guilty pitter-patter of footsteps, backwards and forwards, as you seek solace at the back of an empty fridge. It’s the place where the smell of mom’s home-made pie and steamed veggies lures you to on a Sunday afternoon.

It’s the powerhouse, within a house. So, will you really benefit from a kitchen island addition?

The Social Totem

An island serves as an anchor-point to any kitchen. Not only does it draw your attention to the middle of a room, creating a sense of space and elegance, but it also creates a mini gathering point. A space where everyone can huddle and socialise around after a long day. Feeling far from guests? Add some wheels and roll on over.

Goodbye Musical Chairs

Another nifty benefit of the addition of a kitchen island is actually the additional seating around it. Not only does an island kitchen provide the gateway for charming conversation, but it can double-up as a seating solution as well.

No bar? No problem. Pull up some barstools for the wine and dine, and some cute floral arrangements for tea-time.

Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen?

Too many people in the kitchen cramping your culinary creativity? Hit the road, Jack. If seclusion is your fancy, an island in the kitchen is a great way to create and section-off an entirely separate workspace.

Storage Shortage

Another overlooked benefit of kitchen islands is their value-added storage space. Add draws to your island and not only will you have what you need at your fingertips, but you won’t bite off your own searching for places to put all your things.

These are just some of the many benefits of a kitchen island. You can also use them as room separators, to hold extra appliances and far more. So, what are you waiting for? Get the island rolling!

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How to Minimise Home Renovation Stress: A 21st Century Guide

With all the stress that comes along with living in the 21st century, why make your home renovation the root cause of it? The home is and should remain to be, a place of rest. A place where one can find solace at the end of a hard day – a space protected by invisible grains of salt, resting along doorways meant for good vibes only.

Okay, okay, so you can’t always completely banish all of the stress, but you sure can minimise it. Modern-day problems require modern-day solutions. So, here are some tips to help you and your home renovation plans live to see another day!

  1. Get away from the stress and getaway to a mini vacation

When dealing with any major home renovation, there may come a time where your contractor may advise against being on the premises. This could be because of anything from harmful dust, a water shortage worse than stage 5, complete power-cuts, (don’t worry Eskom, we won’t blame you on this one), or otherwise.

We know not everyone can afford a 5 star trip to Paris, but why not use the opportunity to take some time off? This could even mean a mini vacation to a cute home-stay just down the road. Either way, we assure you the price you’ll pay will be far cheaper than what stress can cost you and your family, both individually and as a unit.

Oh, and by the way…

Some contractors charge more if you wish to remain on the premises. This is because it takes longer to work around your family and generally, creates more inconvenience for everyone. So really, only positives can come from it – it’s a win-win for everyone! Yes, even you, grumpy Gary. Of course, with smaller renovations, this might not be the case.

  1. Take bite-sizes of that bread, buttered on both sides

When dealing with any home renovation project, it’s safe to say that the process can become pretty darn stressful. From perfectly tuned colour-pallets to razor-sharp specific measurements, it all adds to the pressure and anxiety. Together with your contractor, create a time-frame which allows room for “baby steps” and clear direction.

Of course, these steps are nothing but baby. However, if you create clear expectations from the get-go, you’ll be more likely to manage them. It also means you’ll know how many hours a day to put into your renovation, and how many into keeping yourself sane.

  1. Run, Forrest, run!

Speaking of remaining sane, remember all of those things which have kept you from the brink of doom, your entire life? Well, why stop them now? Exercise and sticking to a routine will help you to remain on track of an organised and relaxed head-space.

Whether heading to the gym, or to Paris, trust that your contractor is going to do all the heavy-lifting work for you. You might even find that you come out the other side even more inspired, energetic, and twice as enthusiastic about the entire process than you ever could have hoped for.

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Tips For Spatial Distribution During Renovations

Every room is different, and this needs to be considered when thinking about home renovations. Whether you’re moving, remodelling or building a new room from scratch, the shape of the room affects what you can do with it.

Whether square, L-shaped or U-shaped, your room should be suited to your lifestyle, not the other way around.

Below are some pointers to get you through:

  • Make a rough sketch of the room and include all the fixed features such as doors, windows, gas, electrical and plumbing points.
  • Take precise measurements of the room. Don’t plan on filling the room to exact millimetre, leave some room for flexibility – filler boards can be used for gaps up to 150mm.
  • Walls are never 100% straight. Take measurements at three different heights – the floor, cabinet level and top level (head height). Use the smallest measurement to work with, as this will ensure that everything fits.
  • Consider the thickness of tiles when taking measurements, as this could affect the overall measurement if they are removed.

For kitchens

A kitchen remodelling comes with its own set of considerations namely:

  • Start from the corner and plan outwards.
  • Notice the direction that doors open and how far they swing outwards, as this may affect the usability of some appliances.
  • Place your fridge and grocery cupboards at the entrance of the kitchen.
  • Give yourself a shelf nearby, as this will allow room to place items from the shelf directly into the fridge, freezer and cupboards.
  • Preparation and cleaning areas should be placed close to the sink. This will make life easier when preparing food and washing dishes.
  • Cooking areas are best located around the range, stovetop and wall ovens.
  • Store pots and pans near to the oven and stove.
  • Appliances such as toasters, blenders, kettles and coffeemakers should also be around the cooking area.

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What To Consider When Selecting Bathroom Features

In some cases less is more, but this is not the case with bathrooms. While simplicity is valued these days, a bathroom with lots of features is just preferable.

Below are some tips to contemplate when looking at a bathroom upgrade.

Consider the space

Firstly, designing a bathroom requires clever use of space. While more features will make the use of the room more fulfilling, remember to refrain from fitting features that the room simply cannot accommodate. A lack of space will restrict movement and detract from the overall experience.

Mirrors

Always go with a large mirror and a floated vanity basin. This will Improve the lighting and perception of space.

Towel rail

Heated towel rail? Seems a luxury to have but definitely worth it. It may cost a bit extra in electricity to run, but it will keep your towels warm while fitting in with the other decor in the room.

Showers

Closed shower or walk-in shower? Walk-in showers are the more modern and popular choice at the moment, but remember to use an 800mm panel to avoid water splashing and don’t forget to leave space for the opening.

Space around the toilet: allow a minimum of 250mm on the sides

Shower width: it is not recommended to be less than 850mm. Beware of uneven tiles that will retain water and potentially become a slip hazard.

Baths

About the bath: baths are less popular these days and less people use them, which means that you could get away with a bigger shower if you scrapped the idea of a bath. You could also use the space for a bigger vanity basin and mirror.

If you still insist on a bath, go freestanding – these are modern, sleek and look good. Remember to allow space on the sides of the bath for easy cleaning. We recommend at least 100mm.

Black sanitaryware and accessories

One of the latest trends at the moment and for good reason. Tired of seeing chrome everywhere?

Go black and you will never look back. We recommend going with: a black basin mixer tap; black clicka waste and trap for the basin; and black shower mixer, rose & arm. Finish the bathroom off with a black hand towel ring and black heated towel rail.

Tiling

Popular tiles that work well with black Sanitaryware are marble-look porcelain tiles or screed-look ceramic tiles.

Considering an updated bathroom?

Looking to upgrade your bathroom? Speak to a contractor like Home Decor Interiors – our customers love their bathrooms and will speak for us. Get in touch for a quote today.

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Recommended reading

If you’re considering renovating your bathroom and you’re looking for more ideas, inspirations or insights on the subject, then you can find more bathroom upgrade advice here.

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