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4 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your Bathroom Specification
If you are employing contractors as part of your bathroom renovation, it’s important to put together an accurate and detailed specification. This will help you to avoid unexpected costs further down the line, and ensure that you get the most accurate quotes for the work. Here are common mistakes to avoid when putting together your specification.
Not measuring up correctly
A common mistake is simply not measuring up the space accurately. It is easy to be distracted by beautiful bathroomware and elegant layouts in a showroom. However, it is essential to take into account plumbing, pipework and electricals, which can be overlooked.
A show bathroom may have all these behind the scenes elements concealed by a false wall, so if you want to achieve this clean minimalist look, make sure that you have enough space. Also factor in windows, radiators, chimney breasts, sloping ceilings, and storage space.
Remember that when wall and floor tiles are in place, this will alter the fittings by a few mm. This might not be crucial, but it can lead to an unsatisfactory overall feel if nothing quite lines up. Check the clearance for internal doors and cupboards to make sure everything can be opened and closed easily, and there is enough space to use the loo and basin comfortably.
Selecting incompatible products
The shower and taps you want will need to be compatible with your water system. There is no point specifying a state of the art power shower if you do not have the water pressure to cope with it, so make sure that you know what is going to work in your bathroom.
Not considering the suitability of the finishes
Bathroom brochures are full of all kinds of stunning fittings and finishes, but it is important to consider how they will work in the size of your bathroom, and how suited they will be to the users of the bathroom. For example, marble and natural stone look beautiful, but they can be high maintenance and are more expensive.
In a small bathroom, small patterned tiles can seem claustrophobic, whereas larger tiles in a lighter colour can create a more spacious feel. A larger bathroom may be able to carry off bolder colour schemes, which have become much more popular in recent years.
There is also far more choice when it comes to tiles as well. For years, plain white tiles have predominated for bathrooms, but this look is falling out of fashion in favour of patterned or more colourful tiles. From a subtle veining effect to a bold geometric design, there are hundreds of creative ways to make use of tiling on walls and floors.
Forgetting about storage space
If you can possibly fit storage space into your bathroom design, you will thank yourself later. Having all those spare toiletries, towels, and cleaning products stowed tidily away from sight will help you to enjoy a tranquil, clutter free bathroom, and it will also make it easier to keep clean.
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