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Meanwhile, read our top tips here:
1. Communication is key
Whatever the project, be it a renovation or a brand-new build, talking to the experts is your absolute top priority. Speak to your architect about the bathroom you’d like to create and tell them about your family’s lifestyle. Put a list together of all your wants and needs and work from there.
2. Use your space wisely but don’t overcrowd the room
Check your measurements and speak to your installer. Make sure your basin isn't too close to your toilet, or your bathroom door to open against the side of your bath. Speak to the experts at SONAS Bathrooms to find out what we'd recommend for your space.
3. Make sure your products are fit for purpose
Is your water pressure might up to scratch? All taps and showers will have a minimum operating pressure in their description so talk to your plumber about what your system at home can cope with. Certain showers will need a pressurised water system. You need to consider how many people are using the showers in your home and choose the size of your hot water cylinder accordingly.
4. Future proof your bathroom
Many SONAS Bathrooms products come with a lifetime guarantee for a reason – they are built to last. A bathroom renovation is a big investment. Think of your family’s needs now and into the future. Consider mobility issues in future, so plan accordingly.
5. Ensure your plumber is registered
Why choose fab, high quality bathroom ware if you’re going to get just anyone to install it? Your bathroom fit out needs to be carried out by a professional who's registered. For example, if you’re creating a wet room, your bathroom will need to be tanked out and waterproofed to prevent water damage or leaks. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Shop around for prices but remember the cheapest price doesn’t mean the best value if the person carrying out the work isn’t professional or reliable.
6. The old adage of you can never have enough storage applies to your bathroom as well
You’ll probably store everything from spare toilet paper to toiletries, makeup, medicine and all the other bits and pieces you use on a regular basis in your bathroom. Vanity units are ideal and are increasingly popular compared to just installing a pedestal basin. We also have fabulous storage columns for extra space.