A bathroom or washroom tends to be a private room, usually in a residence or other commercial property, which has either a sink for washing or a separate shower. The addition of a shower cubicle is very common nowadays. In this article we’ll look at how to choose the right fittings for a bathroom or washroom and where to buy them from.
Bathroom fittings tend to be split into three categories; shower enclosures, half bathrooms and toilets. The type of enclosure you get will depend on the size of your washroom and whether it’s an independent unit or part of another room. For example, a large walk-in half bathroom has no separate entrance way. Therefore, it only really needs one type of enclosure – a shower enclosure. Similarly, a smaller half bathroom may not have enough room to get a good fitting of a shower cubicle.
Shower cubicles are available in two types: wall-mounted and freestanding. Wall-mounted ones can usually be fitted with a slim line or slim decking. These give a really neat clean look to any bathroom and often incorporate a counter-top sink, although these are now more commonly found in corner bathrooms as they take up less floor space. Freestanding units are freestanding and have a flat back and front panel that run the full length of the wall. They can incorporate a small vanity unit or a pedestal sink.
Choosing the right vanity unit depends on how you use your bathroom. If you’re mainly going to be shaving, applying make-up or washing hands or feet then a large storage unit such as a medicine cabinet or linen cupboard is ideal. It can house your toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner and even shampoos, soaps, towels and razors. If you don’t need this much storage then go for a smaller bathroom vanity unit such as those that house under the sink utilities such as a waste bin or basin.
Bathroom remodeling can really boost the value of your home, but it does depend totally on how much you’re prepared to spend and whether you’re looking to re-do the whole bathroom or just touch up a few aspects. Painting and flooring tend to be the most expensive aspects of any bathroom remodel cost. If you’re not prepared to knock out walls or fit in new flooring yourself then hiring a professional will save you time and money. You should also check what your local council charges for adding in piping, lights and other items. With the recession affecting everyone today it may be a good idea to keep the cost of your remodel as low as possible to keep your household budget protected.
You can really add value to your home if you are prepared to invest a bit of time and money into your bathroom. A new sink, new paint and flooring and a brand new tub will make your house feel like a brand new property and can really raise its value. Bathrooms are one of the most neglected and overlooked rooms in the house but you have a huge impact on your property’s value so make sure you’re prepared. Even if you don’t think you have room for a full bathroom there are lots of different options. Your local home improvement store should be able to help you make the right decisions and give you a full list of options to choose from.