Throw in the towel:

With our easy guide, mak­ing sense of bath­room de­sign doesn’t have to leave you all washed up

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

If it re­quires 11 dif­fer­ent trades to build a house, nine of them are needed just for the bath­room. From plumbers and elec­tri­cians to tilers, painters and glaziers, this lit­tle room is de­mand­ing in both time and money.

And get­ting the de­sign right is not easy, es­pe­cially if you’re deal­ing with small awk­ward spa­ces.

From where to place the toi­let for a lit­tle quiet time, through to the most con­ve­nient po­si­tion for the hand­basin so that every­one can wash their hands be­fore din­ner, plan­ning a bath­room re­quires a mix of com­mon sense and at­ten­tion to aes­thet­ics.

We’ve bro­ken it down so that small­est room in your house is not only beau­ti­ful to be in but works ef­fort­lessly for the whole fam­ily.

The bath­room and the kitchen are two of the most-used rooms in the house, but busi­ness man­ager for Reece Daniela San­tilli says the bath­room is with­out doubt the most im­por­tant.

As our lives be­come busier, the bath­room has be­come a cen­tral zone for time out, as well as some­where to get clean.

“There is less em­pha­sis on one room be­ing the liv­ing area be­cause the al­lure of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion is no longer lim­ited to tele­vi­sion and elec­tronic entertainment. It now spreads through­out the home,” she says.

“In cre­at­ing a kitchen space, you’re essen­tially craft­ing a so­cial hub where peo­ple come to­gether, whereas in the bath­room you’re cre­at­ing a liv­ing room that con­nects you to your­self.”

She says it’s worth spend­ing some time with your builder or de­signer to con­sider the most work­able lay­out for your fam­ily, from how many basins to where to store the tow­els.

At the same time, you will want it to be a beau­ti­ful, re­lax­ing space for restor­ing both mind and body.

“When de­sign­ing the bath­room space, you should al­ways con­sider all an­gles, from fam­ily func­tion­al­ity, fu­ture longevity and aes­thet­ics,” Daniela says. “With such a range of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts on the mar­ket com­bined with out-there trends, you re­ally can have it all.

“It’s en­tirely pos­si­ble to craft a bath­room that brings to­gether func­tion, util­ity, beauty and the senses to de­liver a mul­ti­pur­pose space for re­ju­ve­na­tion and relaxation.”

Baths used to be a prac­ti­cal in­clu­sion to wash the kids but in re­cent years, they have be­come sta­tus sym­bols.

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