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