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BUD­GET AND SPACE Think care­fully about your bud­get and avail­able space to en­sure your bath­room looks, func­tions and per­forms re­li­ably and ef­fi­ciently and lasts for a long time. PLAN Look closely at your life­style. What suits you and your fam­ily? Think about your bath­room rou­tine and how you use each item: do you like a quick morn­ing shower or a long, lux­u­ri­ous soak at night? If you have the space, would you ben­e­fit from a pair of basins to avoid the early morn­ing scrab­ble and do you have space for a sep­a­rate shower, or is a com­bined bath/shower more ap­pro­pri­ate? PER­SONAL STYLE Do you favour a con­ven­tional bath­room with a three-piece suite, or do you fancy a wow-fac­tor wet room in­stead? Go with your style in­stinct — do you love mod­ern, tra­di­tional or an eclec­tic mix of both? You could even cre­ate a mood board to get your­self started. STOR­AGE What do you re­quire for lo­tions and po­tions, tow­els and any other bits? Does it all need to live in the bath­room or will you be fa­cil­i­tat­ing it else­where? ZONES If plan­ning a large bath­room, you will need to think about zon­ing the space for it to look and func­tion well. If you have a huge walk-in shower at one end of the room, for in­stance, con­sider cladding this area in a dif­fer­ent stone or marble for vis­ual con­trast, and don’t for­get multi-jets, steam func­tions and light­ing for a true “spa at home” vibe.

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