After the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most complex and most-visible room in the house. That is why, along with the kitchen, it is usually the last room to be renovated. A quality, functional bathroom is essential to the smooth and clean running of a home. It offers high drama, at least once a day – the morning rush; with multiple occupants in the home, a single bathroom can be a frustrating choke-point, especially in the morning when everyone needs it at the same time. Obviously a second room would be ideal but not always practical for all homes.
After the kitchen, the bathroom will be the second biggest expense in decoration/renovation terms. This is because it needs to be the most-hard wearing room in the house – going through significant changes in temperature, atmospheric steam, and splashed water from showers and baths, it is the environmental recipe for disaster. If it becomes unusable, it will become clear, very quickly just how important this room is to the house.
When moving into a new home, or even after living in one for any length of time, the bathroom, along with the kitchen, is the one room that requires a facelift, either because it falls out of fashion or starts to look neglected, no matter how clean it is kept. It is almost always left until last because we all know it will require a lot of work and will be out of commission for long enough during this process for it to become a real problem.
Different to your kitchen, the bathroom is more of an emotional, almost spiritual room to renovate. Where will you start? Do you put in a traditional bathroom, a wet room, double basins? Do you add a toilet? Don’t skimp on good lighting – essential for ambience and around the mirror. Already you can begin to see that every bathroom renovation is going to be pretty much unique, the market offering an enormous variety of options. Most of what you can do, as well as the price will depend upon the original structure – wooden or solid floors, size of the room, and whether both a bath and a shower are required. Modern bathrooms, especially smaller ones, forgo the luxury of a bath; most people prefer showers these days, they are quicker and you feel fresher afterwards. Buy quality components – durability and good looks are the key to an attractive bathroom. For example, the classic claw-foot tub is pure art, making it popular still – it has an inherent beauty that outclasses most acrylic versions.
From what has been discussed above, you can see that unless you have very specialist skills, the bathroom is very definitely a room for the experts. Renovation consultants will have the skills to build that sophisticated look, be it simple or more complex. If you are looking for a wet room, knowing a trained professional has built it will offer you long term reassurance that the bathroom remains something to be proud of over time.