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A Guide to Bathroom Planning

This Guest Post was written by The Utopia Bathroom Group, a leading manufacturer of luxury bathroom furniture.

There are many steps that must be considered when you set out to change your bathroom; here are a few of the things to consider before you start.

Designing and Planning a New Bathroom

So, you’ve made a decision to install a new bathroom in your house, this can be done for many reasons, to modernise; so that it is easier to use or to add value to your home before you sell it. Whatever the reason, you now have to plan the new layout, decide on accessories, fixtures, colour schemes and get the work done to a high standard. So where to start?

Bathroom Plan. Image Courtesy: www.utopiagroup.com

The First Steps

Your bathroom is not only one of the busiest rooms in the house it’s second only to the kitchen when it comes to selling your house, so planning is of vital importance to make sure that you get the best possible finish for your budget. Lots of showrooms will help you to plan your bathroom, but it’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want before you commit to anything. Start by measuring your bathroom and drawing a plan of it. Onto this plan mark on the doors, windows, where the pipe work is, if there is a radiator where the pipes are for that and where the soil pipe is. This will help you to visualise whether you can achieve your desired results without having to move the plumbing and save on the expense and inconvenience of pipe work being re-routed.

Planning Your New Bathroom

Think about how the bathroom is being used, if it is a busy family bathroom you may want to include twin washbasins, which are not only on trend, but are attractive to potential buyers. Do you want a shower and a bath or combine the two with a bath/shower mixer. There are lots of baths on the market that are designed for this mixed use with a wider area at the mixer tap end and combined shower screen options. It is also worth remembering that Part G3 of the building regulations requires that a thermostatic mixing valve is installed in any domestic bathroom refurbishment to protect against the scalding of the vulnerable. If you are moving the location of the toilet it is worth checking on the angle of the soil pipe from the back of the toilet to the soil stack to make sure that it complies with current building regulations.

Choosing the Right Fixtures

Bathroom shelf. Image Courtesy: www.utopiagroup.com

Now you are ready to choose the bathroom suite, taps, bathroom furniture, fixtures and tiles. An average family bathroom is typically the size of a double bed, so try to make sure that you introduce as much light as you can. You can use light, semi-reflective tiles, mirrors and lighting wherever possible and clever bathroom storage to hide away clutter so that the room doesn’t look overcrowded. The advantage of installing washbasin units and toilets units is that they hide away unsightly pipe work and cisterns, give you valuable storage space and make your bathroom look modern and stylish. This is great if you are using it day to day and even better if you are thinking of selling. Choosing a manufacturer that offers a range of products such as tiles, bathroom suites and bathroom furniture will ensure that everything looks right together, and now is a great time to buy British with many British manufacturers leading the way in style and manufacturing quality.

Getting it Done Right

Unless you are the most competent of DIYers you shouldn’t attempt to do the install yourself. Always factor in a budget for installation and remember that tiling, electrical work and plumbing should all be done by a professional as a botched attempt could prove costly to put right. Remember, plan well and get professional advice, choose the right fixtures and accessories and budget for a professional installation and you will have a bathroom that looks fabulous, works well and adds value to your home.

This Guest Post was written by The Utopia Bathroom Group, a leading manufacturer of luxury bathroom furniture.

 

Tips for keeping your paperwork and receipts together

Paperwork organisation

Paperwork and receipts are the bane of any plumber and heating engineer’s life.

Quotes for customers are written on any material available, receipts are lost in the black hole that is the glove compartment in your van and invoices are hastily written on the backs of bits of paper. So here are some top tips to keep those bits of paperwork in order:

Plastic sleeves

These are invaluable; keep one in the front of your car/van/mode of transport, it’ll just help you get into the habit of keeping the paperwork somewhere that will be safe when the windows are open. Also, you can forget about it for a few days, and not run the risk of the paperwork or receipts going walkabout.

It also makes it easier for you sorting through when you finally do get round to checking your paperwork and receipts. You just have to pick up the sleeve from the front of your van, and not spend half an hour checking every nook and cranny for that heating invoice or receipt that’s gone missing.

A stapler is your best friend

Even if the documents don’t necessarily have to be together, over the course of a busy day you can just staple everything together, making it much less likely for you to loose that one sheet. Just chuck a stapler in the front of your van, it takes up no room, and it only takes a minute.

Patience

If you have the time and patience, scan those absolutely vital pieces in. It’s annoying and takes time, but at least you then know you have two copies, so if one does go walkabout all is not lost.

Online storage

For the more tech savvy of you heating engineers and plumbers, this can be an easy way of backing up everything you have. Using an online storage such as Dropbox can be a great way of ensuring you still have all your files safely stored in case your computer does decide to delete anything important.

Make Time

If you can just set aside 10 minutes a day to put anything important into a folder. It doesn’t matter what order it’s in, as long as it’s in there. Have the folder in a place where you walk past every day even, so that when you do, you’ll remember that bit stuffed in your pocket that you have to chuck in.

Just follow these tips, and those bits of paperwork that other people insist on giving you throughout the day won’t get lost or take up any of your time!

Written by the team at YourTradeBase

 

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