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Top 10 Bathroom renovation tips

Choose a feature for your bathroom

Choose which design item you want to feature in the bathroom and then work the rest of the bathroom design around it. A beautifuly curved handbowl set into a minimalist vanity unit with a mirror as a backdrop, a sensuously curved bath placed in the middle of the room, a walk in shower with vibrant tiling or a sunken bath surrounded by quality tiling can all be used as features.

Sit in a bathtub before buying it

Bigger isn’t always better. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people. It offers enough room to stretch out and provides a secure foothold, so you don’t float into oblivion when the tub is full. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support – a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. A contoured bath not only provides extra comfort and support but can also up to 30 litres of water. A spa bath can provide the perfect environment to rejuvenate sore and tired muscles or just chill out with a glass of wine.

Select durable flooring

Ceramic, marble and stone tiles are all excellent durable and water-resistant choices for a bathroom. Subfloor heating coils will make these hard surfaces warm. Well-sealed hardwood floors offer natural warmth and act as a contrast for other harder, cold surfaces in a bathroom.

Use a mirror to add space

One beautifully framed mirror over a sink is more attractive than many surfaces covered with mirror. Supplement it with a wall-mounted adjustable makeup mirror, and consider installing a lighted, mirrored shaving niche in your shower stall.

Use hidden space

Take advantage of space between wall studs by recessing a tall storage cabinet into the wall to maximise storage while saving floor space. The cabinet should have an interior depth of at least three inches.

Build a shower area

Consider building an open-concept shower area that doesn’t need a curtain or door and is less confining than a standard shower stall. In addition to well-designed drainage, a ceiling-mounted rain showerhead and/or a high wall-mounted showerhead that splashes less water will keep the area outside the shower drier.

Share space for added function

In homes with back-to-back bathrooms, a shared shower with access doors to each of the bathrooms maximises limited space. Or turn a closet located next to a bathroom into a small ensuite with access to the neighbouring bath.

Design lighting that is functional and creates atmosphere

Good lighting is imperative. Combine halogen pot lights with wall sconces beside or over the mirror for lighting with no shadows. Consider installing dimmers.

Purchase a quality toilet

When buying a toilet, it’s not necessary for you to spend a lot of money. You can get a good-quality one-piece toilet for about $600. Models with elongated bowls and seats are usually most comfortable.

Incorporate luxury into your room

If you’re fortunate enough to have a lot of space to work with, indulge yourself with a bathroom that includes a dressing room – a haven for privacy and relaxation. Outfit your bathroom with a television, fireplace, exercise equipment, makeup vanity and even a large comfortable occasional chair.