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A practical guide to planning a bathroom
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A practical guide to planning a bathroom

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 1 year ago 5 min read

If you’re looking to start on your bathroom renovation journey or if you’re planning a brand new bathroom, it is important to research beforehand...


The bathroom is one of the most important locations in your house. Whether it’s getting ready in the morning, getting ready to leave on a dinner date, when nature calls or listening to a new Kanye West record in a rose bath on a Saturday, you want to have a space where you can freely associate, let loose and just be human.

This is why a lot of people say to start out with the decoration and layouts of your bathrooms. There’s some sense to this. Your bathrooms should accentuate and correlate with the hallways and the rooms adjoining them, so your en suite bathroom connecting to the master bedroom should have similar hues and decorative elements to your bathroom.

When done right, bathrooms can create this clean and healing space, but when done poorly, you could end up with a really terrible quality of living. Nothing’s more depressing than having to live with a badly lit, gaudy bathroom day in and day out.

If you’re looking to start on your bathroom renovation journey or if you’re planning a brand new bathroom, you want to make sure that you have both aesthetic and practical concerns settled.

Whether it’s things like plumbing, electrical work, the various configurations of each piece in the bathroom, or things like how to decorate with creative wallpapering and tiling, we have you covered. it is important to have a thorough, well-thought-out plan for your new bathrooms.

Carter bathroom suite


When it comes to practical considerations, there’s nothing more dead-set and practical than size. When you are looking at the current size of your bathroom or if you’re looking at partitioning a space, or adapting a room into a bathroom, you should be very mindful about how everything is going to fit.

In the event that you decide to build a brand new bathroom from scratch, especially if there wasn’t a bathroom there, to begin with, the rewiring, plumbing rerouting and all the waterproofing and plaster work are going to cost you a hefty sum.

This is why it is always said by professionals to be careful with what you wish for. Practically speaking, you should always work with what you have first, before looking to other options.

Rerouting plumbing

If you want to expand it into a full bathroom, because some of the plumbing already routes to the room and because things like waterproofing are already done, it will be much easier than converting a storage room into a full bathroom all of a sudden.

If you’re planning on doing that anyway, make sure you have a solid motif in mind. When you are looking to make large structural changes to your house like building up walls, and partitions, and changing the inner workings of your home, you need to make sure that it is a sound idea.

A great example of this is how a lot of families nowadays are looking to knock down walls to build an open concept living space where the kitchen, living area, and dining area are all linked into this large, sunny space.

This is a great concept, but of course when all these activities are concentrated in this area, then having your bathroom be in a shadowy hallway seems to be at odds with the social, natural-light heavy ethos. This would be a perfect example of rerouting your toilet to somewhere nearer to your main living area and repurposing your hall-accessed second toilet as a storage space for things like cleaning supplies and memorabilia.

Resale value

House valuation

Another shrewd decision would be to build second and third toilets if you know that the housing market is going to shoot up in value and price in the next few years. Adding a second and subsequently, a third toilet has been shown to strongly correlate with a sizeable increase in the valuation of a house and buyer interest.

If you’re buying a house to live in for a couple of years because of a local attachment or something, then taking steps to transform your small intimate living space with your significant other to have more kid-friendly features for families could include adding and modifying current bathrooms. This will give your house a lot of resale value, and is a great financial decision in upward housing markets.

Note that in order to pull this off, you will need to have, or need to consult someone with knowledge of interior design and trends.

Matano tile range

The right toilet for the right buyer

Jack and Jill bathrooms may have some value to buyers looking to start an Airbnb, or minimal value to families with more than three children. However, if you’re not in a place where AirBnBs are widely profitable or if the other parts of your house aren’t appealing to most large families, you may make a loss off of the remodelling.

Adding ensuite bathrooms through the use of partitions can be very useful if you have an area in your house you’re looking to sub-lege off or sell timeshares to. Maybe you’re in a really premium location where there is a lack of accommodation or you’re in an expat-dense area where a lot of foreigners will be looking for temporary lodging. These could all be considerations.

Natural finish storage box


That’s just about all the practical reasons you could be building or renovating a toilet for your house. One important thing when it comes to any building project is to measure carefully and know exactly where everything has to go before starting on any purchase or building steps. Make sure to get the necessary planning permission, especially if your modifications include some changes to the core structural elements of the building.

More bathroom design tips

Check out our room planning guides for more bathroom design tips and advice.

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Author, Rebecca Doody

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 1 year ago

Originally from Somerset, Rebecca is our resident copywriter who takes care of all things product related. Rebecca loves the modern interior style with both neutral and bold influences to create a statement look.

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