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Deciding On Bathroom Floor Plans

Nov 14, 2007
On the surface, the process of drafting out a bathroom floor plan seems straightforward enough. Make a decision on where the bath tub should go, whether you want to combine a shower with it, allocate space for the toilet and identify where the sink will be installed. Finally, all you have to decide on is the colour scheme for the bathroom and voila, you are done! Simple task - or is it?

A lot of badly constructed new bathrooms are a direct result of poor planning. Before you start your project, it is strongly recommended that you take the time to come up with several sketches of the bathroom floor plans to nail down one that works best.

Do You Know Your Requirements?

Revising your bathroom floor plans several times on paper certainly gives you the flexibility to include changes quickly and cheaply. Once those fittings and fixtures are put in place, it becomes not only a nightmare to remove them but also an expensive exercise to have them altered and re-installed. Therefore, plan carefully before you execute.

It is an exciting time as you would have different ideas for your new bathroom. It is worthwhile taking the time to identify features that you like and dislike about your current bathroom layout. What are your needs? The finalised bathroom floor plan must be within your budget and must meet your requirements. If the costs of building a new bathroom exceed your budget, make compromises. Try not to make compromises on the practical use of the bathroom, instead adjust costs associated with the decoration and styling of the bathroom. For example do not spend a fortune on accessories that you will hardly ever use or elaborate furnishings that do not really add any value to your day to day use of the bathroom. Think through issues you may have with space and placement of any fittings before you actually buy them.

How Do You Plan Your Bathroom?

When designing your bathroom floor plans, do them on scale paper. Use a scale that is easy for you to calculate the exact measurements for the bathroom suite you have in mind. Do not forget to include measurements of any windows, door, radiators or any other fittings that may impact the design of your bathroom.

Test the practicality of the placement of your bathroom suite. Does the floor plan work in reality? If you are planning to remove your existing plumbing, additional costs need to be factored in. For instance, physically moving the position of a toilet is actually a major job and could cost you a small fortune. If you have to stay within a tight budget, retain the existing location if you can help it.

While the whole process of drafting and revising your bathroom floor plans allows you to incorporate fresh ideas into your new bathroom and can be great fun to design, be practical when creating them. It is imperative that the final plan is practical - not only that it is within your set budget, it is also a fully functional bathroom that you enjoy using everyday.
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