1. Who will be using the bathroom?

  • The first question to ask is ‘How many people will be using the bathroom and how will they want to use it?’ Considering lifestyle factors will ultimately influence the design, layout, fixtures and fittings you require. 
  • What is the age, gender and height of those using it regularly? (this is particularly relevant for positioning the shower head/rail)
  • What is the purpose of your new bathroom besides the obvious? Is it somewhere you’d like to stay and relax in for example?
  • What do you like and dislike about your current bathroom?
  • Create a collection of magazine clippings, browse the Internet for images and latest trends, visit showrooms and document web images that inspire you. Try to note your preferences regarding colour, materials, layout and finishes. Don’t be hasty during this decision making process; spend time gathering your research and remember ‘form follows function.’

2. What’s the best layout?

It’s ironic that a room requiring so many functional fixtures – shower, bath, toilet, basins, vanity and storage – is usually the tiniest in the house. With so many features to consider, designing the right layout is crucial. Great design in conjunction with careful and attentive spatial planning will help maximise your bathroom’s function, look and feel. Here is a checklist I share with my clients:

  • Is the bathroom in the right place?
  • Is the view into the bathroom as attractive as possible?
  • What are your storage requirements (think towels, cleaning products, extra soap, shampoo, toilet rolls, razors, makeup, hairspray etc.)
  • Is there enough storage space for everyone using the bathroom?
  • Where should the towel rail go for maximum convenience? And is there enough room to dry yourself and/or your children?
  • Have you considered new lighting or ventilation?
  • Is underfloor heating or a heated towel rail on your wish list?
  • Do you need a bath?

3. Fixtures and fittings – have you made the right choices?

I ask clients to consider the following before they part with their money.

Quality fittings Given that bathrooms get a good workout I always suggest allocating a portion of the budget to good quality fitting and materials if you can. This will highlight the quality of the bathroom and is more likely to avoid wasting time and money on repairs or having to replace cheaper versions sooner rather than later.

Location Do you need to move your any of your fixtures, such as the toilet or basin? This could increase costs initially, but it could be advantageous in the long term, increasing property value and worth. 

Rainfall shower heads and waterfall bath
These are
not only luxurious to use, they increase the appeal of your bathroom should you want to sell your property.

Bath or not? Could you live without a bath altogether
and allocate the space to a more generous shower? Remember that families
usually prefer at least one bath in the house.

Concealed cistern toilet If design and space allows, these
are considered to be more stylish and luxurious.

Basins Decide whether you want an under mounted or vessel basin.

Heating Underfloor heating is wonderful during colder months and a good selling point.

Can we help? As a side note, if you like the luxury look but don’t
have an unlimited budget, my advice is to select a couple of areas in your
bathroom where you can spend. Well over 90% of bathroom renovations rely
on trades, particularly if you need fixtures/fittings removed or are starting a
major bathroom overhaul. To ease this process, Jo Taylor Design offers a
complete project management service leveraging a trusted team of experienced,
high calibre tradesman. We’ll give you tailored solutions for your home,
bringing style, functionality and great value to every project. If you would
like to enquire about booking a consultation please contact us.

Bathroom designer, Sydney