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Essential guide to bathroom design

Whatever style you’re looking to achieve, Rebecca Foster summarises the key considerations when planning this zone of the house
Priced from £1,892, The Albion Bath Co’s compact Neptune Advance tub adds an eye-catching focal point. Measuring from 1,505mm long, this model is ideal for areas where space is limited

Once thought of as a purely practical space, the bathroom is now viewed by many homeowners as a place of personal oasis and relaxation. The trend for achieving the opulence of hotels and spas is increasing, and many self-builders and renovators are allocating bigger budgets for this area of the house as a result.

The first design step is to consider how the room will be used by the dwelling’s occupants. “By day we need a functional zone, but at night we want to be able to retreat and relax,” says Kate Griffiths from Kohler. Whether you’re creating your own bathroom from scratch or updating an existing suite, there’s many practical factors to bear in mind before splashing out on that freestanding tub you’ve had your eye on, for instance. Flooring, heating, lighting and ventilation all need to be factored into plans from the early design stages – here’s what to bear in mind.

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Get the advice and inspiration you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget with the March edition of Build It, including: - How to get more for your money - Is gas central heating energy efficient? - Getting sunroom extensions right - Ultimate guide to garage conversions - Do you need an architect? ... and more!