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Bathroom design ideas for renovators

Functional doesn’t have to mean clinical and regimented, as there are so many options for creating a stylish bathroom
The Cavendish bathroom suite range from VictoriaPlum.com presents a classic turn of the century aesthetic, starting from as little as £99.99 for a pedestal basin

A dated bathroom is likely to be high on your rip-out-and-start-again priority list when renovating. While the perfect design might seem easier to attain if you’re building from scratch, working with a pre-set piping arrangement needn’t be too great a challenge. So what’s involved in achieving a bathroom that will ooze stylish functionality for years to come?

How much work is needed?

You’ll need to have a thorough understanding of how major the project is so that you can budget accordingly. Think about what’s currently in the room – does the whole space need to be gutted or can anything be salvaged; is it just a case of an aesthetic update or does any of the plumbing need to be replaced? Another thing to bear in mind is whether the water pressure is strong enough for a good shower or if you may need to fit an additional pump.

You should also check for obvious signs of water damage and leaks. Common indications of a potential problem include: mildew or mould; disfigured, stained or warped floors, walls or ceilings below the room; and musty or earthy smells that persist even after a thorough clean. Unfortunately, if you discover a leak then finding the source could mean ripping out and replacing more than you originally budgeted for; hence why understanding the scale of the project before you start to think about design details is so important. Having a firm idea of how much you can afford to spend before you start shopping for individual tiles, fixtures and units will go a long way to helping you to focus your finances.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!