Unlike kitchens, a bathroom renovation is a much less expensive undertaking. Brilliant results can be achieved even on a modest budget. The best bathrooms appear to be places which are light, airy and minimalistic in nature.
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If showers are your preference, then you might consider a walk-in facility. These have become increasingly popular as they give that contemporary look and have the advantage of no cumbersome moving parts. To create a shower of this type will only require a glass screen and appropriate tiling with water grouting of the type used in swimming pools.
Having good tiles should not be underestimated. Tiles give a bathroom its character and make it much easier to clean. Also the floor is an area which often leaves people divided. Some home owners prefer to have a carpet on the floor but after a time this can make the room look a little shabby and is not very resistant to water and stains. Having a durable floor will help keep your bathroom in pristine condition.
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Baths are also showing resurgence in popularity as manufacturers strive to make soaking in a tub a much more appealing prospect than hopping in and out of a shower. You will feel like a king or queen as you immerse yourself in a nice copper stand alone bath tub surrounded by fragrant candles and scented oils. Having a bath is an occasion as opposed to a function and some will look forward to this as the highlight of their long day.
You should try to use your existing plumbing layout where possible as repositioning all the pipe work could escalate the costs to much more than you anticipated.
Of course if you fancy a bit of a retro twist you could opt for a Jacuzzi. However in considering this option you need to make sure the floor is straight and level and that you have sufficient space to accommodate such an appliance. You also have to make sure the floor is strong enough to withstand the weight since the average pressure of a Jacuzzi is around 150lb per square foot. Make sure there is also enough clearance for access panels as the motor may need to be maintained from time to time.
For that extra special finish you should make use of lighting. Great lighting can make the difference between a good bathroom and a fantastic bathroom. Full length mirrors are also a good bet as they create a feeling of space. If you have any space left, install chrome towel warmers as this will look much classier than throwing them over the radiator.
Whichever option you choose, it will be money well spent!
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Jon Quinton is a plumbing professional with Staunch and Flow in London.
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