When planning a new bathroom and its layout there are several considerations to bear in mind. It is important to decide what you will require in your bathroom and what function it will perform, whether it is to be a family bathroom, ensuite, shower space or downstairs cloakroom. Consider where you would like to position the bath, washbasin, toilet and shower and if it would be more economical on space to have a shower incorporated over a bath or as a stand alone unit. Storage space is also an important feature in a bathroom and some thought must be given to whether a radiator may be replaced by a towel warmer. If you are thinking of having a cast iron bath installed, it may be necessary to have the joists reinforced to take its considerable weight. If this is not possible an acrylic bath is an option. Give yourself a limit on budget and remember that additional plumbing requirements will add considerably to the expense. Accounting for the position of current outlet pipes when planning your layout may make the building work considerably easier, faster and cheaper. There could be a need for new waste pipes or underground drainage systems to be put in place. Additional electricity may be needed if a shower is to be fitted. If planning for a downstairs cloakroom, installing a small washbasin directly to a wall may be a better option than selecting one with a pedestal, as this will give you more space. As an ensuite bathroom will not be the only bathroom in the property, consider what basic essential items you will require. For example, you may not require a bath if space is limited and may opt for a small shower unit instead. Lighting is another issue to be considered. It may be necessary to have a vanity unit fitted with integrated lighting system, and certain safety issues must be considered.
There are also some important building regulations to adhere to. If a bathroom is to be situated directly off a bedroom, this is permissible providing it is not the sole bathroom in the building. A bathroom or cloakroom with toilet cannot be positioned directly onto a lounge, dining room or kitchen. Ventilation is also an important issue, with access to external ventilation being essential. An opening window is counted as external ventilation. If there is no window in the room, an extractor fan will be required and fitted to an external wall in order to prevent damp and mildew. In accordance with new bathroom building regulations, there is a strong focus on sustainability and water efficiency. Bathroom manufacturers will be required by law to declare what the water consumption of all bathroom appliances and associated fittings is. Enlist professional help from an expert who will be able to offer you helpful advice in relation to bathroom building regulations.