This time of year is a popular one for bathroom refurbishments. The May Day Bank Holiday weekend is coming up, and a lot of people will use the extra day off work to do some home improvements. The bathroom is a common room to choose, and you’ll see that many bathroom showrooms and DIY stores have some great offers leading up to the Bank Holiday weekend.
Refurbishing your bathroom needn’t be a massive headache. With some prior planning and organisation, it can be a task you really enjoy. And think about how satisfying it will be when you have a lovely new bathroom at the end of it!
Rather than just redecorating your bathroom, refurbishment implies replacing the physical components of the room – bath ,sink, toilet and of course, the shower. Many stores sell fully-kitted bathroom suites that definitely make life easier, but may be an expensive way to buy. You’ll find that with a bit of extra effort and some clever research, you can save yourself some money by sourcing items from different suppliers, and get the bathroom that you really want!
Before you start the process, have a look in magazines and on the internet for the type of bathroom you want. Take the time to visit some showrooms to get inspiration. Think about the decoration – the colour of the walls, the type of flooring (e.g. tiles, lino, wooden boards). Do you want a particular theme in the room, and do you prefer certain colours?
Once you’ve decided on the style and decoration, it’s time to think about the “hardware” of the room. This is usually one of the most difficult stages of the whole process. Depending on your skills and knowledge on plumbing and electrics, you may need assistance for this. It’s always best to do as much research as you can to save the most time and money. For example, when choosing a new shower, you have to consider much more than just the look, design and price of the shower. You need to think about the hot water system that is currently installed in your house and make sure that the shower you pick is compatible.
Firstly, do you want to use the household hot water system to heat the shower? If so, the next step is to find out what system you have as there are different showers designed for different systems. By picking the right shower for your water system, you can ensure that the shower will operate to its best performance. If you have a combi boiler, for example, then you should look for combi showers, which are optimised for these boilers. A combi boiler operates so that hot water is always available when required. Combi boilers are popular with new build properties as they are smaller than traditional boilers and therefore take up less space. They are commonly located in the kitchen. Those with gravity-fed hot water systems should look for gravity-fed showers, while those with high pressure systems should look for high pressure showers.
If you prefer not to use your hot water system, for example, if you have a small hot water cylinder, then you may want to look at electric showers. Electric showers are extremely convenient for families and large households as they heat cold water instantly, so you don’t need to worry about running out of hot water or waiting to heat it up. Electric showers are also a good option for a second bathroom or en-suite bathroom.
Once you have bought your new bathroom suite, it’s time to get on with the installation. Depending on where you bought the products, you may be offered a fitting service or you may wish to use the services of a plumber. When installing electric showers from new, or upgrading or downgrading a previous electric shower, it may be necessary for a Part-P registered electrician to fit the new shower.
Whatever you decide to do with your bathroom refurbishment, have fun shopping this weekend!