Bathroom Fitting: Things You Need to Remember


House renovations can be overwhelming. Fitting a bathroom is a significant project, so it’s essential to plan carefully, choose quality materials, and prioritize safety throughout the process. With thoughtful planning and execution, you can create a bathroom that is both stylish and functional. In this article, we will explore the best practices and helpful tips for all stages of bathroom fitting.

Beautiful bathroom white porcelain sink with metal tap

Planning and Design

Before you can begin the designing process it is crucial to consider space and layout of your bathroom. Measure your bathroom carefully and plan a layout that maximizes space and functionality. Think about traffic flow, storage needs, and accessibility.

Plan the location of your plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, shower) and electrical outlets for lighting, ventilation, and appliances. Homeowners often forget about electrical in the bathroom on the planning stage and have to adjust to troubles like having to run an extension cord from an inconveniently-placed outlet.

Another important thing a lot of people forget about is ventilation. Proper ventilation is essential to prevent moisture buildup and mold. Ensure you have a bathroom fan that meets building codes and can effectively remove steam and humidity. Ventilation ensures that your bathroom stays looking freshly renovated for years.

Good lighting is essential for a functional and pleasant bathroom. Consider natural light, task lighting, and accent lighting. For maximum comfort choose a shower head that offers a relaxing and invigorating experience, consider features like heated towel racks, heated floors, or a luxurious soaking tub. Maximise storage space with cabinets, drawers, and shelves to keep your bathroom organized and clutter-free.

Set a realistic budget and prioritize the features that are most important to you. Choose a style that complements your home and reflects your personal taste. Consider colour schemes, materials, and fixtures.

Choosing Materials

There are many common materials which would be a bad choice for your bathroom.

Wood is porous and highly susceptible to moisture damage, warping, and rot. It can also become a breeding ground for mold and mildew in a humid environment.

Standard wall paint is not designed for high-moisture environments. It can peel, crack, and become a breeding ground for mold in a bathroom.

Carpet absorbs moisture and is difficult to clean. It can trap dirt, dust, and bacteria, making it a breeding ground for allergens. It also poses a safety hazard as it can become slippery when wet.

Some natural stones, like  limestone or, surprisingly, marble, are porous and can absorb moisture. This can lead to staining, discolouration, and potential mold growth.

While there are materials definitely not meant for a bathroom, there is no single best material to use. You would need to consider your preferences and budget to choose the appropriate option.

Use waterproof materials like tile, vinyl, laminate or even cork flooring in your bathroom for durability and easy cleaning. For countertops and floors, consider using a less porous natural stone like granite, quartz, or engineered stone, which are more resistant to moisture.

Invest in high-quality fixtures made from durable materials like ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel, or brass. If you decide to use grout, make sure to always seal grout after installation to protect it from moisture and staining.

Installation and Fitting

It’s generally best to hire a qualified plumber and electrician for plumbing, electrical, and any complex installations. Finding a good bathroom fitter is crucial for a successful and stress-free bathroom renovation. But how do you know if a fitter is reliable and qualified?

Ask the Right Questions:

  • Firstly, visit the fitter’s website or social media profiles to get a sense of their work, experience, and customer testimonials.
  • Inquire about the fitter’s experience in bathroom renovations, specifically with the types of work you need (e.g., shower installation, tiling, plumbing).
  • Check if the fitter has relevant qualifications and certifications, such as a plumbing license or a membership in a professional trade association.
  • Ask for references from previous clients to get a firsthand perspective on the fitter’s work quality and professionalism.
  • Assess how well the fitter communicates and responds to your questions. A clear and responsive fitter is important for a smooth renovation process.
  • Discuss the estimated timeline for the project and ensure it aligns with your expectations.
  • Ensure the fitter has adequate liability insurance to protect you from any potential accidents or damage during the renovation.

When searching for a fitter also don’t forget to search in your local area, so if you reside in a small town in Cheshire it is best to use the names of specific towns like Winsford, Frodsham or Northwich in your search queries.

A good fitter will be punctual, courteous, and respectful of your property. They’ll also keep you informed about the progress of the project and address any concerns promptly. Pay attention to the quality of the fitter’s craftsmanship. Look for neat and precise work, well-sealed joints, and carefully installed fixtures. A good fitter will pay attention to the details, such as ensuring the level of the floor, tiling, and fixtures. A good fitter will be responsive to your questions and concerns and keep you informed throughout the process.

Being mindful and smart along every step of your renovations is essential for a durable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing bathroom. Invest in quality materials and professional fitters to avoid future problems and ensure a bathroom that lasts.