3 Essential Considerations For A Seamless En-Suite Renovation
En-suite bathrooms have become a popular renovation choice for homeowners across the nation – adding grandeur, convenience and value to homes in one fell swoop, it’s not hard to see why.
However, there are a number of complexities associated with this type of renovation that need careful consideration before building work begins – ensuring your en-suite bathroom project runs smoothly. In today’s post, we’ll be delving into the nuances of en-suite design, covering the essential elements that are key to delivering a stylish, functional and seamless bed and bathroom combination.
Measure, measure and measure again
The key to any successful home improvement project is to have accurate measurements of all areas that will be impacted by the design. When it comes to a winning bedroom and bathroom, it’s vital to account for space usage in both rooms – particularly if you’re utilising existing bedroom floor space to accommodate the bathroom.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the exact dimensions you’re working with overall, drawing up scaled floor plans that will allow you to envisage the layout. From there you can factor in how much space you will need to accommodate integral design features, including stud walls with room for hidden pipework and cables, bathroom suites, walkways and doorways. These key features should all be accurately accounted for in your initial planning stages, so you can be confident in your plans and avoid any unnecessary surprises.
If you are facing space limitations, one way to combat
this is to embrace compact solutions into your design, meaning you don’t have
to compromise on luxury and a stylish finish. Think sumptuous ottoman-style beds with hidden storage,
space-saving corner sinks and toilets or wall-hung cupboards to save on floor
space. There are a myriad of space-friendly options available, but always be
sure to measure items before making the purchase.
Be aware of structural challenges
Adding a bathroom inevitably comes with a number of structural implications for your property – so it pays to have a handle on these early on in the project.
Certainly with any bathroom there will be an element of plumbing work required to ensure a sound water supply, as well as effective waste-water removal. As the backbone of a successful bathroom renovation, it’s always recommended to employ a reputable plumber to carry out this work – particularly if you’re adding to an upper level as there may be additional measures needed to account for drainage and weight.
Many en-suite projects also involve knocking through walls, so we’d always recommend getting professional advice before you start, to ensure your plans don’t impact on the integrity of your home. If your design does incorporate removing weight-bearing walls, suitable measure must be taken to replace them.
Keep an eye on fashion and function
With any home improvement project, there are likely to be compromises made – this could be opting for a less expensive suite or a more compact design. Without the right consideration, these compromises can affect the overall aesthetic and practicality of the space, which is why it’s important to keep them at the fore throughout the renovation.
Not least, keeping an eye on the end results is a great motivator in the midst of a busy build, but also it will ensure that any necessary compromises made are well-thought out and have minimal impact on the finished design.
Firstly, make use of floor plans, using them to experiment with different layouts, sizes of furniture and styles to find the perfect solution. Secondly, have a clear idea of what your key design elements are – that is, what you can and can’t live without – and stick to them. With a firm vision and fully informed decisions made at every turn, you can have complete confidence that your en-suite bathroom will deliver on both style and functionality once completed.
Planning and executing an en-suite bathroom project definitely does come with its challenges, but we hope after reading this article you’ll feel fully prepared to create a seamless bedroom-bathroom combination that brings a touch of style and luxury to your home.
Shuayb Patel works at OWO Living, specialists in stylish home furniture and beds.