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9 considerations we recommend for new bathrooms in Aberdeen

So, you’ve decided it’s finally time to get that beautiful new bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. Perhaps you have a vision of what your new space looks like, or you just know your current bathroom isn’t working for your lifestyle anymore. But where do you start?


At North East Interiors, we’ve fitted a lot of bathrooms, and see many of our customers wondering exactly the same thing - there are so many options to consider and technical details that only a seasoned professional and plumber would know.


To help you get the ball rolling with your brand new bathroom, we’ve shared 9 important considerations to make as you get started on your renovation journey…



Assess your current and future needs for your bathroom


If you’re thinking about getting a new bathroom, the best place to start is by deciding what it is you really need from the space, both for now and in the years to come. The best way to do this is to take a look at your space with a fresh perspective and take note of what works and what doesn’t, as well as where pipework and electrics are located. Think about everything from the obvious toilet, basin and shower/bath fittings to additional accessories such as radiators, hooks and towel rails.


It's also a good idea to identify any needs your current bathroom can’t meet, and what you could include in your new bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t benefit from a lot of natural light, opt for an LED mirror to illuminate the space a bit more or add underlighting to any cabinets or even the bath panel. For a busy family bathroom, make sure you’re maximising on storage space with drawers and units.


Measure the space available in your bathroom


Another key consideration to make when deciding on a new bathroom is the size of the room - there’s no point pinning all hopes on a design if your bathroom is limited on space. As a guide, we recommend 76cm as a comfortable width for a toilet, and leaving at least 60cm of empty space in front of any fixtures, such as the sink and toilet. Don’t forget to account for doors and shower screens being able to open freely.


If you’re lucky enough to have a large bathroom, you could utilise the middle of the room with a freestanding bath or basin, to make the most of the space available and add an elegant look and feel to your bathroom.


Budgeting for bathrooms


No surprise here, but setting a realistic budget is a pretty important factor for any home renovation project. There are lots of factors which impact the cost of a new bathroom, such as the size of the room, the features and level of specification you want to go for and if you want supply only or installation included.


We always say you get what you pay for - it’s important to be prepared to spend a bit of money if you want to create a bathroom you’ll really love. To help keep the costs reasonable, make a list of everything you need your bathroom to do, followed by a wishlist of all the things you would like to have in an ideal world.



Find out whether your bathroom has high or low pressure plumbing


Although this perhaps isn’t as exciting as choosing the overall design and features of your new bathroom, knowing whether you have high or low water pressure will help you determine which type of shower you could install, how it will impact your heating and what sort of cost that would involve.


Combi-boilers tend to be high pressure and the more old-fashioned hot water tanks are usually low pressure. Speak to a local plumbing or design expert in the Aberdeen area - such as ourselves - so you get the technical features right for your new space.


Decide on how your new bathroom will be heated


Another technicality to think about is what sort of heating you want in your new bathroom - and what’s possible based on your current space and budget. Many bathrooms have the classic column radiator, due to its practicality and timeless look, however there are plenty of options for this standard radiator so you can create the look you really want.


Underfloor heating is becoming very popular along with tiling and laminate flooring which tends to be quite chilly against your feet. This adds a really luxurious feel to any bathroom, however it might not be the most practical solution if you’re looking to create a wet room. For a more affordable luxury, heated towel rails are a great option.


Do you really want to include a bath?


Whether or not to include a bath has become a hot topic when it comes to bathroom renovations. At North East Interiors, we’re seeing an increasing number of our customers across Aberdeen and the north east deciding to leave the bath out and opt for a modern shower room instead. With busy modern lifestyles, many are choosing to ditch the tub altogether and instead get a more luxurious shower - incorporating wall-to-wall designs, shower seats and high end features such as steam showers.


If you’re hoping to sell your home in the future, however, it’s probably a good idea to keep at least one bath in your home as it’s more appealing to potential buyers. In this case, a stylish shower over a bath is a great compromise and ideal if you have limited space but still want to include a bath.



What type of flooring should you use?


For a bathroom, you want to choose flooring that will be durable and moisture resistant - although we do see the odd carpet from time to time. The looks are important, but practicality is key for creating a bathroom that suits your lifestyle and that you’ll love for years to come.


Here are a few flooring options you could consider when choosing your new bathroom:

  • Tiles are generally seen as a go-to choice for bathroom flooring, and there’s always something to suit any interior

  • Natural stone is really beautiful and brings that spa-like atmosphere to your home, although we recommend choosing a textured surface so it’s less slippery

  • Sheet flooring such as vinyl has really turned a corner in recent years, with lots of stylish options that really do look natural. They’re also warmer and softer underfoot than tiles and allow for easy drying as there are no joins

  • Natural wood flooring is very desirable, but needs a lot of maintenance to protect it against water damage. Instead, we recommend using engineered wood or wood-effect vinyl

How long a new bathroom installation takes


As with any home renovation, you need to be prepared for a little bit of disruption when getting a new bathroom fitted. We usually estimate around 4-6 weeks for the full project, with installation perhaps only taking a matter of days depending on the size of your bathroom and how much you are changing. If there’s new pipework, ventilation, heating or lighting, this could take a little longer. If you are looking to keep any items such as units or your existing bath, our bathroom fitters can remove them and set aside carefully.


Visit our Aberdeen showroom


Getting input from a professional at the early stages makes a huge difference in bringing your dream bathroom to life and creating a space you truly love. Pop into our Aberdeen showroom for a free consultation, where our team of designers can highlight clever layout options you may not have considered, as well as modern design elements that can truly elevate your bathroom no matter what your needs are.


Having an expert on hand throughout your bathroom project also means you have someone to explain all the technical details and help you find a design that fits with your lifestyle and budget.




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