For bathroom installations, including help with the re-design, Alemco are your trusted local plumber for the job in Southampton and the Hampshire area. This also covers wet rooms and other forms of en-suit you have a plan for.
As with any room in the house, you must have a good think about how your bathroom will be used and who will use it. Think about your heating needs and preferences. Consider what you are going to store in your bathroom. This is also the perfect opportunity to create a custom-made sanctuary to relax and enjoy in your down time; the possibilities for going all out and indulging in a beautiful space are endless.
The type of shower you get will depend on your water pressure and how your hot water is produced. Since the styles of wash basins are so many and varied, you’re best to consider where you should put it and how you can mount it. Back specialists advise that you don’t lean down to use your sink, so ignore the standard height of 815mm from the floor if necessary when installing one.
When it comes to the toilet you’ll need to think about comfort and hygiene, as well as the actual look of the toilet. Do you want to conceal the cistern and pipes or maybe hang the toilet off the wall? Make sure there is plenty of room for manoeuvrability. Never install it facing a door and allow for
15 inches of clearance either side. The toilet bowl should be low enough for your feet to rest on the floor when sitting and there should also be enough headroom for standing upright.
Do’s and Dont’s…
- Do your research thoroughly before you pull out your chequebook. Visit lots of showrooms and trawl through lots of catalogues so that you get a clear idea of what’s available
- Don’t pay a deposit of more than 25% of the total contract value for the bathroom
- Do install thermostatic taps as they regulate temperature and can protect from scalding
- Don’t put a lock on the door – for obvious safety reasons. A sign outside the doors should let people know when it’s in use
- Do put attention into the finish. The bathroom is a potential breeding ground for germs so make sure that where fixtures meet walls and where tiles join, all is perfect
- Don’t skimp on really good fixtures and fittings – it’s the finishing touches that will make all the difference
- Do avoid trailing flexes and wires
- Don’t install sockets near the sink or bath – water and electricity do not mix
- Do try to vary textures and shapes in your bathroom for interest
- Don’t clutter your bathroom with lots of sanitary ware and furniture. Even big bathrooms need space to breathe