We spoke to Cape Town based Sanware Specification Specialist Sandy Warner and go-to-architect Robyn Connors who have provided valuable insight into creating your dream bathroom.
“Renovating your bathroom is possibly the most rewarding renovation you will do in your home, but it is also one of the toughest. Your bathroom is invariably in the private inner sanctuary of your house and a full renovation where the bathroom is stripped bare, is very invasive. Expect delays, noise, dust and loads of subcontractors”, says Sandy.
Every trade will work in this space – the builder, tiler, plumber, electrician and cabinet maker are all part of the journey towards a new living bathing space. This is a space that is functional as well as beautiful, which offers the calm place required for the rituals of elimination, cleansing, beautifying and in addition a room for calm meditation or intimacy.
If you can afford the services of a specialist designer, or architect, then Sandy strongly recommends you use one of these professionals, because they have experience and expertise on how to overcome challenges that will inevitably arise during the renovation. And only once you have the plans in hand and know the available space that you have, for the various stations, should you venture out to choose your bath, vanity, mixers, tiles and bathroom accessories.
- Opt for larger showers and drop-in baths, particularly where water usage is an issue.
- Always sit in a bath before you make your final purchase
- Consider space for storage
- Showers are most functional when they have an overhead and a hand-held shower option
“Carefully consider your vanity options and note that a slimmer slab fascia is popular and integrated basin slabs are dominating, and for good reason. Vanity design varies and will depend on the mood you want to create. Basin choice affects the mixer you require, and this can increase your cost if you need a tall or off-wall mixer option. Awareness, with regard your product selection, is key to keeping to your budget and ensuring functionality.” says Sandy.