Home Improvements – A New Bathroom

Those of us of a certain age can well remember Sunday night meant Bath night and in came the old tin bath into the kitchen or scullery for the whole rigmarole of the family bathing one after the other or perhaps a couple of the kids in together to save heating and water.

Nowadays of course things are far simpler with virtually every home containing its own bathroom. For those whose job it is to clean the bathroom it does however make work that more difficult. It is really not worth spending a great deal of money maintaining your bathroom but just to look after it so that it does the job it is intended for.

If you are lucky enough to be in a position that you are building your own bathroom then remember a few simple things like making sure you utilise the highest quality tiling that your pocket will allow as this could help reduce usage of detergents in the future cleaning. Using tiles will help you keep the bathroom free of algae and will make cleaning far easier.

OK that’s the tiling sorted out, now for the bath itself. It’s all a bit of a minefield because quite honestly the choice is so wide as to be unbelievable. There are a number of different materials that baths are made of like Cast Iron, Steel, Stone Resin and even a type of Acrylic. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Cast iron is strong but very heavy and the latter is important if you are building your own bathroom. Steel baths are also strong but unfortunately the hot water may cool down quicker than other types of material. Stone Resin is very strong material but heavy on the pocket. Price wise the Acrylic material is far better priced and harder wearing although they sound hollow.

In normal circumstances you will buy a complete suite so the toilet and the washbasin, possibly accompanied by a bidet, will all be part of the whole package deal as it were.

If you are not intending on a complete suite then purchasing a sink may like the bath give you a few moments of difficult decision making.

There is a load of options and in all sorts of price ranges.

Be sure to include taps if you are on a tight budget as their price can add several pounds to the final cost.

You need to consider whether you want a stainless steel sink or perhaps stone.

You must determine how it is going to be used.

In the family area it is likely to be used for shaving, washing and the bugbear to all woman hair washing especially by the male occupants

Ensure that enough space is available around the area in which the sink will stand also that there is ample room for bending over and performing your ablutions.

Finally, as far as the large items are concerned is the toilet itself unless a bidet is on your shopping list. Once again there are a multitude of choices to be made but why not just stick to a straight forward bowl that is also easy to fit yourself. Following the instructions you should find it reasonably easy to install your own bowl. One thing you must remember is to buy a seat because toilets are hardly ever sold complete with their own seat.

If you find that the job is too much for you then call for professional help.

We are not all blessed with a DIY ability and sometimes it is best to pay for the experts.