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Your Build - Spring 2018

Phase 3 Interior & Exterior finishing Small on space, 58 Spring 2018 Phase 3 Phase 2 Phase 4 Phase 1 A new bathroom is a big investment; it’s a space you’ll want to live with for years to come, somewhere that will be used by the whole family who all have different needs and a room to escape to unwind and relax. It therefore needs to be as big on comfort as it is on practical points, so choosing the right fixtures and fittings is vital. With the average UK bathroom now measuring around 1.8m x 1.8m, the fixtures and fittings chosen need to combine design and function; the space needs to be big on aesthetic values too as increasingly this space is being used for much more than the obvious everyday tasks of personal hygiene; it is a room in which to relax and unwind and very much an extension of our living spaces. Less is more To appeal visually, sticking to a minimal, ‘less is more’ theme will work out best in smaller bathrooms, creating the feeling of space, luxury and grandeur that is now so desirable. One of the most effective ways of making a small bathroom feel much bigger is to opt for wallhung sanitaryware and furniture. A look that is commonly adopted by hotels, with the floor left visible and all pipework and fittings neatly concealed out of sight, not only does the room look bigger, but it also makes smaller spaces much easier to clean too. There are lots of elements of the bathroom’s design that will help achieve a calming, orderly space; creating a clutter-free impression is aided in no small part by clever storage solutions, making the choice of furniture important. A base unit beneath the washbasin is an obvious choice too, making good use of the space and providing a convenient storage solution for bathroom essentials, concealing pipework and creating the perfect spot for hiding a myriad of smaller items behind closed doors. Team this with a mirrored cabinet, which will reflect the light to make the room feel bigger. on aesthetics A tall unit is a good space-saver too, while open shelving creates a hotel-inspired impression. In the family bathroom in particular, it is important to consider who the space is likely to be used and what is needed – lots of storage for bottles, towels and toys is key. A minimal look can also be achieved with the careful selection of sanitaryware. Washbasins with slim rims, for example, work well in this regard, alongside brassware that is sleek and elegant. It is important to remember that smaller bathroom spaces shouldn’t compromise on luxury or style; by opting for statement pieces, an air of luxury can be easily created, so consider opting for a stone or marble basin, and seek out brassware in an unusual finish, such as brushed nickel or matt black for a luxurious finishing touch. Consider also the type of showering options the bathroom needs to offer. In the family bathroom safety is a priority, making a thermostatic mixer a must-have, while a freestanding deck-mounted hose makes cleaning and washing hair a much easier task. In an ensuite, a more spa-like offering may be preferred, with multi-jet showers and large showerheads creating a sense of indulgence. Team this with a large radiator for airing towels and you have a space that is as practical as it is comfortable. It is also important to consider some perhaps less obvious aspects of the bathroom’s design, such as good lighting. Often over-looked, lighting is an important consideration, with good task lighting being necessary in key areas, yet there also being a requirement for something a little more ambient, particularly in an ensuite bathroom being used as a space to retreat to and relax. Incorporating lighting should be part of the planning, with an illuminated mirror providing task lighting and an ambient atmosphere when placed in a niche, while under vanity lighting is a good way of softening the mood when it is time to relax. www.bagnodesignlondon.com/uk but big It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but the bathroom has a big job to do in terms of practical necessity and home comforts. Richard Nicholls, UK and European marketing and sales director at Sanipex, discusses ways to ensure that the bathroom impresses


Your Build - Spring 2018
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