Open any interiors magazine and you will see pages of bathroom transformations. If you have ever thought of upgrading or updating your bathroom, we have put together a few handy tips for you.
To upgrade a bathroom, there’s a few skills you need to have – plumbing, tiling, grouting and sealing are just a few. Therefore, when considering a project like this, you might want to call in the experts.
Montagu Property Services has over 40 years’ experience in the refurbishment of residential premises across London and are experts in bathroom fitting. All projects are assigned a dedicated project manager who will work with its own team of industry-accredited plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, painters and decorators to ensure that you get the bathroom of your dreams.
What to consider when upgrading your bathroom
Before you engage a company to upgrade or update your bathroom, there are a few things you should consider.
Fixtures and fittings
There are so many styles of bath/basin/toilets to choose from – traditional, contemporary, ultra-modern or period. Once you have chosen them, there’s the taps to consider, as well as things like mirrors and storage.
How much space do you have?
If your bathroom is on the larger side, there could be room for separate shower cubicle or a double sink, or how about a traditional free-standing roll-top bath with ornate feet for a touch of luxury? If space is limited however, you may wish to consider a shower-over-bath configuration – or you might want to get rid of the bath altogether and have a walk-in shower.
The shape of your bathroom may restrict where you can place the basin, bath and toilet, but try not to have the toilet right in line with the door just in case someone walks in whilst it is in use!
If you thought that there was a lot of choice on style of bathroom, that’s nothing compared to the choice of tiling – small mosaics, ones with bold patterns, marble effect, metro tiles and much more. There is also a choice of materials – porcelain, ceramic, glass, and natural stone.
You will need to factor in whether you want the whole room tiled, or just the area around the shower, bath and basin, as this could have a significant impact on your budget. If you choose to tile just part of the bathroom, any paint that you choose for the rest of the walls should be a specialist bathroom paint so that it is resistant to moisture and won’t peel.
There are many great options for flooring in bathrooms which include: natural stone, porcelain or ceramic tiling; laminate; and vinyl. We would advise against carpet in the bathroom because it will get wet, ultimately rot and emit an unpleasant odour. Carpet will also trap odours which may be hard to eliminate.
Whatever lighting you choose, make sure that it is suitable for use in the bathroom. You will need ceiling mounted lights for your general lighting requirements, as well as task lighting such as shower lights, mirror lights or shaving lights.
Having a new bathroom fitted can be quite pricey, so you need to make sure that you get it right as you are going to be living with it for many years to come. Buy some home interiors magazines for inspiration – and you might pick up some money-saving tips.
Upgrading your bathroom on a budget
Upgrading your bathroom may cost more than you think. The cost of sanitary ware, floor and wall tiles, fittings and storage, not to mention the bathroom fitting labour costs can soon add up. So how can you do it on a budget?
- Look online for deals on sanitaryware or visit showrooms and look for ex-display stock.
- Visit tiling warehouses – if you have only a small area to tile, choose end of line stock – but beware, if you don’t measure up correctly and find you are short a few tiles, you may find it difficult to source the last few.
- Undertake the tiling yourself. If you aren’t sure how to do it, there are plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube – you will soon master it.
- You don’t have to re-tile to update your bathroom. Just a different colour of grout or a fresh coat of white grout can soon perk up your tiling and make them look like new.
- Replace your bath panel or tile an existing one with left over tiles.
- Replace the sealant. White sealant can discolour over time, and a new sealant can give your bath a new lease of life.
- Paint the walls in a new colour and buy new towels and bathmats to match. Have you considered Eco Paint?
Contact the bathroom fitting experts
If you are considering upgrading your bathroom, contact us today – the bathroom design and fitting experts. We will handle the whole process for you, from start to finish, which includes:
We can help you with the design of your bathroom so that you can make the most of your space. We can help you select the right fixtures and fittings, tiling, flooring and lighting to ensure that your bathroom is perfect for you.
The installation process will be undertaken over a number of days depending on the size and complexity of the project, and will include:
- Careful disconnection of all existing bathroom fixtures and fittings
- Storing or disposing of any unnecessary accessories or items
- Tidy removal of existing tiles on the walls or floor (if requested)
- Removal of old plaster and plasterboard
- All necessary plumbing and electrical work
- Remedial work such as dry-lining or plastering, replacing tiles or wall boards
- Floor and wall tiling
- Fitting of old or new bathroom furniture and accessories
You will be assigned a dedicated project manager who will oversee the entire bathroom fitting process. They will liaise with you at every stage to ensure that your project is completed with the minimum amount of fuss and the maximum care and attention.
We understand that with the current Covid-19 situation, site visits to discuss your project may be difficult which is why we are offering a virtual consultation to ensure maximum safety. Once the project gets underway, our fitting team will ensure all social distancing and safety measures are put in place.
To book your virtual consultation, or to speak to us about your bathroom installation project in London, please call us on 0207 723 5463 between 8am and 6pm, or email us at email@example.com.