How to remodel bathroom: A design in Edinburgh

The bathrooms are the most important spaces in houses. They are the only space in your house that all the members of the households use everyday. they provide our physical and mental wellbeing while we are having our time for our cleaning. So for hygiene or for decor style reasons, they are the most renovated rooms of the houses for a lot of reasons.

Bathroom remodel in Edinburgh.
Bathroom remodel in Edinburgh.

How can you remodel your bathroom? We remodel a bathroom design in Edinburgh and I will explain the remodelling of bathrooms with this example. If you remodel your bathroom either by outsourcing or by DIY, there are four basic steps to follow: 

1- Planning, budgeting and scheduling

2- Designing the concept and technical drawing

3- Doing the construction works

4- Finalising with the finishing touches

Interior view of remodelled bathroom.
Interior view of remodelled bathroom.

How to start your bathroom remodel

The remodelling bathroom starts with planning, why you need the remodelling and determining the scope of the project. The budget and time, design concept and technical details and workmanship are the main pillars to decide before going into a deep surf for inspirations and dealing with the technical details of the project. Whether you like to use a builder or you like to do your full DIY bathroom project, these main points carry almost same importance,

Our client need lives in single storey bungalow house type in Edinburgh. He need a new bathroom as he works as a home-office psychological consultant. Since his clients visit his house more often, he decided to shine his bathroom for both his clients and himself.

The photo before of new decor works.
The photo before of new decor works.
The photo before of new interior design works.
The photo before of new interior design works.

The existing bathroom had the 1980s style. The sanitary units were old-fashioned and the floor coverings weren’t in good repair. The bathroom layout wasn’t functional for our client’s needs. The contemporary tiles were in good condition, however they were not the style that our client likes.

The photo after the new bathroom decoration.
The photo after the new bathroom decoration.

After initial talks with our clients, we discovered his style as Victorian traditional with a modern twist. We created a traditional bathroom that, while small, had all the vanity facilities such as bath with shower, sink with metal shelf, toilet with traditional cistern and a high bath cabinet. The subway/metro tiles for the wall are in harmony with the Victorian floor tiles.

To reach this end, we first learned his budget. Despite the fear that designers and architects cost, we on the opposite saved money for out client. The plan and scheduling from the early beginning, instead of informal chat with the builders and ended in more costs than the initial talk.

Mood boards and pricing.
Mood boards and pricing.

1-Planning, budgeting and scheduling

Your plan starts with what is your budget for your bathroom that determines everything about your design. You should think the cost of design, products and workmanship. For the design I suggest that you should hire an interior designer. You can do the design by yourself, if you have some interest in architectural design and have a tight budget. Otherwise it is good to have professional help.

Mood boards and pricing.
Mood boards and pricing.

The budget covers the expenses of products that you will choose for your bathroom. There are variety of products from low and mid range to high end. with the help of a professional designer you may have more discounts for these products. You can also wait the sale times.

Mood boards and pricing.
Mood boards and pricing.

The budget includes the construction cost. If you have time, you can go with DIY option. However, most of us working busy and time is important for us. Hire professionals for plumbing, electricity and joinery works.

Mood boards and pricing.
Mood boards and pricing.

If you have a tight budget, it is important to source from variety of suppliers to find the best prices of each. With the initial search for the products, now time to set the design concept.

Final design concept of the furniture layout.
Final design concept of the furniture layout.

2- Designing the concept and technical drawing

The design phase starts with getting inspirations from any sources such as journals, Pinterest, instagram and all social media. Create a folder and boards for mood board. Mood board is the design concept sheet that you present your likes. For instance we create pin board for our client and select images for the final look.

Interior perspective of the design concept.
Interior perspective of the design concept.
Interior perspective of the design concept.
Interior perspective of the design concept.
Photo after the decoration.
Photo after the decoration.

Technical Drawings

If you have a tape measure at home, it is easy to get the dimensions of your bathroom. The builders are usually in a hurry to start the job, however it may cause mistakes that cost you money and time. There are many computer softwares, or online designers that you can find affordable options. If you are not keen on computer, you can draw a free-hand sketch.

Technical drawing of the furniture layout. Alternative 01.
Technical drawing of the furniture layout. Alternative 01.

It is important to have a scale drawing when you place the bath, toilet and furniture in the bathroom. The important thing is to place all items in a scaled proportion that you will see how much space you need in your bathroom. If you make a mistake in their scale, the bath, sink or toilet will not fit in the existing situation.

Technical drawing of the furniture layout. Alternative 02.
Technical drawing of the furniture layout. Alternative 02.

In our design after getting the survey of the existing bathroom, we created scale to fit drawing in drawing programme. The printed template is good for you to try alternatives.

Bathroom remodel after photo
Bathroom remodel after photo

After drawing your sketch, it is good to have numbers for all the items you need to buy for a budget break down. These floor plans show the furniture layout for our client. The numbers give the feasibility to check products in all phases from ordering to the construction.

Start of the construction works.
Start of the construction works.

3- Doing the construction works

The construction works start with the demolition of the old sanitary appliances, tiles, walls, partitions and structural elements if you have to to enable the new design. The second part is the rebuilding works for the new design.

Plumbing works for the bath.
Plumbing works for the bath.

Plumbing works

Plumbing works for the bath and sink.
Plumbing works for the bath and sink.
Plumbing works for the bath.
Plumbing works for the bath.

 

 

 

Plumbing works for the toilet.
Plumbing works for the toilet.

Electricity works

Electricity cables for the wall light.
Electricity cables for the wall light.

 

Electricity works and the extractor fan.
Electricity works and the extractor fan.
Electricity works and the extractor fan.
Electricity works and the extractor fan.

Joinery works

Timber frame wall construction.
Timber frame wall construction.

Tile works

Victorian floor tiles.
Victorian floor tiles.
Metro tiles for the wall.
Metro tiles for the wall.
The finish details of the tiles
The finish details of the tiles
The finish details of the tiles.
The finish details of the tiles.

Plastering and painting works

The plastered wall ready for the painting.
The plastered wall ready for the painting.

 

Finish for the toilet cistern.
Finish for the toilet cistern.

4- Ending with the finishing touches

The sanitary installations and final accessories such as flowers, hooks etc. are the finishing accessories for a bathroom.

The flower, wall lights and accessories.
The flower, wall lights and accessories.

 

 

Sanitary accessories.
Sanitary accessories.

 

 

Final photos

Final photo after the decor works.
Final photo after the decor works.
Final photo after the decor works.
Final photo after the decor works.
Final photo after the decor works.
Final photo after the decor works.
Detail from metro wall tiles and grout.
Detail from metro wall tiles and grout.

 

 

Close view of the bath.
Close view of the bath.

 

Photo after the interior design and decoration.
Photo after the interior design and decoration.

 

 

 

 

 

Close view of the radiator.
Close view of the radiator.

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