5 Things to Know Before a Bathroom Redesign

The very thought of embarking on a bathroom redesign can bring lots of excitement. The thoughts of choosing a style, picking a colour theme, getting new fixtures and installing new lighting to create your dream bathroom space sounds like a lot of fun.

The reality of the situation, however, is that a bathroom redesign isn’t all fun and games. There are a lot of things to consider before you get to the exciting part, and we’re about to outline some of the most important things you should know before you embark on a bathroom renovations project.

Let’s start with the basics…

Know your Dimensions

You certainly don’t need to be a certified plumber to measure the dimensions of your bathroom space. You should, however, know how to use a measuring tape.

Measuring the width and height of your space and the areas that you have to work with will help you to clearly and quickly get an idea of what’s possible for your project. For instance, there’s no point in planning to install your dream clawfoot tub if you don’t have the space for it.

It sounds like common sense but you’d be surprised if you knew how many people overlook this essential step when embarking on a bathroom renovation project.

Work around the Toilet

Most bathroom designers will agree that, when possible, the toilet should never be the first thing a person sees when they walk into a bathroom. If you’re tight on space, this can’t be prevented. However, choosing to work with a good bathroom designer will help you to ensure that your space is both functional and beautiful.

Regardless of how much space you’ve got to work with, deciding where your toilet is going to go and working around it is ALWAYS a good idea.

Invest in Plumbing

If your plumping system is old and in need of an upgrade, you must forget about buying the fancy bath and spotlights you’ve always dreamed of until you’ve called your local plumber and scheduled a call out.

Have your plumber assess the state of your current system, and should it need a service or some new piping, get it done. Your future self will thank you for it when you don’t have to deal with clogged drains, burst pipes and dripping taps down the line.

Lighting is Important

The lighting you choose for your new bathroom will play a critical role in what kind of environment it will be when it’s all finished.

Choosing a mix of layered lighting; from accent lights and ambient to decorative lighting and a dimmer switch will give you the opportunity to create whatever kind of vibe you like with the flick of a switch (excuse the pun!).

Ultimately, you’ll want to have plenty of light when applying make up or shaving You’ll also want to be able to take things down a notch or two to have a soft light when relaxing in a hot bath at night.

Research Flooring Options

Bathroom design trends change all the time, in terms of flooring, so it’s important to research your options carefully and know the benefits and drawbacks of installing each type.

If you are looking at bathroom tiles, for example, you should know that large tiles are typically more difficult to slope properly and they can be slippery. With smaller tiles, because the grout is more compact and closer together, they usually provide better traction.

The type of flooring you choose should be practical first, and aesthetically pleasing second and not the other way around.


Now that you’re equipped with five of the most important elements to get right before your renovation project gets underway, your experience should be a lot less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Happy decorating!