How to Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodel

So you know your bathroom needs a full remodel but where do you start in the planning process? There’s much to think about from the practical placement of fixtures and fittings to the overall look you want to achieve. Starting with a solid plan of action before you even remove the first tile will ultimately save you time and money and you’ll be sure that your final vision will be realised without a lot of head-scratching or spending cash you hadn’t budgeted for mid-way through.

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Consider this to be your first point of call. While it’s great to know which tiles you love the look of and getting those samples in, there’s so much more that needs to happen and today’s post will ensure you’ve covered off the most important aspects of assessing the space before work gets under way.


Remember when planning your bathroom, wetroom or shower room, not only does it need to be a functional and practical place, but also somewhere you can relax & unwind. So ensure your choices in terms of decor reflect the look you’d like to achieve.

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Before you start to choose the look of your new project, measure your bathroom and make a scaled drawing (preferably on graph paper) with the locations of your existing water feeds, waste pipes, windows, doors, extractor fans and electrical wiring.


Remember that relocating any of the above is certainly possible but may add significantly to your remodelling costs so you’ll need to allow for any changes in both your time and your budget.



You’ll also need to factor in adequate ventilation for the space. If there are no windows and no extractor fan, it would be advisable to install one or else condensation will quickly cause mould and damp problems.


Once you have a plan in place, make sure you set a budget allowing for a 10% overspend in case you run into any unforeseen problems.


If you do decide to do any structural work, make sure this is carried out in conjunction with any planning or building regulations e.g.  moving or installing walls, doors & windows, lighting zones, etc.



Make sure the sub-floor is structurally sound and able to take any additional loads such as baths. If it’s not, then be sure to plan on having it replaced with something suitable for your project.


You may also want to consider electric underfloor heating to remove the need for an additional radiator which make take up precious wall space in your room. You may be surprised to know that it’s actually very economical to install and run.

So now that you’ve covered off the most important aspect of any remodel – the planning stages – it’s time to start your project. Why not take a look at our extensive range of tiles and accessories to create your perfect bathroom?

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As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.