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5 Tips when Installing an En-Suite Bathroom

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There are many reasons why people wish to install an en-suite bathroom. It could be to add value to their home or just to have the extra bathroom. The main reason though is for comfort, the comfort of knowing you don’t have to go through your home to use the bathroom. If you are installing an en-suite bathroom in the near future then the following tips are a must read.

Follow the Planning Regulations
The first step in any home improvement project is to inquire about planning rules and regulations. Most of the time there isn’t any planning permission required from local councils when installing things like bathrooms or kitchens, unless they’re part of an extension. In the long run it is better to make inquiries, as there could be regulations with ventilation, drainage, electrics, fire safety etc.

Employ the Professionals
Sometimes people take the abbreviation DIY (Do It Yourself) to the extreme. Yes, it make be okay to paint the walls or lay a floor but when it comes to the big jobs, leave it to the professionals. Make sure you search wisely and look around, as all major work such as plumbing and electricity will need to be inspected and signed off. These experienced professionals can also help you choose all your bathroom fittings too which will take some strain from you.

Know your Space
Get to know the dimensions of the normal size en-suite bathroom. The reason being is some people tend to sacrifice another bedroom to install the bathroom they want, which can devalue a home. If you are lucky enough to have a space such as a walk-in-wardrobe, considering that space should be an option. If you have a large space, planning your bathroom layout could be an easy task, but if this isn’t the case then you will have to get imaginative with what you have to work with.

Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation
When installing a bathroom, you have to carefully consider things like plumbing, heating and ventilation. Plumbing for water supplies can be straightforward; you and your contractor should be able to quickly tell if your water requirements can be met. Two heating supplies that work well are underfloor and vertical radiators. Underfloor heating can be very expensive so if you have a smaller budget vertical radiators are the way to go. If you have a large room to work with and a window can be installed, then ventilation shouldn’t be a problem. If you have a small area that a window cannot be installed in, then the only thing that can be installed is an extractor fan, but this shouldn’t be a problem.

Know and Stick to your Budget
One of the most important things to keep in mind is formulate a budget and stick to it. If you make a budget you will be able to make cost effective decisions when purchasing things you require. If your budget is small you may be able to get some second hand fittings. Sometimes second hand things can be next to new.

So, if you are installing a bathroom, remember that it can be hard task but if you follow simple tips you can install it effectively with minimal stress. The finished product will be rewarding though, and when your en-suite bathroom is installed you can then enjoy the comfort of having one!

About the author:

Elaine O ‘Hara is an avid blogger and interior design enthusiast. This article was written on behalf of Liffey Bathrooms; Dublin’s premier bathroom installers.

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