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After the kitchen threads... Your top ideas for a new bathroom?

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minipie Thu 20-Sep-12 18:18:32

We need to redo a bathroom sometime in the nearish future and I'm trying to gather ideas.

Any do/do nots to share?

How to make it child friendly? (don't have DCs yet but will do shortly!) for example, a hand shower for hair washing... Anything else?

Where to look for pictures for inspiration?

Best places to look for nice tiles?

Extractor fan...?

Tips on layout? It's a small ish bathroom with a sloping ceiling which makes things a bit harder. We will need to have a bath with a shower over.

Best flooring... Usually I'd use tiles but is there a more child friendly option?

Is underfloor heating worth it? Electric or wet... ? Do I need a radiator/towel rail as well?

Anything else?


echt Sat 12-Jan-13 06:24:21

Excellent thread.

We're looking to renovate the family bathroom this year, and thanking our lucky stars the house is on stumps (Australia), and floor vented heating which sorts out some issues.

My only advice is dark, non-glossy fake slate floor tiles which don't show DH's body hair fall-out. Think mature silver-backed mountain gorilla.grin

MmeLindor Fri 11-Jan-13 22:51:57

Marking place to come back to tomorrow

aufaniae Fri 11-Jan-13 22:50:14

If you want to save money on the bathroom suite, again avoid the chains.

We looked at stores like B&Q and Bathstore were very unimpressed.

We then looked at a local building supplies shop which the tradespeople use, and we found better quality bathroom suite for a fraction of the price.

We got our bathroom suite, from "Chris Stevens Discount Trade Centre" on Holloway Road, N19. It looks cheap and cheerful from the outside, and it's not all beautifully laid out. But hey, they're aiming at trade. If you can see past that, you'll save an arm and a leg!

It also has a "Bathroom Centre" next door, which is aimed at non-trade, and worth a look just so you can be happy you're getting a bargain in the first shop IMO!

We're about to do up our new house, and will probably drive up to London to get our new bathroom from there again I reckon.

aufaniae Fri 11-Jan-13 22:38:02

"Where to look for pictures for inspiration?"

I've just discovered this website which I'm really enjoying - mainly using it to get inspiration on colours atm.

aufaniae Fri 11-Jan-13 22:35:54

"Best places to look for nice tiles?"

My tip for tiles is to ignore the chains and find some independent tiles shops.

When we did our flat up in London, we were on a tight budget and did a lot of shopping around. (We started with all usual chains - B&Q etc)
The best quality and range of different styles were by far and away the independents, who were also the best value for money!

We got our lovely kitchen wall tiles from these guys in Walthamstow in the end Al Murad

Their website doesn't seem that impressive, there was a much bigger stock in-store IIRC.

But I'd say visit a range of independents if they exist where you are.

HannahD78 Fri 11-Jan-13 15:54:14

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aylsham Sun 23-Sep-12 17:12:47

Ffaok, it's wonderful. Yes, just folds away completely. There is a spray you use once a month on curtain to stop mould and that seems to work fine. Just spray 10 mins before shower. The curtain has three levels but only a tiny difference between each. Ours ONLY just fits inside bath as the unit is on tiles around bath edge which has raised it a bit but doesn't seem to matter because the water runs down the pleats and into the bth anyway. Very pleased with it.

EdgarAllanPond Sun 23-Sep-12 10:27:12

". Chipboard is at its best on a bonfire."

even then, it's not very good smile

Isabeller Sun 23-Sep-12 09:49:55

Many thanks Piglet John for underfloor heating info and for general inspiration of thread.

I redid a very small bathroom a few years ago and made the mistake of overcrowding the space. Learning experience smile.

MousyMouse Sat 22-Sep-12 23:35:19

oh, and be careful with bathtubs.
some are of a cheap and wobbly material that is not suitable for use as a shower.
and if you order the bath at a diy shop for the builder to pick up and install, check the builder has not exchanged the chosen bath against the cheapet wobbly one and pocketed the difference (happened to my parents, took ages to sort out, mainly because it's not instantly obvious).

FancyBread Sat 22-Sep-12 23:26:58

When you choose you bath get in it and check it is comfortable even if it's in the middle of a busy shop.
If you install an overhead shower stand under it and pretend to have a shower to make sure it is in the right place before its plumbed in. Get your partner to do the same.
If you have a fixed overhead shower also have a handheld shower to wash kids hair etc.
Underfloor heating is really nice.
We have had several two sink bathrooms but unless you have a huge bathroom I would just have one.
Have a low level lighting option for middle of the night loo visits.
Make sure the pipe work to the radiators are sunk into the wall so the floor is kept as clear as possible.

MousyMouse Sat 22-Sep-12 22:18:22

oh, I forgot something important on my list: I want a hairdryer in the bathroom. I find it a right faff to have to leave the bathroom to dry my hair.

amck5700 Sat 22-Sep-12 16:30:24

This is mine just after we did it up:[

sandycloud Sat 22-Sep-12 16:27:15

I really wanted a roll top bath but wanted a shower above it too. Bath store have a roll top that has a fitted corner so water doesn't slosh over the side. Our bathroom is small and it makes the room feel bigger as you can see the floor underneath. Also can shove toys under it when you want them out the way.

FishfingersAreOK Sat 22-Sep-12 16:18:58

Ohhh aylsham I love, love that. I think that has solved the bath screen How is it working? Is the curtain just inside the bath - does it really all fold away. Wow!

aylsham Sat 22-Sep-12 13:48:51

aylsham Sat 22-Sep-12 13:48:22

Here's the link, but I have seen it cheaper on other sites, sorry don't have time to look now though. Yes, expensive, but cheaper than extending bathroom to get the same feeling of space!

FishfingersAreOK Sat 22-Sep-12 09:06:21

And wherever/whatever you buy always ask for a discount. Not just for bathrooms - on everything. So far have saved £800 just on asking if they can take any extra off - oh and got a "free" loo roll holder.

Rattitude Sat 22-Sep-12 00:59:32

I got a corner bathroom cabinet from Utopia, which is great and spacious.

The builder made a wooden base on top of it; the wash basin is inset and the same tiles are used around the sink as on the floor.

My bathroom is 3 years old and the towel rail is getting a lit bit rusty in places...

I prefer tiled floors. Just make sure you choose your (wall and/or floor) tiles carefully. I have been looking around for a new house over the past few months and I have been put off many places with bathrooms that must have been fitted fairly recently but that I really did not like.

Unless you think you may spend at least the next 10+ years in your house, you should try to aim for a neutral or classic look.

I got my tiles from a company in Doncaster, whose prices were unbeatable (Tile Agents Yorkshire Ltd. in Doncaster DN9 1PN).

My tiles were the Tau Ceramica Metallica range on the floor, bathroom sides, walk-in shower walls and cabinet top, and white on the walls - expensive but easily 20-25% cheaper in Doncaster than in most places I saw them.

PigletJohn Sat 22-Sep-12 00:59:29

it can, but it runs at a lower temperature so it needs its own thermostat and blending valve. The place that sells the special pipe will probably offer kits with the extras that you need.

On a solid floor it is laid before the final concrete screed is poured. If your basement is old the floor may need to come up for dpm and insulation anyway. It will need a lot of ventilation because basements tend to be damp. it may even need drainage tiles and a pump to remove the wall seepage.

Isabeller Sat 22-Sep-12 00:47:54

v interesting thread, hope it's ok for me to ask a question. I'm redoing a basement bathroom (solid floor) because of plumbing problems. Underfloor heating would help make best use of the tiny space, can this be connected to the same pipework as the radiators or does it mean a whole new system?

PigletJohn Sat 22-Sep-12 00:40:02


that is a variety of partially-inset basin

I consider it better than a vanity basin as splashes and toothpaste dribble are less likely to go on the worktop. The front of the unit is not actually cut away as you might have thought.

when you look at the basin upside down you see it is not solid as it looks, the front rim is cut away to fit over the unit. You will understand if you look at some.

the cistern tiled into the wall will be a nuisance when it goes wrong.

ThreePly Sat 22-Sep-12 00:24:18

I'd say have your extractor on a separate switch. We did, because I can't bear the thing whirring away when you're just brushing your teeth.

Having 2 basins is really useful (then again, I have lots of DCs).

Drawer units under basins don't provide much space and things wobble over when you pull the drawer out.

Yy to shower screen not curtain. We got a bifold one so it could fold back on itself easily.

Electric underfloor heating + towel rail + radiator makes it lovely and toasty!

Look out for ex-display items on eBay -- we got some good deals that way.

amck5700 Fri 21-Sep-12 23:56:02

Modern baths particularly shower baths tend to have quite steep sides and take and age to fill.

we have recently redone our main bathroom, en-suite and downstairs loo - got all the fittings from next bathrooms and can't fault the quality, delivery and returns process.

This is the bath we got and the shower panel folds in half to make it easier to deal with kids in the bath and clean.

jollydiane Fri 21-Sep-12 23:34:42

i like the look of this. Any idea how it could be done? I particularly like the shelf and sink design. Come on piglet don't let me down wink

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