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what do you wish someone had told you before you redid your bathroom and/or kitchen?

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Heathcliffscathy Sat 20-Mar-10 17:59:23

following on from the awesome breastfeeding thread, and on a much smaller and less important scale obv, i'm looking for your collective wisdom as i embark on major building works in my house.

weirdly not only am i going to hopefully benefit from your bathroom and kitchen wisdom...but as i'm preg AND undertaking building works of doom i'll be benefitting from the bfding thread too...

so your dream kitchens and bathrooms linked please...and also things you wish you'd known.


KimmyC88 Fri 18-Jul-14 13:54:24


I am from the south east. Can I have the name of the kitchen fitter that you recommend please? Many thanks

PigletJohn Tue 30-Jul-13 23:20:40

Don't put down flooring that will make you say "but it can't come up!" to anyone later trying to help you with a leak or other problem.

OneSimpleShopper Mon 29-Jul-13 11:52:05

Designer taps - look nice, fitting is a nightmare and they rarely work as well as they should.
Wetroom - fantastic! But get the biggest screen you can. And watch out for the people who will just dump it on the nearest bit of hard surface they can find. Expensive, heavy and fragile and they just dump it on the street!
Large travertine tiles on the walls, be careful because when they get wet, they can look like the breezeblocks on prison walls smile
Taps: avoid Perrin and Rowe, Taps4Less. Lousy service.
Tiles: Parkside Tiles in Leicester are superb and competitively priced.
Final tip - if you are having a shower that is linked to your central heating system (tank of hot water), consider also fitting a second electric shower in the same shower enclosure if you have space. It is brilliant for the Summer when you don't want to heat a whole tank of water just for showers. And when you have a house full at Christmas and the water tank can't keep up with the number of showers. Best thing I ever did - two new bathrooms and a kitchen later.

Pixelvixenuk Thu 15-Apr-10 13:24:18

Always check the height of your bathroom basin. I gave all measurements to B&Q designer, asked if a partic basin would fit, Designer said yes, only when going to pay for it did one last check on the box and realised it would sit higher than the window sill it was going against! It bring a new meaning to DIY!

2ofeach Sun 11-Apr-10 11:16:41

Keep the worktop cut-out from the sink - can use as chopping board and will nicely cover 2 big bowls-full of yukky dishes in a flash when people pop round blush

nappyzoneloveslindor Fri 26-Mar-10 20:06:36

Thats nice smile - i also wish id known that if buying a shower with a massooove head there is less pressure so i would then have to spend another load of money on fitting a pump.

Francagoestohollywood Fri 26-Mar-10 19:40:04

I want this shower

nappyzoneloveslindor Fri 26-Mar-10 19:24:09

i think handellless units are annoying (and cant spell), we have them in bathroom and the dc just like pressing them to make the annoying da du noise. Handles better though looks better in bathroom without grin

Heathcliffscathy Fri 26-Mar-10 18:56:56

are handleless units annoying to open?

cece Thu 25-Mar-10 17:49:50

I second the aqualisa quartz digital shower. Fab.

penona Wed 24-Mar-10 23:04:56

I thought of another one last night - his n hers sinks. We had in last house but don't have here - DH ALWAYS comes in and starts brushing his teeth while I am washing face etc and it drives me nuts. Horrid way to go to bed! (And how he hasn't learned that me going to bed grumpy isn't ideal... well, no learning curve there, obviously!)

nappyzoneloveslindor Wed 24-Mar-10 19:38:26

regards bathroom i wish someoen had told us you lose alot of length with double ended baths (fortunatly dh and i are fairly short) but we do lose some length with the bath being like that so cant really both lay end to end. Also ours sits in a surround (see profile) - it was a nightmare to put in and you cant simply slide the surround back to see if its leaking so we just have to hope it isnt till the day the ceiling falls through (it makes me kind of nervous).

Plink Wed 24-Mar-10 19:09:22

Bathroom - Go to independent bathroom showroom. Let them help you find the exact appliances you want and give you their best price.
Then take the list to your local plumbing merchant (the sort on industrial estates where plumbers go) and ask them for their price. You will save yourself hundreds if not thousands of pounds(I saved nearly £2000 on two bathrooms and a downstairs wc).

thedollshouse Wed 24-Mar-10 14:57:16

I wish I had known that in reality shabby chic white painted floorboards in the bathroom need painting every 4-6 weeks.

AuntieMaggie Wed 24-Mar-10 14:54:54

Thanks for all the advice - need to do my bathroom soon and it's quite big (about 3m x 2.5m I think)

Currently it has laminate flooring, and a grey bath, sink and toilet which matches the pattern on the tiles not my handiwork might I add!

notasausage Wed 24-Mar-10 14:11:12

Space on your surface is more important than a little extra storage - kitchen

Storage is more important than space on your surface - Bathroom.

Check appliance prices on the internet - 6 week old baby and my eye was not on the ball on that one!

Look inside the dishwasher and CHECK your plates/bowls etc will fit properly hmm

Aqualisa quartz showers are nice - get the extra button for outside the cubical and never again dodge the shot of cold water as you turn it on! How far away from the shower you position it depends on how sure you can be that the shower door is closed before you turn it on! Ours is right outside!!

choosyfloosy Tue 23-Mar-10 23:03:22

it's a bit of a hassle though isn't it IWill? you have to have it boxed in or separated out or something?

Heathcliffscathy Tue 23-Mar-10 22:41:32

not to go for the local golden boy (with the playground mums) who strings you along for 6 months and then shafts you leaving you up the creek.

I have a big bathroom and I wish we had moved the, washing machine and tumble drier into it so that we could have freed up more space for units in the kitchen

it would have been so easy as the bathroom is directly above the kitchen, and it still would have left us with lots of room in the bathroom

cece Tue 23-Mar-10 16:00:13

thought of something else

don't get a glass chimney extractor hood, DH forever bumping his head on it!

cece Tue 23-Mar-10 15:59:13


we got the units from Benchmarx. They are the trade arm of Wickes/Travis Perkins. You can also get them in Wickes. The difference is mainly that the cupboards come already built from Benchmarx whereas Wickes all comes flatpacked.

Other places we used;

worktops - walnut block from Barncrest

appliances - from appliancesdirect. phoned up and they price matched on a couple of the items.

sink - astracast bistro 1 and half bowl - acutally got mine free with the kitchen but you can buy separately.

webchick Tue 23-Mar-10 14:00:28

Cece, Love your kitchen, that's the style and colourscheme I'm after and co-oincidently the layout will be exact same as yours.

Where did your units come from? They ;ppl quite sleek.

Rocinante Tue 23-Mar-10 13:00:17

Tip for kitchen - This is where we got our range cooker from: Moores Appliances they were the cheapest online and had good customer service - calling to confirm order, stockage and arrange delivery times.

Tip for bathroom - make sure the manufacturer of your bath / sink / loo etc is based in UK or easily accessible. We had a problem with our new bath and had to get replacement taps twice from the supplier, who turned out to be in Germany and it took far too long to sort out.

thelunar66 Tue 23-Mar-10 09:03:43

My bathroom refit started yesterday - blokes turned up an hour late and have already found problems which mean shifting the loo to a different place. They said they would be back today at 8.15am and I'm still waiting hmm

zazen Mon 22-Mar-10 23:24:29

Two basins in the bathroom, his n hers ya know and a bidet. And a shelf you won't crack your head off if you're rinsing your face.

Taps that don't actually hurt your hands when you turn them on - lever style taps everywhere and esp for the utility / mud room with swing so you can get large dog / boots into it.

Hinneypet - you dodn't buy from Gwenneth Paltrow did you - or does she only look at herself eating?

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