Baileybridge can provide any style of bathroom across a variety of budgets.
There is usually one of two approaches we take to understanding the initial style. Sometimes Clients approach us with pictures of the type of bathroom they want and will perhaps ask us to copy the wet room area from one and the tiling style from another etc. Others will not really know what they want and we will provide pictures of different bathrooms we have created. We ask them to tell us which they really like, which they really do not like and to tell us about the specific aspects that they would like to adopt.
Some people like their bathroom to be very ‘bathroom like’ with plenty of tiles, perhaps from floor to ceiling, others prefer the room to be more like any other room in their home with painted walls and pictures hung. All styles work and it is a personal choice, but again we can help with prompting Clients to think about their activities in the room – will small children splash a lot in which case perhaps a free standing bath is not such a good idea, are you someone that gets the floor very wet and if you are, perhaps a wooden floor will not work for you, and so on…
When we begin a bathroom refurbishment we discuss the content the Client requires and how they want to use the bathroom and we prompt them with suggestions. We advise on the pros and cons to certain approaches – a wet room versus a shower enclosure and tray, a free standing bath versus a fixed wall hugging bath, a close coupled WC versus a pan with concealed cistern, how to achieve the required water pressure, should the room be fully tiled or part tiled, storage, lighting etc.
Choices and style are personal but quite often a Client might like the look of something and when we prompt them with the pros and cons of the item they may change their mind. A wet room for example looks very chic but often the entire floor will end up wet (not good if your partner wanders in with socks on just before leaving for work!). In addition, showering can be chilly without the enclosure to keep the warmth in and wet rooms are invariably more expensive as a lot of work takes place underneath the floor and the tiling is more complex.
Lighting plays a very large part in the styling of any room and unless you are experienced with lighting design and up to date with what is available, you may be unsure about how to tackle this. Do you like the bathroom to be very bright or not very bright? Typically the answer is ‘both’ depending on where in the bathroom, what time of day and what you are doing. Dressing and grooming can require good light but if you want a relaxing soak in the bath you probably do not want a bright light shining in your eyes.
We often provide LED downlights, sometimes directional to shine into a cabinet or potentially dark corner, sometimes fixed to provide an equal light to the space below it. We usually fit downlights to a dimmer switch and we will often put larger bathroom lights on multiple circuits so these can be turned off or dimmed in isolation to others.
You are bound to want good light around the basin mirror and you may want to create a romantic space with some mood lighting. Skirting and low level lighting gives a very sophisticated look and this is a relatively inexpensive way of adding drama to a room. You can even install tiny spotlights into the floor.
For all but the larger bathrooms there is not always much choice about where things will fit, but with clever zoning during a bathroom refurbishment, more can often be made of the space than you might initially think. Privacy might play a part and whilst you might have a shared en-suite you might want to tuck the WC away from immediate view, for example.
Below are a few samples of bathrooms using partitions to zone and provide private areas within the overall space:
The WC in the left image below is tucked behind the shower affording the user some privacy;
A bathroom zoned by the use of glass screens.
A funky bathroom with colour changing lights;
Bathrooms that are more like a normal room;
How do we build a bathroom?
Much of the work is in getting the room ready for the bathroom to be installed. Once the basic space is created (and often we are building this or creating it from knocking multiple rooms into one) it requires the following;
- The electrics to be in place (1st fix)
- The plumbing and drainage to be in place (1st fix)
- The plastering to be completed and emulsioned
- The woodwork to be fitted and painted, possible with the exception of the skirting which might need to fit around the bathroom and it might be tiled skirting. We can make bespoke bathroom furniture.
- The floor should be levelled (if you combine rooms the floors are never the same level)
- The finished floor is installed. For bathrooms this is usually fitted before the units so they can sit on top of it.
- Then we fit the bathroom and 2nd fix the electrics and plumbing.
Why not get in contact with us with your ideas for your project and see if we can help.