1. Go for a flush fit
Anything freestanding or fancy may look great when installed, but the bathroom is a space that needs to be regularly cleaned.
Reaching in behind awkwardly placed fittings can be difficult, and leaving parts inaccessible can result in a health hazard.
Instead choose flush or floating vanities, toilets and sinks that make cleaning much easier as well as giving the illusion of extra space.
An easy way to liven up the bathroom is to add indoor plants. To get you inspired, we’ve created this gallery of bathrooms with indoor plants.
2. Keep to a schedule
You don’t want the bathroom to be out of action for long, particularly if it’s the only one in the house.
Being well prepared and doing all the research and planning before you start will cut the length of time the room will be out of commission.
The average bathroom renovation takes between one and two weeks, so book contractors and ensure all fittings and fixtures are on site.
Plan a time when perhaps not all members of the household will be there, check in with friends about using their facilities and investigate hiring a portable toilet, if necessary.
Turn a small, cramped bathroom into a streamlined sanctuary with a few simple design techniques.
3. Be clever with cash
It’s important to be realistic about the amount of money you have to spend, allocating the most cash to quality upgrades that improve functionality rather than style.
It’s tempting to go for obvious additions that have a big visual impact but a dingy bathroom that could be transformed by a skylight will still look dingy if you simply add an expensive clawfoot enamel bath.
This bathroom was upgraded with a budget of $15,000.