Top 10 Tips
To Planning For
Bathroom Bliss
Assess all your needs You are unlikely to be renovating this room again within the next 7 years so make sure you really get this room right. Like a kitchen, a good bathroom will really help sell a home and is a key investment.

Think about whether you are a bath or shower person, if you love a soak in the tub, maybe this should be the focus of the design. If you have loads of cosmetics and lotions perhaps you need a double vanity unit with a beautifully lit mirror? Think Marie Kondo - what sparks joy and what will give you the most benefit.
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Be Inspired There are tons of magazines and brochures available which can help to give you some great ideas. I like to create a mood board. It’s easy to do this - you just need a large piece of card, scissors, glue and pens.

When looking through the magazines cut out everything you like and then start sticking it to the boards. You will see a pattern emerge. Your taste will lead to a theme building. You can also use the board for adding material swatches for blinds etc..

If you’re more digital then Pintrest is an app which also allows you to save things you like to a virtual pin board.
Come in and visit Bathroom showrooms, it’s good to see things in magazines and online but there’s nothing better than touching and feeling the products.
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Think about plumbing and heating A nice new polished bathroom won’t stay lovely for long with old plumbing supporting in the background.
You need to be sure that your existing plumbing system will cope with your expectations when showering in your new bathroom.

Our team can help you by assessing whether or not you would benefit from a pressurised system or negative head pump.

Access issues like stepping over a bath to shower might be ok now but think longer term!
Really think about whether you like a soak in the tub or an invigorating shower? Perhaps both is a must and we can help bring your ideas to life with a well thought out and functional design.
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Set your budget If you are never going to use two basins, don’t bother buying two.
If you love a gimmick but smart app operated shower controls will blow your budget, do you really need them?
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Consult a bathroom designer Only agree on a quote for the design and installation of a bathroom once the designer has looked at your space.
Once the design has been completed, make sure you have a full quotation for all of the goods, installation and ensure that it is broken down so you can see the exact costings.

Check that everything is included in the cost; fitting, flooring and any structural alterations you have discussed - some costs could be hidden extras. Also check that the company will oversee the project from start to finish Never pay more than 25% of the total contract value and ensure you have a written schedule for future payments.
Visit the company showroom to inspect the quality of the product and the standard of installation Look at previous customer testimonials, if possible speak to someone directly.
Don’t sign anything unless you are prepared to honour your side of the contract.
Some terms and conditions have expensive clauses.
5.
Consider lighting options Good lighting can totally transform a space, drawing attention to features and providing bright lights for tasks or softer lighting to create a more relaxing vibe.

Fittings need to be at least IP45, which means it is protected against splashes.

Always hire a qualified electrician to install any bathroom lighting.You will need certificates for any work done so make sure you are given them.

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Look at the products and make your choices (Shower screen & Shower head, Buying Furniture, Choosing taps & basin, Choosing the toilet) Shower enclosures are available in a range of sizes and can be adapted for tricky spaces with clever planning. Quadrants (or curved front designs) can fit neatly into a corner.

Glass panels are available in a variety of thicknesses and often come pre-coated with protection for easy cleaning and to prevent limescale build up.
Simple glass screens paired with flush fitted trays or wetroom systems create the most minimalist look and boost the sense of space, since their transparent finish allows natural light to flow through the room.
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Tiles, Surfaces, Flooring and Wall Coverings Tiles are an ever-popular choice for bathroom floors and walls as they come in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours and price points, But what about shower walls? - no grout to clean at all! Kardean and Amtico flooring are also very hard wearing, waterproof and come in a variety of finishes including wood and tiles. 8. Find a professional installation team The way your bathroom is installed will make all the difference to the overall finish and look. A bad fitter can make even the most high-end goods look terrible but a good fitter can make even inexpensive units look amazing!
Ask around for recommendations, if it’s a simple project you may only have a bathroom supplier and fitter to coordinate.
If it’s a bigger project, then there might be builders, electricians and plumbers to consider too. How good are your project management skills and do you have time to oversee the complete works? Everyone needs to know what needs to be done, when and where. Delays and mistakes in bathroom planning can be costly.
A number of mid-price bathroom companies provide fitting services but often you will still need to find the other trades that work outside their fitting remit. Always check with your bathroom company at the start to see which services they can and cannot provide.
If you are planning a larger refit or build, you may also need Planning Permission or Building Regulations. The planning Portal (planningportal.gov.uk) has useful information to get you started.
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Choose your finishing touches These little details will really make the bathroom come to life. Handles on furniture need to be thought through carefully. Bathroom accessories, pictures, plants, storage pots, the list goes on. Magazines and Pintrest are a great source of inspiration.

Think about adding some contrasting colour and texture. Antiques and quirky pieces can add a real focal point even in a modern room.
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Thank You For Reading Trademark Kitchens and Bathrooms Top ten Tips If you want some further help with your bathroom design get in touch with us and we will help start your project Get In Touch

Top 10 Tips
To Planning Your
Perfect Kitchen
Assess all your needs This is the most important step; you’ve probably saved long and hard for your new kitchen so it’s crucial to make sure you take time to really think about what you need vs. what you’d like. Kitchens are also an investment piece and will add value to your home. Make a list and ensure that, finalising plans with your designer that all of the essential elements are incorporated into your design. If maximising cupboard space is your goal let your designer know. If space isn’t an issue and you’d like some individuality in the design which you will trade for extra cupboards, what could this look like? 1. Be Inspired There are tons of magazines and brochures available which can help to give you some great ideas. I like to create a mood board. It’s easy to do this - you just need a large piece of card, scissors, glue and pens. When looking through the magazines and brochures cut out everything you like and then start sticking it to the boards. You will see a pattern emerge. Your taste will lead to a natural theme building. You can also use the board for adding material swatches for blinds etc. If you’re more digital, Pintrest is an app which also allows you to save things you like to a virtual pin board.
Come in and visit Kitchen showrooms, it’s good to see things in magazines and online but there’s nothing better than touching and feeling the products.
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Think about plumbing and heating Do you want underfloor heating or a wall mounted radiator?
There’s lots to think about when it comes to plumbing in a kitchen. Firstly, many old boilers will not fit into a kitchen cabinet, a new boiler will not only be more efficient and economical it will also fit into your new design.

Have you thought about wet system plinth heathers?

Radiators don’t need to be boring, what about a vertical panel? Ice cold drinking water is a little luxury that many now can’t live without.

Also think about where your appliances are going to be placed, would you like a sink set in an island?

You could also benefit from a water softener which can offer whole house protection from the hard water in this region.
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Set your budget Always be honest about your budget so that your designer can make sure you have all the essential items incorporated into your design but can be realistic about the nice to haves! It’s easy to get carried away with all of the shiny new appliances, so only invest in things you know you would genuinely use.Open shelving is less expensive that closed cupboards, for example, while capacious low-level, pull-out storage may mean you need fewer wall units, which can also save on cost.

Trademark would advise you to always go with the best worktops you can afford. Your worktop is going to be one of the most hardworking elements of your new kitchen. Granite, composite and sold surfaces are all good investments as they are extremely tough, hardworking and durable. They also give the finished kitchen a luxurious feel.

Don’t be tempted to save by choosing poor quality carcasses - they won’t last very long! Make sure they are of good quality and at least 15mm all-round as a minimum.
Think about savings on your choice of doors. Rich wood veneers can be recreated with a laminate or PVC foil wrapped finish. High gloss doors can also come in lacquered and laminate. A lacquered door can be considerably more expensive than a laminate equivalent.

Buy the best oven and hob you can afford but savings can be made on unbranded laundry appliances. Really think, “do I need that wine cooler?”. If your budget is tight you could perhaps add it later.
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Consult a Kitchen Designer Only agree on a quote for the design and installation of a bathroom once the designer has looked at your space.
Once the design has been completed, make sure you have a full quotation for all of the goods and installation and that it is broken down so you can see the exact costings.

Check that everything is included in the cost; fitting, flooring and any structural alterations you have discussed - some costs could be hidden extras Also check that the company will oversee the project from start to finish Never pay more than 25% of the total contract value and ensure you have a written schedule for future payments.
Visit the company showroom to inspect the quality of the product and the standard of installation Look at previous customer testimonials, if possible speak to some directly
Don’t sign anything unless you are prepared to honour your side of the contract.
Some terms and conditions have expensive clauses.
5.
Consider lighting options Good lighting can totally transform a space, drawing attention to features and providing bright lights for tasks or softer lighting to create a more relaxing vibe.

Fittings need to be at least IP45, which means it is protected against splashes.

Always hire a qualified electrician to install any bathroom lighting.You will need certificates for any work done so make sure you are given them.

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Look at the products and make your choices There’s a huge range of options when it comes to worktops. Think about your lifestyle and how much use your worktop is likely to have. Solid wood worktops look amazing in a traditional shaker style kitchen but do need maintaining. If you do not want to commit to their sanding and oiling choose a wood effect laminate.

When choosing a door, it’s always good to take a sample door home to see what the colour looks like in your room. The lighting in the showroom will be completely different to your home so it’s worth checking before you commit.
Kitchen lighting can be under unit, plinth level or under worktops. What about a statement light over an island?

A good way of injecting some colour into your room is buy choosing a coloured splashback, do remember if you’re going really bold and fashionable that your kitchen will last for years and fashions change!
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Find a professional installation team The way your kitchen is installed will make all the difference to the overall finish and look. A bad fitter can make an expensive kitchen look terrible but a good fitter can make even inexpensive units look amazing!
Ask around for recommendations, if it’s a simple project you may only have a kitchen supplier and fitter to coordinate.
If it’s a bigger project, then there might be builders, electricians and plumbers to consider too. How good are your project management skills and do you have time to oversee the complete works? Everyone needs to know what needs to be done, when and where. Delays and mistakes in kitchen planning can be costly.
A number of mid-price kitchen companies provide fitting services but often you will still need to find the other trades that work outside their fitting remit. Always check with your kitchen company at the start to see which services they can and can not provide.
If you are planning a larger refit or build, you may also need Planning Permission or Building Regulations. The planning Portal (planningportal.gov.uk) has useful information to get you started.
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Time to decorate Think about colour, it’s much easier to repaint the walls as trends change.
Buy some tester pots and paint some swatches on the walls in different areas around the room. The light has a dramatic effect on the look so what looks great in one corner may look too much in another.
Think about the ceiling and woodwork colours as well as the walls. Painting the ceiling the same colour as the walls can make the room feel bigger. Darker woodwork can have a dramatic framing effect and focus the eye.
Your kitchen company may have inhouse decorators or be able to recommend someone they use.
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Choose your finishing touches These little details will really make the Kitchen come to life. Handles on furniture need to be thought through carefully. Kitchen accessories, pictures, plants, storage pots, the list goes on. Magazines and Pintrest are a great source of inspiration.

Think about adding some contrasting colour and texture. Antiques and quirky pieces can add a real focal point even in a modern room.
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Thank You For Reading Trademark Kitchens and Bathrooms Top ten Tips If you want some further help with your bathroom design get in touch with us and we will help start your project Get In Touch

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