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  • 8/7/2019 lets talk bathrooms


    SMALL SPACE BIG IMPACT!design tips or the smallest room in the house

    small space design tricks

    o Consider using a sliding door or access to the

    room as this doesnt take up any space whatsoever.

    Failing that, nd out i the door can open outwards

    o the bathroom.

    o Liting toilets and basins o the ground makes

    the foor area appear larger and makes cleaning

    so much easier and aster! Create even more space

    with compact toilets designed especially or small

    spaces (they dont jut out as ar) and use cisterns

    which are hidden away in the wall.

    o These days you are no longer restricted to using

    a standard rectangular bath, there are many other

    options available consider a corner bath, one

    which is tapered at one end, or perhaps even a bath

    which may be shorter in length but still deep enough

    to soak in.

    o Glass shower cubicles and screens stop the

    shower and/or bath eeling closed o by allowing

    light through to all corners o the room.

    o A single lever mixer tap on the basin (and in the

    bath/shower or that matter) uses less space than

    a set o two taps plus the spout and will maintain

    the sleek, clean look o the room. Alternatively, wall

    mounted tapware leaves room on the basin or

    toothbrushes, soap etc.

    optical illusions

    o Smaller tiles or mosaics can make the space eel

    larger (but be aware o the cleaning time).

    oWhere ceilings are low, consider installing

    foor-to-ceiling windows to create a eeling o

    spaciousness and light.

    o Use roman, roller or venetian blinds or even

    utilise a rosted glass nish on windows or privacy,

    and avoid any kind o long, hanging curtain as it will

    draw the eye downward.

    o A classic, glossy white tile on the walls will not

    only create a eeling o space and light, but it is

    also economical and wont date your bathroom.

    o Use shiny, refective suraces like the glossy

    tiles mentioned above or glass, polished wood

    and metal-look nishes, which bounce light around

    the room.

    savvy storage clear thatclutter

    o It cant be said enough in small rooms all

    the clutter should be hidden away. Go or the

    You may have heard the expression the smallest room in the house used in reerence to the bathroom, and its no wonder.

    Many people nd the idea o outlining a design or their bathroom quite daunting. But just because your bathrooms short

    on space, doesnt mean it has to be short on style - the key is in the planning, and using small-space tricks that may every

    square centimetre count...

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    lets talk...bathrooms


    the $1,000bathroommakeover

    sleek, modern appearance by building completely

    unobtrusive, shallow storage cupboards fush

    against the wall. Use magnetic or push and click

    ttings or a handle-ree nish. Create even more

    storage by installing a mirrored cabinet on the wall.

    o Make the most o your foor space by slotting

    your washbasin into a back shel, creating a handy

    ledge to display your bathing goodies.

    o Remember anything that protrudes into the room

    has a tendency to shrink the room, so avoid wall

    shelves or handing



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  • 8/7/2019 lets talk bathrooms


    THE $1,000MAKEOVER

    So, your bathrooms looking worn out and out dated, but you cant aord a

    ull scale renovation just at the moment? At Bretts, we have a ew ideas

    or low cost, high impact projects you can tackle yoursel or under $1,000


    Talk about bang or your buck! Just cleaning and painting can totally rejuvenate any room. And the bathroom

    sees more wear and tear than most rooms in the house, so its worth doing. Buying the appropriate tools and

    paint products or a typical bathroom can cost as little as $70.

    COST $ VS IMPACT***replace or refnish the vanity

    The vanity area is oten the ocal point o many bathrooms and by replacing even just this one tting, can

    provide an instant lit to your bathroom. Vanities come in a huge range o styles and sizes, with all design

    styles catered to. A brand new white vanity unit, complete with polymarble basin can be bought or as little

    as $400.

    COST $$ VS IMPACT***I your budget doesnt extend to a new vanity, simply re-nish the one you have. Paint or varnish or a small

    project like this isnt likely to cost much and you can use the saved pennies on stylish door handles to bring

    your vanity up to date.

    COST $ VS IMPACT**replace tapware and shower

    Discoloured and old style tapware and showers really date a bathroom. A modern single lever mixer tap can

    be bought or $100 to spruce up your existing vanity. And a new hand shower tted to its own rail is notonly practical, is a perect way to modernize your shower area.

    COST $$ VS IMPACT **

    install a glass shower screen

    Consider replacing your moldy old shower curtain with a glass shower screen or a more open and modern

    look. A glass shower screen is super stylish and much more eective at keeping water inside the shower

    area. And even i your shower is above the bath, a short glass screen can be installed.

    COST $$$ VS IMPACT ***

    add a mirrored cabinet

    Install a new mirrored cabinet to add instant sparkle and provide that extra storage space youre always

    looking or. These can be purchased or as little as $195 and are easy to install yoursel.

    COST $$ VS IMPACT ***

    Finally, understand that there are things you cant do on this budget. The most important tip is to work

    with the existing layout where you can. Be aware that moving ttings around will require moving pipe

    work and that means youll need to hire a plumber. The larger ttings also tend to me the higher ticket

    items, so make these a considered purchase when on a super-cheap budget.

    our project:what we did or $1,000...Cleaned and prepared the entire bathroom Repainted the walls and ceilings

    Replaced the vanity unit Replaced the shower Replaced the bathroom

    accessories (towel rail, towel ring and toilet roll holder) Re-grouted the tiles

    Fitted a combination light and exhaust fan.

    Spend $1,000 & receive a

    $100 VOUCHERrom Bretts duringMakeover March

    See www.bretts.com.au for Terms & Conditions

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    project planning: whatever the budget




    Start by compiling an idea older. Put together clippings rom magazines, catalogues and anything

    else you take inspiration rom.

    Compose NEED and DESIRE lists. Involve all the stakeholders. I its a room used by the whole amily,

    make sure they all have their say. Priorise each item on the list.

    Decide i you will be keeping the existing foor plan or i the area will be reorganised or expanded.

    Consider options to expand the space by adding a bump-out or steal space rom an adjoining room.

    Seek proessional help i its going to be a major renovation. Possibilities include architects, general

    contractors, design/build rms and some bathroom showrooms (like Bretts).

    Create a layout o your design on graph paper. You will probably need to work through severalversions, even at this early stage.

    Meet with your design proessionals and contractors to discuss your design, probable costs, and

    potential construction time rames.

    Decide i youd like to do any o the work yourselves. And how youll hire out the remaining work. Will

    you use one proessional who manage the whole project, or will you project manage yoursel?

    Set a realistic budget. Every decision youve made previously will impact the overall costs. You may

    need to rework you budget several times to make it all work.

    Once youve determined how youre going to nance your bathroom project, commission your

    building proessionals and the let the un begin!

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    mirror, mirror on the wallo This is the light-bouncing rule in its brightest

    orm simply hang a large light defecting mirror.

    o A mirror running the entire length o the wall will

    draw the eye and help to visually enlarge a room.

    oWhile two mirrors installed opposite each other

    can create the eeling o an innite room.

    in the spot light

    o Install recessed down lights around the ceiling

    perimeter to accentuate the outer wall, creating the

    illusion o space. Waterproo down lights are evenavailable or the shower area. Light ttings installed

    on either side o a mirror can add to the illusion.

    o No windows in the room? Consider replacing part

    o an outside wall with a glass panel or glass bricks

    to let light food through.

    o I natural light is a problem but new windows

    are not an option, consider tting a skylight small

    skylights can be installed relatively cheaply and in

    just a couple o hours.

    colour confdenceoWhen using white paint on bathroom walls, be

    sure to select an o white colour rather than stark

    white, i youre not ater a clinical look.

    o Choose a pale and simple

    colour scheme or your

    foor and wall nishes

    and add colour in the

    towels and accessories.

    o Use pale fooring to

    make a small foor area