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6. Build in utilities such as heating, ventilation and lighting. These are important to ensure that your bathroom has enough light and works efficiently.
7. Make provisions for future plumbing and allow for access to potential trouble spots such as shower pump and boxed-in toilet cisterns. If possible, fit removable panels instead of sealing these utilities behind fixed walls.
8. Find out exactly what sort of fittings you require and whether they will be suitable for intended location.
9. Think about your style preferences in terms of fit and flow with rest of house. There are products to meet most requirements or designs. Consider trade off between price and good quality, and look out for longer warranties and guarantees.
10. Consider traffic patterns in terms of how many people will be using bathroom and how often. Also, if people of varying ages use bathroom, you may need to choose fittings that cater for different age groups in your household such as a slide shower so you can adjust height of spray.
Taking time to plan ahead can help to translate your ideas into reality and ensure that you end up with your ideal bathroom.
Copyright © 2005. Bridget Mwape writes for DIY Tips UK: http://www.diy-tips-uk.com/ which features how-to articles and products to help you with your DIY and home improvement projects. This article may be reprinted as long as all the above links are active and clickable.