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Space planning for bathrooms

The bathrooms is often neglected because its the smallest space in the house. Despite its size, this space doesn’t just serve its utilitarian functions- it’s now a personal retreat too. So, consider these important factors before you go full steam ahead in your bathroom renovations, especially in terms of space, usage and budget. 

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1. Size does matter
How big your bathroom is will determine the kinds of appliances and fittings you can accommodate. You'll need to count in the basics such as a water closet (WC), washbasin and shower. If you have a small space, you may have to make do with a pedestal-style washbasin. If you have a larger one, you can go for a vanity countertop with a built-in sink and storage cabinets.

2. Bathroom battles
Another important consideration is whether the bathroom is for your exclusive use or shared with a spouse, family members or roommates. If it is to be used by more than one person, you may need to think about your daily routines. A bathroom with an enclosed compartment for the toilet for the toilet allows two people to shower or brush their teeth, and use the toilet at the same time, while still maintaining acceptable level of privacy for each.

3. Money issues
As with all renovation projects, work out a budget and stick to it. Be realistic about the cost, both in terms of how much the contractor will charge you for the renovation as well as for purchasing the appliances and fittings. Reusing your current plumbing will save you the cost of hacking the walls to relocate the placement of pipes. 

4. Lighting and ventilation
Like any other room in the house, a bathroom needs to be bright and airy. But it is not always practical to have a window opening large enough for optimum natural lighting and ventilation, as it compromises on privacy. You may need to opt for artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation like a fan. In addition to general illumination, task lighting should be provided for each area in the bathroom, such as for grooming and showering.  

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