But price clearly isn't the main driver for everyone – 49% of people who used their own installer did so simply because they prefer to and 21% did so because they always use the same tradesman. It's also worth thinking about whether it would be cheaper for your installer to get your bathroom for you, as some companies, such as Travis Perkins and Plumb Center, sell directly to trade, sometimes at cheaper prices. Electrical works, including the installation of lighting, fans, sockets or electric showers should be carried out by a Part P-registered electrician. To find a reliable local tradesperson, check Which? Trusted Trader for recommendations of tradespeople who have been through our rigorous checks. Once your new bathroom or en suite is complete, make sure you gain the relevant building regulations approval, including drainage, electrics and ventilation, and checking that any glass meets the required safety standards. You might need to prove that you've done this when you sell the house.
What are some ideas for bathroom walls and floors? Floor to ceiling tiles in a bathroom have gained popularity in recent years because they are easy to clean and maintain, unlike paint, which needs to be refreshed as the years roll on. In terms of flooring, tiles aren't the only option these days. Wood and concrete are charming and easy to maintain, and give off a totally different vibe. Concrete is perfect for those who want a bathroom that is at the height of minimalist design, whereas wood is better suited to a more classic, rustic theme. Both of these flooring types can be translated into the other rooms of the house, too. Bathroom wallpaper has also made a big comeback! There are now many wallpaper coverings available that can withstand the humid and wet conditions of a bathroom. Get inspired with colours to use from browsing through our photos of bathroom ideas.
Your bathroom or shower room should be functional and practical, but also a place where you can unwind. Read on for tips and advice on how to strike the best balance. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, you'll want to get the best for your money. That's why we surveyed Which? members to find out what they thought of the big bathroom brands they've used, including Bathstore, Victoria Plum, Homebase and B&Q. Visit our guide to the best bathroom brands to find out which came top for quality of products and finish, customer service and value for money. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, as do the budgets to create them. Whether you're putting together an en suite from scratch or revamping a wet room, the most important thing to think about first and foremost is who will use the bathroom and how, as this will affect how you design it.
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