Due to frequent use and the resulting wear and tear, bathrooms tend to start breaking down after about 20 years, whether that's a perpetually leaky faucet or crumbling grout or chipping tiles (or all three). On average, bathroom remodels cost $16,724, so your design should be both intentional and strategic in order to secure a high return on investment, as well as to create a functional space. That said, bathrooms are typically small, enclosed rooms so they are also a place in your home where you can play around a little bit with color and texture. Either way, determine how to make the most of your space. We've covered everything from small bathroom ideas that focus on function to making the most of your budget by changing small things like paint color or upgrading in phases.
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.
His and her sinks. What they are: you'd have two sinks in one bathroom (and the sink style could vary--they could be vessels, drop-ins, undermount, etc). The sinks could be part of the same vanity, as in the picture below from one of our bath renovations. Or you could have separate vanities and separate sinks. See the picture below (again, another one of our bathroom renovations). Benefits: No more fighting for tooth-brushing time (etc.), which works well for couples and households where a bunch of kids share a bathroom. From a design aesthetic, two sinks also add interesting symmetry to a room. Farmhouse sinks. What they are: Picture a sink with an exposed front, one that juts out over the edge. These sinks tend to be extra deep and are typically used in kitchens, rather than the bath, although we've seen some cool farmhouse sinks in kids' bathrooms (the sinks are big enough for bathing babies and toddlers). Check out some pictures on Houzz here. Benefits: They give a room a charming, rustic flair...and they provide plenty of room (again, perfect for kitchens with lots of dishes to wash).
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