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Inspiring Homeowners? Show them what to avoid first

November 4, 2015

A great tool to inspire consumers to invest in renovation projects is to drop-shot or have an Ideas and Tips section on a business website.  Inspiration comes from getting them to look at the right design for their lifestyle and not just their homes.  Advice and tips on common faults is always useful however gaining larger projects means showing them aspirational living as well as advising on some good old common sense, ‘Dos and Don’ts’.


Showing them how to stay within a budget whilst maximizing the return on their investment is vital.   Home renovation continues to be big business so demonstrating great design for every room in a house makes good business sense particularly when they are focused on Kitchens and Bathrooms.  These are specialist areas however so reinforcing the cost benefits to a finished project is always good business for an installer.


Reinforcing common sense when it comes to kitchen and bathroom design would seem to be a great way to inspire that important final sale.
Bathrooms, whether big or small, should always be well thought out and carefully located, being able to function with multiple users in mind. The time of one bathroom that serves three or four bedrooms has long since gone. Today’s bathrooms need to reflect personal style and aspirational living.  They need to be a combination of beautiful rooms with efficiently designed space that serves everyone’s needs. Age of the occupants should always be considered to avoid common design blunders.


A few tips may help when advising on bathroom design:



  1. No outside view.

Bad circulation in a dark, musty bathroom is hardly inviting.  When constructing or relocating a bathroom the location counts so an outside wall with windows is always preferable.  If windows are not possible consider installing a skylight that will allow fresh air to ventilate the space and will give some much needed natural light to make the space feel more comfortable.


  1. A clear view in. 

Always ensure that the bathroom is not located directly off one of the main public rooms in the home such as the kitchen, lounge or dining room. People need their privacy so a formal separation or false wall will break up the line of sight.  No-one wants to be socialising in one room while facing the view of the toilet.

  1. It’s not all about the loo.

Another common blunder in bathroom design is the sight lines.  Installers and designers should try not to make the toilet the first thing that is visible when someone steps into the bathroom. Also sight lines from adjacent rooms should be avoided.  Separate loos and shower rooms are becoming increasingly popular as this allows someone to take a shower while another person gets ready at the sink. A dividing wall is only a few inches wide but it adds so much in terms of the room’s functionality.


  1. Curbing the shower fashion. 

Curbless showers are a stunning design feature and they make a bathroom feel much bigger.  For elderly residents also they are very practical as they adhere to universal design principles. This design is easy to achieve as long as it has been raised with architects or designers before construction begins.


  1. Size doesn’t matter.

It is not always right to say that bigger is better.  Whatever bathroom style is being considered, all designs from a master en-suite in a luxury home to a small shower cubicle as an additional space for a growing family it is critical that efficient function matches need.


Adding to or remodelling someone’s home is an incredibly exciting and creative process but there are major responsibilities as the decision made will last for decades – which for installers means the potential of referral – or not.  Ensure that homeowners understand how design reflects in the cost and that budgets which are adhered to will maximize the return on investment.
Bathrooms, whether big or small, should always be carefully considered and suitably located to function with multiple users in mind.


Helen Duval 2015




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