Measure and measure again – bathroom revovations

Every great interior design project starts with accurate measurements. Take extra care when measuring for your bathroom renovation. Pay special attention if you are removing a bath and replacing it with a shower as it is easy to make a mistake when measuring. It might sound obvious but always allow for any windows and doors. Make sure to double check each measurement.  Furthermore, these little things could save you time and money.

Reccessed Shelf in Shower - Bathroom Revonation

Check if you have stud wall or cavity wall

This might seem like something that has little to do with tiling a bathroom, but it is actually important to know if the wall you intend to tile is a stud wall or a cavity wall. This way you can determine whether or not you can put a recessed shelf into your shower area of your bathroom renovation. For those who aren’t familiar with recessed shelves, it is a tiled portion of the wall that is recessed back into the wall. It is extremely practical as it holds your shampoos while providing more elbow room to move. They are becoming one of the most popular and visually appealing features in modern bathrooms, while they are also surprisingly inexpensive and easy to build into your bathroom renovation. The catch is that you can only insert a recessed shelf into a stud wall.

Bathroom Revonation - what direction does my house face?

Pick tiles that suit the direction your house is facing.

When starting a bathroom renovation, it is important to consider the direction in which the window(/s) is facing. If the only window in the room faces north then that room won’t receive anywhere near as much sunlight as a room with a south-facing window. The basic rule is to use lighter coloured tiles in rooms that don’t get much sun, while darker tiles can be laid in rooms that get a lot of sunlight. Too many people overlook this detail when selecting tiles. Consequently, we advise taking a tile sample home and viewing it in the room you plan to tile, that way you will have a better idea of how those particular tiles will look in the completed room.

The fewer grout lines the better.

The number of grout lines, visible on the floor or wall will dictate how your bathroom renovation will look. To achieve fewer grout lines, purchase large format tiles. Put simply, a bigger tile means less grout and therefore gives a very different visual effect to the tiled surface. However, this may not be true in all cases. For example, you may want to make a wall appear wider than it actually is – this can be achieved by simply turning your tile in a landscape fashion (that is positioning the tile horizontally). The result is a greater number of grout lines running horizontally and it will, therefore, give the impression of a wider wall. In conclusion, always factor in grout lines when choosing your floor and wall tiles.

Large Format Tiles - Bathroom Renovation

Your floor needs to be as smooth as glass to lay rectified tiles in your bathroom renovation

A rectified tile is a tile that has been mechanically created with near-perfect edges. This means extremely thin grout lines (typically 3mm or less). Rectified tiles are an incredibly popular choice for bathroom renovations. They offer an impressive uniform look in addition to appearing seamless when combined with coloured grout.

Here’s the part that you need to know before you purchase any rectified tiles: your floor must be exceptionally smooth. Due to their symmetry, there is no room for error when fitting rectified tiles.

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