Planning for a new bathroom

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For many people, transforming their bathroom into a home spa is a life-long dream. However, planning and designing a new bathroom is a real challenge. Because a bathroom renovation is an investment that should bring pleasure for many years to come. Owners tend to keep a new bathroom unchanged for an average of around 20 years after its installation. To ensure a new bathroom brings lasting pleasure, it therefore needs to coordinate with the rest of the house, the owner’s style and budget.    

This requires, in particular, sound planning for your bathroom. The first step in renovating and planning a bathroom is gathering ideas. Think about what style you would like for your wellness bathroom. If you don’t have any ideas yet, you can use the Villeroy & Boch Style Finder for inspiration. Alternatively, you can, of course, also visit bathroom showrooms or look for ideas in magazines or on social media. A few creative ideas will make the next steps in the planning process far easier. 

Proper planning for a new bathroom

Proper planning is very important when renovating a bathroom or installing a new one. Because the bathroom, complete with shower and toilet , should still look good and bring pleasure in years to come. Thorough planning and preparation for your renovation project are therefore just as important as the use of high-quality installations, for example, from Villeroy & Boch. 

You should therefore remember: The most important tools for your new bathroom design project are time and patience. Diligent planning and devoting sufficient time to a bathroom renovation will avoid any mistakes. And when redesigning a wet area, planning and design mistakes are very difficult to rectify later. Work your way through all planning steps without time pressure and visit websites such as Villeroy & Boch’s for inspiration

Before you actually starting planning your new spa bathroom, you first need to draw up a floor plan of the room. You can create your floor plan either digitally or on paper. Visualise the things you like about the current layout of your bathroom and the things you find less appealing. This preparatory step will help you to quickly and easily consider the many available possibilities and options. Use the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Plannerfor this.

Bathroom planning checklist

The next step is then to analyse your actual needs and requirements for your bathroom. In this preparatory step, consider factors such as how many people will use the new bathroom. Think about their requirements for floor space and storage too. Ultimately, more storage space will be needed in a family bathroom than in a small guest toilet

Free PDF checklist

Once you have found the furniture and installations you want to include in your new bathroom, you can start planning in more detail. As well as considering your own space requirements, you also need to consider the space required for sanitary objects. Assembly heights and movement areas play a particularly important role in this respect. 

This means, for example: a new Villeroy & Boch toilet or a high-quality washbasin needs a movement area of around one metre wide. A depth of 75 centimetres also needs to be planned. If you want to install a new shower, this should have floor space of at least 80 x 80 centimetres. If you are planning a free-standing bath, the required space will depend on more than just the dimensions of the bathtub.

Planning detailed space requirements can be very complicated. For non-professionals, planning and estimating the space required for different installations and usable space is a particular headache. So when planning your bathroom, use the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Planner tool or call in expert assistance. This will ensure your bathroom planning is reliable, accurate and fast. It will also avoid any unpleasant surprises when you come to install it. 

Design and ideas for a new bathroom

Artis washbasin from Villeroy & Boch

If you want to build and design a new bathroom, in theory, you can use the colours that appeal to you most. But remember: you will probably be living with your new bathroom for many years to come. So it’s important to make sure that your bathroom colour scheme coordinates with the rest of your home. And to choose colours for your bathroom design that you won’t quickly tire of looking at. 

Artis washbasin from Villeroy & Boch

To ensure you enjoy your new bathroom for a long time to come, a neutral or understated main colour is recommended. The main colour is the one that will be dominant later. White, grey or muted pastel shades are particularly good choices as main colours. To add highlights, you can use a maximum of two secondary colours that are reflected in the colour scheme. Understated main colours and sparing use of secondary colours will create a harmonious colour concept in your new bathroom.  

Costs for a new bathroom

It is not possible to specify a general sum for a new bathroom. Costs can vary greatly depending on the size of your bathroom and your chosen installations. One particular factor in costs is whether you choose more basic or premium fittings for your bathroom. 

However, as a general guide: For a medium-sized bathroom with a surface area of around 12 square metres, renovation costs will start from 8,000 euros. This applies at least if you choose high-quality materials for your bathroom, for example, from Villeroy & Boch. There will also be costs for tradespeople and for tiling work.  

Overview of all costs

If you want to completely refurbish your bathroom including replacing old windows, you might be able to receive financial assistance for your project. If the work improves the energy balance of your home, you could be eligible for a grant. So before you start, find out whether you could apply for any funding, for example, from bodies such as the KfW German investment and development bank. This could potentially open up greater financial scope to design your dream bathroom. 

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