Thinking ahead to tomorrow
When refurbishing a bathroom in your home, it makes sense to plan ahead. For financial reasons in particular, it is advisable to consider accessibility issues when refurbishing your bathroom. Accessibility is not just a benefit for elderly people. Certain features will be useful in everyday life for young families, single people or couples without children too: a bathroom with a walk-in shower, non-slip tiles and a height-adjustable washbasin means greater safety and comfort for users of all ages.
Bearing in mind the average 20 years of use for a new bathroom, young people can think ahead and plan features to ensure that future modernisations are simple and cost-efficient. Because careful planning of a bathroom layout will allow it to be easily optimised later with a few simple age-related modifications such as grab handles or washbasins with space below to accommodate a wheelchair. Cost-intensive structural adaptations requiring complete conversion of the bathroom are unnecessary with farsighted planning.
Preparatory inventory before planning
Before you actually start planning your complete bathroom refurbishment, you should draw up a scale floor plan including the following information:
● Wall measurements including height and width
● Windows and doors including opening direction and radius
● Locations of any ventilation outlets
● Details of any sloping ceilings including the height
● Electricity and water connections
When drawing up your inventory, consider the following questions too:
● Are electrical connections and water pipes working and safe? Do they need to be replaced?
● Do electrical or water connections need to be installed in a different place?
● Is sound insulation required for wastewater pipes?
● Does new heating need to be installed, for example, underfloor heating?
This is the typical process for a bathroom refurbishment:
- A small bathroom of 4 to 6 square metres with simple tiles, a washbasin with a vanity unit and mirror, a toilet and a shower cabinet with a simple PVC shower partition will cost between 6,000 and 18,000 euros.
- A medium-size bathroom of 6 to 10 square metres with a double washbasin, a vanity unit and mirror cabinet, a walk-in shower with a real glass partition, high-quality tiles with decorative details, LEDs and painting work will cost between 15,000 and 30,000 euros.
- Refurbishing a larger bathroom of 10 square metres or more with luxurious fittings such as a large washbasin, a steam shower, a bath, underfloor heating, natural stone tiles, LEDs and a sound system will cost 30,000 euros and upwards.