Planning a bathroom refurbishment: how should I start my bathroom renovation?

Planning a bathroom renovation with Villeroy & Boch

Are you getting tired of your old bathroom and thinking about giving it a fresh new look? We will show how you to plan a new bathroom and turn your ideas into reality. 

Planning a bathroom

When it comes to planning a bathroom, it is best to work strategically to make sure you don’t forget anything. You can do this easily and conveniently using the Villeroy & Boch online Bathroom Planner. This will guide you automatically through the planning process. 

Bathroom planning step 1: the floor plan

Specify the individual spatial structure of your bathroom

Step 1
Bathroom planning step 2: structural requirements

Add windows,
doors and connections.

Step 2
Bathroom planning step 3: planning

Plan your ideal bathroom.

Step 3
1. The floor plan

The first step when planning a bathroom is to draw up the floor plan.  Alternatively, you can choose a prepared floor plan. 

Step 1 using the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Planner
2. Structural conditions

Then add windows and doors including opening radii. Add existing connections too. This provides a solid foundation for your bathroom design to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises when the time comes for installation.

Step 2 using the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Planner
3. Planning

The Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Planner allows you to place individual elements, such as the shower, bath or washbasin, in any location of your choice. One practical feature is that the components are shown with typical dimensions, allowing you to immediately check whether you have enough space in your own bathroom.  You can then view your finished bathroom in 3D. 

Step 3 using the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Planner

If there are any structural conditions that would pose an obstacle in your plan, the planning tool will automatically point these out. If you choose to draw up your bathroom plan manually using pencil and paper, you will need to pay close attention to these aspects yourself. This will be important as soon as the first idea becomes reality and you move on to the implementation phase. Because planning a bathroom and recording ideas on paper is just the start. After planning your dream bathroom, the next step is renovation.

Bathroom renovation checklist

A checklist is useful when planning a bathroom. This will guide you through all the aspects you need to consider when renovating your bathroom. Begin your bathroom renovation by working through the checklist step by step. Start with the current situation. Then enter the desired condition for the bathroom and decide what installations you will need to turn your new bathroom plan into reality. 

Current condition checklist

  • Location of the bathroom (e.g. cellar, basement, upstairs) 

  • Number, location and dimensions of doors and windows 

  • Special structural features (e.g. sloping ceiling, skylight, bay) 

  • Are connections available for sanitary installations, yes or no? Are additional connections needed? 

  • Are electrical connections available, yes or no? Are additional connections required or will all electrics need to be rewired? 

  • Is there adequate lighting in the bathroom? Will light sources need to be installed or removed? 

  • How is the bathroom heated (e.g. radiators, underfloor heating, heated towel rail, electric heating)? Are any changes required? 

  • How is the bathroom ventilated? (E.g. window, automatic air supply/ventilation)

Desired condition checklist

  • How many people use the bathroom regularly and what age categories do they belong to? (Children, teenagers, adults, elderly people) 

  • Will there be any change in the number of users in the foreseeable future? 

  • What aspects are particularly important to you? 

    • easy-care
    • suitable for elderly people
    • hygienic
    • innovative technology
    • non-slip floor
    • lots of storage space
    • places to sit
    • saving energy and water 
  • What style appeals to you? (E.g. modern, extravagant, practical, urban, natural, nostalgic, elegant) 

  • What colour groups do you like? (E.g. light natural shades such as beige or pastel green, vibrant colours such as red or orange, modern shades such as turquoise and bronze) 

Once you have worked your way through both checklists, compare the actual condition with the desired condition and identify the individual steps that will be required to turn your new dream bathroom into reality. Then decide what work you will do yourself and which tasks you will outsource. For example, if you need extra plug sockets or water connections installed, you will need to call in a professional. Dry-wall, painting and tiling work, or installation of bathroom ceramics, are tasks you could possibly do yourself. If not, you will also need expert assistance for this work. Get several quotations right at the start to build up a realistic overview of costs.    

Our printable bathroom planning checklist provides a clear summary of the essential points.

Design ideas and tips for bathroom renovation

Lots of ideas come up when you start planning a bathroom and it can sometimes be hard to decide which ones to choose. This isn’t a bad thing during the initial phase, quite the opposite. Ideas provide inspiration and help you to find a bathroom style that is the best fit with your personal visions. It is advisable to allow enough time to plan a new bathroom and choose the fittings carefully. After all, you will be using your personal dream bathroom for the next 20 or 30 years. It is important that you like it and it also needs to be robust enough to stand this long test of time. What can it look like when quality and design come together in an enduring combination? Find inspiration with Villeroy & Boch: 


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