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How to hire a bathroom designer

 

Nowhere in a home is good design more important than it is in the bathroom. Not only for the sake of wowing visitors with beautiful tile patterns and frameless glass, but also (and arguably more importantly) for safety, and to ensure that it stands up to the abuse it’s likely to endure on a daily basis.

This is a room where floors and walls are likely to get soaked with water on a very regular basis (especially if you’ve got kids). Steam’s likely to penetrate every available nook, mould’s always a potential problem and proper lighting, ventilation, plumbing and electrics are all crucial no matter where you live.

For better or worse, in most cases bathrooms also have a very significant impact on the resale value of a house too. Installing a sexy bathroom’s as much about improving the value of your house as it is about durability and safety.

 

Why should I hire a bathroom designer?

To be very clear, you don’t need to hire a professionally qualified bathroom designer to plan your bathroom. Good bathroom design’s a seriously complicated affair though. Hiring a properly trained bathroom designer’s a great way to ensure that you’re getting a stunning, expertly finished bathroom, and that every practical issue has been completely considered and accounted for.

In many circumstances, forking out more for a bathroom designer will pay for itself in terms of the value it adds to your home, and (possibly) to eliminating the need for additional alterations further down the track.

 

What do bathroom designers do?

A bathroom designer’s job is to work with you throughout the process to ensure that what you need (and want) from your bathroom is clearly established.

The designer will assess your tastes and requirements, your budget and what that will allow, what kinds of space you have available and various other practical issues. From there, the designer will put together a design that meets your needs, and reflects his or her own creative vision.

Some designers may also be able to help project manage your bathroom build for you too – and even recommend a team of trusted contractors or arrange special deals with suppliers.

Many (if not most) bathroom designers start their careers in related fields like plumbing, tiling and interior design. For that reason bathroom designers usually have a very good practical appreciation for the building process. Likewise, many have also undergone formal training and have gone on to become Certified Bathroom Designers.

What makes a ‘good’ bathroom design?

A really well put together bathroom is one that balances a long list of important practical considerations against aesthetic choices. Below are just a few of the things that need to be fully considered:

  • cohesive visual style or theme
  • layout and accessibility
  • safety and slip prevention
  • material and product choices
  • ergonomics
  • waterproofing
  • appropriate lighting
  • plumbing and electrical requirements and limitations
  • adaptability for special needs (perhaps in the future)
  • privacy
  • energy and water efficiency
  • the practicality of the design to be executed by trades people and other specialists

 

What qualifications should bathroom designers have?

There’s no legal requirement saying that people need a formal qualification to call themselves ‘bathroom designers’. Having said that, if you’re paying for someone to design your bathroom, it’s wise to make sure they have all the right skills and experience.

Certified Bathroom Designers need to keep up with changes in trends, regulations and with new developments in terms of materials and technologies in order to maintain their certifications.

Where can I find a bathroom designer?

In many cases, companies that offer bathroom renovations will have in-house bathroom designers. Likewise, many suppliers (tile and bathroom plumbing suppliers, for example) engage interior specialists to help with the selection of products, which can be very helpful if you’re researching a particular style or application.

Many bathroom designers work independently too, and can be contacted either directly, through trade or design directories.

How to choose the right bathroom designer

There’s no hard and fast rule about what makes one designer better than another – and for the most part it’ll come down to:

  • what you think of the designer’s previous work
  • how well you and the designer communicate, and
  • the extent to which you believe the designer will create something you like

Remember that the design process is as much about the designer’s creative vision as it is your own preferences and requirements. If you’ve got your heart set on a particular look, style, material or colour, it’s up to you to properly communicate this and set a realistic budget for your dream.

 

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How to clean a bathtub

Cleaning the bath’s not something most of us look forward to. Having said that, there’s no reason that cleaning a bathtub has to take very long or get particularly messy. Most modern baths are coated with stain resistant surfaces, which mean that if they’re cleaned on a weekly basis you shouldn’t have to spend more than ten minutes cleaning the tub.

 

How to clean a bathtub

Your bathtub will be easier to clean if you clean it regularly.

How to clean your bath

Make sure that you have decent ventilation before you start. Open a window, or switch on the exhaust fan to get some air circulating. It’s best to do the cleaning straight after the bath has been used, as the steam and hot water will have loosened up any residue. Use a soft, damp cloth and a non-abrasive liquid soap – preferably one that’s designed for the purpose. If you have sensitive hands, you might also want to consider wearing rubber gloves.

Apply a small amount of liquid soap as directed on the bottle, and start scrubbing it in using the cloth. Begin at the top edge of the tub and work your way down, moving around the walls of the tub. Once that’s done, continue to scrub the floor of the tub. Rinse the entire tub with warm water once you’re finished, and use a towel to dry it down.

 

Other cleaning agents

It’s important that no abrasives are used, especially with fibreglass tubs. Abrasive cleaning agents can leave scratch marks which will catch dirt and residue, which will require further scouring to get clean in the future. For tough stains in your bathtub bleach will work, but it is a heavy pollutant so should be used sparingly. A mix of bicarbonate soda and vinegar works well too, and can also be used to clear drains.

How to clean jacuzzis or whirlpool tubs

You can use the above methods to clean out the interior of a Jacuzzi too, but you’ll also need to clean the jets. To do this, fill the bath with hot water until it’s just covering the jets. Add about half a cup of dishwasher powder and around the same amount of bleach. The dishwasher powder is a low-suds soap, so it won’t cause any foaming problems. Mix the powder in thoroughly, then run the Jacuzzi for about fifteen minutes. Drain the bath, fill it with cold water and then repeat to rinse out the cleaning solution.

Flushing the jets should be done fortnightly if you are a frequent user, monthly if you are not.

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Renovate for the Elder

The majority of older adults wish to remain in their own homes as they age. Making modifications to your home can promote independence and prevent accidents. Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations. Modifications can be rather minor like adding grab bars and lever door handles, or major improvements like adding a ramps.

Bathroom Renovation Tips for a More Convenient and Safe Bathroom Usage for Elders

You may want to consider renovating certain facilities and structure in your bathroom to make it more convenient for the elderly living in your home. Not only is this comfortable for the elders, but also to anyone who is responsible in taking care of the elderly. Check out these bathroom renovation tips below to get you started.

  1. Turn your showers curblessBathroom Renovation Tips for a More Convenient and Safe Bathroom Usage for Elders

Shower areas usually have a curb to avoid water from seeping to the whole bathroom. However, transitioning elders (who are in a wheelchair) to a curbed shower is difficult. Not to mention the possible accidents that you can encounter while transporting the elderly to the shower area. Furthermore, a curbless shower is easier to clean than a shower enclosure.

Curbless showers are imperfect and it has one main disadvantage you should know: it causes water to spread out the bathroom. Fortunately there are solutions for this problem. First, you have the option of installing a pivoting shower screen to act as a barrier between the shower area and the other parts of the bathroom. Second, you can install a rain head. The function of the rain head is to force water into a single concentrated spot (specifically the drain area).

  1. Improve lighting

Bathroom Renovation Tips for a More Convenient and Safe Bathroom Usage for Elders

Elders are most likely to have impaired vision so you need to ensure the bathroom is properly lit. Use LED lights with high watts to illuminate the bathroom well. We also suggest installing a high quality nightlight in case the elderly have to use the bathroom during night-time. Installing nightlights along the hallway leading to the bathroom is also a good idea.

3. Bathroom should be on the same floor as to where the elder sleeps

Going to the bathroom shouldn’t be a struggle for seniors; which is why the bathroom should be on the same floor as where the elders sleep or stay for a long time. If creating a new bathroom is too difficult or expensive; then you should set up a chair lift to make it easier for seniors to travel between floors.

  1. space for more maneuverability
    Bathroom Renovation Tips for a More Convenient and Safe Bathroom Usage for Elders

Bathrooms that are too packed can become a trouble for seniors who have to use a wheelchair. In fact, they might not even get their wheelchair through the bathroom due to the limited space. For those of you who plan on renovating their bathroom; you should consider creating additional space for easier wheelchair movement.