- Establish the household's needs by thinking about everyone's lifestyles;
- Set a budget.
The family's different needs and lifestyles
- The size of the household and everyone's specific needs: the larger the family, the more storage space and range of equipment are required. If a family member has specific physical needs (wheelchair, walking aid) or perhaps you are thinking of your own mobility in a few years' time, apply a few universal design rules. For example, adjust the height of counters and the kickplate space under the cabinets, and add grab bars. Choose a bathtub designed for people with reduced mobility, or alter the shower for easier access, or install more ergonomic faucets.
- Activities and lifestyle: Who will be using the bathroom? Children? Adults? This is an important factor to consider when establishing storage needs and the type of fixtures and furniture to include. If more than one person uses the bathroom at a time, the layout should be planned accordingly. You will probably opt for two washbasins, two mirrors, etc.
- Storage: Hair-care products, hair dryer, make-up, towels, facecloths and so on – even if your bathroom is not very big, all these items need to be stored there. Pay special attention to your storage needs, including the configuration of cabinets.
The budget and specialized work
- Cabinets and countertops or vanity unit
- Sinks and faucets
- Paint, trim and detailing
- Plumbing fixtures
- Decoration and accessories