It’s the start of a new year and with the burst of fresh optimism that 2022 brings, it might be easy to whip out a few new year’s resolutions. The problem is that they may seem like a tiny hill in the moment but could become a giant, looming mountain by the end of January. We all know how difficult it is to stick to that new exercise routine or to say no to an extra tjoppie (yum!). Let us help you set 3 obtainable home DIY resolutions so that you can at least transform your space, if not your waist.
Make a Big Statement in The Smallest Room
Photo by Kimberly Gavin
The guest loo is possibly the only place that most of your visitors will have time alone to really take in your design language. No matter how cohesive and inspired the rest of your space is, this humble but impactful room should not be forgotten. Since the guest bathroom is usually small, you can make a splash without overwhelming the senses.
Don’t be intimidated, wallpaper is easy to apply and easy to remove if you change your mind.
Here are a few of our favourite dramatic but tasteful wallpaper suggestions. The best part is that they are all supplied by proudly South African companies!
Switch It Up!
With the popularity of SMART home integration systems, it is common to become a bit overwhelmed with trying to keep up with each new WIFI lightbulb and Alexa-ready LED light switch. You certainly don’t need to jump on that bandwagon to update your reception and entertainment areas.
It’s a matter of minutes to swap out your old, boring, white switch covers for something that suits your style better. All you need is a screwdriver (and someone willing to catch any sneaky screws you might drop) and you’re on your way to updated switches! You’d be surprised to see how much something as small and unobtrusive as a light switch cover can change your space.
Take a few minutes to check out these gorgeous switch covers to find a style that is perfect for your design language.
Let Life Enter
Your house’s entryway is a preview of what to expect in the rest of your home. It is almost like reading the blurb on the back of a book before diving into the text. Wouldn’t it be lovely if the introduction to your space could be a serene sanctuary brimming with life?
Nothing brings vitality into a home like a lovingly maintained terrarium. It’s even more special if you created it yourself by choosing the perfect glass container and planting your succulents with your own hands.
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Shiplap is a fairly new concept that made interior headlines circa 2013. During a reality TV show that aired in the States, shiplap quickly became the new buzzword. Fixer Upper as the show was marketed soon became a source of inspiration for many homeowners who had access to the show and its power couple cast. Here Joanna Gaines and her husband who renovated homes all over America made the word shiplap as trendy as ever.
In South Africa, we refer to shiplap as a form of wall cladding. Shiplap wall cladding resembles wooden walls or surfaces and is made with any specifications in terms of size and style. It can be used for your home’s interiors and exteriors.
Shiplap offers a modern timber look and is a price-friendly pick-me-up for any space you are trying to renovate and up-style. It is an easy-to-install wall covering that can instantly change the entire look and feel of a room. From kitchens and bathrooms to guestrooms and studies, this style of wall cladding giving any room instant Instagram-ready status.
Don’t Jump Ship
Shiplap is very easy to install and you do not require a professional to do it for you. The joints mimic those of tongue and groove joints that make them easy to fit. You also get peel and stick options, making the application even easier. It is also lightweight and offers a wide variety of options from recreating wood to concrete, you can easily recreate any expensive wall coverings.
Shiplap is also low maintenance and makes cleaning a breeze. Its convenience is what makes this trend a favourite amongst many homeowners the world over. These shiplap wall coverings are also durable and can take a few good knocks from the household over time. They also essentially protect your walling. If your house ever goes on sale, it can also be easily removed by new owners who envision something else.
Ideas and Inspirations
Shiplap techniques have been used for thousands of years. It is its introduction to interiors that is a fairly new trend. According to The Finished Space “The earliest version of shiplap was found over 1,700 years ago on Viking ships! An ancient boat was found using overlapping planks around the outside of the boat to keep the water out. The technique used on this ship was called lapstrakes, but it was a precursor to what would become known as shiplap. The production of watertight, overlapping planks evolved to produce shiplap (i.e., boards that overlap at rabbeted edges to create a completely watertight fit)”.
Shiplap was successful in keeping the water out on ships and soon sheds and farmhouses were introduced to it. From there the trend moved to building’s exteriors and more recently it has made its way indoors.
Bathrooms, both large and small look attractive with shiplap wall coverings. Wooden styles of shiplap can easily give bathrooms a chic, cottage feel with a touch of country. In bathrooms, shiplap does wonders as an accent wall.
Create a beach-inspired bohemian look in your bedroom with shiplap cladding that ignites the inner shipmate in you. With a variety of colours available, choose soft aqua-inspired tones. From white and ivory to sky and moody blues, you can create a desert island-inspired oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday distractions.
Shiplap cladding in wooden or concrete type textures are a fresh look for modern kitchens. Cladding in your kitchen can be used as your oven backsplash, or under counters to create stylish surfaces. A shiplap accent wall also works great in a kitchen and is also a trendy substitute for subway tiles.
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A beautiful bathroom bench with hidden storage for bathtub toys. Storage is key for every bathroom, especially for those wet kid’s toys. This very beautiful and functional bathroom bench has hidden storage for all those items lying around the bathroom.
- (4) “A” Side Rail, 7/8″ thick X 2 1/2″ wide X 7″ long
- (4) “B” Front Side Rail, 7/8″ thick X 2 1/2″ wide X 11″ long
- (6) “C” Bottom Slat, 7/8″ thick X 5/8″ wide X 14 1/2″ long
- (2) “D” Front Panel, 3/8″ thick X 11 7/8″ long X 5 1/8″ tall
- (2) “E” Side Panel, 3/8″ thick X 8 1/8″ long X 5 1/8″ tall
- (4) “F” Leg (large), 7/8″ thick x 18″ long x 2 1/2″ wide
- (4) “G” Leg (small), 7/8″ thick x 18″ long x 1 5/8″ wide
- (4) H” Top Board, 7/8″ thick x 17″ long x 3″ wide
How to Make it
Layout and Cut Components
Following the attached plans. Mark out your cuts on your piece of lumber, we used 1″ x 8″ teak x 14′ long. Cut out all the parts as per the material list in the plans. Once cut lightly sand all the pieces down. *Part “C” slightly larger (approx 1/4″) as you want to ensure a tight fit when installing them later on – actual size should be closer to 14 1/4″. *The top boards’ lengths on the material list are about 1/2″ longer so that you can square up the ends once the glue sets. The final length should be 16 1/2″
Groove pieces A and B
Next is to prep the pieces that hold the inset side panels. I used my Kreg router table to cut the 1/2″ by 1/2″ groove into all the pieces as per the drawings.
Groove E and F – Step 1
Next is to cut a groove in the areas on the leg that hold the inset side panels. I used my Kreg router table and cut the 1/2″ by 1/2″ groove into all the pieces as per the drawings. If you have a fence with stops on your router table you can use them to set the distance you need to cut to ensure all the grooves are the same. *Note this groove is NOT along the entire edge so you will need to be careful where it starts and stops.
Grove E and F – Step 2
Due to the plunge cut on pieces E and F I used a chisel to clean out the corners and remove the radius from the router.
Cut Bevel on Legs
Take your 8 pieces for the legs (parts “E” and “F”) and cut the bevel detail on the bottom of the leg as per the drawings. I used a table saw to complete these cuts.
Glue legs together
Now that your legs have the angle on the bottom cut out and the groove cut, do another light sand. Glue and clamp the “E” and “F” pieces together and take note of the orientation of all 4 legs on page 1 of the drawings. Be sure to use wood glue that is good in a water environment as the stool may get wet. This is also the reason Teak is being used for this project as it is naturally water-resistant and very durable in wet conditions.
Drill Pocket Holes
Take the “A” and “B” rail pieces and drill the pocket holes on the ends as noted in the drawings.
Assembly of Stool frame
Once your legs have had time to let the glue set (follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on the glue you are using) give the legs a light sand again and be sure to remove excess glue. Place the “A”, “B”, “E”, and “F” pieces as per the layout shown in the drawings. I also glued the ends of the “A” and “B” boards before screwing. Clamp the pieces down to your table or workbench and screw the pieces together. I used 1-1/2″ pocket screws as the material I was using was 1″ (7/8″ actual) thick. Your K4 jig has a chart for settings for the K4 jig, drill bit, and screw size for the thickness of the material you are using.
Cutting of Panels D and E (no image)
Now that your frame is assembled you can cut the panels in between the rails and legs. To do this I cut the panels down to the dimensions noted in the drawings. I then cut the 1″ thick material in half using the table saw (all four sides) and saw-z all to finish the cut (your table saw blade may not cut all the way through, using a saw-z with all long blade you can cut the material in the middle that your table saw blade couldn’t reach. Once the cut is complete, sand all sides to a smooth finish.
Install Panels D and E
Now that the pieces are cut and sanded you can glue and place the panels in between the legs and rails. I flipped my clamps so that they could “push out” and clamp the panels into place from the inside of the box.
Prep Bottom Slats for Installation (no image)
In step 1 part “C” was cut to size. Take the 6 slats and run them through your router table. Using a 1/8″ dia router bit, cut the radius on the long edges of all 4 sides of the slats. This could also be done with a sander; however, you will have more control with the router.
I measured and cut each slat to length to ensure it had a nice tight fit. Glue and clamp your slats into place, I made a 7/8″ thick block out of scrap wood to space the slats along the bottom. I had to adjust the spacing slightly (as the actual gap is a nice nominal fraction) so the gaps varied from 7/8″ to 1″ thick.
We cut 4 pieces of teak down to 3 1/8″ wide x 17″ long. I then glued all the edges, clamped vertically and horizontally and let the glue set. These boards will make the top of the stool.
Once the glue has set, sand down all the faces of the board to remove any edges/ridges and excess glue. Your end product should look like a single board. Take the measuring tape and square and mark out the perimeter groove to be cut and removed. The groove will hold the lid in place once cut.
Cut Groove in Top
Take the board and place your blade on your table to the correct groove depth and complete your first cut on all four corners (board sitting vertically up). Once all 4 sides have been cut, place the board flat on the table saw and set the table saw fence and depth of cut as per the details on the drawings. Cut all 4 sides. This should result in the middle portion of the board being the original thickness and the outside edge being approximately 1/2 the original thickness.
Finish Top (no image)
Do a test fit. The top should sit on the stool with the grooved area sitting tightly against the outer rails and tops of the legs. If the underside doesn’t sit snugly against the frame, you may need to make some minor adjustments. Test the lid and remove small amounts of material at a time until the lids fits tightly within the rails.
Prep for Finish (no image)
Take a look at the stool before applying your finish. Remove any glue and sand any imperfections. Clean stool of any dust.
Follow the Finish’s Manufactures Directions for application. In my case, I applied the Teak Oil using a brush and let the finish sit on the stool for 15-20 mins. I then used a cloth to remove any excess oil. Let your stool dry for the recommended period before using it. Your bench is now complete!
Small bathrooms can be your worst enemy or an opportunity to get creative with a small space. City living has its perks, but space is not always one of them. Getting creative with functionality and storage is important when you are decorating or designing a small bathroom.
Bathrooms are also often shared by families, which can pose many issues in a busy household. The key is to create a space that works for you and your family. We discover ways to create the best bathroom in an unforgiving space.
Storage and Space
Find a purpose for every centimeter in your bathroom and where you can spare a 10 – 15cm space, let’s put it to good use. A fun way to utilize small narrow spaces, is to install thin towers in those spaces. Installing a cupboard that looks almost like a spice-rack, can make space for many small face cream pots, deodorants, extra soaps and razors. Install these cleverly on the sides of your mirror or next to your basin(s) for easy access.
Shower shelves are also your best friend here. With today’s open-feel showers you can easily build a shower shelf inside the shower wall leaving you with enough space for shampoo bottles and a plant or two.
A small bathroom requires good ventilation. After a warm and steamy shower, your ceiling will need some fresh air ventilating through the room to get rid of all the steam. Make sure to consider easy access to a window or if this is not an option, install a manual ventilator.
Steam is the biggest culprit for mouldy ceilings over time. You can also use a mould-preventative paint for your ceiling.
Your bath area and shower all require different lighting but the bathroom’s overall design still needs to feel stylish and cohesive. If you are spending a lot of money on revamping a bathroom, a portion of that budget should be allocated to your lighting.
Bathroom lighting should allow for three sources of light. Ambient, task and accent lighting. Your first source of lighting is your decorative lighting. Timeless chandeliers, pendants and interesting wall-mounted fixtures with lampshades give your bathroom that special edge. Your second should be lighting required for grooming and makeup. Your third source is accent lighting which is primarily used to accentuate the design of your bathroom.
Natural lighting is a great solution for getting light into a small, dark bathroom. A skylight will open the space immediately making it feel much bigger. If this is not possible you can easily install LED lights behind your floating shelves for additional light.
Whatever your style is, a bathroom needs to be uncluttered, inviting and clean. Best practice is to find a little spot for every dot. Mirrors are always a good idea in a small space. A wall-to-wall mirror is a guaranteed way to create the illusion of spaciousness.
Tiles are also your best friend in a small bathroom. In some cases, you will need to ensure that everything is waterproof. It is a good idea to install a central drain if your bathroom is designed in such a way that everything could get wet.
Add elegant storage to any bathroom with this simple, compact, but functional over-the-toilet ladder shelf. It’s a great place to store bathroom necessities in a room that’s always storage-challenged. Plus, it’s a perfect place to show off those beautiful guest towels nobody is ever allowed to use. Follow these steps to make bathroom storage shelves.
(2) 1×2, 96”, Board
(2) 1×2, 72”, Board
(1) 1×10, 96”, Board
(1) 100-count box 1 ¼” course-thread Kreg pocket-hole screws
(1) wood glue
(1) pack non-skid pads
(2) 2” wood screws
(2) medium-duty wall anchors
Cut Long and Short Legs
Cut two long legs to length from 1×2 x 96″ pine boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. Now, cut two short legs to length from two 1×2 x 72″ boards.
Assemble the Legs
Apply glue to one face of a short leg and apply it to the lower portion of a long leg. Make sure the legs align on the edges and at the lower ends. Then clamp the pieces until the glue dries. You don’t need to wait until the glue is completely set, which can take several hours. After 15 minutes, or so, the glue’s hold should be strong enough to remove the clamps, as long as you handle the piece gently. Repeat this process to glue up the second short leg and long leg.
Cut the Shelf Spacers (no image)
Using the leftover portions of the 72″ boards, as shown in the cutting diagram, cut six shelf fillers and two top fillers to length, as shown in the cutting diagram.
Attach the Fillers
Now you can attach the shelf fillers to the long legs, as shown. Use a scrap piece of a board to act as a spacer as you position the shelf fillers on the long legs. Start against the upper end of the short leg, apply glue to one face of a shelf filler, and position it on top of the spacer. Align the edges of the shelf filler with the spacer and the long leg, and then clamp the shelf filler in place. Remove the spacer—make sure to take it out before the glue dries so you don’t accidentally glue the spacer in—and repeat the process for the next two shelf fillers. Then add the top filler and do the same on the other leg assembly. After the glue dries, scrape off any excess, and then sand the leg assemblies smooth.
Make the Braces
Using the leftover portions of the 96″ boards, cut eight braces to length, as shown in the cutting diagram. All eight braces are the same length, but they get completed differently. You’ll see why in Step 6. For now, put two of the braces aside. You’ll drill pocket holes in the remaining six—but not in the same locations. First, set up your Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig for 3/4″- thick material. Then drill two pocket holes at one end of four of the remaining Braces, as shown to create four brace bottoms. On the final two, drill a single pocket hole in each to create two Brace Tops, as shown.
Assemble the Braces
Now you can assemble the braces. Like the legs, they’ll get glued face-to-face to double the thickness. Make sure to pair them up, as shown. The two brace tops get paired with two of the brace bottoms, making sure the pocket holes are at opposite ends. The blank braces get paired to the remaining two brace bottoms. Once you have them paired up properly, apply glue to one face of each matching pair, and then clamp each pair together. Make sure the edges and ends are aligned. After the glue dries, scrape off any excess, and then sand all the brace assemblies smooth.
Add the Braces to the Legs
Position the brace assemblies as shown on one of the leg assemblies. Note that the blank braces face upward, and are placed near the lower end of the leg. The brace assembly with a single hole goes flush with the upper end of the leg. That way, you can use the pocket hole to drive a screw into the wall, as discussed in Step 11. Use glue and 1 1/4″ coarse-thread Kreg Screws to attach to these brace assemblies. Repeat this process with the other two brace assemblies and leg.
Make the Shelves
From a 1×10 board, cut four shelves to length, as shown in the cut diagram. Drill two pocket holes centered on the ends of each shelf, as shown. Sand the shelves smooth, including the edges and ends.
Attach the Shelves
Position one leg assembly on its side on a work surface. Place the first shelf in the “notch” created by the space between the short leg and the first shelf filler, as shown. Make sure the shelf is centered on the leg, and then secure it using two 1 1/4″ coarse-thread Kreg Pocket-Hole Screws. Repeat this for the other three shelves. With one side complete, flip the assembly over onto the second leg and secure the shelves to the other leg assembly in the same way.
Sand and Apply Finish (no image)
After assembly, you can do any touch-up sanding that’s needed, and then apply the paint or finish of your choice. We used natural oil to give the project colour. After allowing the oil to dry according to the directions, we applied two coats of wipe-on polyurethane for protection.
Mount the Shelves to the Wall (no image)
Apply non-skid pads to the bottom of each leg and position your shelf unit so it’s centred over the toilet. Make sure the shelf is plumbed to the wall. Once you have the shelf where you want it, drive 2″ wood screws through single holes at the top, and into the wall. You may hit a stud, but chances are the screws will just push into the open space in between studs. If so, back the screws out and move the shelf unit out of the way. Install two wall anchors by first enlarging the holes the screws made in the drywall, and then tapping the anchors in. Now you can stand the shelf unit in place for a final time, and then drive the 2” screws into the wall anchors.
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Today we are contemplating our holiday destination for December. Should we spend a few thousand on a holiday or rather spend the money on our bathroom renovation? If done correctly, bathroom renovations will enhance your state of living to such an extent that staying home will feel like a holiday.
A bathroom renovation will also increase the value of your property and adapt to your current and future needs. That said, although a bathroom renovation has an approximate return value of 70% when selling, the joy of enjoying a newly renovated bathroom far exceeds the return value.
As with any project, the first step is to create a budget. When creating the budget, the materials and finishes form a large part of the budget but do keep in mind the labour cost as well. Creating a bespoke bathroom will include specialised finishes. Appointing the correct contractor for the correct application is key to the success of the project, adding value to the property as well as increasing the costs.
Also keep in mind the unforeseen costs, especially in a renovations project. It’s always good practice to budget for a 20% contingency for unforeseen costs. In a bathroom renovation, a lot of unforeseen disasters can happen, from a burst pipe to a burst geyser. What happens frequently as well is that the pipes are rusted and need to be replaced. So, when you start in the main bathroom, replacing the pipes you might end up replacing all the pipes up to the municipal connection…
Secondly, the planning of the bathroom. Before daydreaming of the beautiful mosaic tiles and the gold-plated mirror, first, re-evaluate the existing layout.
In some cases, the existing layout simply does not work. So before spending a fortune on upgrading the finishes, determine the practicality of the layout.
Do not focus on the throne when opening the door to the bathroom. I have a personal vendetta against the water closet as the focus. Rather focus on the beautiful vanity and mirror detail or even a beautiful view of a secret garden.
By rearranging the position of the water closet, shower, and wash hand basins you might be able to optimise the use of space, creating a more open layout with privacy and focus elements.
When choosing the materials for the floors, walls, ceilings, plumbing fixtures, and cabinets, ensure that all are good quality with resistance to moisture, mould resistant, solid brass fittings, and non-porous materials. By choosing the right finishes and fittings you are creating a bathroom that will last a lifetime.
What trends can you incorporate to modernise your current bathroom?
A Low Flow Hidden Toilet
Where the water tank is hidden inside the wall, a hidden cistern can create additional space. The low flow of the hidden cistern will also save a lot of water. The ideal position for the hidden cistern would be in a duct for easy access in case of maintenance and problems.
Shower Floor Treatment
The shower can be a walk-in shower with no step into the shower, creating a ‘wet room’ if there is no shower cubicle enclosure or a raised shower floor with a small bund wall with and a glass shower panel.
For safety reasons, ensure that the shower floor treatment is not slippery. The safest option is to use small mosaic type tiles with grouts that resist mould and stains.
Bath Versus Shower
A bath is a luxury that seldom gets used. If you are renovating the bathroom for yourself and your family, how often are you using your current bath? For couples with small children, a bath is essential. That does not mean that the bath should be in the main bathroom and the second bathroom as well. Maybe you can create a lot of additional space by only installing a bath in the children’s bathroom.
Light and Ventilation
If no attention is given to the light and ventilation in a bathroom it can create a dark, humid room where mould and mildew becomes a problem. A window in the shower will create natural ventilation and light in a usually dark space. When installing the window please ensure that the windowsill slopes away from the window, and the glass is frosted for privacy.
A light bathroom will wake you up in a good mood every morning. By installing a few additional lights over the vanity and inside the shower you will eliminate any dark areas.
Keep in mind that if you have decided that the bath should remain a dimmer switch or lights on different circuits, this will create the perfect atmosphere for those long me-time baths.
Recessed light details around the mirror, for example, will create the perfect light for hair, make-up, and shaving.
A bathroom is usually filled with lotions, potions, medicine, etc. For the bathroom to remain a place of sanctuary, reduce the clutter. A great space-saving technique is installing a recessed mirror cabinet. A wall-hanging vanity is also fantastic, freeing up space underneath for a washing basket or the dreaded bathroom scale.
Touch of Luxury
Heated towel rails and heated floors can add that touch of luxury to your bathroom that will create the perfect 5 Star holiday experience.
Lastly, ask the professionals. If you are uncertain about the design, look, feel and budget ask a design consultant. We will be able to assist in 3D impressions to provide you with clear pictures of the finished product. Ask for quotes and hire a reputable plumber. A plumber should be registered at the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB). Request references from the plumbers and check them. Once the project is complete, request a Certificate of Compliance from your plumber. A Certificate of Compliance is required when applying for the Occupation Certificate from your Local Authority Building Inspector, it also gives you peace of mind that the installation is compliant.
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Creating a beautiful bathroom makes a big difference in your daily routine. From making you feel energised in the morning to a place where you can relax, your bathroom is a sanctuary and should be treated as such. In this article, we discover a few bathroom essentials that will take your bathroom to the perfect level of luxury.
Wood, mosaics, large glass panes, opulent taps and water elements are always a must in your luxury bathroom. Wood finishes in bathrooms are very trendy at the moment, and one can never go wrong with a classic mosaic look. Combining these aesthetics with metal and glass is a trendy way of creating an opulent look at home.
Shop for large, rain-styled shower heads that create a cascading waterfall sensation. Include other spa additions in terms of beauty accessories, beauty pots and sleek containers to keep your everyday grooming essentials near.
If you are in a position to design your own bathroom, make sure you try to fit in a large window or even a sliding door that leads to an outdoor bathroom in a secret garden. Whether you take your shower indoors or outdoors, a splendid garden view will make your bath time so much dreamier.
Walls and Floors
Walls and floors are important in bathrooms. Create a sense of luxury with large tiles or striking marbled walls. We have seen beautiful bathrooms with marbled walls with metallic accents in gold and bronze. Monochromatic black and white marbled walls also look impeccable in luxury bathrooms.
Luxury Bath Rugs
Bath rugs differ slightly from bath mats because they are larger and usually made of thicker materials. They instantly add a touch of style to any bathroom. We can all admit that getting out of a relaxing shower and stepping onto a soft rug is a soothing feeling.
The materials used for bath rugs are usually well-made and should last a long time. The thicker the rug, the more maintenance it will require. Wash your bath rug weekly to keep it clean, fresh and fluffy.
Add low-light, humidity-loving plants to your bathroom for some serious spa vibes. These types of plants not only look great, but their presence also allows for more relaxation and more oxygen. They are a must for your well-being. Other plants and flowers to consider are Orchids, Begonia, Peace Lilies, Palms and the low maintenance air plants.
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A bathroom is a hardworking space and investing in your bathroom is, therefore, easy to prioritize. Bathrooms tend to often be the smallest space in a home and are often shared not by 2 but even 4 or 5 people. Most times a bathroom renovation does not mean expanding the space in square meters but working smart with built-in elements to make the space feel bigger. There are a few very important things to consider when renovating your small bathroom. We discover them below.
Storage and Space Planning
Find a purpose for every centimetre in your small bathroom. Where you can spare 10 – 15 centimetres of space, put it to good use.
A fun way to utilize small narrow spaces is to install thin towers in those spaces. Installing a cupboard that looks almost like a spice-rack can make space for many small face cream pots, deodorant cans, extra soaps and razors. Install these cleverly on the sides of your mirror or next to your basin(s) for easy access.
Another way is to look at floating shelves above your basin, leaving a bit more service to work with.
Showers today are quite different from what we used to know in the olden days. If you didn’t have a hanging wire rack hanging from the tap, your shampoo bottles ended up on the floor. With today’s open-feel showers you can easily build a shower shelf inside the shower wall that allows enough space for shampoo bottles and even a plant or two.
A very important item to consider when renovating your small bathroom is good ventilation. After a warm and steamy shower, your ceiling needs some fresh air ventilating through the room to get rid of all the steam. Make sure to consider easy access to a window or if this is not an option, install an extractor fan.
Steam is the biggest culprit for mouldy ceilings over time. You can also use mould-preventative paint for your ceiling.
One of the most important items to consider is not the romantic side of the bathroom, but certainly fantastic lighting.
This is not always possible with most bathrooms having small windows. There is a great solution for this problem and that is to install a skylight in your bathroom. It will open the space immediately making it feel much bigger already. You will want to spend hours here, especially taking evening baths whilst staring at the stars! Doesn’t that sound fabulous! If this is not possible, you can easily install LED lights behind your floating shelves for additional light.
Whatever your style is, a small bathroom needs to be uncluttered, inviting and clean. The best practice is to find a little spot for every dot.
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Bathroom designs and layouts stay the same way in our homes for a long time. Carefully deciding how you will go about the overall look and feel is important if you want to age-proof your bathroom. Bathrooms are one of the most-used spaces in the home and taking comfort, functionality and décor into consideration can make your bathroom go the extra mile.
Consider the Flooring
Textured flooring is your best bet in a wet environment. There are too many options to list, but make sure the tiles are slip-resistant. You can easily check for slip-resistant tiles by feeling for rough grooves. Another option is to consider porcelain flooring. Porcelain is known to last long and replacing it may not be necessary if well looked after. Porcelain is also very easy to clean. Make sure you add chunky floormats to warm up the bathroom space when opting for porcelain. Porcelain can be cold and boring.
You will have to consider some shower adjustments to make your shower more accessible. This does not mean your shower can’t be magnificent. Install a shower bench so you can comfortably sit down in your shower. They come in many designs and sizes making it easy for you to choose one. Trendy wetrooms have introduced curbless showers and they look great. Consider this option when you are building your long-life bathroom.
An additional hand-held shower head is also a good idea. Handheld showerheads are easily adjustable and when placed adjacent to your shower bench, enables you to wash while seated. Comfort at it’s best. Grab bars should also be considered. These are not only great for the elderly but even for little kids who prefer a shower over a bath. Having something to hold on to is always a good idea in a shower.
Comfort is Key
Comfort will also go a long way. From installing a comfort-height toilet to choosing well-though-out lighting, these elements will make your bathroom a cosier one. Comfort height toilets are higher than the standard toilet making standing up and sitting down much easier. This is also great for new mom’s who recently had their baby, making the comfort-height toilet a win for young and old families.
A heated bathroom will also add to your comfort. Heated towel railings or underfloor heating are always good options for heating your bathroom effectively. Further, invest in good lighting. Good lighting in your bathroom comes in many forms. From recessed lighting and vanity lighting to special lamps and incorporating natural light, the list is endless. Some homeowners even have lighting inside an enclosed shower.
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Renovations and remodelling is always welcomed by the homeowner. Updating your home and keeping it up to date is always a good idea, especially when selling is on the cards in the future. There are a few things that home buyers and real-estate appraisal experts love to see when they are on the lookout for new homes. From revamping kitchens to updating bathrooms – we look at what types of renovations can increase the value of your home.
A fully functional and newly renovated kitchen is always important when it comes to increasing value. An outdated kitchen can easily bring down the value of your home. If you are considering a kitchen revamp carefully consider the cost of your materials versus the value of the kitchen afterwards. A big project like a kitchen revamp is not something you want to lose any money on in the end.
One of the first things people look out for before buying a home is the condition of the bathrooms. Old bathrooms with outdated tiles can really put potential buyers off. Adding an extra bathroom is always a good idea if you have the space. If not, update the fittings, fixtures and amenities in your current bathrooms.
Everybody loves a study in a home. Having to convert a bedroom into a study is not always convenient, so creating the space for one by additional building, is a sure way to increase the value of your home.
A beautiful garden can sell any type of home. If a garden is well kept and creatively designed, you can be guaranteed that it will increase the value of your home. A large garden with lots of lawn, a pool and a patio is a seller for sure. Whether you are selling or not, a home that looks gorgeous from the street is what every homeowner strives for.
Epic Braai Areas
Believe it or not, but outside entertainment areas or epic braai areas are an important element that will add to your home’s overall value. Multifunctional outdoor entertainment areas are something buyers are always looking for.
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