Bathroom En-suite refurbishments with Jonathan Evans Carpentry Joinery Cork
Jonathan Evans Carpentry Joinery Cork caters for all bathroom specifications from simple cloakroom refurbishments to walk in showers, wet rooms and luxury bathrooms. Jonathan has refurbish bathrooms for many satisfied clients, from classic to modern or minimalistic style. No bathroom project is too large or too small. As he does not have expensive showroom overheads Jonathan passes on his trade discounts directly to the client. He ensures you get the best possible Bathroom En-suite refurbishments products to suit your budget.
From the initial consultation at your property, or onsite, Jonathan takes into account the exact requirements of the project and your budget. Jonathan will take into consideration the size and shape of the room and work with awkward angles and sloping ceilings. Jonathan takes as much time as you need to ensure every detail you choose is right. He provides clients with a hand drawn design of the project along with a detailed quotation.
Jonathan is a specialist in designing, manufacturing and installing bathroom cabinets, bathroom shelving, bathroom mirrors, vanity units and bathroom furniture; all of which he designs with consideration to practicality, storage and appearance. Jonathan uses wood or wood veneered materials that can be left natural or stained to enhance its natural elegance, mdf, which can be painted to blend in seamlessly with your existing decoration or with vinyl wrapped, vacuum sealed post form doors, which come with a manufacturer’s guarantee. Jonathan offers a vast range of bathroom worktops.
Jonathan will tile and grout or clad the bathroom walls with plastic wall boarding. Jonathan also offers a plastic ceiling board service, which is an easily cleaned and superior style of bathroom ceiling. Jonathan shows you samples and swatches when he visits your property and you can choose your favourite wall or ceiling covering to co-ordinate with your bathroom suite and decoration.
If are you installing a new bathroom / en-suite or refurbishing your old one the following are some helpful tips and advice on bathroom planning and design with Jonathan Evans Carpentry Joinery Cork
Plan your bathroom design carefully. Bathrooms can very difficult rooms to design well. A lot of the design and layout will be determined by the amount of space you have. Bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in the house, but they are also one of the rooms which get used the most – so they should look appealing as well as meet practical demands.
Bathroom En-suite Refurbishments Planning
There has to be a balance between the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in a house. In top end properties each bedroom tends to have a bathroom now. In light of this, assess what kind of bathroom your property needs – it’s good to have a functional family bathroom as well as an en-suite in the master bedroom before adding extra ones. If you live in a lavish property, a stylish wet room, spa bath or separate steam room/sauna may be appropriate.
Once you’ve decided what type of bathroom you’re after, set your budget and work with it realistically. Draw up scale plans of the room, noting where pipes, doors, windows and radiators are located so that you can plan where to fit bathroom fixtures and units. Once you’ve got the layout sorted you can get started on the design.
Building regulations for bathrooms
Legally you must comply with planning and building regulations whenever you carry out property refurbishment, conversion or construction. When dealing with bathrooms you need to consider regulations concerning:
Drainage and plumbing – this includes making sure pipes are the right size and drain effectively. If the pipe doesn’t run down hill (in a basement conversion for instance) then you will need to install a pump system.
Ventilation – in humid rooms like the bathroom and kitchen, adequate ventilation is essential to prevent damp. It’s important to get the ventilation right in a bathroom; fans should extract at least three litres per second.
Electrics – water and electrics don’t mix, so for your own safety always hire a qualified electrician to install bathroom electrics. There are strict safety regulations which need to be adhered to, for example, chord light switches must be used.
Obviously it’s essential that your bathroom functions well – which means your sink, bath, shower and toilet must all be properly plumbed in. Depending on the system in your home, cold water may be delivered straight from the mains or from a cold water tank. Hot water will come from a tank or straight from the boiler (if it’s a combination boiler). Always hire a plumber to make sure your bathroom plumbing is carried out safely and correctly. Exposed pipes can look unsightly, however You can use a false wall to conceal pipes and the cistern.
Your bathroom should be a comfortable space, so make sure that you install adequate heating. Traditional radiators can be substituted for more functional heated towel rails. Underfloor heating is ideal for bathrooms as it dries flooring as well as emitting an all over, comfortable heat. Underfloor heating is also more efficient to run and depending on the size of the room and your system. Underfloor heating can save you around 25-30% on your fuel bills compared with radiators.
Stone – long-lasting, attractive and durable when sealed, however it can be cold and expensive.
Porcelain – a cheaper alternative to stone which doesn’t need sealing and is easy to maintain.
Lino – linoleum is cheap, environmentally friendly and easy to clean and install.
Wood – flooring needs to be made of engineered wood to withstand damp and humidity but can be long-lasting and looks great.
Bathroom fixtures and design
It can be a good idea to build your bathroom design around your bathroom suite. Be sure to find a suite or separate bath, shower, sink and toilet that fit your space effectively and have it installed correctly. Choose colours and accessories that match or complement the style and make sure you incorporate plenty of storage for towels and bathroom cosmetics.
It’s important to have good quality lighting in the bathroom. Look at every opportunity to use as much natural light as possible, introduce light from more than one direction in a room if possible. Add additional overhead or down lights around key areas such as mirrors.
By liaising with local qualified independent tradesmen who Jonathan regularly recommends or with tradesmen of your choice, Jonathan will project manage all work required, including bathroom electrics, bathroom plumbing, plastering and bathroom decoration within a bathroom project to provide clients with a complete service.
Examples of Bathroom En-suite refurbishments Jonathan has undertaken can be seen by clicking here.