Bathroom renovation: let’s start with the basics!

1. Imaginary functions and reality:

First of all, let’s think about what features to take into account in the spa and assess how much space we have available. Do you want a bathtub or a shower tray? Built in or tray shower? Double or single washbasin? Do you need a toilet and bidet? Maybe a sauna can be accommodated?

The smallest bath width is 75 cm, in a 160 cm long piece we can stretch comfortably. If two people want to bathe at the same time, you may want to choose a type with a drain and an overflow in the middle. A shower requires a minimum area of ​​80 × 80 cm.

Infrared saunas are the same size, but the toilet and bidet also require at least 80 cm of space. There is no clear suggestion for washbasins, but if many are preparing at once in the morning, the double-width version with two tap holes is preferable, and we can even put two washbasins next to each other. For Plumbing Services Consult here

2. Mechanical background:

When renovating a wet room, the emphasis is on the invisible pipes running in the wall because the mechanical background needs to work perfectly. So if the bath was made before the ’90s, it’s a good idea to check the pipes running in the wall with a breakdown before re-cladding. If they are not completely reliable, have them replaced by a specialist.

He may recommend hard, semi-rigid, soft copper pipe, cross linked polyethylene, polypropylene or some other plastic pipe. Plastic pipes withstand high temperatures, chemicals, are flexible, easy to work with, have a long service life, are wear-resistant – to name just a few positive features.

3. Modern solutions for heating:

With regard to the pipes, we must also talk about the design of the heating. Underfloor heating is most convenient, as this is how we step out of the tub on a warm ground after bathing. If this is not possible, in a new socket we can wind the heating pipe carrying the hot water in several bends, which also pleasantly temperes the floor.

A practical element is the towel radiator. There are also quite simple pieces and design specialties dreamed up by star designers – the point is that the towels dry and won’t stink even if the bathroom has no windows and only one fan fights the steam. More recently, models have been produced that can be operated with an electric heating cartridge in the summer.

4. Insulation and slope:

As it is now rare to create a middle drain in the bath, a lack of insulation or improper insulation can cause huge damage. Dangers are the built-in shower cabin, the overflowing bathtub and even the washing machine.

“Liquid foils” applied under the cover, cement- and resin-bonded spreadable waterproofing materials, corner reinforcement tapes placed in corners and edges are the perfect solution for the general insulation of baths, but the use of additional special materials is recommended for the built-in shower. In the case of built-in showers, it is especially important to have a proper slope and that the water does not stop anywhere at the junction of the tiles.

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