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Author: The Bathroom Company/01 March 2018/Categories: Baths, Showers
The most important element to any project whether large or small is always the design, however, in many ways a small room is far more challenging, more difficult to work in due to restrictions in available space within which to work and availability of products that will enhance the look of the room and create more functionality.
There are two main paths to take when working on a small room project with a client.
As all designers know, the desire to discuss design possibilities with Supply Only clients can be challenging if the construction and drainage are not known, also making suggestions to a Client about what can be done and attempting to convey this to their fitters can create a piggy-in-the-middle scenario, there are generally lots of, “You could do this…. Depending on….”
When creating a design in a small room it is vital to know what the construction of the walls and floor are, also, where the drainage runs are, this will enable the Designer to think differently about what goes where in the room. The first desire in any small room is to have the shower tray drain into the floor, basin supplies and drains into the wall, WC’s and radiators up off the floor or even, no radiators with underfloor heating.
Lastly, lighting! So often this is left to ceiling downlights and whatever the mirror gives. LED lighting in a small space works fantastically whilst lighting recesses, under basin units, plinth lighting, ceiling to wall led stripping, all of which can be controlled via regular multi switching for isolating zones or for a better effect, ceiling lights on a conventional switch and all feature lights on a PIR which will automatically light the room upon entering.
There are also a number of very innovative mirrors on the market from various manufactures including Keuco that will give different shades of light to mimic dusk to dawn lighting, this can be most effective in a small windowless room.
I would always advise considering the features of a room at the very initial concept of design, start with a wish list of features and see how many you can incorporate into your design and how you hope to achieve the installation of the features. If you are told that your ideas can't be done then before moving on, ask the question, "Why Not?"