Tip: Concealing the light source is a smart trick you might consider incorporating into your bathroom design — you’ll find that it visually extends the space.
Just bear in mind that you won’t be able to fix towel racks or other accessories to the back of a pocket door, as you would with a hinged door or one that simply slides across a blank wall.
Tip: If your en suite is dark, you might consider a glass sliding door, so you can “borrow” light from the adjoining bedroom. Frosted glass also would allow for a sense of privacy.
If your bathroom has limited wall space, consider putting accessories in other spots, such as the back of the door, above or around the toilet, or on the side of the vanity (perfect for installing a toilet paper holder or hand towel ring).
If you plan to install accessories on the bathroom door, be sure to choose a solid-core style, so you can screw the accessories on securely.
Tip: Make sure your plumbing fixtures and accessories are finished in the same color for a more streamlined look.
Other factors can have a big effect on cost too, including whether there is plumbing close to where you’re installing the new en suite that you can simply tap into or whether new plumbing needs to be put in. If you’re extending your home outside its current boundaries to accommodate the new bathroom, this will be another added expense.
Tip: When you start thinking about your new master bathroom, make a list of the fixtures it will require. Add three columns to the right of the list and get three quotes for each item. You have just created a blueprint budget for three results, usually a low-end, moderate and luxury finish.
- Do I need a large wall mirror or would it be more cost-effective and just as practical to hang one above the sink?
- Would it be a good idea to mount the vanity on the wall to maximize floor space?
Do I need extra storage in the form of shelves, medicine cabinets or wall recesses?
Should the sink be recessed into a cabinet, hung on the wall or sitting on the counter as a feature?
Would limiting the tile and color selections streamline the bathroom and make it feel not only larger, but also cleaner and more luxurious?
What can I edit to make the bathroom seem bigger and less cluttered?