Wednesday 17 December 2014

New Year, New Bathroom

With Christmas just a week away our thoughts are currently focusing on all that glitters and shines, but with the New Year looming ever closer we are letting our minds begin to imagine what 2015 may bring. When I look ahead to 2015 I know that it is going to be a big year for my little family, especially with Leo starting school in September and a whole manner of other exciting times ahead. 

For others you may be looking at doing up parts of the house after saving hard throughout 2014 to really treat the family home in the New Year, maybe it's a new kitchen you are after or even re-doing the family bathroom. Our family bathroom is in need of some modifications just to make it a more pleasant room to be in, to kick back and relax in the bath among some scented candles, or maybe even some new fluffy towels to help you relax further and indulge in some luxury after a long day in the office.. Or at home with kids of course which can often feel like a longer day than being in the office...

When I think about the perfect bathroom, I don't envision what is currently in place. In my minds eye I can see laminate flooring in place of the tired carpet, and Ikoma White Bathroom Furniture replacing the sink, toilet and mirror unit. I would paint the walls a Sky Blue to compliment the simplicity of the White Bathroom features, and would follow this into the new fluffy towels that I would just have to buy. 

The bathroom is arguably one of the rooms we spend a lot of time, whether it is bathing Leo and getting him ready for bed, or even just getting ready in a morning for the day ahead, we spend a lot of time there and I believe that this should be reflected in the way the room makes us feel. You want a clean airy space that is going to help set you for the working day, or a relaxing area that you can just sit back in the bath with your favourite tunes playing. 

Of course before starting any sort of renovation there are some important things to consider:

- Budget - This point alone is one of the most important ones. What can you afford? When coming up with a budget it is important to sit down and do the initial number crunching. Have a look at exactly what you want and whether or not you are going to be renovating the room yourself, or whether you will be getting a contractor in to do the main body of the work for you. This all comes into account when coming up with your intial budget, and it is vitally important that you stick to it. There is a reason that you came up with that initial figure in the first place....

- Time - Now the timing of a renovation can vary, you may have an idea of how long it may take in your head, but this can easily be exceeded, especially if you run into un-foreseen circumstances. It can depend on exactly how big the renovation is, and how many items you are going to be changing within the bathroom. The timing also takes into account the ordering and purchasing of the materials and fixtures, so have a contingency plan just in case things don't work out to the very first plan that was laid out.

Ultimately renovating is a very exciting time, it is the opportunity to make your home a nicer place to live. It's about working hard and then watching your perfect family home take shape, I know that when I do eventually buy a house that we are going to have to put a lot of leg work in to get it where we want it to be, but you know what? That's half of the fun! It means that the home we buy will one day be exactly the way that we want it to be, it may take us some time, but one day we will be on the very top of the world.

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