Bathroom fitting is a service that DKM Developments Ltd have many years experience of.
A new bathroom is a serious undertaking and can be tricky requiring an array of fittings and technical skills, often in a compact space.
At DKM Developments Ltd we offer a complete bathroom fitting service so you don’t have the headache of organising separate tradespeople – we carry out the whole project from start to finish.
The photograph above shows a bathroom fitting project we carried out for a customer in Braintree. This one included a bespoke bath panel which the customer later painted white. The panel supplied with the bath was a plastic one which just did not suit the rest of the bathroom we fitted. So, we built a timber framework carcass, clad this with MDF panels and trimmed it with some profiled finish wood. The panel is also removeable to allow the customer to access the taps and wastes for servicing. We often have to go that extra mile to make sure that our customers get the look they require.
Planning and design
Due to the complexity of bathroom fitting, careful planning at the start helps prevent costly mistakes further down the line.
We have also close links with a Bishops Stortford based company called Rejig Interiors who specialise in interior design work. They offer a bespoke bathroom design service which has offered their clients substantial savings when sourcing their bathroom. You can find more about their services here.
As a guide, consider the following:
What do you want from your bathroom?
Start with your priorities. An ensuite may just need to be a simple shower and toilet whereas a family bathroom may require a separate shower, double basins and lots of storage space.
Type of space
Is your new bathroom simply an area for getting cleaned or is it going to be your haven for relaxation and pampering? Try to visualise your new space.
Plan this out. We have helped many customers at this stage as often a lot of arrangements are more cost effective to achieve than others. Most people keep the existing layout if it works for them as moving pipes and wastes can be costly.
Finding your style early on helps narrow down fittings whether these be classic or contemporary.
If you have relatives and friends who have had a bathroom fitted recently ask them about the best (and worst!) bits. What sort of problems did they come across during the project?
If you have a small and cosy bathroom don’t go and try to fit in large opulent sinks and oversized shower heads – it doesn’t always work.
Water in the air that is not extracted condenses and causes mould to form. This grows in the grout between tiles, towels and bath mats and rots woodwork.
We have installed a range of effective and quiet electrical extractors and can advise on the best for your project.
Toiletries never look good on display. In built cupboards and vanity units work well.
We have fitted mirrored cupboards which are good toothbrush storage and have built niches into the walls of shower enclosures for discrete storage of bottles.
Most bathrooms are near to the bedroom so you may need to have different levels of lighting. Recently we fitted a bathroom for a customer who needed different light levels for night and morning. We fitted dimmable downlighters.
Maximum impact is achieved with a wall-to-floor set of tiles which we have installed. Avoid highly decorative designs in small spaces as these are too busy. Look through pinterest and home renovating magazines for inspiration.
The photograph below shows a bathroom which we fitted in High Roding. Note how the large format wall and floor tiles in travertine give a feeling of warmth and grandeur. The bespoke shelves are useful for neatly storing soaps, cosmetics and other toiletries and provide quick access.