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Building Regulations and Bathroom Fittings

Whether its a completely new bathroom, or just a remodel, your bathroom design will no doubt focus on a bath or a shower. Unless you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom. Many people are put off by the building regulations. However, believe it or not, there are options to add a separate shower and bath, into smaller bathroom spaces, within building regulations. Here at Homematas, we are bathroom design experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you navigate building regulations and bathroom fittings.

Building regulations

There are regulations that govern the placement of your shower and your bath. These must be adhered to legally, and really, why wouldn’t you want to stick to them. These regulations refer to the amount of space that is necessary to navigate your bathroom safely. We think it’s pretty helpful. However, you should check with your local authority for the precise details before you begin planning your bathroom design. Building regulations and bathroom fittings can help you plan your bathroom.
This is a general guide to the space needed:

Building regulations and bathroom fittings

Bathroom Fittings

If you can meet the building regulations, you can begin to plan your layout. Even with a huge bathroom, poor placement of the bath and the shower can create a bad finish. Here are some tips to help you fit everything in:

  • Doors- You can fit a bathroom door that is outwards opening. This will increase the floor space within your bathroom, and you wont have to worry about the door hitting or obstructing any of your fittings. In addition, shower doors can be sliding or bi-fold to prevent the need for an outwards opening door. However, you will still need 24 inches clearance to meet building regulations.
  • Corner fittings- Corner baths or showers not only look amazing, but they are practical too. You can make the most of the space you have by installing fittings into the corners of your bathroom. They also help to make your bathroom feel larger.
  • Choose the right wall- Many bathrooms are oddly shaped. Choose the short wall to position the shower, so that the bath can go along the longest wall.
  • Wall-hung fittings- Toilets and sinks that are wall hung are super contemporary. They also hep you to avoid cluttering a smaller bathroom, and leave more floor space behind.

In summary

Building regulations help to keep your bathroom safe and usable. By adhering to these regulations, you will ensure that your new bathroom adds value to your house. There are many ways you can still make use of all your bathroom fittings, while adhering to the building regulations. For more information regarding building regulations and bathroom fittings, contact us at Homematas today.