Bathroom Fixtures and Installation
The previous article discussed several construction components like roofing (pre-interior), windows, doors, tiles, and countertops (interiors). This article will discuss several attributes of bathroom fixtures and their installations, including sinks, faucets, showers, mirrors, lights, etc.
Choose a location:
If you are figuring out where to place a bathroom in a brand new home, choose carefully. It has to be near different rooms where the water's used (kitchen and laundry), and not too far from the bedrooms.
The bathroom floor must be higher than the ground level:
For the proper draining of the water from the bathroom, it is clear that the bathroom level must be higher than the ground level.
Bathroom fixtures are permanent elements that are either plumbed or wired and only really movable or detachable when you want to renovate your bathroom in the future.
Examples of bathroom fixtures:
- Basin or sink
A bathtub is a bathroom fixture that adds elegance to your space and can also be the centrepiece of your bathroom. A bathtub may seem unnecessary, especially if you are working with less space, but it should be considered.
Bathtub faucets add elegance to your bathroom and also become your centrepiece. There are hundreds of bathroom faucet options with the same function dedicated to bath filling.
Types of bathtub faucets:
- Wall-mount faucet: This type of faucet is fixed to the wall and not to the floor or bathtub. It provides a common space around the edge of the bathtub. These faucets come in a variety of styles and aesthetic finishes and vary in price. The appearance of faucets protruding from the wall can also be quite appealing. Their installation is a bit tricky.
- Deck mount bathtub faucet: Deck-mounted faucets are attached to a block of wood, porcelain, or stone. They are attractive and offer freedom of placement. These types of faucets give you more freedom to place your bathroom wherever you want, and they are perfectly compatible with most bathroom types. They are easy to install, but they usually cost a little more than many others.
- Roman bathtub faucet: Roman bathtub taps required three holes to be drilled in the bathtub wall, except that the faucet has several handle options to suit your bathroom style.
- Freestanding bathtub faucet: These faucets are loosely positioned and are designed for bathtubs that do not have a pre-drilled hole. They are also known as floor-mounted faucets as they are attached to the floor and hang over the bathtub wall. So they can be placed anywhere.
The most common type of toilet is the closed coupled toilet; It is a single unit that sits on the floor, and the cistern sits at the top of the bowl. If you are looking for space-saving measures, you should consider a wall-mounted, fully enclosed toilet with the back of the toilet fully leaning against the wall.
A wall-hung toilet is seated with a cistern inside the wall with only the bowl protruding out. Wall-hung toilets give the bathroom a modern look and are much easier to clean than closed-coupled toilets. Wall-hung toilets are more modern and minimalistic, take up less space in the bathroom and give aesthetic cleanliness and area.
Basin or sink:
When entering the bathroom, the first thing you come across is the sink. The sink is the focal point of the bathroom that needs attention. Different types of sinks are used for various functions and available space in your bathroom.
Types of basins:
- Full-pedestal basin: A full pedestal basin is securely attached to the wall and can hide pipework and plumbing. It comes in a wide range.
- Semi pedestal basin: The semi-pedestal washbasin is also fixed to the wall and hides the pipework.
- Washstand: Ideal for traditional bathrooms, the washbasin has a beautiful classic look.
- Wall hung basin: They are great space savers when installing a new bathroom. Since they don't touch the floor, they create the illusion of more space in your bathroom. Wall-mounted is often fitted with a chrome-plated bottle trap underneath.
- Corner basins: Corner basins are designed to fit at right angles in most rooms. Corner basins are ideal for toilets or small bathrooms where a single space is available in the corner of the room. A corner basin, available in both forms- wall mounted and floor standing. It is an affordable solution for small spaces.
- Counter-top basin: It is usually placed on the top of the shelf and paired with a tall basin tap or wall-mounted basin tap. Because counter-top washbasins are not designed for a specific purpose, such as to save space or install in a corner, they come in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and great designs.
Bathing in the tub is always a luxury style, but the new trend is showers. This surprisingly affordable and compact technique does not require any floor space. This minimalist luxury bathroom adds value to your home and enhances your standard of living.
- Prefabricated Shower
- Custom Shower
- Rectangular Enclosure Shower
- Curved Enclosure Shower
- Corner Enclosure Shower
- Neo-Angle Enclosure Shower
- Bathtub-Shower Combinations
- Body Shower
- Shower Tower
- Waterfall Shower
A sink is not complete without a tap! Choosing the perfect washbasin or bathtub faucet in your bathroom is equally practical and elegant.
A single-hole faucet describes a single knob that adjusts the temperature of the water from hot to cold in a more modern style. The central tap is more traditional, with one tap for cold water and one for hot water. For an ultra-modern feel, you can choose a wall-mounted faucet.
There are several different types of bathroom taps available on the market, the size and shape of which suits your needs, and are listed below for your convenience:
- Mixer Taps
- Pillar Taps
- Deck Mounted Bath Filler Tap
- Bath Shower Mixer Taps
- Wall Mounted Taps
- Floor Mounted Taps
They are the things that are attached to the main parts of your bathroom fixture.
Examples of bathroom fittings:
- Toilet seat: One of the most common replacements in a bathroom is a toilet seat. Toilet seats are made primarily of thermoplastic or thermoset, both durable and resistant to stains and scratches.
- Shower curtains: Shower curtains are bathroom accessories designed to not only provide privacy but also prevent moisture. Shower curtains have a liner that retains water quite effectively.
- Toilet roll holder: It holds toilet paper. It should be located about 26 inches above the floor level.
- Soap dispenser: A soap dispenser is a device that can dispense a small amount of soap, which is usually enough for one use when activated. There are two types of soap dispensers available: manual and automatic: the manual soap dispenser is operated by a handle; Dispensers automatically dispense a small amount of soap when the palm is under them using the sensors.
- Soap holder: The soap dish holder is mainly fitted on the wall. The soap holder should be mounted on the same wall as the showerhead but 16-20 inches apart on each side of the showerhead.
- Detachable shelves: We often have cabinets in the bathroom for storing things, which makes it more congested. To eliminate this, you can opt for Detachable shelves. You can use the extra space under the sink or in the corners. For storing toiletries, towels, or any jewellery, this gives you a neat bathroom.
- Freestanding or wall mounted bathroom fitted furniture:
Bathroom accessories can include various furniture items,
- Mirror cabinets:
The bathroom mirror cabinet serves two purposes, as it also provides additional storage space. It can contain ingredients such as creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, hairspray, etc. It makes them easier to access.
- Vanity units:
Available in different sizes, styles, materials, and functions, you can choose from a vanity unit with mirrors, lights, or storage boxes.
A vanity unit is a plane surface with a basin on top and cupboard space underneath. They provide extra storage and hide drain pipes that can ruin the aesthetics of your bathroom design.
- Vanity units can have different names that can be confusing. You can find alternatives such as under-sink cabinets, washbasin cabinets, or bathrooms with vanity units.
Types of vanity units:
- Wall-hung vanity unit:These models provide space between the floor and the appliance. This may be an aesthetic consideration, but it also provides a neat hiding place under cleaning products.
- Corner vanity unit:Perfectly fitting into the corner of your bathroom, these cabinets take up a lot of space but offer all the storage benefits.
- Freestanding vanity unit:These units have an unconnected base, making them the centrepiece of your bathroom. Attach it in front of a mirror to take advantage of all the features they offer.
A well-lit bathroom is always appreciated. It can make your space look more elegant and graceful while creating a more positive atmosphere. With the best lighting solutions, you can create an impressive atmosphere. Choose pendant lights above your bathtub or dressing table for an extra chic look. Built-in shelves are all that stand out and are mostly used in modern bathroom styles.
The light that shines under the sink and dressing table also adds drama, creating the illusion of more. You can also opt for an illuminated mirror that looks great when placed.
Many people find it tough to choose the perfect light for their bathroom. It is important to note that bathrooms come in numerous designs, styles, and sizes, and not all lighting types are suitable for all bathrooms.
There are some essential tips that all homeowners should keep in mind while choosing the types of light for their bathroom.
- Focus on Ceiling Lights: First, it is essential to focus on the ceiling light and lower it down.
- Perfect balance: If you are looking for a combination of light sources for your bathroom, you must find the perfect balance.
- Moderation is key: Many people often go overboard with bathroom lighting intending to create the perfect light. Dozens of different pop-up lamps can make your bathroom look very flashy.
Try to achieve a moderation that can be achieved through balanced lighting.
Types of light fixtures
- Pendant lights: Pendant lights are ceiling lighting fixtures. They are usually suspended with metal rods, ropes, or chains. They are so named because they float from the ceiling like a pendant hanging from a necklace.
- Wall sconces: >As the name suggests, it is a type of light that attaches to a wall. This type of light only uses a wall bracket and does not have a base on the ground.
- Vanity lighting:
When it comes to lighting and illumination, the bathroom vanity is often overlooked. It is a specific part of the room, and for some people, it is the main centre of their daily life, accustomed to personal grooming and self-care.
- Mirror lights: The mirror light is a stylish and special light fixture specially designed for bathroom or bedroom mirrors. You can place lights around the mirror, or you can purchase a bathroom mirror with recessed lights. There are many types of mirror lights that you can buy for your bathroom.
- Track lights: This is a specialised lighting fixture attached to the wall or ceiling of a room with separate ends or series-connected light fixtures. Track lights are connected to a tracking device that has electrical conductors.
- Chandelier: Like pendant lights, chandeliers are light fixtures that are also suspended from the ceiling. They are also known as candelabra lamps and are commonly attached to walls and ceilings.
There are three types of Chandelier lights
- LED strip lighting:
It is one of the modern and versatile lighting fixtures commonly found in modern homes.
LED strips are an excellent choice for bathroom lighting. They look beautiful and bright when placed around the ceiling, and they also provide a lot of light.
- Ceiling lamp: Ceiling lights should be the most common fixture in most modern or traditional bathrooms. They are compact, small, and simple and provide enough light to illuminate an entire space.
- Ceiling lights: These are commonly known as recessed lighting, which you will see in most bathrooms these days.
Everything that you needed about bathroom fixtures and installation has now been completed. Now we reach the most exciting part about building your own home, i.e. guidelines to paint the house. You get to choose the paint and do it yourself!