Perhaps you have visited someone’s house recently, and been consumed with envy at their stunning bathroom. You realise that your own bathroom is the same as it was 20 years ago, and decide to transform it into a more comfortable, relaxing and pleasant place to be. The trouble is that most of the work involved in transforming a bathroom involves electricity, and with a lot of water around as well, that makes a potentially dangerous combination.
Of course, any ambitious ideas you may have for your bathroom have to be limited by the space available — most bathrooms aren’t exactly roomy. You may of course be fortunate enough to have a spare bedroom you can turn into a bathroom and start it from scratch, but if you are like most people, you have to start with what you have. So a double or triple sink with individual sink lights, or a walk-in shower in addition to the bath, may not be possible.
One way you can really effect a transformation in your bathroom is by lighting. You no longer need to be content with a single pendant light hanging from the ceiling — in fact, spotlights set into the ceiling are a much better idea. They look more attractive and are safer as well. You can put them on a dimmer switch to help you enjoy relaxing in the bath or shower.
If you have space for a separate shower, an electric shower is easy to install, and very economical to run. However, it requires its own electrical circuit, so the cost of installing it will depend on whether it is necessary to update your fuse box. Building regulations also require an extractor fan to be installed, if you don’t have one already.
There are other ways too for making your bathroom more comfortable, or even luxurious. If you have a tiled floor, underfloor heating can make it much more pleasant to step out of the bath or shower. This needs a wall-mounted thermostat, linked to a heat sensing probe under the floor. You may even fancy a spa bath, with pumps fixed under the bath to an isolator switch outside the door. Both these installations need RCD protection.
Faulty electrical work is dangerous anywhere, but in the bathroom it can be catastrophic. Because of this, any work you have done in the bathroom has to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations, and the easiest way to ensure that you keep legal is to use an expert electrician who is registered with NICEIC or a similar body. This way you can not only take pleasure in your new-look bathroom, but relax in it in total safety.
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