These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on your bathroom renovation in Dubai
So you’ve taken the plunge and you’ve bought your own property in the UAE. It’s in budget, it’s a good size, and it’s close to work. It’s perfect.
Well, almost. There’s just the small matter of renovating the bathrooms. The current ones aren’t bad, but they aren’t you had in mind for when you actually owned your house, as the originals are generally poorly designed, dark and a bit dated.
Before you dive head-first into an endless home-improvement project, have a look at these top tips from The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company. The Big Fitout specialises in bathroom and kitchen renovations, and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas (as the pictures here show). As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.
Let’s get to it.
Hire a professional
You may be tempted to take the DIY route, and depending on how skilled you are, that could very well be feasible. But a professional will always do a better job. Ideally, you want a company that will understand the look and feel that you want from your bathroom, and then create a design that fits the brief. Opt for someone who’s willing to show you in-depth designs and 3D models before the renovation has even begun, and has demonstrated an ability to follow through on those designs with previous projects.
Have a plan and stick to it
This is where having a professional on board really pays dividends. If your designing and 3D modelling is done correctly, you’ll have the perfect blueprint for a brand-new bathroom. And you’ll know exactly how much the renovation will cost, what materials you’ll need, the sort of labour you’ll be using, and how long the whole thing will take. Deviating from the plan is how many projects turn sour, so it’s worth spending a little bit of extra time (and money if necessary) to get this part right.
Try to keep the plumbing where it is
We all want lavish bathrooms with walk-in showers and enormous free-standing bathtubs, but the reality is that these things don’t come cheap. In some homes, you may have to largely stick to the overall layout of your bathroom due to structural limitations. Also if you are trying to minimise the project costs then relocating plumbing should be limited, which means your bath, shower, sinks and toilet all need to pretty much stay where they are. Don’t worry, though; a good fitout company will be able to transform your bathroom even if there are tight parameters to work within.
Let there be light
If your bathroom already features a large window letting sunlight in, you’ll want to maximise the effect that it has. In the design stage, think about the most-used areas of the bathroom, and ensure that those areas have direct line of sight to the window. And if you don’t have a big window, consider creating one (if you’re allowed to by the community management). Another common issue with bathrooms in the UAE is that a lot of walls have been constructed as part of the design which are non-structural. So by removing these completely or replacing them with glass panels, you can bring more light in, increase the floor space and improve the overall felling of space within the room. Finally, investing in high-quality light bulbs, fixtures and fittings is recommended – they’ll create an aura of luxury that you never knew you could live without.
Consider your materials
Glass, marble, slate and tile tend to be the most popular materials used in bathrooms in the Middle East, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the status quo. In Europe and the United States, for example, quartz stone, ceramic, porcelain and wood-effect tiles are used to stunning effect in bathrooms and are generally a lot more durable in the long term. Speak with your fitout provider about alternative materials that will create a unique feel in your bathroom and look as good in five years’ time as they do today.
Don’t scrimp on the final touches
In the long run, it’ll be the little things that make the biggest difference in your new bathroom. After all, your new bathroom is designed to be used, not just looked at. Be willing to splash out a little when it comes to the taps, fixtures and fittings. You’ll thank yourself a couple of years down the line when your bathroom is still a joy to use. It will also add to the value of your home if and when you decide to sell up.