If you’re on a tight budget you’ll want to keep your existing water inlet and waste outlet locations exactly where they are. This is because moving any plumbing or drainage lines can be quite costly – particularly if concrete slab floors or masonry-type walls are a feature of your renovation project.

If you have a little more to invest, you might like to move your plumbed items into more convenient or better-suited positions. You can start by using our Free Bathroom Planner. Simply outline your existing bathroom space to scale on the grid, mark any fixtures, and cut-out representative items. You will soon see which items fit best, and where it’s best to place them.

Some key points to remember with planning for functionality and future home resale value:

  • It’s best to avoid a straight-ahead view of the toilet when the bathroom door is open.
  • Watch for conflicts between opening doors, vanity drawers and shower screens.
  • If you’d like a freestanding bath, you’ll need enough space around it for cleaning.
  • Having a shower over the bath is practical, versatile, low-cost, and space-saving.
  • Small bathrooms and ensuites may have just a wet room or shower recess – no bath.
  • Homes should have a bath for resale reasons if possible (preferred for young kids).
  • Semi-frameless shower screens are not just more attractive but much easier to clean.
  • Combine a rail shower with overhead rain shower for all modern showering options.
  • Wall-mounted vanities and toilets make any bathroom look more spacious.
  • Double basins add convenience and value to main bathrooms and larger ensuites.
  • Wet rooms are more spacious and streamlined than traditional shower cubicles.
  • Larger bathrooms with freestanding baths and big wet rooms add the most value.