Updating your washroom will make a huge impact on the overall usability of your building. Whether your building is a public facility or a commercial business, washrooms can be tailored to your exact usage requirements to create the perfect solution.
If your washroom has seen better days then it’s time to get back to the drawing board by undertaking a washroom refurbishment. Here are our top tips as experienced washroom installers to guide you on what to look out for.
Identify Your Current Pain Points
There are probably several reasons that spring to mind as to why your building needs a washroom refurbishment. Making a note of these will facilitate the best outcome of the project, since solving such issues will be made a priority by your installer.
First, think about the suitability of the space. The current provisions may not be suitable for the environment they are in such as a hospital, school or another type of public building. Such washrooms may require fewer touchpoints to comply with hygiene requirements. A lack of accessibility could be a problem too. Now is also a great time to rework the layout, if the current one doesn’t make the best use of the space. These days, washroom elements can be made to be sleeker especially if the space is tight.
If it’s been some time since your washroom was installed, it’s likely fairly dated in style. Modern commercial washroom design focuses on being efficient and economical, though it’s also possible to install luxury touches too. The colour scheme and materials can also be chosen to reflect the theme of the building or your company’s colours. Doing so will make the space more cohesive with the rest of your building.
The next stage will be to ascertain your budget for the project, in relation to the actual costs involved. No two washrooms cost the same, as it’s dependent on the size of the space, the amount of work involved and the level of spec you go for with the materials you use.
With any construction work you undertake, it’s always advisable to allow for a minimum 10% contingency in the budget, as there may be unforeseen costs depending on the complexity of the installation.
To make this stage more transparent, we offer a free quote on all our washroom refurbishment and installation projects.
Think about when the most convenient time would be to start your washroom refurbishment. For example, in a school, this would be the school holidays as this will cause the least disruption. If your washroom is the only facility in the building, you may need to do some forward planning if there’s a legal requirement to have washroom facilities on your premises, while they are out of action.
Your washroom installer will also give you an estimated time frame of when the work will be completed by. As with any renovation project, you should always allow for some flexibility where the time frame is concerned. That said, washrooms are usually fairly straightforward to install, especially when using professional contractors. You will be kept in the loop at all times so you know what to expect.
- Toilet cubicles
- Sinks/Vanity units
- Hand Dryers
There is a wide range of features to choose from for your washroom, even within each of the above categories. The type of style and design depends on your individual requirements. We would be more than happy to advise on the suitability of each feature within our initial consultation.
Take a medical facility washroom as an example. All of the features need to be easy to thoroughly disinfect each day. Plus, touchpoints need to be kept to a minimum. Energy-saving features within the hand dryers and lighting can also be incorporated to keep running costs down. But for a luxury office block, the brief could look totally different.
Washroom Refurbishment UK
Ready to get started with your washroom refurbishment? Whether you’re looking to keep things simple or go for something bold and ambitious, we will make your washroom refurbishment a reality.
Inspired Washrooms install across Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and the rest of the UK. We cover a range of different installation types, and we’d be happy to advise on the best solution to suit your needs.
With 15 years of commercial washroom experience, we’re ready and waiting to help you with your project! Please get in touch on 0115 811 4242 and we’ll be in touch.