The first choice you are likely to make is which sanitaryware?
White is the most practical choice as it doesn’t date and the look can be easily updated with differently coloured accessories.
However, more important than colour is texture. Bathroom specialists The Blue Tile Company, Exeter, Devon point out that among the design-conscious, wood, stone and glass are still best-sellers.
Next, you want to know if it’s all going to fit – so measure your room and compare it with the dimensions specified in the sales literature. Decide whether you prefer the fitted or freestanding look.
Wall-hung and back-to-wall WCs and bidets combine well with fitted furniture, offering a sleek finish, easy maintenance and maximum storage.
If you want a more free-and-easy approach, then choose a modular range of furniture that can be added to or updated as desired, or opt for units on castors for manoeuvrability.
Give some thought to pipework – do you want to conceal it under the floor or behind boxing?
“Bear in mind, the waste pipe for a freestanding bath should run in the same direction as the joists”, says Dale Courtman of the Institute of Plumbing, “or you’ll need to cut through them, which could weaken the floor."
Perhaps you would prefer wall panelling, which disguises pipework behind streamlined false walls as well as providing the perfect surface for hanging wall-hung sanitaryware and furniture.
Alternatively, you could make a virtue of pipes by placing them in full view – in which case you’ll need copper rather than plastic pipes.