Bathroom Renovation Planning

Bathroom Renovation Planning

The series of articles from the Style Plus design team look at key aspects of bathroom renovation planning. And what is undertaken during a typical renovation of a mid-sized bathroom.

Bathroom Renovation Planning

ELECTRICAL DESIGN FOR YOUR BATHROOM RENOVATION

When renovating your bathroom there are a number of key design points to consider. Four of the most common electrical design topics are:

• power point
• lighting
• heating
• ventilation

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WHAT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES DO YOU USE IN THE BATHROOM?

Power point placement and how many you require are important considerations when renovating you bathroom. It is very easy to underestimate your needs.

Hand-powered grooming and cleaning tools are being replaced by high-tech, electrical devices. So try to take stock of bathroom appliances present and future while planning your bathroom renovation.

While planning your bathroom renovation consider whether electric powered devices will be run simultaneously. If this is the case, more circuits and power points can be added to accommodate the load.

For example;

  • Do you have two teens that are likely to be running hair dryers at the same time?
  • Do they also need a curling iron or hair straightener plugged-in and heating up while they are drying their hair?

Plan your power points accordingly.

If you like clean lines, you can improve the aesthetics of your bathroom by placing a number of power outlets in cupboards, cabinets or vanities.

For smaller bathrooms this may be a useful option where space is at a premium. Regular power outlets that are not installed inside cabinets are also useful when placed in optimal locations.

Plan with aesthetics in mind. Small details have a large impact in bathroom design. When planning power point placement there are three options to consider:

  • conceal
  • camouflage
  • complement

Sometimes all three options are taken.

The way power points need to be mounted and what protection is required is set out very specifically in AS/NZS 3000:2007. Your licensed electrical subcontractor should be completely familiar with all of rules and conventions.

If you do require an electrician, contact Style Plus and we will arrange for a qualified and experienced electrician to contact you and discuss your requirements.

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