When designing a new bathroom, it’s easy to fall into the trap of hiring expensive designers, or trying to do it all yourself. Sometimes, though, the best professional for the job is the one you’re most likely to overlook: your local plumber. Most people aren’t aware that plumbers can offer design services, but when it comes to reliability, craftsmanship, and cost, a plumber can design the bathroom that will best fit your needs now, and for years to come.
Years of Experience
A good plumber will have long experience with the water in your area, and the most frequent causes of trouble down the road. Is the mineral content of your tap water likely to clog that designer shower head you’ve been eyeing? And if so, what can be done about it? Your plumber will know. He or she will have enough experience with plumbing fixtures to have developed clear favourites, and will be able to recommend brands with a proven record of reliability.
And thanks to all that experience, your new sanitary ware and fixtures will be installed quickly, and done right the first time.
For a bathroom to truly be a refuge from the world, it should reflect your own unique aesthetic. And while most people wouldn’t think to put ‘plumbers’ and ‘aesthetic’ in the same sentence, they, more than anyone else, see the best and worst of bathroom design. They have extensive knowledge of the ways in which design and function complement each other, as well as the ways in which they can be at odds.
Whatever your dream bathroom looks like, a skilled plumber will know how best to make that dream a reality.
Ease of Maintenance
There’s one simple truth you have to consider: no bathroom stays perfect forever. At some point, your toddler is going to play the ‘How many things can I flush down the toilet?’ game, or your brother-in-law will decide to ‘help’ with a home renovation project and end up pouring jointing compound down your sink. At some point, you will need to call a plumber… and when you do, it’ll be quicker, easier, and cost you less if the plumber you hire for repairs is already familiar with your bathroom.
By choosing a trusted and experienced tradesman to design your new bathroom, you ensure that when there’s a problem, the person who comes to fix it already has detailed knowledge of what he or she is going to be working with. That familiarity saves time and reduces frustration for you and your plumber.
In addition to all of the above, there’s also the question of cost. Most plumbers provide bathroom design services at a very reasonable cost, and also receive supplier discounts and extended warranties on building materials that aren’t available to the average consumer. Those savings get passed on to you, giving you high quality fixtures at a much lower cost than you’d find anywhere else, as well as a professional installation.
In short, whether you’re on a budget, concerned about reliability and maintenance, or simply looking for someone with the most experience in bathroom installation and design, skip the overpriced designer, and call your plumber.
If you already have a good relationship with your existing plumber, ask whether they offer bathroom design services, If you’re looking for a new plumber, there are several companies like Bluewater Plumbers who post design information on their websites to help you make the best possible decision for your home.