Once you’re done with sourcing ideas and getting inspiration for your renovation project, you’ll now need to draw up your bathroom floor plans.
This is the start of Stage 2: Planning and it’s the process where you literally sift through your wishlist and work out where everything will appear in your new bathroom – to the centimetre!
Rule number 1- you always need a plan to work off so that you can be organized for success. Here are 3 ways that you can go about organizing your plans or sketches.
How To Do Your Bathroom Floor Plans
Below I’ve outlined three options ranging from hiring someone, using online software, and even simple hand drawings.
Option 1: Pay to have your plans drawn by a draftsman, architect or interior designer
Paying a professional to design your plans and sketches can be one of the best ways to kick off your bathroom renovation. But it will also be the most expensive option.
If you are time poor and don’t have the confidence to draw something yourself (which are some of the other options below), then this would be the most stress free route.
The level to which you engage someone to help you out is entirely up to you. On the higher end you may pay someone to draw your plans and make all your selections (i.e tiles, plumbing fittings, joinery paint etc). Or on the lower end, it may just be a simple sketch of the room and the rest is up to you.
If you decide to go for option 1 there are a number of sites where you can find a professional depending on what part of the world you are from.
Below are some examples of a few links that may help.
Option 2: Draw your own bathroom floor plans with an online software package
There are certainly a tonne of different software packages out there that you could use. Some of them are great – but others are, well… crap! Here are my top picks.
- The easiest online platform to use when you have no experience at all. It features drag and drop icons that can be used in your bathroom layout.
- Includes free and paid versions.
- Check out: edrawsoft.com/template-simple-bathroom-design.
- If you want to see how it all works have a peek at this tutorial: edrawsoft.com/floor-plan-tutorial
- Similar to Edraw but a little harder to navigate around the program.
- Includes a 7day free trial, then paid only. Check out: smartdraw.com
- Here are some samples: smartdraw.com/bathroom-plan/examples
- A very powerful 3D modelling program.
- Can come in handy to draw details if 3D visualisation is needed.
- Note: This program has a big learning curve and will take a lot of study to go through the video tutorials and learn. Certainly not recommended for the beginner.
- There are free and paid versions. Check out: sketchup.com
Option 3 – Draw your own plans by sketching out a scale diagram on paper, and then scanning and saving
This option is the most ‘hands-on’! Depending on how you’re going to use it, you can be as precise or as rough as need be.
If you’re going to be doing most of the work yourself then you’ll want to be as bang on with measurements as possible. On the other hand, if you’ll be using a project manager/builder to do it for you – then a rough sketch is ok.
Its important to be accurate with all your measurements, so your bathroom floor plans match what you plan on building on site. For example, lengths and heights of walls, where vanities and basins will be positioned, taps, cabinets, light fittings, towel rails, toilets etc all need to be carefully positioned and marked down on plan.
Keep in mind, the reason you’re scanning and saving your bathroom floor plans is so they can be emailed and reprinted. Don’t just make one copy!
Important tips to remember when drafting your plans with any of the above 3 options
If you decide to go with Option 2 or 3 then you’ll need to make sure you include the following in your bathroom floor plans:
- Plumbing layout for all services to be shown including heights of taps, mixers and spouts.
- Electrical layout to be shown for all light points including LED strip lighting, downlights, pendant fittings, exhaust fans, light switching points, power points, heated towel racks and under floor heating including thermostat locations.
- Tiling layout to be considered, will there be a step down in the shower, if so mark it on the plan. Will there be any feature walls? If so mark them on the plan as well. Is there a particular pattern you would like the tiles laid, i.e. brick pattern, diagonal? Where should cut tiles be placed, at the doorway, bath or other location? Thinking about the set out of tiles is important.
The above are just a few things to consider when drafting bathroom floor plans. Once you’re happy with the proposed plans it’s time to move onto the next part of Stage 2: Planning – the renovation project plan and creating a “Job Folder” Filing system.
To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.
If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!
Enjoy your renovation.
All the best,
CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process