Bathroom design guide

Bath regulations

Bath regulations

There are a few different regulations relating to the way that baths need to be installed. These include rules about the quality and manufacture of the bathtub itself - it has to be built to Australian Standards.

Waterproofing and tiling

How to tile and waterproof a bathroom

Find out more about how waterproofing and tiling are done to ensure that they meet the relevant Australian Standards.

Temperature controllers

These devices allow you to automatically set the exact temperature of water from a given tap, and in some cases even to specify to what level a bath or sink should be filled.

Hot water recirculation system

Hot water recirculation systems

Also known as 'comfort pumps', these systems pump hot water through your pipes to ensure that it's always available when and where you need it.

Cold water diverter

Cold water diverters

In most plumbing setups, it takes a while for hot water to reach the hot tap when it's turned on. Cold water diverters recycle the cold water which would otherwise pour down the drain in this time.

Where should hot water systems be installed?

Where should hot water systems be installed?

The position of your hot water system relative to your taps is vital to your system's efficiency. Find out how best to plan your layout, and what to consider when space is limited.

Bathroom lighting

Bathrooms require good task lighting for practicality and safety, but it needs to be designed in such a way as to avoid glare from mirrors.

Traps, drains and wastes

How to clean and maintain taps and wastes

There's nothing worse than a leaky tap - except perhaps a dirty and leaking tap. Find out how to clean and maintain your fittings.

Available space and position for fittings

How you select fittings will have a lot to do with the amount of space available, as well as what you do with it.

Waterproofing of bathroom fittings

Waterproofing is a crucial element in bathrooms - particularly vital when it comes to plumbing and electrical fittings.

Bathroom floor heating

How to heat your bathroom

Depending on where you live and how you heat the rest of your house, you may need extra heating in your bathroom.

Performance considerations for bathroom fittings

Before going wild with the aesthetic choices available in your fittings, you need to know what practical considerations should guide your choices.

Maintenance of bathroom fittings

Keeping your fittings clean and gleaming will really make them stand out, and if you’ve put any amount of time into your bathroom design, they will be one of the key features that people will notice.

Soap dishes and recesses

Nobody likes to drop the soap. Ensuring that you have somewhere to put it is not complicated, but it's good to know what your options are.

Traps, drains and wastes

Traps, drains and wastes

Also called drains and plugholes, wastes are the grills through which water is drained as it leaves your bathroom. Find out what variations exist for wastes.

Heat lamp and exhaust fan

Electrical fittings and outlets

The right electrical fittings and outlets will provide a nice complement to the rest of your design.

Towel rail

Towel rails

Towel rails come in a range of styles and fashions to suit whatever décor you've chosen for your bathroom.

How to choose a shower head

How to choose a shower head

The business end of the shower. Shower heads are often the most decorative aspect of a shower, as well as being vitally important to the shower's functionality.

Types and styles of taps

Types and styles of taps

Taps can come in matching bathroom sets, but can also be mixed and matched to great effect.

Sauna maintenance

Sauna maintenance

Caring for saunas isn't that complicated. For the most part, it comes down to knowing how to clean up after yourself, and what sorts of things you need to avoid.