Basic comforts 

Ventilation, heating and lighting are vital to get right if you want a bathroom that’s comfortable to be in. That’s because poor or underpowered lighting will make the experience miserable, as will a cold or stuffy bathroom.  

Accommodating wiring isn’t usually as inconvenient as accommodating pipework but, again, having a precise location of where everything is to go is essential as it will have a knock on effect on first fix. 

      Think of everything from electric showers, to mirrors with bluethooth speakers. Also bear in mind a lot of furniture now comes with integrated lighting. 

      Some things can be retrofitted, such as speakers into ceiling LED light fittings, but if you want to avoid a patch job or being told you can’t fit the backlit mirror you wanted, plan early.  


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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