As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is the country's legislative capital and primate city of the Western Cape province. South Africa's parliament is located in Cape Town, and it is known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, playing its part as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.
One of Cape Town's most enticing elements is its variety of architectural structures, a stunning juxtaposition of old and new, of the historic and the modern. Visitors to Cape Town can catch glimpses of anything from colonial-era villas and museums to trendy new boutique hotels and houses, and everything in between.
Some examples of Cape Town's eye-catching architecture include the Belmond Mount Nelson, a stately throwback to the city's early days as a shipping port; and Zeitz MOCAA, the first major museum dedicated to contemporary African art.
A bathroom designer plans and executes the design of a bathroom. This is a speciality within the Interior Design profession. The daily tasks of a bathroom designer might include:
A bathroom designer needs to equally focus on a bathroom's visual aesthetics and functionality; thus, they also work with large, important appliances (such as toilets, bathtubs and showers) in addition to bathroom furnishings and décor.
Storage is another crucial area that bathroom designers focus on, which is why they are up-to-date with bathroom furniture like cabinets, cupboards, floating shelves, etc.
The importance of bathroom materials is also a vital component of a bathroom designer's job, as clients need to be informed about what type of flooring (i.e. porcelain tiles, laminate wood) are best for bathrooms, what sort of wall tiles, wallpaper or paint will best complement their bathroom's design, etc.
1. What is my budget?
In order to come up with the best possible design for your bathroom, the designer will need to know how much money you are willing to spend. If this is established before the renovation / design starts, you can maintain a hands-off approach without having to answer many financial questions.
2. What are my remodelling goals?
There are lots of different reasons why someone would want to renovate a bathroom. It could be to gain more space or storage, to give their outdated bathroom a new look, or to increase their home's value because they plan on selling it (a bathroom is one of the most important areas potential buyers will evaluate). Consider what your goal is before contacting a bathroom designer, as they will need this information to draw up their design.
3. What "look" do I want to go for?
You don't need to have a clear knowledge of the type of window treatment you want for your new bathroom, for instance, but you must have some sort of design in mind (like modern versus colonial). Articulating your vision, especially through visual imagery, helps to communicate what you want to your designer. Once they understand it, they have a better chance of coming up with a design you will approve of.
4. How do I want the space to function?
Is your bathroom the space where you spend only a few minutes each day, or is it a relaxing haven where you go to unwind (i.e. relaxing in a hot bath)? Your goals for the activities in the new space are important information for the bathroom designer.
5. Do I have any health concerns that might be impacted by the renovation?
With all the dust and debris in the air, a construction site could be difficult for those with health concerns. Inform your bathroom designer of any relevant conditions you might have, and check if there are any health precautions you should take beforehand.
6. What is my desired timeline?
When does your bathroom remodel need to be finished? You may need to adjust the type of design you want in order to fit your timeline, but be aware that your bathroom designer has a better understanding of renovations; thus, your timeline might not be practical in terms of what needs to be done.
7. What shape is my home in?
Essentially, your home should be ready for construction when you hire a bathroom designer, but it does happen that the professional comes across other necessary repairs in the middle of the remodel. Rather have the area inspected and take care of any outstanding issues before the project commences.
8. Will I need to relocate during the renovation?
Arranging other living accommodations, especially when you have only one bathroom, must occur before the bathroom designer is brought on board.
9. Who will use the new space?
Be sure to inform your bathroom designer who will make use of the new bathroom, as the designs and features for a bathroom used by old people will differ considerably from one intended for a family with young children.
10. How will we communicate?
If you don't have the time to oversee the remodel process, be sure to set up proper communication channels between you and the designer that work for both parties, i.e. emails, phone calls, on-site meetings, etc.