Situated in the north of Johannesburg, Diepsloot is a densely populated township. What makes its location unique is that it is not far away from much more wealthy suburbs such as Dainfern and Steyn City.
Diepsloot was originally established in 1995 as a transit camp for some of the people who had been removed from Zevenfontein (informally known as eSgodiphola), which was a squatter camp right next to Chartwell since the late 1980s.
Modern-day Diepsloot is in the newly formed Region A (formerly regions 1 and 2) of Johannesburg. The area consists of:
Many of the Diepsloot residents (about 45.5%) rent their property from a landowner who has subdivided their land.
Today, Diepsloot is inhabited by about 140 000 people. Many of the residents (about 45.5%) rent their property from a landowner who has subdivided their land.
Similar to how a Kitchen Planner plans and executes the designs of new kitchens, so does a Bathroom designer focus on the new look and added functionality of a bathroom. Bathroom Designers are considered specialists within the interior design profession.
The daily tasks of a Bathroom Designer will vary considerably from project to project, but might include generating sketches of designs for new clients, presenting 3D renderings to existing clients, taking care of plumbing issues, shopping with customers for new vanities, tiles and bathroom sinks, or overseeing the construction of a new bathroom space as their design is implemented.
Aspiring Bathroom Designers usually complete a bachelor's degree in interior design, and then take on relevant programmes and courses to specialise in the bathroom area. Bathroom Designers also need to understand the fundamentals of electric- and plumbing systems used in bathrooms.
Most of us have no trouble envisioning what our dream bathrooms would look like – and that image is so different for everyone. But before you hop online to scope out possible Bathroom Designers in your area, there are a few things you should know about your dream bathroom (and your existing one).
Some questions that a Bathroom Designer will possibly ask you during your initial meeting can include:
➣ How much available space do you have?
Since bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, your designer will definitely want to know what he/she will possibly be working with so they can start playing with ideas. Thus, before your meeting, take a few minutes to measure your bathroom (width and height), take note of what is currently there, if there's room for additional elements (like a shower or double sink), etc.
➣ Do you have enough storage or do you need more?
Usually when there's an extra cabinet or few shelves outside the bathroom (like the hallway or in a guest bedroom), most of us aren't too concerned with upping a bathroom's storage space. However, if you don't have a linen closet that's big enough to hold those extra towels, toilet paper and other bathroom goodies, you may want to mention to your Bathroom Designer that you could do with some extra storage space. Fortunately, there exists various options, from built-in cabinetry to floating shelves, but you designer will require your existing bathroom's measurements to start drafting rough ideas.
➣ Do you have a shower, a tub, or both?
Most bathrooms aren't big enough to accommodate both a tub and shower (which, of course, is why so many people opt for a bathroom renovation). And which one of these you opt for will depend on your lifestyle. A young couple might be fine with a tub, but a family with busy youngsters might require both in order to save on bathroom time – and an additional bathroom, for that matter. Be sure to inform your designer what you currently have and what you would like to have post-design.
➣ How is your bathroom shaped?
It's not uncommon for bathrooms to be constructed around other areas of the house, which could result in some very quirky corners and funny layouts. Even though your Bathroom Designer will visit your home to scope out the space themselves, it doesn't hurt to give them an idea of what to expect. If possible, take some photographs of your bathroom along to your initial meeting with the designer.
➣ Which features do you value most?
Apart from choosing between a shower and tub, chances are that you'll also be asked to make a decision on various other elements in your new bathroom depending on your budget, available space, and the scope of the renovation. If a luxurious shower, for instance, is your dream goal, then hold on to it and be sure to inform the designer, but be prepared that you might have to wave goodbye to something else (like a double vanity) if your space doesn't allow for it.
➣ Do you require a seat in your shower?
Opting for a shower seat might mean giving up on a bathtub, as is the case with residences for older folk / those who are mobile impaired. Consider the future of your home and bathroom before meeting with a designer – are you planning on selling it sooner rather than later, do you know if the bathroom will be used by an older person, etc.
Before you consult with a professional Bathroom Designer, see The homify guide to choosing a bathroom cabinet to help inspire you for your new bathroom space.