Polokwane (the Sotho word for "place of safety") is the capital of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The city is also commonly known by its former name, Pietersburg, and was founded in 1886. History is visualised by historical structures in and around the city as well as the various statues – interestingly, Polokwane has more public sculptures per capita in its parks than anywhere else in the country.
The city is divided into 9 residential districts. Properties for sale in Polokwane range from low-cost housing to gated communities such as Cycad Estate and Woodlands. The average estimated value of a house in Polokwane is about R840 000; apartments' prices are not much lower, coming in at R800 000.
Whereas a regular interior designer will provide design services for all room types, a bathroom designer will specialise in the bathroom. Similar to the way in which a Kitchen Planner will focus exclusively on the kitchen of a design / renovation project. That means a bathroom designer has more knowledge on finishes and fixtures related to the bathroom, such as plumbing layouts.
Although a bathroom designer won't physically take on the task of a bathroom renovation (they will work with contractors and other professionals for such projects), they are definitely invaluable when it comes to providing advice for the right kind of flooring, window treatment, colour palettes, an appropriate layout (as in where to place the tub and sink) for a more functional space, etc.
A new bathroom design offers up heaps of advantages, such as more space, higher practicality, and a more visually pleasing look. And since a bathroom is one of the first spaces potential buyers look at when viewing a house, the right bathroom design can also increase your home's value.
➣ Look at their experience
When searching for a bathroom designer in Polokwane, for instance, you want to know about their past projects and how they relate to yours. A professional who has only done minor touch-ups for bathrooms (like changing decorations) is probably not the right one for a project that entails ripping out an existing bathroom and replacing it with a brand-new design.
➣ Search for a wide range of services
When looking for a company in Polokwane specialising in bathroom designs, keep in mind what your specific project entails. A lot of bathroom design projects also require fitters, plumbers, plasterers, tilers, and more. The secret is to make use of a professional who already have the rest of the required tradesmen in-house, or have the resources to obtain them.
➣ Make sure you are comfortable with them
Working with any professional (from an Architect and interior designer to an electrician and bathroom designer) is a working relationship. You are bringing another person (or group of people, depending on the size of your project) into your home, which means you need to be very comfortable with them. Make sure you know where you stand with the professionals and their contractors before the job starts – is everything properly explained, will they clean up after themselves, what will happen if something is damaged, etc.
➣ Always obtain detailed quotes
The last thing you want when it becomes time to pay the professionals is for hidden costs to jump out. Thus, always make sure a detailed quotation (listing all the costs for the project's activities, naming the type of fixtures to be used, what services are included in terms of tiling or decorating, etc.) is provided before the job starts.
➣ Make sure they know the relevant building regulations
While it is always a good idea to be aware of relevant building regulations that might apply to your project, it is crucial that the bathroom designer (and his team of tradesmen) is aware of them. When meeting with the professionals before the project, get them to explain any possible considerations that might affect your project, and how they will handle them. And be sure to ask about planning permission – usually, this is not required for a simple bathroom renovation, but your bathroom designer should know enough to confirm why it is not needed. That way, you can be 100% confident in your team's knowledge and compliance, which will put you at ease about your forthcoming bathroom project.