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About the city

Known as the youngest town in South Africa, Welkom rapidly sprung up after gold was discovered on a farm (St Helena) in the area in 1947. The town has the proud distinction of growing at a faster rate than Johannesburg, which is about 260 km away. In 1968, Welkom was officially declared a city.

Another feature which makes Welkom stand out among other South African towns / cities is its unique system of traffic circles – it as more than any other region in the country. Even in modern-day Welkom, only a few traffic lights exist in the city.

In terms of historical structures, Welkom has several monuments, including the Afrikaans Language Monument, the WWII Monument, and the Museum of Welkom (where the library documents Welkom's gold discovery, the town's history, plus the bird- and animal life indigenous to this region).

Why is it important to hire a bathroom designer?

While nobody will force you to employ a bathroom designer for a remodel, there is definitely a reason why these professionals are so popular.

1.    They will scrutinise every detail and ensure it's of the highest quality. A lot of people can easily handle new window treatment or floor tiles for a bathroom, but there are lots of things which should be left to the professionals. Bathroom designers are trained to not only focus on visual aesthetics, but also to consider the technical details to ensure the end result is safe and functional. In the end, making use of a professional bathroom designer (who is trained on building codes and knows more about electrical wiring and plumbing than the average person) is the best way to avoid future costly mistakes.

2.    They will complete the project on time and budget. Depending on the type of bathroom design / remodel you require, it could take quite some time. And tackling such a huge undertaking on one's own could result in disaster in terms of scheduling the necessary work while maintaining a normal daily routine (i.e. going to work). But when you hire a bathroom designer, you employ a professional who knows exactly how to manage a project, what to prioritise, how to source what, and how to work with costs and budgets. This means less worry for you in terms of getting the job done, the work affecting your schedule, and dealing with unexpected costs.

3.    They will save you time and money. The bathroom is one of the most important (and frequently used) rooms in the home. Thus, it's always advisable to invest in the sort of quality that will keep up with your daily routine (i.e. morning showers and shaving, relaxing baths in the evening). If you think that going the DIY route will save on time and costs, you could set yourself up for gigantic disappointment. True, while you may save a bit doing certain tasks yourself (like taking care of the bathroom décor), technical knowledge still plays a vital role when it comes to bathroom designing. Rather avoid expensive recurrent repairs in the future by investing in a true professional in the present.

5 Questions your bathroom designer might ask you

You may definitely have some queries for the professional who will be working on your bathroom design / remodel, but keep in mind that they will also need information from you to do their job. Some important questions that might need answering include the following:

1.    Do you need a shower or tub? Or both? Consider your household – the bathroom usage and schedule of a home with lots of children will differ considerably from one occupied by a single adult. And if space is an issue, it might be best to consider a luxurious shower instead.

2.    Do you need a double vanity? A bathroom with a double vanity allows multiple individuals to make use of the space simultaneously. And remember that vanities don't need to be placed side by side. If your bathroom is oddly shaped or has a weird size, ask your bathroom designer to consider two separate vanities.

3.    Would a separate water closet (toilet) be useful? A shower or tub might only get used daily, but that toilet will definitely see more action, particularly in large households. And in many master bathrooms, modern homeowners are opting for a separate, closed-off room for just the toilet. This leaves the rest of the bathroom free to be used by another individual. Consider how this will impact your lifestyle.

4.    What storage do you need in your new bathroom? From toiletries and medication to cleaning supplies and linens, draw up a list of all the stuff you need to store in your bathroom. This will determine the type of elements the bathroom designer needs to incorporate in his/her design (i.e. floating shelves vs. a floor-to-ceiling cupboard). Bear in mind that lots of modern storage spaces (like wall niches) are also considered trendy decoratives. (Read more: The homify guide to choosing a bathroom cabinet)

5.    How long will you be staying in your home? If this is your forever home, you may need to consider elements for future use like grab bars, shower seats / benches, or a walk-in shower. And if you are planning on selling your house in the near future, the bathroom designer needs to incorporate trendy-yet-functional features in his/her design to communicate with potential buyers.

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