5 Common Issues with On-Site Bathroom Construction

In commercial construction projects, bathrooms require a higher level of trade interaction when compared to other elements of the building. This alone can cause project developers and building teams to run into issues when constructing high quantities of bathrooms on-site. From finding enough skilled labor to coordinating all the materials that must go up the lift, simply getting the pieces in place to build can be headache inducing. But trade interaction is not the only reason bathrooms are considered one of the most problem-riddled parts of commercial builds. Here are a few other common issues that arise with the traditional approach, and how a prefab approach can help solve them.

Complexities with multi-sourced procurement: Given that bathrooms typically require the involvement of around 7 to 12 trades, contracts can be difficult to manage, as well as the source of miscommunication. From scheduling conflicts to price negotiations, working with this many sub-contractors can put a strain on projects with tight timelines.

Delays: Those who know the construction industry know how difficult it can be to keep projects moving. Things like harsh weather, limited skilled labor and material shortages are things that can all too easily halt a project’s momentum. And with the many complexities that already accompany completing bathrooms on-site, any delays can throw a wrench in the project’s scheduling and budget as a whole.

Quality Control: Traditionally built bathrooms require an intensive level of management and logistical planning. With so many different pieces at play, the quality of multi-sourced components can be uneven. This often means more time is spent having to go back and inspect each bathroom to make sure all materials and finishes are held and installed to the same quality standards.

Rework: As mentioned above, on-site bathroom construction typically requires anywhere from 7 to 12 different trades. With so many different trades moving in and out of such a small, confined space, this often causes damage to previously complete work. The bathroom punch list can cause developers hundreds of thousands of dollars in finance fees and lost revenue due to surplus labor, costly fixes and lost revenue when rework causes projects to open late.

Waste: When it comes to green building initiatives, bathrooms built on-site can pose a challenge to eco-friendly design goals. A simple lack in communication can result in the incorrect ordering of materials or an inefficient use of resources. Additionally, the more rework needed in bathrooms, the more waste increases through an accumulation of excess scraps.

How prefab can solve these issues

At SurePods, we work to largely eliminate these issues through our prefab bathroom pods that consolidate all the construction trades into one unit. Our modular bathrooms are easy to transport, place and connect, which helps save time and money, while maintaining high quality. Plus, with each pod built in a factory setting to individual project specifications, they arrive at the jobsite with all fixtures and finishes pre-installed and ready to go.

For more information on how our prefab process can help you avoid these issues, contacts us at: [email protected].

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Japandi Bathroom Ideas and Inspiration

>In this article, we talk about the latest trend to hit the world of bathroom interiors and all the Japandi bathroom ideas and inspiration you’ll ever need.

If you’re new to Japandi interiors, then get ready, because after reading this article you will be fully converted to Japan’s and Scandi’s new love child.

*Disclaimer* We can not be held responsible for the overwhelming feeling of needing to re-decorate.

Photo credit: @japandi.interior

What is Japandi?

Japandi is an interior hybrid that blends Japanese and Scandinavian styles. Influenced by the ancient Japanese idea of Wasbi-sabi, an aesthetic that appreciates beauty is ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Japandi also inherits the comfort and cosiness of ‘Hygge’ from Danish culture.

Together, forming a gorgeous yet minimal bathroom interior style we can’t get enough of, with an emphasis on finding beauty in simplicity.

Japandi wasbi-sabi bathroom
Photo credit: @liliinwonderland.fr Japandi Wasbi-sabi aesthetic

Danish, scandinavian bathroom
Photo credit: @www-momooze-com.cdn. Scandinavian Hygge Bathroom

How Do I Create a Japandi Inspired Bathrooms?

In order to create this new interior fusion, there are some key elements you need to consider. Form and function are a must when designing your new Japandi space.

To achieve a Japandi bathroom you need these six key elements:

Lavish texturesLow key lightingMinimal accessoriesNatural material particularly rustic elementsEarthy colour paletteClean and clear design

Now we know what ingredients we need to create the most perfect Japandi space, let’s take a look at the different concepts for your bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite.

Dark Japandi Bathroom

In this Japandi inspired bathroom, they have used their space expertly. Using dark textured walls and floor to create a natural stone like base. Pair your dark walls with a touch of rusticity to achieve a stark contrast, with a parting panel wall. This will nicely spilt the room whilst maintaining a beautiful open space.

Photo credit: @archilovers
Milano Ballam Wall Hung Toilet

Milano Stamford Washstand and basin

Milano Clarus - Mono Basin Tap

Milano Elizabeth Bathroom Mirror

Opting for clean lines and minimal accessories is two of the many components that makes this a beautiful Japandi space. When it comes to creating a dark Japandi style, including dark wood /oak vanity units is a great way to introduce a variety of textures.

Light and Minimal Japandi Bathroom

Light and minimal allows you to layer textures whilst keeping the room super simple and airy. Use crisp white walls to keep things looking clean, just as a Danish designer would. Add interest to your space with natural textures, and floating furniture. Remember less is ALWAYS more.

Photo credit: @Grohe
Milano Lurus - Floating Shelf and Countertop Basin

Milano Mirage - Wall Mounted Round Basin Mixer Tap

The key here is to avoid over cluttering with too many accessories, keep everything as minimal as possible. 

Your space should be as light as possible, try your best to keep as much natural light as possible. If this isn’t a do-able, opt for sleek lighting. Something that will keep your bathroom looking simple and soft, if you really want to emphasis the Japanese aesthetic, opt for symmetrical lights on either side of your mirror.

Monochrome Japandi Bathroom Suite

Not a fan of colour, no matter how subtle? Don’t worry, you can always go for a monochrome Japandi space. One of the staple features of Japandi design is contrast; therefore, choosing this yin and yang colour scheme will maintain the perfect balance.

Photo credit: @dotandpop
Milano Nero Thermostatic round shower

Milano Oxley - wall hung vanity unit

Milano Nero - Wall Mounted Tap

If you’re lacking colour, remember plants are your friend and should be used in large quantities to add biophilic touches.

Remember, texture is everything! – mix marble with fluted tiles, matt walls with textured floors. Go the extra monochrome mile with black brassware instead of chrome.

Bright and Open Japandi En-suite

Keep things calm and open with a neutral colours, for a calming tranquil space. Windows are a brilliant way to allow natural light to flow – so the bigger the better!

When it comes to your bathroom layout think minimal and open. This particularly applies to the shower. Try to avoid enclosures and welcome walk-in showers or any frameless structure. This will create the illusion of more space and avoid the feeling of being ‘caged in’.

Photo credit: @houselovelife

Milano Nero - black thermostatic shower with recessed shower head

Milano Nero - Wet Room Screen

Bright and open Japandi spaces are all about exposure. Exposing as much light as you can whether that’s natural light or artificial is a great way to boost mood and set the scene for a calm atmosphere.

Again, use rustic elements to add warmth and a natural touch. Paneling and wooden shelves work well for the basin area and don’t forget about keeping your furniture soft and round, for true Japanese style. We recommend a countertop basin to finish off the look.

Colourful Japandi Bathroom

One for the colour lovers – if you need that pop of vibrance, feel free to introduce soft soothing pastels. To achieve Japanese minimalism, keep furniture minimal, accents black and add your colour through paint, fluted tiles or on your minimal accessories.

If that isn’t enough, introduce colour through your ceramics. Soft pinks, blues and greens look fabulous in countertops basins or vanity units.

Photo credit: @archdaily
Milano Overton - Freestanding Bath

Milano Indus - Heated Towel Ladder Rail

Industrial Japandi

Use a round freestanding bathtub as your focal point, pair with contrasting black taps in a beautiful matt black for an extra luxury touch.

Photo credit: @nothernstyling
Milano Irwell Freestanding Bath Tub

Milano Nero - Freestanding Bath Tap

Incorporate the industrial vibes through raw and unkept walls. Limewash paint is a great way to achieve an imperfect look, ideal for an industrial feel.

Accompanied by pendant lighting and a floor standing ladder heated towel rail, that lets out warmth and enriches the style of your bathroom.

And that’s a wrap, we hope you enjoyed this Japanese and Scandinavian style guide and we have given you enough Japandi bathroom ideas and inspiration to turn you into an Japandi interior expert.

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