Thing’s you should know before beginning a home transformation project…

Perhaps you’ve found a property in a perfect location but the building needs a lot of work… or repairing and upgrading your existing home to something more modern – a home transformation requires a lot of forward planning, and we’ve got a few tips to help you along the way!

1. Architect drawings are well worth it

You might have an idea already about your dream home, getting an architect at the pre-planning stages is key to a smooth process in the building stages.  They’ll help you reconfigure the space optimally – this will then later on down the line help the builders work more efficiently.


2. Hire a specialist Design & Build company for any structural work and extensions. 

By hiring a company, like Red Box, to plan, design & build your conversion, extension or structural changes to your property this can help make the process more efficient.

Most builders and or contractors require direction and instruction, even often the good one. They want to be told what exactly is needed doing and in which order to do so.

Even if you have your own architect or interior designer creating the design plan for the property, you could then hire a project manager and a builder separately – but often this can work out more expensive and will be a lot more work for you, by hiring a Design & Build company – they’ll do everything from scratch to finish, alleviating some of your time to go shopping for décor.

A Design & Build company will also handle any building control, fire regulations and bring in relevant electricians, plumbers and plasterers to complete the project.


3. What are Power Showers?

Power showers work similarly to mixer showers in that they combine hot and cold water supplies.  However, they differ in that they contain a pump to boost the flow of water through the shower head.  This is a great option for homes with low-pressure water systems.

There are two types of pumps – plastic or metal. Plastic of course is cheaper and can be noisier whilst the metal options are a more expensive but will likely last longer and be quieter.


  • Ideal for low-pressure water system homes
  • Boosts the water pressure for a stronger shower.
  • Combines hot and cold water supplies.

Note to consider: Power showers are a lot more expensive than electric or mixer showers, and they also use a lot more water.  This type of shower costs a lot more to run and uses more energy – therefore is not as good for the environment or your heating/water bills.


4. What are Digital showers?

The latest innovation in shower design, the Digital shower, offers features including precise temperatures and wireless control units that can be installed anywhere in your bathroom.

They work in a similar way as the mixer and power showers, taking water from your hot and cold water supplies but the bonus is you can specifically set the ideal temperature and get it right every time before even setting foot in the shower.


  • Accurate water temperature
  • Wireless access to set temperature before getting in the shower.
  • Control unit can be hidden from sight to help match a sleek bathroom design.
  • Ideal for low pressure systems
  • Often includes a pump turning them into digital power showers.

If you are planning to do work in your home including bathroom replacements, then these points are, some to consider and preparation is the real key to a successful result that you will be happy with.


For inspiration see some of our website and Instagram photos as these can really help with inspirational ideas.   If you would like more ideas or advice, then, by all means, drop in or send us a list of what you’d like to achieve, and we’ll advise you as to how to make your budget stretch as far as possible.