Nine Things to Consider Before Your Bathroom Remodel
The bathroom is more than just a place to take care of business, it should be a sanctuary, a place of peace and a place of rest. You want a bathroom that will provide years of pleasure and comfort. Here are a list of dos and don’ts to make the most of your bathroom remodel.
Keep the toilet obscure
Have you ever stayed in a luxury hotel room where the toilet is discreet? Perhaps in its own room within the room? There are many reasons why you might want to hide the toilet. When considering your bathroom remodel, you want to first decide where to put the toilet. Even a piece of furniture such as an armoire can hide the toilet. You may even save money by building a half wall.
Think of surfaces
Your bathroom is there for more than just utility. Think about the types of surfaces you want, that can stay beautiful for years. It does not have to be the most expensive stone or travertine. In fact, there are many tiles that are inexpensive and look like natural stone. In order to minimize grout lines, it helps to use larger tile sizes such as an 18-by-18-inch tile. For bathroom sinks, porcelain works nicely. Stainless steel sinks are modern. Solid-surface sinks also seem to melt into the vanity countertop. You might add a contrasting backsplash for drama. For the countertop, granite and quartz have become popular options. You may also like laminate or solid surfaces.
Make the shower your spa
People don’t really take baths anymore. The trend is to create larger showers, even with his and her shower heads, steam generators and body sprays. You don’t have to stay at a luxury hotel, when your bathroom is directly comparable.
Take it slowly
The last thing you want to do is to rush the process. Without proper planning, you could easily outspend your budget. Make sure to have a design that ensures the major plumbing lines stay in place. If you move the toilet to another location, it could cost thousands. By keeping the shower, sink and toilet where they are, you can ensure major cost savings.
Use reputable labor
You may want to do it yourself, but you might want to save that only for the surface jobs such as painting. Imagine spending on extravagant tile only to layer it badly and make it look cheap. You want professionals who are highly skilled and experienced. In addition, you want a reputable contractor to handle operations. The way to do this is to meet with at least three contractors before selecting one for your job. You want your contractor to have the right licenses and insurance.
Spend on the necessary materials
You can save on light fixtures, basic faucets and a basic toilet. On the other hand, you should not cut corners on faucets and tile.
Many states are worried about droughts. It may make sense to purchase water-efficient toilets, faucets and shower heads. Look for the WaterSense label. Some toilets can save an average family of four 16,000 gallons of water and over $100 a year above older, inefficient toilets.
Have space for the vanity
Vanities are used for grooming and hand washing. Are grooming and primping important to you? If so, choose a vanity that suits your needs. Many people find more use out of additional countertop space as opposed to an extra sink. If you have a single sink vanity, you can save on costs when it comes to a sink and faucet.
Think of light and ventilation
Moisture can make things rot. So, your bathroom will need proper ventilation and light. You want layers of light, such as a ceiling fixture, sconces and vertical fixtures around your vanity. The shower and toilet should also have lighting. You need a ducted system that is at least 50 cubic feet per minute. You will need twice as much if your bathroom is over 100 square feet or you install a steam shower.
Your bathroom remodel can change the entire feel of your home. With the right planning, it can go extremely well. On the other hand, if rushed, you might quickly spend your entire budget.