A bathroom, for most, is either a place of pleasure and comfort or a daily reminder of the amateur remodeling work that was done prior. The bathroom is one of the most difficult spaces to remodel because of the tight corner spaces, limited walking area, and potential for water leakage. Here are some quick tips to master your bathroom remodel, whether you DIY or hire out:
It’s likely that your bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in your house, but this doesn’t mean that this will be a small project. Make sure you consider these things before starting your bathroom renovation.
A problem that frequently occurs when remodeling a bathroom is water damage. Form a habit of checking the floor to feel if it’s spongy. This can come from a number of things like a running toilet or a leaking shower pan. Other issues can arise from hidden areas, like a vent stack that is inside a wall that was scheduled to be taken out.
Experienced contractors can usually check and determine these problems beforehand, but don’t expect them to catch each and every pitfall. This is why it’s essential to create a cushioned budget of somewhere around 10 to 15 percent. Better yet, if nothing goes wrong, you’ll have a nice cushion to work with afterwards.
Replacing a toilet can be expensive. Investing in someone to maintain or upgrade old plumbing is a wise long-term remodel investment. Remodeling is a great time to invest in a low-flow toilet to do your part for water conservation and save on your water bill.
Toilet placement is also a major factor to consider. Some bathrooms have toilets in odd placements in regards to the door. Make sure nothing is blocking your door from opening and closing completely. If you have the space, consider tucking the toilet behind a corner or hiding it behind a partial wall. This allows privacy if you ever need multiple people to utilize the bathroom simultaneously.
Bathrooms are usually small, but that doesn’t mean they have to be cluttered. Choosing a vanity with adequate drawers and cupboards for your storage needs is a great first step to preventing clutter in your newly renovated bathroom. Organizing your linen closet for maximum space efficiency is also useful. Look at everything you keep in your bathroom and figure out the best way to store each item. Then, create the spaces you need, whether those are shelves, drawers, hooks, hanging towel racks, closets, or other solutions.
Larger showers are becoming more popular. These are often installed as a “cave” look without a door and plenty of foot space. Two seperate shower heads for couples, body sprays, and even steam generators. To create this, you must have a stall that measures larger than a bathtub so the water doesn’t reach beyond the shower area (don’t take out the bathtub if it’s the only one in the house). This can eliminate sizeable expenses if the initial plan called for a frameless door.
If you’re going through the trouble of renovating, don’t put up with low water pressure in the shower. A remodel is the best time to fix low water pressure. It might not necessarily be a large-scale problem; it could easily be as simple as mineral deposit buildup in the pipes. This is a great chance to make your home more water efficient.
Ventilation and Light
There is a lot of moisture that builds up in a bathroom. Not only is the bathroom one of the most common places for mold and mildew to breed, but the moisture can also hurt finishes and paint. Having a bathroom fan is key to avoiding these problems. Consider using a humidity monitor that can turn the fan on or off depending on the moisture levels.
The bathroom needs to have different layers of illumination. Having a regular ceiling light is suitable for general lighting but will cast shadows and possibly reflect harshly from mirrors and other reflective surfaces. Consider decorating with antique light bulbs for a rustic feel or installing vertical lighting strips somewhere along the vanity.
The bathroom is a major factor for adding value to the house. Committing to the idea of a new bathroom is exciting, but it’s a project that should not be rushed. Depending on the size and scope of the bathroom, several weeks to a few months should be spent planning the remodel accordingly.