Bathroom

Best Tips on Remodeling Your Bathroom

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By Nicole Andrews

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in any household since you just can’t leave out having a bathroom. It doesn’t matter if you live in a house or an apartment- having at least one bathroom is a given. And since bathrooms are usually smaller than the other rooms, they are the number one place that people remodel most frequently. The reason behind this is that since bathrooms are usually smaller as previously stated, the expenses connected to remodeling are much lower than for example remodeling your kitchen.

So, if you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, here are some tips and tricks as to what to think about before you start with the remodel.

 

  1. Think it through

 

It doesn’t matter if you just moved to a new place, or you just want to freshen up your old bathroom, the first step should always involve thinking about what you want to do. Planning and deciding on some things before you tear your bathroom apart can save you a lot of time and extra expenses connected to you changing your mind.

 

Do you want a modern bathroom? Maybe in minimalistic style? Is your bathroom going to be used by the whole family? What features do you need? These are some questions that you need to answer so you can know what type of colors, materials, and tiles you need to put your focus on. For example, if the bathroom is going to be used by the whole family, you should put durability in the first place.

 

Another thing you should think about is your budget. Figure out how high your budget is before starting the process, and make sure you have a little bit of extra budget because unpredictable things can happen and you don’t want to be left with a half-functional bathroom.

 

  1. Go over the layout

 

You should know which pieces to use in your bathroom. Again, this is very individual to you, your family, and your space. According to how big the place is, how many people will use the bathroom, is it the only bathroom in your household or it is just an extra bathroom- you have some decisions to make.

 

The usual layout elements are a toilet, a bathtub/shower, a sink, and some storage units. However, you can choose to have both a bathtub and a shower; you can combine them, you can put an extra sink, you can add other elements such as a bidet or else. In general, it is a good idea to stick as close to the current layout as possible so it would be compatible with the existing plumbing, especially if you’re on a fixed budget.

 

Consider talking to an experienced bathroom architect, or a remodeler that will give you advice on which is the most functional layout for your needs.

 

Smaller details that need thinking about are if your bathroom doesn’t have a window, you must have a fan that will keep the moisture out. Also, if the bathroom is connected to your bedroom, you should consider the noise as a potential issue that you might have.

  1. Light in the bathroom

 

Lighting is a very important element in any room, and that applies to the bathroom as well since you want to be able to see very good in there. Especially if your bathroom doesn’t have a window, lighting will be one of the most important things in both the aesthetic context and practical context. Another situation where lighting is of great importance is if you have a very small bathroom space and you want to make it bigger visually. That’s where good lighting comes in handy.

In the room where you have to see your face and hair clearly every day, brush your teeth, make sure you look presentable, do your makeup, and so on, a fixed overhead light will just not do a good job. You have to include multiple lighting sources such as lighting sconces, mirror lights, light tubes, nautical sconces, and many more.

A great idea is to use a dimmer switch, so you can still have those relaxing, dimmed baths, but also have good lighting whenever you need it.

 

  1. Pick out a proper flooring

 

As we are all aware, the bathroom floor is the one that gets wet the most. That is why, naturally, all types of flooring don’t fit in this room of the house. It’s better to use something that will make your bathroom more practical than to just think about it looking better. For example, wooden floors do give bathrooms some great character, but is wood really practical as a bathroom floor? No, it’s not.

 

  • The best choice that you can make is either porcelain or ceramic tiles. They are both waterproof and cost-effective. You will also have a lot of choice regarding texture and design since this is the most used flooring option. The disadvantage is that the floor might be cold and slippery, but these problems can be solved with floor heating and textures on the tiles.
  • Vinyl Sheet is the second best option for a bathroom floor. This type of flooring is very helpful in bathrooms where an excessive amount of water is expected to be on the floor. It’s very easy to put it on, and you have countless design options. Bad seams, however, can ruin the whole floor and even make it dangerous.
  • The third option is natural stone. Nonetheless, this option is for those of you who have a higher budget. This floor can also be very cold and slippery.

There are plenty more options out there for a good bathroom floor, make sure you get informed about them and their advantages and disadvantages before making the decision.

 

  1. Shower/Bath

Choose a bath or a shower that will suit your place, style, and needs. If you want a bathtub, you can choose a freestanding bath that will be a bold statement in your bathroom, or you can use a recessed bathtub if you want to have more space for the other features.

If you choose a shower only, you have plenty of decisions to make like what kind of shower head to put, do you put a glass door or a shower curtain, fixed head or a non-fixed head, and more.

But if you want to be able to take both a soaking bath and a quick shower when you’re in a hurry- look into using a combination of baths with showers which can be very helpful features especially in smaller bathrooms where there is no space for both.

 

  1. Additional touches

–        Sink: if you have a smaller bathroom try using wall-mounted sinks or pedestal sinks that use little space.

–        Storage: if you decide to skip on the sink vanity, add plenty of shelves or a medicine cabinet.

–        Mirrors: try to go big with mirrors since big mirrors opens up the space and reflect the light better. They give an impression of an elegant and a vast bathroom.

 

And finally, make sure that you keep in mind the future when you’re remodeling the bathroom. If you’re going to live there in the next years, fit the bathroom to your needs. If you’re planning on selling the place, a good remodel can increase the value of your property.

 

Author Bio: Nicole Andrews is the marketing manager for euromarble.com.au in Sydney, Australia. With a background in interior design, she enjoys writing about the latest industry trends. In her spare time, she walks her dog Rusco down at Bondi Beach.

 

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