Is it time to remodel your bathroom? Maybe your bathroom looks outdated, or you’re ready to relax in that sunken tub you’ve always wanted. Perhaps it needs more light, better wiring, or a complete makeover. Whatever the case, a bathroom remodel can be an exciting home improvement that makes your everyday life more enjoyable. A pleasant space to bathe, shower, and get ready for the day is a true luxury.
If you’ve been thinking about a bathroom remodel, here are some tips to help you plan a functional, attractive bathroom while staying within budget.
The Layout for Your Bathroom Remodel
The layout of your bathroom is important for things like traffic flow, ease of use, and, of course, aesthetics. Before you make any hard and fast decisions, do some research on details such as the standard size of a toilet, average counter top heights, and how much walking room is needed. You should also research the dimensions of typical plumbing fixtures, shower stalls, and bathtubs.
If you think you don’t have enough room for a bathtub in your bathroom remodel, think again. Many manufacturers are making much smaller tubs than in the past, which means that even in a bathroom with limited space you could have both a tub and shower.
Vanity and Counter Tops
Your vanity and counter tops not only impact the beauty of your bathroom, but its practicality as well. Make sure you have enough counter space, and that your countertops are at an appropriate height. For example, if you choose to have an above-the-counter vessel sink, then you will need to lower the countertop height to be able to comfortably use the sink.
Materials are vital, also. Before you select a material for your vanity or countertops, find out the differences in the materials. Scratch-resistance, stain-resistance, cleaning, and upkeep are all important considerations. It may be difficult when you’re looking at so many appealing options, but it’s advisable to choose a material not just for its appearance but for how well it fits into your lifestyle.
Lighting for Your Bathroom Remodel Project
You should use layers of lighting in your bathroom, including task, accent, decorative, and ambient lighting. The most important type of lighting is the task lighting, which is the main light source that you use in your daily grooming routine. Keep in mind that the bathroom mirror should be flanked with fixtures at about eye level and somewhere between 36” and 40” apart. If you don’t have enough room for fixtures beside the mirror, then install a long light fixture on the wall space directly above the mirror.
Invest in Some High-End Materials or Pieces
By splurging on a few higher-end items or materials for your bathroom, you can give it a luxurious feel while still staying within your budget. You can keep much of your bathroom basic, but think about choosing something a bit costlier for the wall coverings, flooring, or the countertops. It will lift the feel of the entire room. Consider what is most important to you in your bathroom experience: the shower? the décor? a set of Egyptian cotton bath towels? Make your priority item or area the nicest part of the room.
Drying the Bathroom
To minimize mold and mildew, you need to be able to remove moisture. A key consideration in your bathroom remodel is planning for more than one way to dry out your bathroom. Make sure that there will be at least two ways to remove moisture from the constant exposure to steam. A fan that vents to the outdoors and a window that can open will serve you well.
Amp Up the Wiring
If your bathroom has been around for a while, it is likely that the wiring is outdated. You are probably using some or all of the following in your bathroom: electric toothbrushes, electric razors, phones, iPads, hairdryers, and curling irons. These gadgets use a lot of power! Most older bathrooms have 15-amp wiring; your best investment would be to install new 20-amp wiring with plenty of outlets rather than just adding GFCI outlets.
Tile Floors for Your Bathroom Remodel
When it’s time to choose flooring, tile is a very popular choice because of its durability, ease of installation, and low-maintenance requirements. Once you’ve selected the tile you want, double-check on the tile sizes. Most tile is sold in European sizes that are measured in millimeters, so a 24” x 12” tile may not be an exact size. The quoted size may also include the grout joint, which would make a nominal 12” a real 11 3/8”. This can seriously affect your tile layout, as well as cause problems for niches and plumbing.
Master Bath Must-Haves
If it’s a master bath that you are remodeling, there are few additional things to keep in mind. Since a master bath is often shared, it is a good idea to plan the toilet position for privacy with a door if at all possible. You’ll need more space for traffic lanes in the bathroom layout, allowing between 36” and 42” so two people can comfortably pass each other. The bath and shower should also be separate if room allows. It’s a good idea to have double sinks that are at least 36” apart (from drain to drain) so that they can be used at the same time with plenty of elbow room.
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If you are thinking about a bathroom remodel, contact Mancill Builders. We have 40+ years of experience remodeling and renovating homes of all styles and ages. Let us bring our knowledge and skill to your bathroom remodeling project, from the initial planning stage all the way through to installing your dream bathroom.
Don’t go it alone — you will be wasting money in the long run. Turn to the experts so you can enjoy the process and start using your new bathroom as soon as possible!