When doing a bathroom remodel, making a mistake isn’t something most homeowners can afford. It’s hard enough funding the project the first time. Done right, however, bathroom renovations make life nicer and can add significant value to the house.
To complete a successful bathroom makeover, there are three elements homeowners need to consider.
A bathroom’s functionality and design go hand in hand. A bathroom needs to suit the homeowner’s lifestyle as well as the house itself. Bathrooms off the main entry, for example, are likely ok with just a toilet and sink since they’re usually used just to wash up. A bathroom off the master suite, on the other hand, might be where homeowners like to soak, read, relax, and enjoy some intimate moments. What does the bathroom need? What isn’t working in it? Make a list.
Next, address the bathroom’s layout. Start by measuring the room and everything in it. Make a note of architectural details such as window locations and sizes. Also include anything that might cause a hiccup such as ductwork, bulkheads, or heating vents. Then, take some time to come up with ideas before meeting with the contractor and interior designer. They will be able to look at the bathroom and use the information provided to help come up with the perfect solution.
Accessories and Double-Duty
In bathrooms where space is at a premium, wall-hung toilets, pedestal sinks, and built-in corner showers can be a huge help. Moving the toilet and sink to a separate space might even be worth considering. Adding dressing screens, window coverings, and skylights can make a bathroom area more private without getting rid of the natural light. And if storage is an issue, there are a ton of options available today including floating shelving, baskets, or magnetic strips and metal hooks.
Lighting and fans will be another important consideration and are worth investing in. Smart bathroom fans will cut in when they sense a certain level of humidity or turn on the light when they detect movement. Other fans have nightlights or Bluetooth speakers built into them. Some of the smart mirrors out today even have voice-controlled lighting, Alexa or Google connectivity, or act like a touchscreen, which makes it possible to multi-task while getting ready for work.
Bathrooms are a bit more limited in terms of material choices because they are built to withstand repeated soaking, but that doesn’t mean homeowners can’t have a little fun. Flooring options such as bamboo are amazingly durable and excellent choices for a bathroom remodel. Can’t choose just one? Maybe a combination of flooring options would be better. Then, use tub surround, backsplash, and countertop materials to create a sense of unity while adding texture and visual appeal to the room.
Fixtures are another consideration. Is a jetted tub or automated shower in the budget? Will the new shower have multiple spray heads? If it’s a struggle for the whole family to get ready in the morning, maybe the new bathroom needs double sinks and extra storage space. It can be difficult to mesh design needs with the needs of a budget, but contractors and interior designers can be a great source of information and ideas.
A bathroom remodel requires a lot of careful planning and knowing what’s available on the market. So, take some time to daydream and get creative. Then, get some help from the professionals. The result will be a bathroom that no one will ever want to leave.