Sinks, Tubs and Faucets: The Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling
The bathroom is such a small area of the home yet so integral and in need of minute detail. What should you do regarding planning for the sink, tub, and faucet? Similarly, what shouldn’t you do to keep costs low and disasters out of the equation? Should you opt for vessel sinks? A tile backsplash? A sit-down shower? Consider the dos and don’ts of bathroom remodeling.
Banish the Toilet
Of course, you need the toilet in your bathroom, but you don’t need to immediately see it. That’s why it’s becoming chic to banish the toilet behind a corner or create a smaller room within the bathroom exclusively for the toilet. People appreciate the added privacy, and when it comes to sharing a bathroom with family members, the room within a room can be incredibly convenient.
Invest in the Shower
The shower in the bathroom is like the mattress in the bedroom; you need to invest in things you use substantially and each day. Some take several showers per day, so why not invest a significant portion of the remodeling money on the shower? Make it larger, with a place to sit down. Going further, consider multiple jet heads so water comes from the sides as well as overhead. The added money is totally worth it, especially if you’re a shower versus a tub person.
Be Efficient with Water
Californians have to watch how much water they use as mandated by the state, but we all should be mindful of how much we use, especially if we want to save money on the bills. Bathroom equipment is becoming more water efficient, so ask your plumber and interior designer about efficient showerheads, faucets, and toilets. Combine renovation with economics, making your bathroom more beautiful yet less expensive.
Get a Professional
Any home project will tempt you to save money and cut corners. For example, sure you probably could lay the flooring yourself, but if you’re not skilled in doing so, the finished product is going to show it. Moreover, what do you know about installing vessel sinks? Yes, skilled labor costs money, but it’s an investment in the final product. You get what you pay for, and if you’re looking to save money, don’t do it by hiring cheap laborers or trying a hand at doing something yourself.
An open bathroom design looks appealing but don’t sacrifice function when thinking only of form. The bathroom is a place to store towels, makeup, shaving material, and other items. When considering the layout and choosing items from BedBathandBeyond.com or other vendor, don’t forget the need for storage, easily forgotten and readily remembered once you get out of your new shower and need a fresh, clean towel.
Improper ventilation breeds mold and takes a toll on bathroom surfaces. The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association suggest installing a humidity detection unit that manipulates the function of the fan to rid the area of increased moisture. A noisy fan can be an unwanted addition to your bathroom yet you need proper ventilation for your family’s health and maintenance of materials. A sensor-based system allows the fan to function at varied, optimal levels.
Katherine Taylor is an interior decorator. He loves sharing his decorating experiences by posting on the web. His articles are available on many home decorating and improvement websites.