Do’s and Don’t’s of Bathroom Remodel
A freshly remodeled bathroom is welcoming. This explains why most homeowners will have a bathroom remodeling project on their home interior design to-do or wishlist. However, for good results, for every to-do item on your list, there should be a no-to-do item.
Below are some of the major points to consider during a bathroom remodeling project:
DO – Stick to the budget
There are many aspects you can change to improve your bathroom, but when you let designs overwhelm you, you will spend more than you intend. Granted, it is advisable that you create a budget and try as much as you can to stick to it. If you are handling the budget yourself, factor in the cost of material needed and the designer and add 10 or 20 percent of the total cost for unforeseen changes.
DO – Choose Appropriate Bathroom Surfaces
Most bathrooms have porcelain tiles thanks to their ruggedness and durability. The material is harder than ceramic and comes in different sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns. Even with the good qualities of porcelain, you need to consider slip resistance. This is the same for the toilet alcove and the shower area. You can, however, install floor tiles on the bathroom walls. Here, you have a wide range of choices including ceramic, natural stone and glass.
Vanity countertop surfaces should also be carefully chosen. Some common surfaces include quartz composite, granite, marble, Corian, and staron. All these surfaces look great and last long. Your preferences, therefore, will determine which surface you choose.
DO – Remodel the ventilation system
To ensure that your bathroom stays comfortable without odors, fumes, and steam, you will need a ventilation system upgrade. When done during the remodeling phase, making an overhaul of the ventilation system is not expensive.
While a small open window can suffice in a small bathroom, you might need a ceiling vent fan for a large bathroom. Ensure that the vent pipe exhaust into an open area.
DO – Add Storage
If yours is a shared bathroom, there will never be enough space. You will need more room to accommodate all toiletries needed and in-bath linen. Even as you add more space and more closets, ensure that the swing of the closet door does not interfere with movement within the bathroom.
If you have a single sink vanity, consider replacing that with a double sink vanity. This will give you a second sink and the area below the sinks can accommodate a larger cabinet.
DO – Reduce your consumption of water
The Environmental Protection Agency launched the WaterSense program to help homeowners and designers find water-efficient bath products with ease. Today, you can find products that are up to 20 percent more efficient in water conservation than what federal standards stipulate. When you choose water efficient fittings and fixtures, your electricity and water bills go down.
DON’T – Alter the Bathroom Plumbing
Altering the plumbing of your bathroom will take time, will be expensive, and will be difficult. In fact, when moving the plumbing, you will have extra remodeling work to do as the walls might be damaged. Unless it is necessary, keep the plumbing fixtures the way they are. These pipes include the toilet, water pipes, drain and vent pipe.
DON’T – Make unnecessary alterations
Once you have made your budget, you need to stick by it. If you make changes after that, you will interfere with the budget and might end up with an incomplete project. However, there are a couple of changes that might be necessary such as when you realize the bathroom wiring is not compliant with the federal or state codes.
DON’T – Forget Lighting and Safety
Bathroom lighting brings out the magic of a freshly remodeled bathroom. You need to add ceiling fixtures and add ambient lighting and also provide task lights. You can also add shaded lights over bath or mirror cabinets. With proper lighting, the bathroom will look attractive.
You need to have a grab bar in your bathroom to prevent slips and falls. Consider grab bars in and out of the shower stall. Grab bars are now offered stylish, and you can get them in any Austin furniture store.