Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom
If you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, but are stuck on what to do, we’ve got some tips and suggestions for you!
- How many bathtubs do you have? Every home should have at least one tub in the family bath. Unless you want a large soaking tub in the master bath consider replacing the master bath tub/shower with an oversized shower. If there is enough room, think about adding a granite seat. Consider adding multiple showerheads or body washes.
- For bathrooms that get used daily, you’ll want to avoid textured tile or other textured materials. Any surfaces with textures may become a location for toothpaste, mold and mildew to gather.
- Many faucets come with two handles, either 4” spacing or 8” spacing. If counter space is at a premium, consider adding a fixture with a single handle instead of two handles for hot and cold.
- If you like a soaking tub, there are new styles available that also have heating components. You can enjoy the soak and keep the water hot for as long as you need.
- When remodeling a bath, venting is important to eliminate moisture build-up and possible mildew. If there is already peeling paint and/or mildew in the existing bath, it’s a good idea to check the insulation in walls and ceilings to see if it needs to be replaced.
- In some older homes, with an existing vent, the ductwork may be vented into the attic or roof soffit. This should be corrected by venting directly to the exterior with hard aluminum pipe.
- Usually, the bathroom is heated to the same temperature as the rest of the floor it is on. We recommend adding an extra heater just for the bathroom. It can be combined with the vent unit or be an independent unit. Radiant heat for the floor is also an option.
- If the bath in question is the master, think about installing an adult height vanity. The extra few inches suits an adult and minimizes bending over the vanity. The standard vanities are set up for everyone, children or adults.
- To allow light to filter in, use skylights, windows or opaque windows. By using opaque windows, you’re allowing natural light to come in without sacrificing privacy.
- Accessories can add function as well as creative details such as; heated towel bars, robe hooks, recessed medicine cabinets (in a wall not over the vanity), lighted shaving or a makeup mirror.
- Shower doors can be frame less or framed with various coatings to reduce spotting.