When it comes to home remodeling projects, bathrooms are more than just a necessity - they're an extension of a homeowner's personal style. With so many stunning new trends
popping up, you may be inspired to give your bathroom a total refresh. Here are seven things you must consider first to ensure you end up with the perfect oasis.
The very first step you should take before beginning a bathroom remodel is to measure the entire space. This will help you make the best decisions as far as what size bathtub should you go with, the right vanity, how far your budget will take you once you choose the right flooring or wall coverings. Take some time to sketch out your ideal layout then measure measure measure before you buy!
What kind of storage will your bathroom need to accomodate? Is there room for a linen closet? If space is limited, consider storage options like open shelving or enclosed vanities. Pedestal sinks often look great but offer nothing in the way of hidden storage and little to no counter-top space. Make sure you know how you will use the space to ensure you make the right purchase decisions along the way.
Granite countertops add a gorgeous, upscale look to any bathroom but require more care and attention than other countertop options. If your bathroom is in a high traffic area that will be used by guests and children, you may want to consider an option that can stand up to a little more wear and tear. Check out these tips from the National Kitchen & Bath Association
to make sure you choose the right surface for your lifestyle.
When it comes to bathroom lighting fixtures, avoid the urge to only buy a recessed ceiling fixture. You should always leave space for either sconces on either side of the mirrors or a long fixture just above for adequate lighting. For small bathrooms where space for lighting is limited, consider opting for a light colored countertop to help maximize light.
Are you planning to install a larger bathtub? Make sure you have the right size water heater to handle the added water consumption. Consider the number of people that may use your bathroom in a given period of time as well as the other activities that go on in your home that may use up hot water, such as laundry or dishes. This guide from the U.S. Department of Energy
will help you determine which water heater is best and most efficient for your lifestyle.
The easiest way to give your bathroom a total refresh is to simply paint the walls but you need to be sure you're using the right type of paint first. Consider choosing a gloss or semi-gloss finish as they tend to repel water more easily and are easier to clean. For a more long-term and durable solution, consider covering your walls - or part of the walls - in ceramic tiles. Wallpaper should mostly be avoided as it is harder for it to withstand the humidity that builds up while the shower and bath are in use.
A proper fan should never be an afterthought when it comes to a bathroom remodel. There are many different models to choose from that fit any lifestyle. From ultra-quiet fans that avoid disturbing your family early in the morning or even fans with humidity sensors that turn on automatically when you may have forgotten to do it yourself, be sure to take a look at all the options available to ensure your fan gets the job done.
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