Is your bathroom in need of an upgrade? Before you tackle the project, you need to know that you’ve thought of all of the details it will need. From the flooring to the finishing touches, a well-executed bathroom renovation starts with the right plan. Here are some considerations for your bathroom renovation that you won’t want to overlook.
First, make sure you choose the right type of flooring for your bathroom. This is an important consideration when renovating a bathroom because of all the moisture your floor will be exposed to. Because of the high moisture exposure, most bathrooms will not have carpeting. More popular options include:
- Porcelain or ceramic tile
- Natural stone
With wood and laminate options, proper sealing is essential to ensure that the flooring will stay protected with many years of exposure to water and humidity. With the right treatments, however, these are viable options for the flooring.
When you’re considering flooring, consider both the look and the function of the floor. Some flooring options are quite slippery when wet and this can create a falling hazard for those who use the bathroom. Others are prone to warping with water and moisture exposure. Both are worth avoiding. Choose something safe and practical for the realities of a bathroom.
Lighting is another important consideration when renovating a bathroom. When considering the lighting for your bathroom, start around the vanity. Make sure that there is ample lighting around the mirror to ensure you can see yourself well when you prepare for your day. Vanity lighting should illuminate the head and face well for grooming, and overhead recessed lighting is the worst option for this. A better option to create even light across the face is a set of sconces on either side of the mirror. If this is not possible, add lighting directly above the vanity on the wall, not the ceiling.
After lighting the vanity, consider other places lighting is needed, such as in the shower or over the tub. If the bathroom is large, a central ceiling light can also be a helpful addition. Finally, add accent lighting where it will make your bathroom more functional and comfortable.
Storage is an essential part of your bathroom. Make sure you have cabinets, drawers and shelving that will house your linens and personal care items. Your renovation is a great time to optimize your storage.
One of the problems many bathrooms face when it comes to storage is the fact that these rooms are small, so there’s minimal space for storage. To make the most out of your space, use all the vertical space possible. Shelving over the toilet, a vanity mirror that doubles as a medicine cabinet, and an under-the-sink drawer stand or cabinet instead of a pedestal sink are all excellent ways to build storage into your bathroom renovation.
Your bathroom isn’t functional without some plumbing. The most common types of pipes used in bathroom renovations are PVC pipes. You may also find bathrooms with copper pipes, and flexible PEX piping is growing in popularity. If you live in an area where pipe corrosion is a problem, like a coastal area with salt water in the air, stainless steel pipes may be the best choice.
Next, consider the types of valves you will need to keep your bathroom functional. The most common types of valves found in modern bathrooms include:
- Compression valves
- Ball valves
- Ceramic disc valves
- Toilet flush valve
- Toilet fill valves
Once you have your equipment in place, decide where it will be located. Do you want to hide it, or can visible pipe be part of the bathroom design? This may dictate which types of pipes would be best, because metal pipe is more attractive than PVC for visible pipe designs. Where do you need to position the plumbing to ensure the shower, bathtub, toilet and sink are where you need them? This will be one of the first tasks you tackle, so be certain that you think about it carefully.
Shower, Bath or Both?
Finally, decide whether you want a shower, bathtub or both. Since bathing is one of the primary functions of a bathroom, this is one of the more important considerations for bathroom renovations. The answer will largely depend on the size of the space. If you only have room for one of the two, but want the benefit of a shower and a bathtub, consider a combo unit that can double as both.As you can see, there are quite a number of considerations to make when tackling a bathroom renovation. By taking the time to think through the answers to these questions before you begin, you will be able to avoid problems and delays as you move forward.
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