Bathroom remodels can be daunting but they don’t have to be. If you are thinking of remodeling, then we have some quick and helpful tips to help you build a better bathroom.
You’ll want in-shower storage for your shampoo, soap, razor, and body wash. Don’t settle for cheap plastic units that hang from the shower head or attach to rods that run from your tub to the ceiling. It’s an easy solution for when you’re renting, but when you own your home, they can look ugly and can ruin your attractive new design. A better option is ceramic tile shelving that’s installed in the corner of the shower. The shelves run for about $10 at home centers and tile stores.
However, my favorite solution is to build in-the-wall shelving. Once you tear out the old shower, add framing between the studs in the walls for the shelves. The finished shelving, especially if tiled, looks attractive and doesn’t protrude into the shower, so you don’t have to worry about knocking off the shampoo bottles with your elbows when you’re singing karaoke into the shower head. Yes, it’s a win win.
Mosaic or glass tile is expensive. But you don’t need a lot of it to add some pizzazz to the bathroom. Using the special tiles as a border or sporadically in the tile pattern gives the design a punch of color and character.
Curved Shower Rod
Curved shower rods seem like a small detail but they add a surprising amount of space to your shower. You’ll pay about $15 more than the common straight rods. In addition to the extra space, though, the curved models look nice and attach to the wall with screws instead of tension, so you don’t need to worry about them being pulled down.
You don’t want to end up with a new bathroom but outdated light fixtures. Plan your lighting early on so you’ll know if you need to run new cable. Consider recessed lighting over the shower for better illumination while you’re bathing. Just make sure the lights are rated for bathrooms.
Feel Free to Splurge on Something Special
Even a small bathroom makeover is a major expense, so the urge to cut costs wherever possible is understandable. So pick your spots. Splurge on one feature you love that will define the look and feel of your new bathroom—a high-end plumbing fixture in the shower or sink, a special-order vanity top, or a heated towel rack. Paying a little extra for fixtures will most likely reward you in the future. Cheap fixtures don’t last as long, and when they fail they can be difficult to replace.
Don’t Be Afraid to Call a Pro
If any part of the project takes you out of your comfort zone, call in a professional. You may need an electrician to help run cable for in-floor heating controls, or you might need a plumber’s help if the water or drain lines need to be moved. When you’re dealing with electrical or plumbing, DIY mistakes can be catastrophic.
The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and willing to help you with the whole process. Call us and let us know how we can help today.