Bathroom remodels are one of the most common desires for homeowners, because they tend to be the most cramped and be the easiest rooms to create solutions for. You can add on, change the light, add windows and create just the right space that totally transforms your living and relaxing experience in your home. But there are some very important aspects to bathroom remodels that if you forget them or mess them up – they can lead to a very disappointing experience and an expensive one at that. So make sure that if you’re spending all this time and money to make your bathroom better, to make sure you’re well planned and prepared.
Know where you want to splurge.
Bathroom makeovers, though small can still be an expense. But be that as it may, you don’t want to cut every corner and have the whole thing be a compromise. So get clear about where your no-compromise splurges are going to be focused. Choose a 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. You’ll feel far better about it because it was part of the plan all along.
Light things up right.
This is your chance to create the perfect ambience for your needs and personality. This is not a place to skimp. You don’t want to end up with a new bathroom but outdated light fixtures.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.
Choose the tiles meant for you.
Mosaic or glass tile can be expensive but if that’s what you want, then be sure to budget for it. The latest beautiful trend is using Moroccan tiles to accent or fully cover a floor area or wall. As well, if you’d just like the accent, you can use special tiles as a border or sporadically in a pattern to give the design a punch of color and character.
Create smart storage.
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. Our 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. ith your elbows when you’re singing karaoke into the shower head. Yes, it’s a win win.
Professionals are there for a reason.
You don’t have to do all of this on your own. If any part of the project takes you out of your league, 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 process.