Tired of not having enough storage in your bathroom? Do you dream about a stepping into a new bathroom that has updated cabinets, beautiful countertop surfaces, state-of-the-art shower features? Remodeled bathrooms increase your home’s value and provide years of comfort. While researching ideas for your bathroom remodel, we have seven tips that will help you make the right choices for you so that you experience the most value and enjoyment from your new bathroom. At www.consumerreports.com, the first step to a good design is the following:
- Budget for the unexpected
Hidden water damage is a common problem in bathrooms, whether from a leaky shower pan or running toilet. An experienced contractor will do exploratory work early in the project to sniff out as many issues as possible.
When flooring is replaced, and walls are reconfigured, there is a possibility of finding a hidden problem that needs to be resolved before going forward with the remodeling project. Be prepared and plan for an unexpected expense.
- Hide the toilet
A master bath that’s stylish and functional can also be discreet. That’s why it’s nice to hide this fixture away, either in its own “room-within-the-room” or behind a half wall.”
Using furniture to conceal the toilet area is a less expensive option than creating a new wall, and there are decorative and modern selections for this purpose, such as an armoire or sleek storage cabinet. Explore magazines and online resources to find samples of bathroom styles and layouts that fit your lifestyle and preferences.
- Do choose appropriate surfaces
Your master bathroom’s surfaces do more than just contribute to the overall aesthetic. They also take lots of abuse. Porcelain tile is a favorite among designers, for use on the floors and walls alike. When it comes to the countertop, granite and quartz have migrated from the kitchen into the bathroom, where they deliver the same durability and visual interest.”
Distinctive Designs, Inc. will bring the “wow” factor to your bathroom remodeling in Greensboro with upscale materials and solid craftsmanship. High-quality design and durability are combined with functionality for a sophisticated, customized bathroom.
- Splurge on the shower
If you can take the stall up to 5-by-7-feet, you may also be able to do away with the door, since the showerhead(s) can be directed in a way that the spray doesn’t reach beyond the shower area (an L-shaped design is helpful). This will eliminate a sizable expense, especially if you were planning on a frameless door, which can be pricey.
Showers are used more frequently than bathtubs, so it is important to think about the future when designing your shower area. Larger showers, with benches and modern fixtures, are becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms.
- Consider water efficiency
Showerheads, toilets, and faucets have all become more water-efficient in recent years, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary WaterSense program, which labels products that are 20 percent more efficient than federal standards. Our tests have found many WaterSense winners, including low-flow shower heads that deliver a satisfying pulse while meeting the flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.
There are many products that can deliver elegance and charm while also supplying you with water efficiency. Shower heads and toilets can be replaced with more efficient models, saving your family money on utility bills.
- Make room on the vanity
Since grooming is the main task at the vanity, it’s important to have plenty of surface area to put things down. While the his-and-her double sink configuration has been popular in the past, it often makes sense to have a single sink and more counter space.
In powder rooms, a large surface area is not as important, but with a master bathroom, it is essential to have enough space so the room will not become cluttered. Determine your priorities for designing your dream bathroom, so that every detail will be executed to your specific needs.
- Provide adequate ventilation and light
Moisture not only breeds mold and mildew, it can take a toll on finishes and painted surfaces. A bathroom fan is the best defense. Guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association call for a ducted system that’s at least 50 cubic feet per minute, though you may need twice as much ventilation if the space is larger than 100 square feet or if you plan to install a steam shower. Consider a humidity-sensing unit that will automatically turn on and off depending on the amount of moisture in the air. As for lighting, the goal is to bring different layers of illumination into the room. A ceiling fixture is suitable for general lighting, but it will cast shadows on your face when you’re seated at the vanity. That’s why you’ll also want sconces or other vertical fixtures mounted on either side of the vanity. Some medicine cabinets are available with vertical lighting strips.
Dimmer switches help you to get exactly the amount of light needed for a particular area of the bathroom. Excellent ventilation and superior lighting are key elements for your Greensboro bathroom remodeling project to be a success. Call Distinctive Designs, Inc. today at (336) 886-4293 for more information and take the first step in getting the bathroom of your dreams.
(Source: Bathroom Remodeling Guide: Do’s and Don’ts, Seven Ideas that will make you happy and seven you may regret, consumerreports.com, March 2012)