Bathroom Remodeling Tips and Ideas
To remodel or just live with it?
Is your bathroom a time capsule from some bygone era? Got a crazy color scheme or a peculiar tile pattern that just makes you wonder: "What on earth were they thinking?" If your bathroom is more of an eye sore than the sanctuary you deserve, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are one of the most popular remodeling projects there is. Baths get upgraded even more than kitchens. Why? Because redoing them is usually much cheaper and easier than a kitchen remodel and they are one of the busiest rooms in the house.
If you dread the moment when guests ask to use your bathroom or are simply tired of the dated look,it's probably time to upgrade. The good news bathroom remodels add to your bottom line if you ever want to sell your house.
What drives you crazy in your bathroom?
If you've decided a remodel is for you, first things first. Make a list of what's just not working for you or your family. Grab a pen or pencil and make a list of all the things that really need upgrading.. How's the overall layout & functionality? Is the space working for you or against? Are you trying to squeeze past your partner in the morning? Maybe that pink bathtub and sink were the rage decades ago but now it just looks like your home is stuck in a time warp. Leaky and broken things naturally need to go. Take plenty of time to accurately assess your needs.
Planning your bathroom layout. Who, how, what, when, where.
Here are some helpful questions that hopefully will focus your thinking as you plan.
Who will use the bathroom?
Are you and your partner battling it out or jockeying for position during the morning rush hour? Is the bathroom limited to just an occasional guest or two? Will this be a children's bathroom, and how old or tall are they? Do you need to plan for less slippery features or grab bars for older folks?
How will it be used?
Think about all the activities you do in the bathroom. It's used for hygiene but also potentially a lot of other things. Maybe you need to sit down and apply makeup, or really the bathroom is your only getaway from the kids. What activities can be done in a shared space, and which require privacy?
What do you want in the bathroom?
Does the idea of an awesome spa-like bathroom appeal to you? Who wouldn't like to come home and relax in their own 3-star bath? Perhaps chilling out with a mirror that doubles as a video/tv screen might be just the thing. There are some awesome features for bathrooms these days.. They include special multi-jets for the shower, skylights, heat lamps, bluetooth speakers for music, LED accent lighting, furniture-like vanities, and custom sinks made with amazingly beautiful materials.
When two's a crowd.
Two people crowding around a sink isn't pleasant. You might consider adding a double vanity, or closed toilet room for your mutual convenience. Would two separate showers be a good thing?
Where will all your stuff go?
What things need to be stored in the bathroom and where should they be located? People often underestimate how much stuff they really have. You don't want to clutter your countertops with: medicine, soap, shampoo bottles, fresh linens, shavers, electric toothbrushes, makeup, grooming items, wet towels & wash cloths and extra tp. Naturally all of that needs to be put somewhere. The answers to these questions can shed light on how much storage shelves, drawers, and open floor space is needed.
Think about beautiful bathrooms you may have seen in hotels or design magazines. What's the difference between those professionally designed spaces compared to what you have now?
Usually good design just flows well, and everything fits together perfectly. Here are some bathroom design ideas:
- Streamline the room, don't leave things jutting out.
- Create a sense of openess
- Extend space with clear shower doors
- Use a soothing color palette
- Integrated lighting is a sophisticated way to brighten the space and add drama. Thanks to LED technology there are a lot of creative ways to light a room that just weren't available a few years ago.
- No need for a jumble of electrical things out in the open recharging. Outlets placed inside cabinets can make unsightly cords a thing of the past.
Should I do it myself, or hire a contractor?
It's up to you, but remember a couple of things. The home makeover shows really exaggerate the speed in which a remodel takes place. They have giant crews, who have spent a lifetime becoming master craftsmen.
Remodeling a bathroom is tough. Bathroom layout has to be accurately planned and measured with meticulous precision. This includes the present layout and the new features before they are bought and installed. In addition here are other things that need attending to:
Bathroom tear outs, plumbing & electrical surprises, electrical outlets, waste pipes, cutting and grouting tile, leveling and installing flooring, hanging vanities, faucets, shower heads, sinks, tiling walls, shelving, shower installation, cutting into walls for insets, shower pan and drain installation, putting in bathtubs, installing a properly rated exhaust fan, properly placed lighting, and mirrors. Whew! That's a lot. It also has to be up to code, and more than likely a construction permit will need to be pulled.The timing of things also has to be in a specific order. You can't put in tile at the same time electricians have the power off, and the plumbers have also turned off the water.
It's tricky to do bathroom right, and there are a thousand things that can go wrong. Complicating the mix is the fact that every surface in the bathroom must endure constant water and humidity. All of these things can really test your skills and patience. Mistakes are very hard and expensive to fix which could be the end of your family's patience with the whole thing. Practically speaking working with an experienced contractor is definitely a good idea. And now, ahem....a shameless plug. Integrity Kitchen and Baths has been remodeling bathrooms in the Sarasota, Bradenton area for over 20 years, nudge nudge.