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7 Bathroom Upgrades You Should Have

One of the best things you can do for the home is to upgrade your bathroom. It adds to its value by making it more attractive and functional for the people that see it and use it. An upgrade might be a minor one such as replacing your kitchen countertops, or a major one such as putting in heated floors. In most cases, the extent of your bathroom upgrade will depend on your budget. If you have enough money to do just one upgrade, you might want to choose one of these 7 bathroom upgrades you should have.

Low-flow hidden cistern toilets

Most people would agree that saving water with a low-flow toilet is an excellent idea, and a must-have bathroom upgrade. Low-flush toilets use at least 20% less water (4.8 liters or less) than a standard flush, so putting one in your bathroom is a great idea. Choosing a low-flush hidden cistern toilet is an even better idea, as you can save up to 12 inches of space.

Hidden cistern toilets have the water closet inside the wall rather than in front of it. They hang on the wall, so the space under the toilet bowl is also easier to clean. Here are some variations on wall-hung toilets. Of course, replacing your standard toilet with this space saving one requires making a hole on the wall, covering up the hole on the floor, and reconfiguring the pipes and drain. However, this is not a difficult task for a remodeling company.

You can also opt for a toilet that does not have a tank at all, but uses a pressure valve so that it uses even less water to accomplish a successful flush. These tankless toilets tend to be noisier, but more people have come to accept this as a necessary evil in their homes.
Hidden-cistern and tankless toilets are particularly a good fit for modern and contemporary bathrooms. However, any bathroom can benefit from them, so it is a must-have upgrade to your home.

Textured tiles for shower floors

One of the biggest dangers in the bathroom is slipping on a wet floor, especially in the shower. When upgrading your bathroom, make sure to choose textured tiles for your shower floor to give your feet a better grip and prevent slipping.
Ceramic tiles are the affordable and versatile choice, but you can also choose granite tiles with a textured finish. You can mix and match colors and patterns for a visually stunning effect. If you do choose ceramic tiles, make sure to choose grout that are resistant to molds and stains.
Larger drainpipes

Most bathrooms have standard PVC tubes with 1¼ or 1½-inch diameter for the drainpipes, and these are prone to clogging with frequent use. You can minimize this by replacing your drainpipes with a slight larger one with a 2-inch diameter. You will not actually see this improvement after remodeling, but you will feel how much easier it is for water to drain, especially in the shower or tub.
This is a simple upgrade, but not an easy one. In most cases, you will have to root out the existing drainpipes, widen the hole, and replace the pipes. It requires the expertise of a qualified plumber, but the time and money involved will pay back in dividends once done.

Put in a tub to use it

The bathtub is a major functional and design feature of the bathroom. After all, the word “bath” is right there in the name of the room. However, quite a few homeowners put in a bathtub for forms’ sake because they seldom have the time actually to use it to take a bath. Taking a bath, in most cases, actually means taking a shower, which is faster and uses less water. Some people also find taking a long shower more hygienic than soaking in a bath, although perhaps not as relaxing.

The point is, everything in the bathroom must serve a purpose outside of design. The space constraints demand. When deciding on whether or not to put in a bathtub when upgrading your bathroom, take the time to consider if you actually need one or plan to use it regularly. If you think using the tub to take a real bath will be an occasional thing, you might want to save the money and space and not put one in.
On the other hand, most homebuyers do appreciate a nice bathtub. If you are planning to sell your home soon, you might want to think about that. A good rule is you can put in a tub in one bathroom if you have two or more in the home, even if you are not planning to use it. The most strategic move is to put it in the master bathroom if you have one.

Add a window

Humidity is often a problem with bathrooms, so you want to get as much air movement there as possible. You can do this by adding a vent fan, but the best way is to add at least one window to the outside. This will not only let the moisture (and most smells) out, it will also let the light in. The best place to add a window is the shower, because it gives the steam an easy and immediate way out of the room. Your remodeling contractor should be able to give you some valuable insights into the best placement of your new window.

Recess your medicine cabinet

Most people put their medicines in the bathroom, which is why most bathrooms have a medicine cabinet. You can make it look less conspicuous and save some space at the same time by asking your contractor to recess it. You can use your existing medicine cabinet if you want, but putting it into the wall can make that wall look significantly sleeker. The work involved is not that much provided you have drywall on that wall. Ask your contractor for advice if the wall is concrete or otherwise not easy to frame a recess.

Add a dimmer

Bathrooms usually have slight or no access to natural light, so artificial lighting is necessary. Add lights if your bathroom cast many shadows, especially in the area of the vanity. More important than the quantity, however, is the quality. You can make do with just one or two lights in a small bathroom if you can control the brightness. You can do that by installing a dimmer switch. This is a very simple upgrade, and most people can DIY it. If you are not comfortable with that, ask your contractor to add that to the to-do list when remodeling your bathroom.


Bathroom upgrades can be simple or complex, but the right ones can improve the look and function of your bathroom significantly. You should have these 7-bathroom upgrades.

If you are looking for professional help, check your local contractors first. Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products, including a large collection of cabinets for use in the bathroom and kitchen.

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Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen or bathroom upgrade.

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Sam Kazanci is the owner of Fairfax Kitchen Bath Remodeling. He has experience to build and remodel the kitchen and baths with his team and the author of fkb blog: You can find Sam on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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