9 Things You Should Know Before You Remodel Your Bathroom
You’re planning out the details for your bathroom remodeling project. But what ideas should stay, and which should go? Is there anything you’re missing?
In many cases, you are. Therefore, it’s always good to team up with experienced professionals. But before you do, you can use this quick guide to see the top things every homeowner should know before they embark on their bathroom renovation.
Let’s take a closer look.
1. The Professionals Know Best
In other words, you want to reconsider embarking on a DIY project. Some homeowners consider this route because they want to save money. However, in many cases, it can turn out to be more problematic and expensive than expected.
At the end of the day, the bathroom remodeling experts know best. They’ll know if certain areas need repair, such as leaky pipes. And they know how to perform a demolition properly.
2. Planning for a Small Bathroom
If you’re like many Americans, you’re planning the design for a small bathroom. But if you’re building one for your home, then you may wonder how small is too small. Well, typically, you need at least 11 sq. ft. of space for your toilet and sink.
But, of course, you want a bathroom that’s comfortable. So, you want an area between 3 and 4 feet wide and 6 and 8 feet long.
A contractor and designer can both help you figure out the best size for the space allowed in your home.
3. Improve the Wiring
It’s not uncommon for older homes to have outdated wiring. If you’ve yet to make changes to the electrical wiring in your bathroom, then this may be a good time to do so. And it’s not good enough to simply switch out your outlets with GFCI outlets.
Make sure to also replace the wiring with dedicated 20-amp circuits. Also, if you don’t have enough outlets, consider installing more. You want to have enough to use all the appliances you operate, such as curling irons, electric razors and electric toothbrushes.
4. Plan for Accessibility
There are many ways you can improve the accessibility of your bathroom. In doing so, you are future-proofing your home. This, in turn, makes it so you can live in your home for many years to come. There are various ways you can achieve this goal.
For instance, you can adjust the height of your towel bars, robe hooks, sink and bathroom vanity. It’s also a good idea to have your toilet seat higher than normal. You can speak with a knowledgeable contractor regarding making your bathroom accessible.
5. Build Niches for Your Toiletries
In the past, most homeowners purchased clunky showerhead organizers that protruded from the wall, taking up space. You can get rid of this concept and replace it with a wall niche designed just for your shampoo, soap and other items.
The key is to reduce the amount of space being used up, so you can enjoy the full space of your shower stall.
6. Invest in Sinks, Storage and Workspace
You’re going to come across a lot of varieties of sinks and bathroom vanities to choose from. The key is to select those that will make your bathroom functional and easy to maneuver.
For instance, pedestal sinks are quite popular, but they don’t come with storage space. However, if you lack space, then this option is right for you.
Vessel sinks, on the other hand, are perfect if you want a unique design and sufficient storage space. Vessel sinks are large bowls that set atop your bathroom vanity.
The final option is to go with a vanity with a built-in sink. In most cases, these are about 30 inches and provide about 15 ft. of storage space. On either side of the sink, you’ll have about 10 inches of countertop space.
7. Choice in Countertop Slabs
Out of all the countertop options available, the most popular happen to be natural and engineered stones. The natural stone varieties, such as granite and marble, are very tough. Once sealed, they’re resistant to stains and scratches.
However, you’ll have to reseal them regularly to maintain its integrity.
This is what makes engineered quartz a more preferred choice. It doesn’t require sealing, since it’s nonporous. And because it’s nonporous, it doesn’t easily stain, crack or scratch.
What’s also attractive about quartz is that it comes in a large array of colors. Plus, it looks a lot like natural stone. So, homeowners get the best of both worlds – a highly-durable countertop that looks 100% all-natural.
8. Choose a Durable Flooring
The floors in your bathroom should be able to withstand the trials and tribulations of your activities. This includes heavy foot traffic, as well as water that splashes onto it from the sink or shower.
Tile is a great choice because it’s suitable for bathroom settings for this reason.
9. Add Radiant Heat Beneath the Floors
Now, if you want to spruce your floors up a bit, one way to do so is to implement a heating system. This is perfect for Virginia dwellers, especially during the wintertime.
The beauty about heated floors is you can apply the system right beneath your tile installation.
Hire a Contractor for Your Bathroom Remodel
The contractors at Fairfax Kitchen and Bath are licensed, bonded and insured. We have a local showroom you can visit to see the products we fabricate and install. This includes engineered and natural stone countertops, sinks, faucets, tile and backsplashes.
All consultations we provide are free of charge. Once you choose the products you want, you will receive it much faster than big box stores.
Ready to get your bathroom remodeled? Give us a call today!
I am a remodeling expert that loves to build beautiful homes. I write about our beautiful place in Fairfax and the homes that I have help over the years.