A fantastic bathroom has a certain something that makes it stand out. When you return to the table in a restaurant or hotel, do you ever feel the need to remark on how wonderful the restrooms are? When we are in a stunning bathroom, it is simple to experience feelings of serenity and happiness, as well as a touch of opulence.
If you are looking for ideas to remodel your bathroom, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the options that are available. The websites and magazines devoted to bathroom remodelling are brimming with stunning designs, each of which is just as lovely as the one before it. Which of these options should you choose, then?
We are drawn, even if it is unconsciously, to bathrooms that have been carefully designed to fulfil all of our requirements in the most effective way possible.
Even more so than kitchens, homeowners' bathrooms are the rooms in their homes that get the most love during renovations. The space is more constrained, which makes the task somewhat less difficult. Additionally, because there is less room, there will be a reduction in the cost of the following: flooring, painting, cabinetry, and countertops. By adhering to these guidelines, you can make your bathroom remodel more appealing while also ensuring that it runs smoothly, effectively, and without breaking the bank.
Are you getting ready to launch a brand new project to renovate your bathroom? Are you going through the process of renovating your home for the first time? This is an exciting new phase in your life, and you should approach it in the most effective manner possible. We have compiled a list of our favourite hints and tips to assist you in finding the ideal equilibrium between the creative customization requirements you have and the practical design ideas that can assist you in bringing the entire bathroom together.
We would all like to have a bathroom that is a representation of our personal style and at the same time is able to provide the necessary level of comfort for us. Nevertheless, apart from that, it is essential to ensure that it is equipped with the appropriate fittings and amenities, which are able to provide not only function but also value. You can, fortunately, have it all if you plan carefully, locate reliable contractors, and select an appropriate layout for your building.
When is the best time to redesign your bathroom's layout? Any time at all Why put up with dated decor, an awkward floor plan, and inefficient fixtures if you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future? If you are planning to move in the near future, investing in some home improvements could pay off in the form of a higher listing price or a quicker sale. When tackling a bathroom remodel, there are a few things that should be kept in mind. At Hitch Property Constructions, we offer a wide range of bathroom renovation Melbourne.
FAQs About Bathroom
As the old saying goes, 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail'. Designing your bathroom is no exception to this long lived rule, given that the average bathroom lifespan is around 10 years.
The view upon entrance: This is an important part of design, so makes a good starting point for your bathroom layout – you want to see the bath or basin first, not the toilet. Choose one key piece: Be it a freestanding bath, heart-stopping vanity unit or a beautifully tiled shower area and build the layout around it.
If you keep up with it, a bathroom sink can last almost a lifetime. With lower quality materials and poor upkeep, expect a bathroom sink to last about ten years.
So, how often should a bathroom be renovated? A bathroom should be remodeled every four to five years. Four to five years is when colors go out of date, fixtures begin to have problems, and when you begin getting sick of the look of your bathroom.
Plenty of light is essential in a bathroom to make getting ready easier. Ideally, you should include as much natural light as possible but every bathroom needs artificial solutions, too. Think about how the bathroom will be used. You'll probably need specific task lighting around the vanity, shower and bathtub.
Create a Budget
You are making an investment in both your property and in yourself when you seize the opportunity to remodel your house in the exact manner in which you have always envisioned it. Renovating your home and bathroom can cost as much as you want it to, and if you don't have a solid budget, the costs can quickly escalate.
The solution is to conduct research on the costs of local custom building, establish a budget that is realistic, and then make every effort to adhere to the budget. If you choose a remodelling contractor or design-build firm that offers fixed pricing rather than estimates, this will be much simpler for you to accomplish.
The costs associated with labour and, to a lesser extent, materials can quickly drive up the total cost of remodelling a bathroom. The most reputable general contractors for bathrooms and the licenced subcontractors that they collaborate with are examples of highly skilled professionals who are in high demand. If you want to upgrade the materials in your current bathroom to ones of a higher quality, you will need to factor in the cost of a variety of things, including tiles and a bathtub, among other things.
To create your budget, you'll need to take into consideration a few things:
- Do you plan to sell the house within the next few years?
- Do you want to move the items that are plumbed in to a different location?
- Which features of the brand-new bathroom absolutely cannot be left out?
- How much money do you have available to invest?
Remodelling your bathroom before selling your home
When it comes to home remodelling, one of the most common pieces of advice that we give to our clients is to focus on their own requirements rather than the potential profit from selling the house in the future. When the time comes to sell your home, you will only recoup a portion of the money you spent remodelling it. This rule has a very small number of notable exceptions. If you only intend to stay in the house for a year or two before selling it, you should probably reconsider investing in any significant remodelling projects before you sell it. This is because you will likely get your money back when you sell the house.
Having said that, it is common practise for a sizeable portion of the money spent on remodelling the bathroom to be recouped when it comes time to sell the house. This is especially important to keep in mind if the previous bathroom in the house was extremely worn down or dated. When a home was put up for sale in 2018, the typical return on investment for renovating a bathroom was 70 percent. This was the case regardless of the size of the investment. If you plan to stay in your current home for an extended period of time, at least as long as it takes you to fully appreciate the expanded space, you should give some serious thought to the possibility of making some improvements to the property through the use of financial resources.
One piece of advice: if you want to ensure that your purchase will have a high resale value, select a layout and materials that are likely to appeal to a large number of people and that aren't overly tailored to your preferences. If you need assistance determining what to do, talk to a professional interior designer or real estate agent.
Choose the type of bathroom.
There is a wide variety of options available when it comes to the layout of bathrooms, both in terms of size and form. If you decide to remodel your bathroom, you probably won't alter the type of bathroom that you currently have in any way. However, before you set your ideas in stone (or grout! ), it is a good idea to look into all of the other options that are open to you.
You may have missed some opportunities in the past, but hiring the services of an experienced interior designer can help you identify those opportunities. A cramped half bathroom could be converted into a luxurious master suite by, for example, taking some space from a walk-in closet or a bedroom and moving it into the new master suite. This would only call for a slight increase in available space.
If a bathroom contains a sink, a toilet, and either a bathtub or a shower, then it is referred to as either a "standard" bathroom or a "full" bathroom (or both). There are some older homes that were built with only one full bathroom, which was designed to be used by every member of the family. These stalls are supposed to be shared by multiple people.
The difference is that rather than entering through the front door, you go through the master bedroom to get to the en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom. When constructing or renovating a master suite, many homeowners have the goal of creating an atmosphere that is luxurious and reminiscent of a spa. Imagine for a moment that your bathroom was outfitted with skylights, a jetted tub, and a separate steam shower. A master bedroom that has been carefully designed can function as a relaxing retreat right there in the same house as the rest of the family.
It is typically possible to construct a master suite in a house even if it does not already have one by adding on to the existing structure of the house. Because of this, the existing standard bathroom will be available for use by the family, and there will be no need for individuals to take turns waiting in line for the morning shower.
A half bathroom, also known as a powder room, is a compact room that consists only of a toilet and a sink. Adding a half bathroom onto your older Seattle home that only has one full bathroom could make your life a lot more convenient. If you have guests over for dinner, they can use the powder room so they don't have to encroach on your own personal space in the bathroom. Also, if you have guests staying at your house, having a second bathroom available can relieve some of the strain on your primary bathroom in the morning when you're all trying to get ready at the same time.
One of the many advantages of a half bathroom is that it does not need a large footprint to be installed. Even in the smallest of spaces, such as closets and unused corners, we were able to instal half bathrooms. The addition of a half bathroom can be a simple way to increase the value of your home while also making your daily life easier.
Wet baths are a particular style of full bathroom in which the shower is not contained within a separate cubicle or concealed by a curtain. The walls, floor, and cabinets in wet bathrooms are all treated to a full coating of waterproofing material.
One of the bathroom design strategies that I enjoy implementing the most is the creation of a wet room. It is possible for it to have a streamlined and contemporary appearance even though there are no cumbersome shower doors in the way. However, it is also highly applicable in everyday life. Because they are completely waterproof, you won't have to worry about water getting on the floor or walls even if it gets splashed. Because there are no curbs or other obstacles that prevent a person with limited mobility from entering and exiting the shower safely, wet bathrooms lend themselves well to the principles of universal design.
Wet baths have a number of benefits, one of which is that they are effective space-users. Wet baths allow you to fit more into a smaller room because you do not need to allocate space for a shower frame or stall. This is especially helpful if you are renovating an existing bathroom in your home or adding one.
Even though they are a bit more expensive, wet baths are the best way to construct a bathroom because they are the most long-lasting.
Develop a bathroom layout
So you've decided on the style of bathroom you want to build from scratch or renovate (half or full bath, wet bath or standard). The next step is to consider the structure of the layout. There are an infinite number of different ways in which a bathroom can be laid out, all of which are determined by the nature and dimensions of the available space.
It is imperative that you work out the layout of your remodelled bathroom before you even begin to consider the aesthetics of the project.
We always recommend to our customers that they keep their current floor plan in mind. If they are content with the general placement of the bathtub or shower, sink, and toilet in the room and are able to continue living with that general layout, then I say they should go for it!
If you can avoid it, you should avoid rearranging the plumbing fixtures (and the walls) in your bathroom remodel because it can quickly drive up the cost of the project. Of course, there are times when the current layout is ineffective.
It's possible that the bathroom you originally had was poorly designed. It's possible that you need more room. Perhaps you are expanding a half bathroom into a full bathroom. There are a variety of reasons why you might be required to alter the layout. The situation can become complicated at this point.
The image stays in your mind whenever you look at the bathroom that is currently in your home. To reconceive of it as anything other than what it was in its original form can require a mental leap.
Your designer will be able to assist you by providing design consultations and generating a three-dimensional rendering of what your new bathroom will appear to be. For instance, we are able to let our design clients immerse themselves in potential new bathroom designs by using a virtual reality headset. You will be able to experiment with a number of different approaches in this way until you find one that you truly enjoy.
In general, the smaller the space, the fewer options for furniture placement you will be presented with. There are only so many configurations possible for a bathroom with a footprint of 8 feet by 8 feet that includes a tub, sink, and toilet. When there is more room, there are also more opportunities and possibilities for personalisation.
It is possible to make the most of a constrained area with the assistance of a skilled interior designer. Additionally, he or she can assist you in tailoring a larger layout to your particular requirements so that it works better for you. Planning for a new look for your house? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions is here to help in your home renovations.
Decide whether you want a bathtub.
It's likely that the question "to bathtub or not to bathtub" was Shakespeare's original conundrum for Hamlet. After all, maintaining Danish castles is an expensive endeavour, and new inhabitants were arriving at the turn of the 17th century. This is a significant issue for many contemporary homeowners who are interested in optimising their use of space.
Bathtubs are typically found in traditional bathrooms; however, it appears that fewer people feel the need to soak these days. It's possible that the pace of modern life is to blame, but the majority of people in the United States now choose to shower over taking a bath. In comparison to showers, taking a bath consumes a lot more water than either option.
If you are the type of person who makes full use of the complete relaxation that a bath can provide, then including one in your renovated bathroom will be a big yes for you. The most ideal location for a luxurious tub is in the private bathroom of the master bedroom, where the occupants can relax undisturbed by the activity in the rest of the house.
It is recommended that you maintain at least one bathtub in your home if you intend to sell it in the near future. If you intend to remain in your house for a significant amount of time, you can safely disregard that piece of advice and instal high-end showers in place of all of your bathtubs. You might decide never to look back.
When designing a brand-new bathroom, many people fail to realise the importance of having adequate lighting. Bad bathroom lighting, on the other hand, is easy to spot the moment you walk in, and it can ruin both the aesthetics and the functionality of the room.
Nothing makes a bathroom feel more open and airy than having plenty of natural light streaming in. If it is at all possible, you should strive to incorporate a large number of windows and possibly even a skylight into your design. You may still be able to instal a tubular skylight in your home even if the architecture of your house does not allow for the installation of a conventional skylight.
Having a natural lighting scheme around the mirror gives accurate representations of colour and skin tone, and it enables you to see what your appearance will be like when you step outside.
If your bathroom design includes one or more windows, you might want to position your mirror and vanity lighting so that you will be looking out of the window while you get ready in the morning. This enables you to make use of natural lighting during the day and to rely on artificial lighting for vanity purposes after dark.
Because the sun sets every day, you will, of course, need an artificial lighting plan that is just as good as your natural lighting plan. This is true regardless of how well you have planned for natural lighting.
Organizing your thoughts in terms of different layers is a good place to start. It's possible for recessed LEDs with a dimmer switch to provide ambient light, but it's important to keep in mind that light coming from above can create unattractive shadows on the face. As a result of this, you should make sure to layer in some soft lighting at head level at the vanity. Some contemporary vanities come equipped with built-in lighting systems that emit unadulterated, broad-spectrum light, which helps your skin appear more healthy and radiant. Steer clear of harsh light sources and naked bulbs.
If you enjoy reading while you soak in the tub, don't forget to instal spotlights or provide the shower area with sufficient lighting. In order to add a dash of atmosphere lighting to the niche, we even built the tile work in the shower so that it incorporates indirect lighting strips.
Don't overlook ventilation.
Bathrooms have a natural propensity for condensation, and the problem is exacerbated by Seattle's consistently muggy climate. The local building code mandates that your bathroom must have sufficient ventilation if it contains either a shower or a bathtub.
Each and every bathroom requires high-quality ventilation to ensure the health of its occupants and to prevent the growth of mould. Mold can cause significant issues in bathrooms, and if it is allowed to grow unchecked, it can discolour surfaces and cause expensive damage, particularly in areas that are difficult to access.
Ventilation can typically be found in the form of:
- Windows and window vents
- Exhaust fans
Windows can be a good source of ventilation, but they also have the potential to let in pollutants from traffic, pollen, and even raccoons. In the winter, if you rely on open windows to ventilate your bathroom, you will be wasting a lot of energy. In addition to this, if you crack a window while you're in the shower, you'll feel the draught.
Exhaust fans with timers that are externally vented are a good solution to ventilation issues. Your contractor will assist you in determining where in the bathroom these fans should be installed in order to achieve the highest possible level of airflow efficiency.
Add a little luxury.
If you are considering remodelling your bathroom, you might want to include a few additional features to give the room a more personalised feel and make it stand out.
There are a few supplementary features that can be added to bathrooms that are becoming increasingly prized and even anticipated in contemporary settings. Adding these during a remodel is the ideal time to do so because doing so will result in less disruption than if it were done at a later time.
Just picture yourself stepping out of the shower or tub and having a warm floor to put your wet feet on. It's a trivial detail, but it can have a significant impact on how much you enjoy something. Not only are heated tile floors opulent and comfortable for your feet, but they also make financial sense.
The installation of heated flooring will incur additional costs up front, but it will allow you to maintain your comfort even if the primary thermostat is set to a slightly lower temperature. Radiant heat has a warmer sensation—similar to the warmth of the sun's rays—than hot air does, and there are very few sensations in this world that can compare to having toasty toes.
Heated towel rail
Is there anything better than getting out of the shower and wrapping a pre-heated towel around yourself? I think not!
Toilets, cabinets, and washbasins that are mounted on the wall have a streamlined, contemporary appearance and free up floor space. This enables you to have a more open bathroom or to add additional storage space. Again, this luxury extra is a simple touch that can make a significant difference in the way that your bathroom appears and how it feels.
Choose durable bathroom materials.
Bathrooms are subjected to a significant amount of wear and tear on a daily basis. They need to be able to adapt to significant shifts in temperature, as well as significant shifts in humidity and direct exposure to water. Additionally, bathrooms should be simple to clean, resistant to harsh chemicals, and appealing to the eye.
It's not going to be easy!
To get the most out of a bathroom remodel, it is often necessary to know where to cut costs and where to invest more money in purchasing materials of a higher quality. When you try to save money on materials, you often end up spending much more money overall because those materials need to be replaced after only a few years.
The most long-lasting bathroom materials will continue to look brand new for a significantly longer period of time, and some of them will even last a lifetime or longer. They won't be susceptible to issues that are caused by dampness, and they'll keep their high-quality appearance.
Make sure that your design calls for tiles that are of a high quality and do not have pores in them. In most cases, porcelain is an excellent material to use.
Avoid purchasing inexpensive cabinets made of particle board because they tend to swell and fail quickly in wet environments. Likewise, choose solid wood trim over MDF.
Even the less expensive porcelain sinks and tubs made of cast iron will hold up well over time, but you should avoid surfaces made of inexpensive fibreglass or acrylic.
Make an investment in high-quality plumbing fixtures with solid brass mixing valves; they will last a lifetime, whereas inexpensive plastic fixtures will most likely fail within a few short years.
Adding a bathroom
Are you constructing a brand-new lavatory from the ground up? In addition to reducing the likelihood of a fight breaking out in the morning over who gets to use the restroom first, installing a second or third bathroom in your home can also boost its market value.
The addition of a new bathroom will necessitate the planning and installation of an entirely new plumbing system. Despite the fact that this is a significant undertaking, you will be able to organise the new space in precisely the way you envision it.
Combining projects can save you money.
If you are planning on installing a new bathroom, you might want to give some thought to renovating your existing bathrooms at the same time. You can save money by combining jobs, in addition to the fact that you'll already have a procession of subcontractors and inspectors coming through your house.
Think about accessibility now, before you need it
Contemplating ways to make your bathroom more accessible during the course of its renovation is a good idea. Having a disability or having less mobility may seem like a distant concern; however, if you take a few simple steps now, you can save yourself a lot of money in the future.
Today, accessibility does not necessarily mean installing grab rails in every room. In its place, you could instal blocking behind the drywall to serve as a future support for grab rails. A walk-in shower that does not have a kerb is another lovely alternative that has the added advantage of being easily accessible.
Accessibility features, such as slip-resistant tiles and wet-room layouts, can be easily incorporated into a bathroom remodel, making it a step that is both simple and proactive. Finding the right home constructions company Melbourne is an important decision. Check out our range of the best home design constructions at Hitch Property Constructions.
Performing bathroom remodelling is considered an investment, so you naturally want to make sure that you are getting the most value for your money. A bathroom remodel is an investment in your future that will result in a profit for you as a result of the effort that you put into increasing the value of your home.