It doesn't matter if you have a small powder room or an elaborate master en suite; the functionality of your bathroom should be the primary focus of your remodel. Continue reading to acquire knowledge that will assist you in increasing storage space, enhancing lighting and drainage, and other techniques that will help your remodelled bathroom withstand the test of time.
You've made up your mind to get the bathroom remodel you've been putting off started. Congratulations! If you are like many of the other homeowners in the Fox Cities with whom we speak, you are constantly thinking about the renovation of your home. It's possible that you've done some research online, invested in some design books and magazines, or even created a board on Pinterest for ideas. However, do not let the excitement prevent you from making rational decisions that have the potential to save you both time and money! We've compiled a list of some of the most common errors that homeowners make when remodelling their bathrooms. When designing the bathroom of your dreams, be sure to keep these helpful hints in mind as you move forwards.
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Mistakes When Remodeling Your Bathroom
Don't set an unreasonable budget.
Examine the aspects of achieving your renovation goals that are essential as well as those that are not essential. By carrying out these steps, you will be able to determine which aspects of your remodelling budget are feasible and which are not. Calculating the estimated costs of the materials that will be required in order to set up your budget may seem like a simple and straightforward option; however, this is not always the best choice. Your budget should account for any unforeseen expenses that may arise as a result of potential problems during the renovation. These problems may include drainage problems, signs of mould growth, faulty ventilation systems, or potential plumbing mistakes made by the original contractor.
Don't rush your project timeline.
Just like anything else in life, sometimes things don't go according to plan when you're remodelling your bathroom. Depending on the specifics of the remodelling project, a contractor may discover problems within the home or bathroom, such as issues with the pipes, mould, or mildew. Maintain a positive outlook, but remember that not all home improvement projects can be finished within the allotted amount of time, so try not to get too ahead of yourself.
Don't forget the details.
The big picture is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but when it comes to renovating a bathroom, even the minutest of details cannot be overlooked. Even though making decisions can be difficult, it is important to try to have all of the cosmetic changes chosen as early as possible. This includes choosing the tile design, paint colour, fixtures, and type of finish. The capacity for storage is also of the utmost significance. Be sure not to under-estimate the amount of space you'll need for storage. Consider the most frequent problems you run into with the storage in your current bathroom, and make adjustments accordingly. It is important to plan out the specifics of the renovation before meeting with a remodeler so that the process can move along more quickly.
Remember to plan the layout.
Let's say you have your heart set on having a vanity with two sinks. Great! However, it's possible that you're also interested in a sizable walk-in shower. Check to see that the square footage of your bathroom can accommodate all of your needs and wants. Particularly if it's the bathroom that gets the most traffic in the whole house, you don't want it to be so full that there's no room for anyone to move around in there. Collaborate with designers and plumbing experts to create a layout that is both realistic and leaves room for what is required.
Trends aren't always meant to be followed.
It's possible that you want to remodel your bathroom because the one you have now appears dated in comparison to bathrooms built in more recent times. Keep in mind that updating your bathroom's fixtures and design is a long-term investment, so while it's a good idea to give it a few modern touches, don't go overboard. In three years, will this colour still be considered trendy? Almost certainly not. There's a good reason why some things are considered classics. Keep in mind that it took some time just to think about starting the renovation process, which means that the next time you renovate, it probably won't be for quite some time. Take these actions in the here and now, but always keep your long-term goals in mind.
What To Consider Before Your Bathroom Remodel
Drain pipes in residential plumbing systems are typically 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You wouldn't believe the amount of gunk and hair that goes down that drain. If the drain is larger, there is less of a chance that it will become clogged. Increasing the size of the drain in your shower to 2 inches is something you should think about doing unless the framing of your bathroom doesn't allow for it. The price difference to upgrade to a 2-inch drain is practically insignificant.
In addition, it is imperative that the water supply lines in your home not be routed through any exterior walls if you live in an area that experiences winter temperatures that fall below freezing.
If you want to make the room brighter, you should think about installing recessed light fixtures throughout the ceiling. Installing one or two in your shower requires the installation of the appropriate shower trim. Installing a dimmer switch will allow you to alter the ambience of your bathroom to suit your needs. You need to give some thought to how you intend to use the mirror in your bathroom, as well as whether you want the lighting to be primarily decorative or practical. Bright light fixtures that are strategically placed can go a long way towards assisting you in seeing what you are doing up close and personal, whether you will be applying make-up or shaving.
Have you considered recessing your medicine cabinet to save space? When compared to a shallow vanity, this is frequently an excellent way to save a few inches of space, and the additional framing won't typically break the bank in the majority of cases. In the event that this is not possible, you will need to ensure that there is sufficient space at your vanity for your medicine cabinet to protrude by between 4 and 5 inches.
These fittings' popularity has been on the rise as of late, and there's a good reason for that. They are now much more affordable, and because the tank is concealed behind the wall, they take up significantly less room. However, there is a major factor to take into account with these specialised fixtures. Because of the way that these toilets drain, if you ever decide that you want a floor-mounted unit instead, you will need to rework the supply in order to accommodate it.
A window in the shower.
When executed correctly, this is a wonderful feature. Here are some things to think about:
- Pick a panel made of frosted glass for added discretion, preferably one that can be opened to let in some breeze.
- To ensure that this location is impervious to water, it is imperative that stone jambs be included in the installation process.
- Make sure that the sill is sloped in a downward and away direction so that water can drain properly.
In the end, I always make sure to specify a tilt-and-turn window for the shower because the screen is placed on the outside of the window, the handles are made of plastic so that they won't rust, and the window still provides complete privacy even when it is tilted open.
LSimilar to the windowsill, the most important aspect of this is to ensure that it slopes appropriately into the shower. Make every effort to select a material that is robust, such as stone or quartz. If you tile your shower curb, water can sit on the grout lines and eventually seep through to the framing.
Larger tiles are typically more difficult to slope properly, and unless they have a texture, they will be slipperier because the grout lines are further apart. If the tiles are textured, however, the larger tiles can be easier to navigate. The use of smaller tiles, regardless of whether or not they have a textured surface, provides increased traction and is typically the norm for shower floors; however, the options are nearly limitless.
The days of having to settle for a boring beige prefabricated shower base are over. Shower systems that have contemporary, easy-to-clean bases made of acrylic or porcelain are the ones that I've been using an increasing amount. It's important to remember that you have other choices for the floor of your shower.
You might want to think about installing a vanity that has drawers rather than doors for storage. Drawers are more convenient in terms of both access and organisation. They can have the plumbing cut out around them, and they can be made extra-large so that they can store large items.
Shower or tub?
Ask yourself how often you take baths to help you decide whether you need a tub or a shower only option in your bathroom. I frequently find that it is necessary to point out to my clients that they are not renovating their homes for the purpose of selling them to a third party, but rather for themselves. It will be money well spent if you do it for yourself, even if you only plan to stay in your house for another five years. In addition, there is no foolproof way to determine what aspects of a product or service will appeal to a potential purchaser in the future.
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Choose the Right Paint Sheen
In times past, in order to prevent persistent bathroom humidity, the walls had to be painted with a finish that was either glossy or satin. But in today's market, there are a variety of manufacturers that produce speciality paints in trendy matte finishes. These paints are formulated with anti-microbial additives, which protect the surface from mildew and moisture. It's possible that these paints will cost up to twice as much as the typical latex-acrylic. Therefore, if you are looking to save money, you should choose glossy. By installing an exhaust fan that is properly vented and ducted to the outside of the building, the best way to prevent mould and mildew is to stop it before it starts. Also, avoid taking a shower for at least twenty-four hours before and after painting so that there is no chance of any moisture interfering with the drying process of the paint.
Select the Faucet First
In many bathrooms, the sink faucet, or in some cases the tub faucet, is the most visible piece of hardware. Because of this, you should begin by selecting the sink faucet, and then match the shower set, toilet flush lever, towel bars, and any other pieces of hardware to the styling and finish material of the faucet. You can find ergonomic lever faucets in a variety of styles, ranging from contemporary to vintage. These faucets are the easiest to use for people of all ages.
Think About Your Storage and Counter Space Needs
The amount of storage space and counter space that your bathroom offers is directly proportional to the sink and vanity that you select for the space: A pedestal sink has a small footprint and a classic design, making it an excellent choice for bathrooms with limited space. However, it lacks a vanity for storage and has a very restricted amount of counter space. Because a vessel sink is a bowl that sits on top of the vanity — which is typically a repurposed piece of antique furniture — there is plenty of room for drawers and storage space inside, but there is very little counter space that can be used on top. A traditional vanity will have storage space below it in addition to counter space on top.
Make Flawless Flushing a Priority
You're in for an eye-opening experience if you haven't shopped for a new toilet in the recent past. You will need to consider a number of high-tech options, some of which include seats that are heated and illuminated by LEDs, functionality for an integrated bidet, and water-saving and self-cleaning features. However, ensuring that every flush is perfect ought to be your top priority. You can test the ability of any toilet to perform its function with just one pull of the handle by going to the website map-testing.com. You should look for toilets that have a Maximum Performance (MaP) testing score of at least 500; this group includes many high-efficiency models that use as little as half of the legal limit of 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
Flatter Yourself with the Right Light
Although ceiling lights that are surface-mounted or recessed are essential for providing adequate lighting in the room as a whole, the light they cast on one's own reflection is unflattering. Ideal task lighting for your bathroom sink would be mounted on either side of the mirror. The ideal distance between fixtures is between 36 and 40 inches, and they should be positioned so that they are at eye level (about 66 inches). If there is insufficient space for side sconces, a long fixture can be mounted on the wall above the mirror instead.
These days, cement and encaustic tiles are all the rage, but they can be expensive, they are more difficult and more expensive to instal, they are prone to etching from acids and harsh detergents, and they need to be sealed once a year. The gold standard for surfaces that are of high quality, can be purchased at a reasonable price, and are simple to care for is porcelain. You can find tiles that convincingly mimic the look of handmade ceramic, natural stone, and even wood floors. The toughest versions are practically crack- and stain-proof, and you can find tiles that mimic the look of wood floors.
Go for Non-Slick Surfaces
When wet, certain tiles present a significant risk of falling because of their slick surface. Choose tiles for the floor of your bathroom that have textured surfaces, matte finishes, or glazes that contain sand to prevent the floor from becoming dangerously slick when people are stepping out of the tub or shower. The use of small tiles that have a generous amount of grout lines between them is yet another possibility for improving the floor's traction.
Tips for Choosing A Bathroom Layout
- Your actual door should be at least 34 inches wide in order to comply with the requirements of the Australians with Disabilities Act, which mandates that all door openings must be at least 32 inches wide when measured from the open door to the opposite stop. Consider installing a pocket door if you find that you are lacking in space.
- Examine each and every one of the cabinetry and door hinges that will be used. When both doors are open, you should check to make sure that none of them can collide with one another. If you want to make absolutely certain that there aren't any problems, you might want to alter the way that a door opens or swings.
- At a minimum, your ceiling ought to be eighty inches in height ", with the exception of areas that are not designed for human habitation. To make the most of the space you have available, put your belongings in storage in these areas.
- At least thirty is recommended by the designers "a comfortable amount of clearance in front of an item, such as the vanity or the toilet, for example. The majority of building codes mandate a minimum age of 21 ".
- The placement of the toilet must adhere to certain guidelines. It is important that it not be too close to the wall or any other amenities in order to make it simple to use and maintain clean. At a minimum, there should be 20 of them "when distances are measured out from the centre of the toilet bowl towards the wall.
- You are not required to design your bathroom in a conventional fashion. If you want a bathroom that stands out from the crowd, you should think about designing it in a way that breaks some of the traditional rules.
Tools and Supplies
After you have designed the layout of your bathroom and chosen the components that you want to incorporate, the next step is to collect the tools necessary to instal these components. When renovating your bathroom, you should give some thought to the following tools and supplies:
- Safety mask
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- Power drill (cordless)
- Pry bar
- Knife for general use
- Extension cord
- The Shop-Vac (Wet-dry)
When it comes to remodelling, one option to think about is hiring a contractor. It's possible that you won't be able to wrap your head around the complexity of the job (electrical, tiling, plumbing). If you are adamant about doing some of it yourself, go ahead and give it a shot. In the event that that solution does not work, look for local contractors.
Plumbing systems, such as those used for showers, sinks, and toilets, can be quite complex. If you do not have the necessary training and experience, it is probably best to contract out this particular aspect of the project to a licenced plumber.
Bathrooms are the intersection of electrical and plumbing systems; if you make a single mistake in either of these areas, you run the risk of starting a fire or causing a flood.
Looking for a unique tile design? The difficult tile cuts can be installed by a professional tiler, who can also prepare the bathroom subfloor so that it can withstand foot traffic for many years to come.
Cabinets and trim work can be installed all over the bathroom by a skilled carpenter.
They will manage the entirety of your project, from the very beginning to the very end. When you work with a general contractor, you will have immediate access to connections with the most qualified professionals in the industry.
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Do-it-yourself projects are your best friend if you are trying to save money. Save some items that might come in handy after you gut the bathroom and put them to another use. Bringing new life into the bathroom can be accomplished with as little as a fresh coat of paint on one of the cabinets. Search online classifieds like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, as well as yard sales and thrift shops, for usable secondhand items that you can incorporate into the renovation. Keep an eye out for everyday things such as shelves, mirrors, and towel racks. When it comes to buying pre-owned items, it is essential to be aware that additional research is necessary.
When purchasing something brand new, it is important to take into consideration the best value items, even if they are initially more expensive. For instance, investing in a "green" toilet can help you reduce the amount of money you spend on your monthly water bill over time, but it might not be the most cost-effective choice. When looking for a toilet, it is helpful to check out the pricing options at your neighbourhood department stores as well as online retailers like Amazon.
Doing all of the work on your own, including the installation of the shower, countertops, floors, and even shelving, is the simplest way to cut costs during a remodel. Crafting soap dispensers out of mason jars or staining newly constructed wooden shelving can both be done as part of do-it-yourself home improvement projects. If you have a clear idea of where you want to put your money during a bathroom remodel, you will be able to reduce the overall cost of the project and save money.
A significant amount of time is required for the planning of all of the details that go into renovating a bathroom. It's possible that you're short on time and patience when it comes to planning this renovation. No worries! You don't have to go through with it by yourself.
FAQs About Bathroom Renovation
There is a trend going on right now in bathroom remodelling called the freestanding bathtub, but it might not be around for much longer. Freestanding bathtubs, much like vessel sinks, create additional areas in your bathroom that require cleaning because water and dirt can become trapped between the floor and the bottom of the tub. This makes it more difficult to keep your bathroom clean.
It can take anywhere from 23 days to a couple of months to complete the entire process of remodelling a small bathroom from start to finish on average. It is possible that the amount of time required for remodelling will increase in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise or there is a delay in the delivery of goods. It could take up to 46 days to finish and could make the process take twice as long.
Retiling a bathroom is a great do-it-yourself project for any motivated homeowner who wants to upgrade their bathroom while at the same time exploring their creativity in a way that they may not always have time for because it is by no means a quick process.
It is essential for families to have at least one bathroom, as this space can be used for a variety of purposes, including relaxing and washing the children. In light of this, if you are considering converting a bathtub into a shower, the short and simple answer is no. If at all possible, you should refrain from getting rid of a bath in order to avoid lowering the value of your home.
A shower pan is essential because it provides a surface that is both waterproof and suitable for laying tile on, which is necessary if you intend to tile the floor of your shower. A shower pan is essential for protecting your floor and subfloor from any leaks that may get through, even if you do not intend to use tile in the shower.