There are so many incredibly cool options to upgrade your bathroom for function and form. However, bathroom remodeling is not easy due to the nature of the room. You have to remodel in a smaller space than other parts of your home, consider plumbing and how upgrades will affect that, understand the possibility of rewiring or grounding needed for new fixtures or additional outlets, deciding which flooring and wall treatment would be best for the moisture frequently in the air, and more. Because of all this, making a mistake in bathroom remodeling is very costly. To avoid making your bathroom remodel needlessly expensive, here is how to avoid costly mistakes.
Understand the space you will be working in and how much room you have to work with before having your heart set on certain design elements or bathroom features. For instance, you can fit a toilet and sink in an 11×11 space, but that is very uncomfortable! Think about traffic and ease of use before choosing items to install.
You may want to start your bathroom remodel project by picking out the prettiest and coolest bathroom features you can find, but that is the wrong first step. Instead, figure out the function your new bathroom pieces need to contain. After you choose the items that provide long-term function, you can go back and choose decorative details to personalize your design.
The bathroom items that you need to choose based on function include flooring, wall treatments, sinks or vanities, countertop, and lighting.
Flooring. Tile floors provide easy care and cleaning. If you want stone tiles, it must be properly sealed to prevent moisture from deteriorating the floor over time. Tiles with textured surfaces or small tiles with large grout provide a non-slip surface. Consider heated floors if you hate stepping on cold tile in the morning.
Wall Treatments. Wallpaper will not work with the humidity of the space. Apply paint specially designed for bathroom humidity or choose to tile your walls.
Sinks or Vanities. Pedestal sinks are a great space saver for small bathrooms, but do not offer storage options. Vessel sinks prevent cabinet space from being used by the underside of the sink, but take away from counter space. Vanities offer the most storage and function, but also take up the most space in a bathroom.
Countertop. Laminate counters are good for affordability and are fairly durable, but look cheap and are limited in scope. Resin-based countertops can be formed with a variety of colors to fit type of counter. Stone countertops are stunning, but require a great deal of upkeep for a high moisture area.
Lighting. Decide which lighting you would like that complements both the desired mood and provides adequate lighting for getting ready.
Think About Wiring
If you are adding a few outlets or an entirely new fixture, it is not a good idea to keep the same wiring that has been in the wall. There are many new updates in electrical wiring that promote safety and energy efficiency. Install a heavy duty amp circuit and multiple GFCI circuits to handle all the high power appliances you will use in the bathroom.
Hire A Pro!
Choosing your favorite features is one thing, but making all your choices work in the space allotted, changing or adding plumbing, and upgrading wiring are complicated tasks that require a great deal of skill and knowledge to be performed safely. Skimping on skilled labor can make your project costly if you do not have these skills yourself. You can always do some parts of the remodel yourself, but leave the more complicated bathroom remodeling tasks to those who are highly skilled.
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