Renovating Your Bathroom

Modern bathroom interiorSo you have decided to renovate your bathroom, great idea. New fixtures, new tub, and sleek countertops—your new bathroom will have them all! Follow a few simple steps to get the most out of your new design

Planning

Renovating your bathroom can be a daunting and very expensive task. A project like this requires specialized trade services such as plumbing, tiling, and electrical work. Time, money and project complexity are the biggest factors to consider when planning out your project. To avoid cramping your bathroom, design a rough layout of your new bathroom by measuring the room’s dimensions. A well-planned bathroom allows easy movement and ensures sufficient room for opening cabinets and shower doors, storage and more. To get ideas, you could browse through a number of photographs and planning guides available online or even grab a few design magazines at the store.

Reduce Cost to Stay On Budget

Plumbing: Unless the layout of your bathroom isn’t wholly functional, try to keep the new fixtures in the same general location to minimize costs. When you start moving all your fixtures and piping the cost of the renovation increase.

Focus: Try to single out a feature where your money is put to its best use. For example, you could replace an old vanity unit with a contemporary glass and wood vanity with wall-mounted faucets. To balance the cost of this expensive piece from the budget, you could select less expensive tub fixtures, floor and wall tiles.

Functionality
Keep the bathroom from becoming a war room. Whether the bathroom is shared by a couple or the whole family, a few functional tactics can help you avoid the common problems faced by a bad bathroom design.

If you do not wish to go to this expense of hiring a professional designer, remember the basic points of bathroom design — try to avoid the placement of the WC opposite the entry door, allow plenty of room for the shower-screen and entry doors to open freely, and allow plenty of space for storage.

Waterproofing – A Primer

Waterproofing prior to renovation of a bathroom is vital to ensure the longevity and health of your bathroom. However, problems can arise in older homes, where some areas were not successfully waterproofed. You could either choose to remove tiles and waterproof and re-tile, or to waterproof with tiles as is. Many different methods of overcoming other leakages are available, all with different applications and all with guarantees. Cost efficiency and the extent of the problem should be the major factors in your final decision.

Storage: Choosing between a vanity and a shelving system can be tough. Here are some options to think about. Vanity drawers allow more accessible storage than doors where items are hard to reach on deep shelves. You could also consider hanging a large, shallow pantry-style cabinet on an unused wall, and relocate your towel bar as a door handle if your wall space is limited.

Lighting: Proper lighting often make a smaller space look bigger. Indirect glowing lights, also called coves, emit light through a hidden source to provide a soft, warm glow to the bathroom. These also take up less space in the area.

Style & Decorating Trends
Three of the most popular styles – country, contemporary, and traditional – can be expressed through a bathroom’s colors, fixtures, and fine details. However, you must be sure that you are comfortable with the chosen decoration style and that it corresponds with your overall perception of the house. The challenge of modern bathrooms is to create a simple and pared down space without making it look cold and sterile. You could incorporate some of these elements to add warmth to your new bathroom:

Common Pitfalls

Would you like to avoid common bathroom renovation problems and pitfalls? Simply plan ahead and consult with a professional bathroom designer/tradesperson where appropriate.

Planning out your home bathroom renovation properly with save you time and money in the long run. You will also get the bathroom you want instead of the bathroom you have to settle for. Planning is key to the overall success of your project.