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2014
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What to know before you renovate your bathroom

Posted By Better Living in The Organized Bath | 2 Comments


When starting a bathroom renovation, it is important to make all of your design decisions before you start so you will have a plan to carry out instead of removing and installing various fixtures separately. This might become expensive mistakes or last minute changes of heart that will cost you time and money. Here are some helpful tips to help you plan your renovation and make the most out of your limited bathroom space.
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1. Space saving features:

If you are redesigning a small bathroom, you will want to preserve as much floor space as possible in order to make it appear larger and more spacious than it really is. A pedestal sink with graceful lines will be more attractive and give the illusion of more space compared to a block cabinet vanity.

Similarly, a classic claw-foot tub may not be suited for small rooms and you may need to top for something built-in to make the most of your space. A good way to make a small built-in bathtub and shower combination feel roomier when showering is to install a curved shower rod. This may seem like a small detail at first, but it adds a surprising amount of space to the shower.

2. Bathtubs:

Many people desire a larger bathtub, but bigger isn’t always better. Finding one that is comfortable will be much more important to you and your family in the long run. Be sure to take the time to think about this before you make a purchase. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort, neck support will be an important criterion and always ensure you have enough space to stretch out while still securing a foothold. Most people do not want to feel like they are floating away when the tub is full. If you only have room for a smaller tub, consider a Japanese style tub which takes up a smaller footprint but still allows you to be comfortably up to your neck in hot water by sitting upright.

3. Flooring and accent tile:

Flooring will make a big difference in your bathroom and you will want to choose something that is not only attractive but also durable. Ceramic, marble, and stone tiles are all excellent, water-resistant materials and can be heated from below for a more inviting and welcoming environment.

If you cannot afford to spend a lot on flooring, consider an inexpensive ceramic tile for the majority of the room and add small accents of stone or colored tile in specific places such as around the vanity or as a border or trim around the room. This will add interest without increasing the cost excessively.

4. Mirrors:

Mirrors can be a great way to increase the amount of lighting in a bathroom without adding extra fixtures or windows. Arrange them so they catch the light and reflect it back into the room and don’t forget nice extra like lit, mirrored shaving niches in the shower or a wall-mounted adjustable makeup mirror by the vanity.

5. Lighting:

Updating your lighting can be a great way to give your bathroom a facelift without changing the shape or style of it. Soft ambient lighting recessed into the ceiling and in nooks and crannies will give the room a bright, cozy feel without harsh reflections or glare. Don’t forget to add task lighting in the shower and by the vanity.

2 Responses to What to know before you renovate your bathroom

  • Colleen says:

    I’d heard of that before about adding task lighting to the shower, so I tried it out. I spend a lot of time in the bathroom, I like to take long baths to relax at the end of the day and I also find I’m quite sensitive to light. Good suggestion!

  • Marlene says:

    I have a pretty small bathroom and I managed to make it look much bigger by adding in a couple of mirrors. It has actually changed the whole look of the space and you don’t feel so cramped. You can get some really nice mirrors online too for pretty cheap – it’s a good trick that goes a long way in a small room.

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