Surprising and Smart Bathroom Remodeling Tips
Investing in a bathroom remodel is a big move, one that likely will require making some room in your budget. You do not want to spend any part of this money foolishly, or waste a single one of your hard earned dollars. Of course, it is also important to make sure that you configure your plan carefully so that you are thrilled with the end result. Fortunately, there are a number of relatively simple steps that can help you avoid some common mistakes, while also helping you increase the odds that you will love your new bathroom space.
Try out the driver’s seat of your bathtub. Feel free to take your potential new tub for a test drive by getting inside of it. Your tub is one of the most important elements of your bathroom. This is where you will try to relax and recover via a long soak at the end of a tiring and stressful day. Don’t assume that all bathtubs are the same. Each has its own particular shape and feel. You want to make sure that this tub will be comfortable and spacious enough for you. Obviously, you don’t want to actually soak in a tub in the showroom, but you should at least sit in it to see how it feels.
Take time to choose the right flooring. With flooring especially, practical issues must be considered. You want to think about all of the conditions the floor will have to endure—mainly, a lot of moisture and humidity, along with frequent use. It makes sense to select a durable material that can withstand water exposure and high volume usage. Safety is a high priority, so it is smart to choose a material that won’t become dangerously slippery when wet. For additional comfort, in-floor heating is an extra luxury that many people really appreciate, especially during cold winters.
Consider ways to maximize space. This is especially relevant if you are working within a fairly limited space. Within a certain perimeter, there are often clever tricks that can often help you discover “found” space, or areas that would otherwise go unused and basically be wasted. Built-in shelving and storage areas under or above the main focal areas can be great solutions. A recessed cabinet or cubbyhole that goes within a wall is also another idea that might work well.
Plan for customized items. Anything that must be special ordered or custom designed will take longer to obtain, and likely will also add to the cost. If possible, wait until you have these items on hand before you actually begin the work itself. Otherwise, you may end up putting your project on hold midstream while you wait for custom orders to arrive. With larger items or elements that will serve as central points, this also allows you to double-check the measurements and make sure everything else in the plan will work as envisioned.
Embrace innovative shower designs. Built-in shelves and cubbies constructed within the shower walls are efficient and also look more sophisticated and elegant than cheap hanging racks or shelving units. If your goal is to have a shower with a small footprint (or one that works in a small room), consider an open concept shower design, which doesn’t a door or curtain rod.
Combine space or look for opportunities for multiple uses. If you are positioning two smaller bathrooms in close proximity, you may be able to configure the layout so they can share a single shower and/or vanity area. You may also be able to use neglected space as a linen closet or storage area. On the flip side, an unneeded closet may be the perfect choice to transform into part of a bathroom suite, or perhaps could serve as an adjoining dressing room.
Add a few impressive touches of luxury or technology. Even a small space usually offers at least a few opportunities where you can fit in something cool or luxurious. High-tech elements are great choices, and you will really enjoy this space if it is outfitted with things like a television, sound system or sophisticated climate control programming. If budget constraints do not allow for big splurges, there are still ways to add a touch of indulgence by choosing a few whimsical or luxurious pieces.
To get the most professional and experienced help with your bathroom remodeling project in Phoenix, contact RW Remodeling.