Remodelling a bathroom is no small undertaking. The bathroom is an important part of the home, and it is important that the room is designed to be functional, comfortable, and attractive. That’s a lot to consider for such a small space! Here are a few tips to help you design the perfect bathroom.
Start with the budget
Before you start ripping out fixtures and fittings, try to figure out how much you can afford to spend. Having an idea of how much money is available will help you to set boundaries for your design. In addition, it will help you to prioritise, and ensure that you don’t run out of cash early and have to make heart-breaking sacrifices.
Green is good
Green products are a wise choice even if you aren’t particularly environmentally conscious. Green products are usually chemical-free, meaning that they’re better for your health. They also tend to have lower running costs, saving you money in the long-run.
Making green choices doesn’t have to mean buying the latest and greatest gadgets for your bathroom, either. If you opt for porcelain sink repair instead of buying a new sink, you have reduced waste, saved money, and done your bit for the environment.
Test before you buy
While the living room and bedroom may be the rooms that you spend the most time in, the kitchen and the bathroom are the rooms that buyers pay the most attention to. If you’ve lived in your home for a long time you may have become blind to minor issues such as lose cabinet handles or chipped bathtubs, but potential buyers will notice these things. Investing in bathroom sink repair and countertop resurfacing will make your home more appealing to buyers and will increase the asking price.
Simple Changes offer big results
If you don’t have the time or money to completely redesign your bathroom, you can still achieve big results with a few cosmetic changes. Bath resurfacing and porcelain sink repair can make your existing fittings look brand new. If you then swap out all your taps, handles, drawer pulls, and shower heads, you can give your room a whole new feel. Stainless steel looks modern, aged bronze creates a classical look, and brushed nickel can be satisfyingly retro. As long as you’re consistent with your new look, you’ll be impressed with the results.
Use functional lighting
A single light in the middle of the room is unlikely to be sufficient for you to use the bathroom to the full. Ideally, you should have sconce lighting at eye level around the vanity, bright lights near the shower, and variable intensity lighting that can be used for those times you just want to relax in the bath. Remember, brightly lit rooms feel larger, while overly harsh lighting can be oppressive and cause headaches, and dull/dim lighting makes rooms feel small. If you need to make any major changes to the wiring to fit extra lights, consider hiring an electrician.
Fighting mold and mildew
Good ventilation is one of the most important features to invest in for your bathroom. Bad ventilation can lead to mold and mildew growth, which will ruin all of your hard work. For bathrooms of one hundred square feet or smaller, you need one CFM of ventilation per square foot. Modern fans are quiet and stylish, so there’s no more need to make do with leaving the window open while you’re in the shower!