Maybe your bathroom looks run-down and you really need to update it, or maybe you’ve already redesigned your bedroom and are now looking for a new project. It doesn’t matter. Remodelling your bathroom will give you an amazing new environment when you need some time for yourself, and it will also boost the price of your home if you decide to sell it. Here are some useful tips.
Words: Chloe Smith
Consider your budget
First things first, you need to determine how much money you can afford to spend on this project. Depending on this, you will know which things you can buy and which are out of your price range. You should always plan for unforeseen circumstances that will probably require more money than you initially had in mind. Don’t be surprised when this happens because the chances are high that it will.
Call a plumber
Once your finances are sorted, you need to call in a plumber to inspect your bathroom. A professional can tell you if there is anything that needs to be fixed or replaced. This is something that should be done before any other professional starts their work. Consult them to see what they think about the layout you have in mind, and whether they think it’s doable considering the location of the pipes.Plan the layout
As mentioned previously, you need to figure out how you want your bathroom to look. How much space do you have? You need to plan accordingly as you cannot expect to fit both a shower and a tub into a small bathroom. On the other hand, if you have a huge bathroom, you don’t want it to look empty. There is also a possibility that you’ll have to keep the same footprint depending on the plumbing.
Contact a professional who can make a drawing or maybe even a 3D version of what you had in mind. This way, you can see if it fits your needs.
Remember to incorporate the lighting in this plan as well. Decide what kind of fixtures you want and where you want to place them. Additionally, don’t forget about the ventilation system. If you plan on having only a small window which might not be able to air the room out properly, you need to consider other options. However, if you have that opportunity, opt for a big window which will provide you with both natural light and fresh air.Choose the right materials
Now, when it comes to flooring options, you can go for water-resistant choices such as natural stone, porcelain and ceramic tiles. Baseboard tiles, on the other hand, are the most durable option. There is also the wood option, which you will have to protect for it to be able to keep up with a humid environment. Taking proper care of it, however, will allow it to last for a long time. Here, you can opt for cedar, oak and ash among other things.The walls can be covered in tiles, vinyl wallpaper or you can just paint them with waterproof paint. Think about what fits your aesthetics best and go for it.
Also, consider the materials you want the elements to be made of. Some can be more expensive than others, but might be more durable at the same time. Make sure not to go over the budget just because you’re obsessed with a bathtub. However, if you have the money to splurge, get everything your heart desires.
Pick the elements
Once you’ve decided on the materials, picking the elements will be much easier since you know exactly what you are looking for.
For the bathtub, your choices are practically endless. Depending on the design of the room, you can go for a freestanding or an alcove one. Tubs can be made of stone, cast iron, steel, even fibreglass – a wide variety for you to choose from.If there is not enough room for a tub, you can go for a shower instead. It can even be an open shower design. That can save you a lot of space for other elements.
You can see what DIY Home Warehouse offers and decide whether you want a wall-hung or a floor-standing vanity. Both can provide you with plenty of storage space and are very pleasing to the eye. You can also get a mirror that complements the vanity while you’re at it.
Additionally, there are plenty of elegant, rimless toilets that can be incorporated into practically any room. If you want, you can also add a bidet; however, you can opt for an attachable version as well.
Do not forget about the accessories; they are what makes the room special and unique. Try to match the faucets with the towel rack and the lighting fixtures. Add a few scented candles for a relaxing ambience.
In this day and age, being eco-friendly is vital. There are many ways to incorporate the environmentally-conscious approach into your bathroom. The biophilic design can connect you with nature and make you relax. Introducing some plants will both improve the air quality and give the space a soothing atmosphere.
Installing low-flow showerhead and faucets as well as a low-flush toilet will help preserve Mother Nature and also lower your water bills.
The most important things to remember when remodelling your bathroom are that you should always keep your budget in mind, discuss your ideas with professionals and go for the things you like. It is a space made for you, after all.