When it comes to having a home that you can be ultra proud of, the area of the home that often gets neglected is the bathroom. Since you’re here, looking for the how-to’s on bathroom remodeling, you’re obviously not planning to make that mistake.
Of course we all know that the essence of your bathroom is basically for practical purposes. But why only be practical when you don’t have to. Your bathroom can be just as enjoyable (if not more) as any other room in the home if you play your cards right.
However, one thing that often happens is that homeowners don’t strategically plan out their remodeling. They get caught up and overwhelmed making on-the-fly decisions that they may have second thoughts about later…unfortunately too late.
This blog post is going to help you get through that hurdle. By the time you get through this post, you should have a clearer understanding of what you need to do in order to create the perfect bathroom of your dreams.
#1 – Nothing Matters More Than Your Household’s Habits and Needs – Your main thought in the beginning should be the usage of the bathroom(s) that you’re remodeling. This is the first piece of the puzzle, because while the bathroom doesn’t have to be limited to practicality…practicality still has to be a major part of the decision making.
Many things will affect your choices. The amount and type of people that will be using the bathroom will obviously play a huge role. If you’ve got a family of five for instance, with one bathroom, then practicality may just rule the day. However if you’re planning for bathroom remodeling for your own bathroom where the parents will predominantly be using it, then you have much more liberty.
In fact in this case you can totally transform your bathroom into a full on do-it-yourself spa treatment.
Whatever you choose to do, being realistic about how the bathroom will be used…ahead of time…will be huge in your happiness factor when it comes to your bathroom remodeling decisions.
#2 – Design for Comfort and Relaxation – Your bathroom is the one room in the house where it’s acceptable to always lock the door. If you’re a busy parent, it could very well be your only chance for peace and quiet. If you’re not a parent, but work hard long hours, then it will be the one time of your day where you may get to unwind.
Therefore, why not make it a sanctuary that you can actually enjoy. Using natural stone type tiles, along with earth tones, you can create a spa look and feel. Accompany that with the newer types of jacuzzi style baths, and spa type steam showers, and you can create the entire effect of total and pure relaxation.
#3 – Think Space – Your bathroom has the potential of becoming very cluttered. Towels and wash cloths, make-up, lotions, shampoo and conditioner bottles, tooth paste, etc. without a place end up surrounding the bathroom sink, or scattered across the vanity.
The last thing that you want to do is remodel your bathroom and then realize that you’ve created nothing but a mess for yourself.
At the same time, the last thing that you want to do is to reduce your floor space and elbow room in your bathroom. It’s important to find that happy medium where you have room for everything and enough elbow-room to move around. There are plenty of ways these days that you can create tons of storage space while at the same time increasing your space (or at least the perceived space).
For instance, utilizing floor to ceiling glass doors will increase the depth of your bathroom, making it appear much larger than it is. You may opt to get rid of the tub and only utilize a shower. There are ways to still relax while getting clean, such as utilizing a bench in the shower, and even installing rainfall types of shower heads to give you extra water coverage.
At the same time, utilizing innovative storage space such as storage cabinets, storage towers, and storage ladders can help you keep most of your space, while also enjoying the extra space to save on clutter.
#4 – Create the Ambiance With Savvy Tile Selection – The truth is that the tile that you have in your bathroom can make or break the entire look and feel of the room. Picking the right tile will give you happiness for years and years to come. Choosing the wrong style, color, or texture can make you miserable for years. So you must plan and choose wisely.
Again, think about who will be using the bathroom. You’ll want to consider safety and slippage when it comes to choosing floor tile. If you have kids, then this is of the utmost importance.
Lighter tile can make a smaller bathroom appear and feel larger. Just as well, smaller tile will have the same affect. Combine both and you’ve got a larger bathroom without moving anything.
Ceramic tile has been the go-to tile for years, but now natural stone is used. Either is good because it will almost universally and timelessly be in style. Either way, just choose a tile that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
#5 – Light Matters in the Bathroom – Don’t assume that you have to go with the regular ole scone lighting fixtures when it comes to your bathroom. Just as well don’t feel like you’ve got to be constrained to one center light that does all the work for your entire bathroom.
Your bathroom lighting will have particular areas and tasks. You’ll have your vanity lighting, which should be sufficient so that you can see what you’re doing when getting yourself ready, and making yourself look good.
Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could add a whole different level of lighting for shower areas, or simply for the ambiance of your bathroom as well.
Also don’t forget about decorative lighting. These days…for larger bathrooms, or smaller bathrooms with higher ceilings even, you can use chandelier type lighting fixtures to create the look of luxury in a room that’s usually not associated with that type of luxury. It will definitely make an impression however.
#6 – Fixtures, Faucets, and Hardware to Finish Things Off – Once all the new cabinetry is in, and the sink is, then you’ll want to top everything off with a cherry.
In the case of your bathroom, that cherry is the fixtures, faucets, and cabinet hardware.
This is again where considering the usage of the bathroom is going to matter a great deal. For instance, if you’ve got a family type of bathroom, where there will be tons of traffic, then when it comes to faucets and fixtures you may want to choose a brushed type of copper or chrome rather than a polished.
Polished will show each every little spot and water stain that ends up on them. Upkeep will be much easier with brushed. However, if it’s a bathroom that acts as a master bathroom, then you can get away with using the fancier looking polished materials.
#7 – Extra’s You May Not Think About – These days, there’s really no limit to how fancy and cool you can make your bathroom. For instance, you’ve got choices spanning everything from televisions in the bathroom (with surround sound).
Steam showers and saunas are also being installed at record numbers as people are going for the spa look. In larger bathrooms treadmills, and stationary bikes are also getting to be more and more frequent, so that you can exercise and head straight over to the shower (or jacuzzi) and watch TV. The options are limitless in this day and age.